Philosophy Questionnaire by E. Alan Meece, MA

What is your philosophy? Find out by answering thoughtfully these questions. It is probably easiest to print this page before answering.

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If you want further clarification and explanation of the questions, try this article.
Please note that this questionnaire has been carefully researched and given to hundreds of people, and the questions were revised many times based on feedback from those who took the questionnaire.


Answer strongly agree, somewhat agree, yes and no/neutral, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree to each question.strongly agreesomewhat agreeyes&no/neutralsomewhat disagreestrongly disagree
Note your answer in the column under each heading. Circle the scores there
Questions 1-11
1. The Heart has its reasons, which Reason does not know.4E  2S2E  1S02R  1M4R  2M
2. The senses cannot be trusted to give us the truth.3R  2S2R  1S02E  1M3E  2M
3. There is a rational explanation for everything, since events are produced according to physical laws.3R  3M2R  2M02E  2S3E  3S
4. Your thoughts and beliefs create your reality.4S2S02M4M
5. Reason leads us to discover the general truths and ideas that explain all existing things.4R2R02E4E
6. If you would know the truth of life, look inward into yourself.1E  4S1E  2S01R  2M1R  4M
7. Since we're all different, and times change, there can't be universal standards of right and wrong.4E2E02R4R
8. Do not seek your treasure in the things of this world, but only in the eternal things.2R  4S1R  2S01E  2M2E  4M
9. Reality is fluid and ever-changing; thus forever beyond the grasp of the rigid, abstract concepts & categories of our thought and language.4E2E02R4R
10. Ultimately, the universe is made of solid and indivisible particles.4M2M02S4S
11. The universe is unfolding according to a divine plan and order.3R  3S2R  2S02E  2M3E  3M
Add your circled scores here for questions 1-11E_____S_____E_____S_____E_____S_____E_____S_____
R_____M_____R_____M_____R_____M_____R_____M_____
Questions 12-22strongly agreesomewhat agreeyes&no/neutralsomewhat disagreestrongly disagree
12. A human has no fixed character, but only a history; you must choose your character and meaning of life.4E2E02R4R
13. Spirit or mind creates the world, and all our science can only describe the effects after-the-fact.4S2S02M4M
14. Faith is unreliable; we'd better trust to what we know.3R  2M2R  1M02E  1S3E  2S
15. Psychic abilities exist, proving mind over matter.4S2S02M4M
16. All knowledge is based on experience and observation; rational theories alone are only meaningless abstractions.4E2E02R4R
17. Act on moral principles as best you know them, rather than yielding to the temptations and passions of the moment.4R2R02E4E
18. With understanding and clear, logical thinking, you can solve almost any problem and increase your control of events.4R2R02E4E
19. You can't wait until you have the answers; you're not fully alive unless you are taking a risk.4E2E02R4R
20. Our personal souls will survive death, and perhaps be back on earth for another go-round.4S2S02M4M
21. The soul can only be free by overcoming the body.4S  2R2S  1R02M  1E4M  2E
22. I am not a number, I am a free man! (or woman)3E  2S2E  1S02R  1M3R  2M
Add your circled scores here for questions 12-22E_____S_____E_____S_____E_____S_____E_____S_____
R_____M_____R_____M_____R_____M_____R_____M_____
Questions 23-33strongly agreesomewhat agreeyes&no/neutralsomewhat disagreestrongly disagree
23. Human consciousness and behavior can be fully explained in terms of the electro-chemistry of the brain and nervous system.4M2M02S4S
24. As Plato proved, a child has innate knowledge of mathematics; therefore eternal and rational truths exist.4R2R02E4E
25. Human history is largely explanable in terms of economic and technological conditions.4M2M02S4S
26. The best way to live is to follow the delightful energies of the body. Reason is only the outer bounds of energy.4E  2M2E  1M02R  1S4R  2S
27. Science will eventually give us most of the answers to what seems uncertain to us today.4M  2R2M  1R02S  1E4S  2E
28. There are universal symbols and archetypes that keep appearing in our experience.3R  2S2R  1S02E  1M3E  2M
29. Mathematics is probably one of the closest things to truth you can find.4R2R02E4E
30. Seeing is believing; whatever can't be touched, observed or tested experimentally probably doesn't exist.3M  2E2M  1E02S  1R3S  2R
31. By transcending the delusions of your thinking mind, you discover that you are not a separate ego, but are one with a greater being.4S  2E2S  1E02M  1R4M  2R
32. This is the best of all possible worlds; seen from God's viewpoint, all evil fits into a greater good.4S2S02M4M
33. God does not exist.4M2M02S4S
Add your circled scores here for questions 23-33E_____S_____E_____S_____E_____S_____E_____S_____
R_____M_____R_____M_____R_____M_____R_____M_____
Add your scores for questions 1-11, 12-22 and 23-33 hereE_____S _____E_____S_____E_____S _____E_____S _____
R_____M ____R_____M_____R_____M_____R_____M_____

Then add all the E scores across the columns above  _______
Then all the S scores ________
Then all the R scores ________
Then all the M scores ________

Write the larger letter scores above the smaller letter scores here:
 
          E and R           S and M
          _______          ________
 minus _______ minus ________
equals _______ equals ________
Write the letter corresponding to the larger score next to the result. The left column is your E/R score and the right column is your S/M score.

