Friday, November 03, 2006


Ethical Philosophy: A Quiz

This quiz tells you whose philosophy your own most resembles. I'm a combination of Emmanuel Kant, Ayn Rand and John Stuart Mill (my top 3).

I'm a little suspicious about the outcome, (aren't Rand and Mill opposites? Utilitarian v. Objectivist?), but take it anyway. It's fun!

Be sure to prioritize your answers - it's very important for the outcome.

Revision: Upon reflection, this quiz is no good. I've found a better one.
Ha! I am a hedonist, acording to the second quiz. I suspected as much. I really disliked the first quiz and wrote my own answers for each question. The fault in both quizes centers on "society".
My resposes to Q1, they are a bit repetetive:
I diddn't really like the options provided on this quiz.

1. Moral statements are primarily:
Descriptions of the person we imitate. "Don't murder because I don't murder."

2. Does each person have a morally purposeful way to live?
No, few people have a model of morally purposeful living to imitate. Without such a model their lives are based on arbitrary and temporary preferences.

3. Where dose the proper distinction between "good" and "bad" come from?
Good habits are those consistent with the character of the person we imitate.

4. Must a person be coerced/ influenced at some level by societal powers in order to live morally/virtuously?
Any coercion negates any virtuous action that may result. However, virtuous living requires being called out from among those who have no model into voluntary imitation of the one we chose to emulate.

5. To be virtuous/live morally, we should primarily make moral distinctions according to:
The virtues we have developed in discileship.

6. Will using morality properly necessarily result in maximization of our own happiness?
No, not necessarily. Virtue does not take efficiency or "values" into consideration.

7. Should I act as if the maxim (principle) with which I act were to become the universal law for all rational people?
No, I am unconcerned about what others do. I maintain my ethic purely out of devotion. I treat all others equally, regardless of their ethical standard.

8. END, MEANS, INTENT Which is the most important, morally?
None of the above. Imitation is all that matters, it embodies all three.

9. Is the self-pleasure or self-preservation of the individual ever in conflict with the same type of interests of others?
I reject self-pleasure and self-preservation. Celebration disregards the self and enters into the joy of others. Love denies the self and does what is best for others. Enterprise seeks to satisfy the desires of others.

10. Would it be ideal to maximize pleasure for all people even at the cost of liberty for some?
Who would be in a position to make such a decision if all actions were voluntary? The only liberty any one has the right to dispense is their own.

11. Is ascetic living (simple life with a minimum of physical comforts) conducive to being virtuous?
Only if it is in obedience to one's calling. Even then it does not preclude one from being productive by serving others.

12. A virtuous person can be described best as:
Someone who has developed and practices a set of values consistent with the person of Christ.
Original quiz: Rand, Kant, and Prescriptivism

Second quiz: Kantianism and Existentialism
Jenna, I do not like your quiz and reeks of faux intellect. The quiz does not make any distinctions between morals in relation to natural rights and morals based on opinion or religion. For example, in the case of murder I believe murder is wrong as a statement of fact/truth. However, in the case of prostitution, I believe any statements on its morality is based on statements of the speaker's desire/emotion.

This also draws a question of whether or not natural rights are even embodied by morality. The natural rights of individuals to life, liberty, and property are absolutes and should not be subjected to the everyday whims of society.
Original Quiz,
Nietzsche, Hume, and Sartre

Second Quiz:

I don't know about anyone else, but the quiz really showed me how few answers I have.
Jordan, I have to disagree on this one. There is a distinction between morality based on religion, reason or circumstance. Murder is just an example.

This quiz isn't asking you what you think should be legal, but what you think is or isn't moral.

For example, I think murder is immoral and should also be illegal. I think prostitution is immoral but should not be illegal. However, this is beyond the scope of the quiz. The quiz simply seeks to discover the source of one's beliefs - not the application.

Are you hatin' on it because you didn't come out as Ayn Rand?
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