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    The Medieval
    13% Ancient, 38% Medieval, 38% Modern and 13% 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

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    there was no "the world is good" answer to the "is the world bad or good" question.

    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
    i am an ancient. fuck yeah.

    picture is of my own doing, it's the school of athens. plato and aristotle front and center. and props to raphael for putting a woman philosopher in there.

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    No surprise:

    The Medieval
    31% Ancient, 44% Medieval, 6% Modern and 19% Post-Modern!



    Bach was not a Medieval artist.

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    The (Unrepentant) 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.

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    The Modern
    19% Ancient, 6% Medieval, 44% Modern and 31% Post-Modern!

    Quote Originally Posted by skylights View Post
    there was no "the world is good" answer to the "is the world bad or good" question.
    There was also no "the world is neutral" or anything similar. Either the world is bad or the question is meaningless.

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    lulz I knew I'd be a modern before I even took the test...that's why I'm so obsessed with the late 1700's to the early 20th century

    The Modern
    31% Ancient, 25% Medieval, 38% Modern and 6% 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

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    The Modern
    19% Ancient, 19% Medieval, 50% Modern and 13% Post-Modern!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    No surprise:

    The Medieval
    31% Ancient, 44% Medieval, 6% Modern and 19% Post-Modern!



    Bach was not a Medieval artist.
    Yeah, I also don't agree that Freud, jazz, parody, or black comedy are post-modern. The Russian Realists were writing black comedy in the 19th century, and parodies go way, way back...way back. Parodies are Medieval, maybe even earlier?

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    The Post-Modern
    13% Ancient, 19% Medieval, 31% Modern and 38% Post-Modern!
    Congratulations! You are: a Post-Modern!
    Congratulations! Unlike everyone else, you Post-Moderns were born in the right era. You can even influence the further development of Post-Modernism! Post-Moderns like you are bowed down by the weight of all the writers and thinkers who have existed before them; but, rather than respecting the authority of the past, as a Medieval thinker might do, a Post-Modern thinker is more likely to reject or reinterpret everything which came before him. While the Moderns ridiculed religion, Post-Moderns ridicule religion and atheism alike. The parody is _the_ classic Post-Modern art form.
    Post-Modern thinkers tend to cast every commonly received notion into doubt. The naive, common-sense interpretation of things is shocked when Post-Modernism declares, for instance, that perfect translation is theoretically impossible, or that the connection between a word and its meaning is merely illusory. The distinction between meaning and meaninglessness is blurred--see the poetry of* e.e. cummings or the works of Joyce for an example of the Post-Modern disregard for the orthodox English sentence.
    Moreover, Post-Moderns like Freud and Nietzsche, with their psychological insight, cast into doubt the freedom of the human will, and helped to blur the lines previous eras might have drawn between a good person and a bad one, between a madman and a sane one.
    Some post-modern philosophers: Wittgenstein, Nietzsche, Derrida, Foucault, Freud, Benjamin, Hegel, Kierkegaard
    Some post-modern artists: Joyce, Henry James, Proust, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Faulkner, Woolf, Samuel Beckett
    Typical post-modern art forms: the non-traditional novel, black comedy, jazz, film, photography, the music video, the psychological case study, the parody

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