For example:
 
        E and R         S and M
           30E            20S
minus  20R minus  10M
equals 10E equals  10S

The meaning of the scores: what is your philosophy?
1-25 R = somewhat intellectual; You rely on reason and distrust feelings and experiences
25-50 R = definitely intellectual
50-75 R = extremely intellectual
1-25 E = somewhat experiential;  You rely on your experience more than reason
25-50 E = definitely experiential
50-75 E = extremely experiential
1-25 S = somewhat spiritualist;   Spiritual realities are prior to and explain material ones
25-50 S = definitely spiritualist
50-75 S = extremely spiritualist
1-25 M = somewhat materialist;  Material realities are prior to and explain spiritual ones
25-50 M = definitely materialist
50-75 M = extremely materialist

If you are R and S, you are essentialist: universal ideas and archetypes are primary reality
If you are R and M, you are rationalist: the universe operates according to causal, logical laws
If you are E and S, you are existentialist: spontaneous flux of inner being is the primary reality
If you are E and M, you are empiricist: the test of experience determines truth

The approach to thinking shown by your score matches these Jungian functions and MBTI temperaments, although your temperament itself may be different:

R/S essentialist = N intuitive
R/M rationalist = T thinking
E/S existentialist = F feeling
E/M empiricist = S sensing

Here is a version of the philosophy wheel in which you can see the relationship of your score to your MBTI and Enneagram type, the chakras, and more.
See also the charts on the Philosophy Circle page.

Plot your score here on the map of the mind below. Your score places you in one of 32 quadrants.

In this next chart below I only show the quadrants. Imagine a circle around them.

I have estimated 2 defining keywords for each quadrant, and shown philosophers and traditions who I think may occupy them (positions are necessarily approximate). The quadrants in the opposite positions to each other, and same distance from the center, have opposite and complementary meanings.
 
50-75S
25-50R
Asceticism
Abstraction
Augustine
50-75S
0-25R
Esoterics
Revelation
Metaphysics
Plotinus
50-75S
0-25E
Spiritism
Psychism
Mysticism
Jesus(at 0 R/E)
50-75S
25-50E
Transcendence
Solipcism
Berkeley
Kierkegaard
25-50S
50-75R
Essence
Forms
Plato
Pythagoras
25-50S
25-50R
Truth
Eternal values
Principles
Classicism
Leibniz
25-50S
0-25R
Theology
Theosophy
Hegel
Aquinas
Kant (30S)
25-50S
0-25E
Aspiration
Faith
Jung
Teilhard de Chardin
Buddha (20E)
25-50S
25-50E
Awareness
Awe
Romanticism
Schopenhauer
James
Alan Watts
Jos.Campbell
25-50S
50-75E
Existence
Becoming
Bergson
Heidegger
Heraclitus
0-25S
50-75R
Order
Doctrine
Parmenides
Spinoza
0-25S
25-50R
Purpose
Ideals
Epictetus
Stoicism
Aristotle
0-25S
0-25R
Theory
Ideas
Whitehead
0-25S
0-25E
Reverence
Nature Worship
Pantheists
Neo-pagans
Quantum Theory
0-25S
25-50E
Flux
Adventure
Authenticity
0-25S
50-75E
Nihilism
Absurdity
Nietzsche
Sartre
0-25M
50-75R
Formulae
Mathematics
Descartes
0-25M
25-50R
Calculation
Structure
Empedocles
0-25M
0-25R
Explanation
Manipulation
Voltaire
Einstein
G.E.Moore
0-25M
0-25E
Pragmatism
Utilitarianism
Mill
Bentham
Anaxagoras
0-25M
25-50E
Relativism
Chance
Skeptics
0-25M
50-75E
Chaos
Iconoclasm
Nominalism
Hume
25-50M
50-75R
Logic
Geometry
Euclid
25-50M
25-50R
Natural Law
Reliability
Mechanics
Hawking
 
25-50M
0-25R
Prediction
Engineering
Freud
Russell
Marx
Santayana
25-50M
0-25E
Verification
Secularism
Experiment
Dewey
Carnap
25-50M
25-50E
Sophism
Evidence
Locke
Epicureans
25-50M
50-75E
Sense-
Perception
Wittgenstein--
(later years)
50-75M
25-50R
Necessity
Automism
Newtonian-- Physics
50-75M
0-25R
Atomism
Determinism
Hobbes
Democritus
50-75M
0-25E
Positivism
Objectivism
Darwin
Lucretius
50-75M
25-50E
Tangibility
Carnality
Bacon
Skinner


If you want to further analyze and narrow down your results into the three subdivisions of philosophy, click HERE. Find out your views on epistemology (how we know what we know), metaphysics (ultimate foundations of things) and ethics (morals and values), and plot your position on the three subsidiary circles.

Copyright 1990 by E. Alan Meece


If you want more information, or help with scoring, you can email me here.
See also Philosophy on a Circle
If you want further clarification and explanation of the questions, try this article
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