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Abstract

Our National Philosophy Tests might convey the notion that we are committing against philosophy what sacrilege is to religion. On the contrary, we are in the mainstream of true philosophy through these tests: "To ridicule philosophy: that is to be a real philosopher." The words are those of Blaise Pascal, a philosopher of respectable achievements. We were about to base this test on Descartes when we realized that we hadn't yet covered Aristotle; that would have been putting Descartes before the horse!

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