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Philosophy Test - Sample questions

Written Test for Admissions, 2002-2003 (1 hour)

Section I: 40 Marks
(Each question carries 2 marks)

Q1. Which one of the following philosophers is the author of Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus?

(a) Spinoza
(b) Descartes
(c) Wittgenstein
(d) Heidegger

Q2. Which philosopher among the following interpreted causation as “succession of events” ?

(a) Aristotle
(b) Locke
(c) Hume
(d) Kant

Q3. Which one of the following is not the characterization of mind?

(a) Mind is that in the individual which perceives, thinks, remembers and imagines
(b) Mind is a metaphysical substance
(c) That which is not material
(d) That which occupies space, has mass, weight, inertia and is reducible to atoms

Q4. Which one of the following is the exact characterization of reductionism?

(a) the theory that a complex system is understandable in terms of its parts or constituents
(b) the technique of reducing a whole to its parts
(c) the theory that the whole is much more than the sum-total of its parts
(d) intentional analysis

Q5. Is the following statement true? If not, how would you change it? ( Be brief in your reply.)

“The three basic aspects or functions of consciousness are cognition, affection and conation.”

Section II: 60 Marks
(Maximum marks for each question: 10)

Q6. Analyze the terms: knowledge, experience, thought, intuition and perception.

Q7. What exactly is the relation between knowing and believing? Would you defend the view that knowing is incompatible with believing? Why?

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