My ethical style (according to an internet quiz).

Chad thinks it's a good point in the week for internet quizzes. So, since I saw it at Arbitrary Marks, I took a quiz to determine my ethical style. (No, "bossy" isn't one of the possible results.)

What the quiz says about me after the jump.

Jean-Paul Sartre (100%)

Kant (97%)

John Stuart Mill (83%)

Jeremy Bentham (77%)

Stoics (73%)

Aquinas (63%)

Ayn Rand (59%)

Spinoza (55%)

Prescriptivism (49%)

Nel Noddings (46%)

St. Augustine (46%)

Plato (40%)

Nietzsche (39%)

Aristotle (35%)

David Hume (34%)

Epicureans (34%)

Ockham (27%)

Cynics (20%)

Thomas Hobbes (20%)

Here's the disclaimer about how to interpret the scores:

The results are scored on a curve. The highest score, 100, represents the closest philosophical match to your reponses. This is not to say that you and the philosopher are in total agreement.

Surprises: Sarte is my top match? Aristotle is 5th from the bottom? (I would have guessed higher.) Rand is as high in the list as 7th?

While I'm not a card-carrying Kantian, it turns out that I'm not completely surprised that he's second on my list of matches.

And, I need to mention my favorite feature of the quiz: each of the multiple choice items includes "Doesn't matter/Dislike all answer choices" as a choice. Especially for a surevy about ethics (where one's view may not be neatly captured by the other available choices), this is pretty neat.

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Wow, our top nine are the same (although in a different order. 100% Kant here). You out-Plato me. I out-Cynics you, and I have a much higher epicureans percentage. That must have something to do with parenting.

By Uncle Fishy (not verified) on 27 Jun 2006 #permalink

I wonder whether birth order (or even age) might have something to do with these differences.

I wonder whether birth order (or even age) might have something to do with these differences.

there might be something in frank sulloway's book about this (though think sulloway's work has been discredited personally).

I'll take your word for it on the pop-up ads -- Firefox blocks them for me.