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How Machiavellian are you?

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• Is the world eternal? YES
• Do humans have contra-causal free will (i.e., can humans do otherwise)? NO
• Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? YES
• Do humans have souls? YES
• Are there natural rights? YES
• Is it morally permissible to eat meat? NO
• Is the unexamined life worth living? NO
• Is truth subjectivity? YES
• Is virtue necessary for happiness? YES
• Can a computer have a mind? YES
• Can humans know reality as it is in itself? YES
• Is hell other people? YES
• Can art be created accidentally? NO
• Can we change the past? NO
• Are numbers real? NO
• Is it always better to know the truth? YES

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Find out by taking this short test. I surprised myself with a 63 (“high mach”).



  1. Richard Greene says:

    55 Low Mach (whew!!!)


  2. Jon Adams says:

    69! I imagine most poli sci majors like myself would score relatively high on this test ha ha.


  3. Kleiner says:

    44, I am a Low Mach. I’m sure my sympathies with Aristotelian virtue ethics pushed my score down.
    To the question of Machy disposition by major — I double-majored in philosophy and politics in college (my alma mater’s department has since changed its name from ‘politics’ to ‘political science’ – my guess is that they know more now since they have the name ’science’ attached to their discipline.)


  4. Mike Otteson says:

    69. Doesn’t surprise me too much


  5. Doug Beazer says:

    Wow, I received a 71! I am the Liberal here, what’s the deal?


  6. Jon Adams says:

    Maybe it’s related to how liberals are statistically more dishonest ha ha:


  7. Jake Housel says:

    I scored a 57, that is a fun test!


  8. Doug Beazer says:

    I just dont believe in offering out trust to everyone. I think I scored high because I have a sort of pessimistic view of the world; yet, I am an idealist. So I guess I believe people will act poorly if they focus on individual needs, but if we focus on the needs of the group, then things work out for the best. Hmmm, does that make me a fan of a dictator/socialist?


  9. Adam Huish says:

    41! hmmmm seems quite low…


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