Philosophical Archetype Quiz

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Philosophical Archetype Quiz

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So I recently created a short (eight question) and so far remarkably accurate little online quiz to categorize people as one of four philosophical archetypes, three of them corresponding to the Medieval, Modern, and Postmodern periods of philosophical history, and a fourth being sort of oddball, perhaps Post-Post-Modern or Re-Modern or whatever weird term kids these days are using in their continental philosophy departments. Viking-Sensei suggested I should post about it here.

The questions cover a broad range of philosophical topics: religion, politics, epistemology, theories of justice, metaphysics, metaethics, philosophy of mind, and free will / determinism. One question per subject, each question tracking two boolean variables, thus four possible answers per question.

In the results I also take a guess at your academic and career interests based on your philosophical position, and so far it's been surprisingly accurate. I guess my stereotypes have a pretty solid foundations.

So go forth, click, and take the Philosophical Archetype Quiz.
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I am apparently a firm Modernist.
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Eclectic/Modernist, here. Says "Subjectivity = 50%, Objectivity = 62%" on the page too.

You're right, that thing is surprisingly accurate. The description I was given matches up very well with my own thoughts.
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Medievalist, but I prefer to think of it as "post-Postmodernist." :-) I found myself wanting to answer "None of the above" on most of the questions.
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I scored Eclectic/Postmodern, with Subjectivity = 62% and Objectivity = 50%

I wound up not answering almost all of the questions, but not because my answer was "I Don't Know." I just didn't see anything that ever aligned sufficiently with the answer I did have. I've always found it difficult to communicate my philosophical views... either I think so far out of the box that the people inside or near the box can't even see me, or I get caught in Philosophy's vastly entertaining but ultimately futile circles and no one else ever really enjoys dancing with me.

And, btw, I did major in Art History, so the long description got at least that much right.

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Imp-Chan wrote:...either I think so far out of the box that the people inside or near the box can't even see me, or I get caught in Philosophy's vastly entertaining but ultimately futile circles and no one else ever really enjoys dancing with me.
I don't know about the postmodern component, however I don't think it's possible to give a more Eclectic answer without attempting to answer "Fish" to all of them.
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Modernist, or Modernist/Eclectic, depending on answer choices. And yeah, diverse interests but sci/tech jobs.
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The only problem I had with my Modernist description was what religious allignment it suggested for me. Then again, my religion is sort of wacky, so it may be a little hard for it to be pinned down.
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Eclectic, Subjectivity = 81%, Objectivity = 93%

"You are an eclectic who is not quite at home in any historical period of philosophy." That sounds about right. :mrgreen:
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Should have skipped some questions but leaving blanks bugs me.
Subjective 0%, Objective 37%... how's it going Medievalist, low marks in both field. Yay for belief in God combined with the mentality that peoples default behavior is prone to stupidity, and society is made of ALOT of people.
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