Because There’s Just Not Enough Other Stuff to Think About

Your result for The Find Your Philosophical Era! Test

The Modern

25% Ancient, 25% Medieval, 38% Modern and 13% Post-Modern!

Congratulations! You are: a Modern!

(Keep in mind, by Modern, I mean the era which began around the 17th century and ended in the 20th century.)

Throughout the Modern era, philosophers and scientists were forced constantly to do battle with the forces of censorship, philosophical conservatism, and pure inertia.This was the age in which “innovation” was a bad word, and the Moderns were all about innovation. Despite all the opposition they faced, Modern philosophy is the most optimistic of any era. The Moderns seem really to have believed that, for instance, giving men freedom from kings and priests and tyrants will make men happier and better. Their goal was a political community based on reason. But while some Moderns concentrated on becoming more and more scientific, rational and civilized, others, such as Wordsworth and Rousseau, reacted against this trend by turning back to what they saw as the pure, uncorrupted truths of nature. However, the Romantic and the Scientific trends in Modernism are two sides of the same coin. The two are united in their disdain for the status quo and for social norms, and their search for more real, trustworthy truths upon which to build the new society they all dreamed of.

Some modern philosophers: Newton, Voltaire, Bacon, Hume, Rousseau, Hobbes, La Rochefoucauld, La Bruyère, Darwin, J.S. Mill

Some modern artists: Da Vinci, Molière, Shakespeare, Bernard Shaw, Mozart, Cervantes, Swift

Typical modern art forms: opera, comic plays, portraiture, the concerto, the confessional memoir, descriptions of nature

It's a pretty interesting test: 16 questions, nothing too ponderous.  Take it for yourself here if you like.  

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7 Responses to “Because There’s Just Not Enough Other Stuff to Think About”

  1. I'm a modern.
    Wow, that really sounds like "I'm a maverick!"
    Yeah, interesting test. Deep questions…made me think 😀

  2. The Medieval
    38% Ancient, 44% Medieval, 13% Modern and 6% Post-Modern!

    Congratulations! You are: a Medieval!
    Medieval philosophy is probably more pessimistic than any other. One
    really gets the sense that medieval thinkers lived in a cold, dark,
    unreliable world, where pleasure was so hard to find that the desire
    for it became nearly uncontrollable. This is a world where the sinner
    is clearly divided from the saint
    I tried to write the test in such a way that you didn’t have to be a
    religious person to get this result. The medieval way of looking at the
    world is not simply religious. It’s a serious, hierarchial,
    compulsive worldview, with a moral seriousness missing from some other
    eras. Medieval philosophers include some brilliant incisive minds, like
    that of Thomas Aquinas. What makes medieval philosophers unusual is the
    direction of their inquiries–they turned their gazes inward, to
    examine themselves, or upward, towards God, but hardly ever outward,
    towards the world around them.
    Some medieval philosophers: Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Maimonides, Abelard, Erasmus
    Some medieval artists: Dante, Chrétien de Troyes, Christine de Pisan, Rabelais, Chaucer, Bach
    Typical medieval art forms: the morality play, war stories, contrapuntal music, the sermon, scatological humor, romantic poetry

  3. The Ancient
    25% Ancient, 25% Medieval, 25% Modern and 25% Post-Modern!

    Congratulations! You are: an Ancient!
    Ancient philosophers share an unabashed elitism. Although the Greeks are considered to have invented democracy, they would have laughed to scorn many of our 21st-century democratic ideas. Ancient moral philosophy is slightly more hedonistic than anything that followed it; the Ancients had strict ideas about right and wrong, but the obsessive pursuit of perfection, the compulsive need to do one’s duty no matter the cost, belong to later eras. Being good was neatly tied up in the Ancient mind with being happy.
    Rather than criticizing the work of their predecessors, Ancient philosophers found themselves alone in a bold new world. Their first attempts at studying the world are still some of the best. This is the era of Herodotus, the father of history, Euclid, the father of mathematics, and Plotinus, the father of meaningless metaphysical bullshit.
    Some typical ancient philosophers: Plato, Aristotle, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Plotinus, Herodotus, Euclid
    Some ancient artists: Homer, Virgil, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Pindar, Sappho, Praxiteles
    Typical ancient art forms: epic poetry, lyric poetry, farce, satire, sculpture, dialogue

  4. I'm 58% Modern, which I guess indicates I'm more traditional than I thought. Gimme those old time Grand Narratives! Good and evil, truth and lies, meaning found within nonsense. But no big gods in the sky. Just us struggling out of the sandpit of life, which is essentially meaningless except for that which we each give it….I need to lie down now.

  5. I need to lie down now.I think there's a reason ice cream came to prominence under the Moderns.

  6. Nice balance, Susan! 25% of each.

  7. I am Modern too:25% Ancient, 13% Medieval, 31% Modern and 31% Post-Modern!

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