Professor Sandy Piderit of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case has a wonderful knack of finding interesting sites and posting the links on her blog, so you should check it out regularly. She recently posted the results of an on-line survey that asks you to rate your responses to a series of statements and, based on those responses, gives you an analysis of your philosophical outlook.
Intrigued, I visited the site and below is the breakdown of my philosophical views, based on my own responses:
| You scored as Existentialism. Your life is guided by the concept of Existentialism: You choose the meaning and purpose of your life.
â€œMan is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.â€?
â€œIt is up to you to give [life] a meaning.â€?
â€œIt is man’s natural sickness to believe that he possesses the Truth.â€?
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One has to be very wary of, and not take too seriously, such quickie surveys (it has 36 questions and can be done in about 5 minutes or less) that purport to make such sweeping analyses of your belief structures. But more than the results itself, what I found interesting were the kinds of statements that were on the survey. For example, one question is â€œIt would be wrong to steal food for a starving person–if everyone stole, society couldnâ€™t exist..â€? Another was â€œWe should decide the meaning of our lives, rather than letting religion or authority do so for us.â€?
These are the kinds of questions someone who is interested in developing a personal philosophy of life might ask, so the site is worth a visit. It unpacks the concept of â€˜philosophy of lifeâ€™ and reduces it to a set of concrete statements that anyone can understand without having to have a formal background in philosophy.
For example, I have very little knowledge of the various schools of philosophy that merged from the analysis, and only the vaguest idea of what existentialism is, but my own results seem to indicate that that it is my main emphasis (which seems reasonable to me, according to my rudimentary understanding of that philosophy). Utilitarianism and justice (fairness) and hedonism are a joint second. I had only recently come across the notion of â€˜justice as fairnessâ€™ in reading A Theory of Justice by John Rawls, who develops his idea as a better alternative to utilitarianism. I like Rawlâ€™s approach, so it will be interesting to see how my philosophical preferences change after I have read the entire book and had time to digest his ideas better.
Anyway, check out your own philosophy by clicking on the link. (You can ignore all that stuff about quiz name, user, and password.) And Iâ€™d be interested in seeing your comments posted on what you felt about the exercise.