PHILOSOPHY TEST PREPARATION

The philosophy test below is a thought experiment designed to help you self-assess whether you have what it takes to pursue philosophy.  Philosophy tests are not easy because no quantity of googling the questions or answers will provide understanding of them.  Philosophy tests presuppose that information is not wisdom and that even if a person or an object, like a computer or the internet, possessed the sum total of all information -- that sum total would still not provide either understanding or wisdom.  Philosophers since Heraclitus and Plato have affirmed that thinking dialectically through tensions, oppositions and difficult dilemmas are far more likely to produce wisdom than googling the answers to a test. 

A brief word about the meaning of "philosophy" is in order since it is a philosophy test.  Philosophy is the love of wisdom.  Before you can get wisdom, you first have to love wisdom.  To love something means that you want it, you desire it, and most importantly you pursue it.  The degree to which you pursue the object is an indication of how much you love the object. In this way, philosophy as the love of wisdom is synonymous with the pursuit of wisdom.

What is wisdom?  Since wisdom as stated above is not information; it cannot be stated on this page or take the form of 0's and 1's stored in any computer.  It requires a long pursuit involving translation, analysis, interpretation, understanding, and appropriation. Given this qualification, some of you may think the pursuit of wisdom and this philosophy test a waste of time (or not worth the effort), in which case you probably believe one of the following multiple choices:

If you think the pursuit of wisdom a waste of time or not worth the effort, do you believe?

A. You already have wisdom or at least enough knowledge of what is real to get by in life, hence no pursuit of wisdom is necessary.

B. There is no wisdom, hence no pursuit of it necessary.

C. Wisdom, if it exists, is so deep that one cannot understand it even if one found it, hence no pursuit is necessary.

D. You are not sure what you believe about the pursuit of wisdom, in which case you would not know whether you believe A, B, C or that wisdom is worth pursuing.

Philosophy, as the pursuit of wisdom, is not likely to appeal to anyone committed to A, B or C since such a person would believe they already have the "wisdom" of position A, B or C, and there is little that a webpage of information could do to alter that belief.  Information does not affect humans the way humans affect humans.

For those of you who identify with position D, however, there is the following Philosophy Test/Thought Experiment designed to help each of us see if we have what it takes to pursue philosophy.  Read the conditions of the test first and then click on the button below to take the Philosophy Test.

Suppose God offers you the following two choices
(with the condition that you can choose one or the other but not both):

God's Left Hand Choice

THE ENDLESS PURSUIT OF WISDOM


Implications
This choice implies that one will never reach the goal of Wisdom. You would be choosing to search for Wisdom and Truth for the rest of one's life. You would still affirm the existence of Wisdom and Truth, but you could not have certainty about them since you do not possess them and will not reach them. You would be affirming that the process and the path to Wisdom is valuable even if the pursuit remains unfulfilled. 

God's Right Hand Choice

ALL WISDOM


Implications

This choice implies that one will immediately receive and understand all Wisdom and Truth both in and out of the universe.  After choosing this hand, there would be no further search for or pursuit of anything since you would already know all answers to all questions (even those we have not figured out how to ask). There would be nothing left for you to do or achieve since you would in effect see as God sees (whatever that is like). 



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