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Philosophers A-Z

Can you name these philosophers whose names start with each letter of the alphabet?
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Last updated: July 28, 2021
First submittedApril 6, 2021
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A
Student of Plato and founder of Lyceum
Aristotle
B
English jurist regarded as the founder of modern utilitarianism
Jeremy Bentham
C
Contemporary American linguist, social critic, and political activist
Noam Chomsky
D
Pre-Socratic philosopher remembered his formulation of an atomic theory of the universe
Democritus
E
Ancient Greek votary of "Hakuna Matata" lifestyle
Epicurus
F
When you think about it, everything is a prison.
Michel Foucault
G
Early modern natural philosopher and astronomer arrested for heresy.
Galileo Galilei
H
"The owl of Minerva first begins her flight with the onset of dusk."
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
I
Persian commentator on Aristotle and the father of early modern medicine
Ibn Sina
J
Sceptical medieval English bishop, who first coined the term "theatrum mundi"
John of Salisbury
K
"The starry heavens above me and the moral law within me".
Immanuel Kant
L
Ancient Roman epicurean and author of "De rerum natura"
Lucretius
M
"A spectre is haunting Europe; the spectre of Communism."
Karl Marx
N
Whiskered Übermensch
Friedrich Nietzsche
O
"It is pointless to do with more what can be done with fewer."
Wiliam Ockham
P
Ancient Greek wrestler and student of Socrates
Plato
Q
American philosopher and logician in the analytic tradition
Willard Van Orman Quine
R
British logician and mathematician praising idleness
Bertrand Russell
S
"I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance."
Socrates
T
The most reknown representative of the Lwów–Warsaw school of logic
Alfred Tarski
U
Marxist theorist and practitioner, better known as Lenin
Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov
V
French Enlightenment writer, famous for his advocacy of freedom of speech and religion
Voltaire
W
"Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent."
Ludwig Wittgenstein
X
Student of Socrates, more renowned for his military and historical career
Xenophon
Y
Prominent Korean confucian scholar of 16th century
Yi I
Z
Contemporary Slovenian marxist and Kung-Fu Panda enjoyer
Slavoj Žižek
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Level 65
Jul 25, 2021
Nice quiz. I enjoyed it. I have this one if you'd like to give it a go: https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/156455/which-philosopher-by-picture
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Level 61
Jul 27, 2021
25/32, not great, not terrible ;)
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Level 83
Jul 25, 2021
24/26. Glad to know that my PhD in philosophy finally came in handy.
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Level 79
Jul 26, 2021
Suggest being a little more lenient with the misspellings. I tried Democratus and Democretus before I gave up. Should have kept trying!
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Level 61
Jul 27, 2021
Right. I tried to take quite a liberal approach, but there are countles ways to misspel a name, and JetPunk script in this matter is quite complex. I'll try to take some more time to make it work.
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Level 22
Aug 1, 2021
Note: You might want to change P's clue to 'student of S'. Otherwise it gives the answer away. Great quiz tho.