Welcome to the Great Philosophy of Pandemics Quiz! This 'personality quiz' will reveal what great philosophies, arguments and thoughts underlie your justifications for your actions, your beliefs, and interpretation of reality. ARE YOU READY?
Question number 1: Imagine you are a health-care worker in a city that is highly affected by the corona pandemic. You have the right to a paid leave even though they need every help available. Would you choose to stay or would you take the leave?
Question number 2: Do you think the past half year during quarantine went by fast because engaged in meaningful activities or slow because you feel like the time was wasted (by being bored)?
Congratulations! You have been selected by the goblet of fire to represent Hogwarts, and more specifically Gryffindor, in the international tri-wizard tournament. Your skills were so exceptional that you managed to evade fire-breathing dragons, swim through a horde of blood-hungry mermaids and run across a maze littered with man-eating vegetation and put your hands on the winning trophy. Before jumping on the port-key back to the ecstatic Gryffindor crowd and eternal glory, you are given two options from which you must choose. Which one will you decide upon?
The great philosophical identity quiz! (DEMO)
The Existentialist deals with death by recognising the limited time we have and maximising the meaning of his or her life. By maximising engagement in meaningful activities one can make life worthwhile. If you identify with this position we suggest you read David Schmidtz (“The Meanings of Life”) or Susan Wolf (“The Meaning of Lives”).
The Nihilist deals with death by recognising the limited time AND limited meaning of life, and therefore doesn’t seek to maximise or minimise meaning. They take a nonchalant stake. If you identify with this position we suggest you read Nietzsche (“”The Gay Science) or Kierkegaard (“The Present Age”).
Liberalism is a view of society that puts the autonomous individual at the centre of social and political life. It is rooted in the enlightenment idea of the sovereignty of reason and was the driving force behind the upending of hereditary privilege, state religion and absolute monarchy. In the political and cultural sphere, it advocates the equality of all people, human rights and limited government. In the economic sphere, it endorses property rights, free trade and international interdependence. It is the dominant political ideology throughout the Global South and has had increasing influence in the Global South. In short, Liberalism holds that the rights of the individual must always stand above the rights of the collective, and that the latter may never be invoked as a pre-text to limit the former. For further reading, we recommend John Locke’s “Treatises on Government”, Immanuel Kant’s “Perpetual Peace” and John Rawls “A Theory of Justice”.
Communitarianism is a view of society that emphasizes the inseparable nature between individuals and the communities they inhabit. It rejects the liberal understanding of individuals as atomistic units, instead emphasising the ties individuals have to one another and the broader social fabric. In the political and cultural sphere it values tradition, seeing it as the accumulated wisdom of communities that share a common space and history. In the economic sphere, it promotes collective needs and remains attentive to how individual action relates to the wider economic sphere. It is mainly represented in the Global South and can be seen as a critique of liberalism's claim to universality. In short, Communitarianism stresses the importance of collective interests and the impact that individual actions have on the wider structure of society. For further reading, recommend Michael Sandel’s “Liberalism and the Limits of Justice” and Michael Walzer “Spheres of Justice”.