Solution to the puzzle #4 

The winner of Puzzle #4 is Maurizio Bisogno. He found 21 (out of 25) words from ancient Greek philosophy. The complete list of words is: Agape, Apeiron, Aletheia, Arche, Arete, Ataraxia, Atomos, Chaos, Cosmos, Daemon, Doxa, Eidos, Entelechy, Episteme, Eros, Eudaimonia, Logos, Nomos, Nous, Phronesis, Physis, Pneuma, Polis, Psyche, Sophia, Techne. Enter here to see the complete answer.

 AGORA PHILOSOPHY PUZZLE #5 (solutions until August 19, 2017)



The thinkers in each group have something in common, which none of the thinkers in the other groups have. Can you identify what is common and unique to each group?

Send us (AgoraPhilosophy at the common element of each group. (You don’t have to identify all the photos, only the common element.) All answers must be received by Saturday, August 19 before midnight. The winner (the most correct common elements) will be announced on Agora.

Philosophers group 1

 Philosophers group 2

 Philosophers group 3

 AGORA PHILOSOPHY PUZZLE #4 (solutions until August 11, 2017) 


Solution to the puzzle 


In the matrix of letters below, there are 26 Greek concepts that were used by important ancient Greek philosophers. The letters of each word are arranged on one straight line: downwards, upwards, left, right, or diagonally. The letters can be either forwards or backwards (for example, either “nous” or “suon”). One of these words (“nous”) is marked in yellow. How many additional words can you find?

Send us (AgoraPhilosophy at as many hidden Greek words as you can find, by Friday August 11 before midnight. The winner (the largest number of Greek words) will be announced on Agora. Puzzle4




 AGORA PHILOSOPHY PUZZLE #3    (July 29, 2017)


Solution to the puzzle

The winner of this puzzle is Jason Barnes. He received a free book of his choice from Loyev Books.


The following is an “alphabetic chain” of philosophers. The FIRST OR LAST letter of each name is the same as the FIRST OR LAST letter of the next name:

Puzzle 3

The above chain is made of 4 names (Kant, Kierkegaard, Descartes, Plotinus). What is the LONGEST alphabetical chain you can create?

A chain must consist only of family names of philosophers who appear in the TOPICS section of Agora. All names must be in English spelling (for examples, Plato, not Platon). The same name cannot appear twice.




 AGORA PHILOSOPHY PUZZLE #2       (July 22, 2017)

Solution to the puzzle

The winner of this puzzle is Karl Pfeifer. He received a free book of his choice from Loyev Books.




The winner of this puzzle were Ruth Eilon, Sergey Borisov and Maurizio Bisogno. They each received a free book of their choice from Loyev Books.  



1. For Eric Fromm, _ _ _ _ love is not a feeling but an attitude towards the world. (See Agora’s Topics page

5. A component of the psyche, according to Freud.

7. What is common to the middle of Unamuno, of Montaigne, and of Sartre’s lover.

8. The “philosophical grandson” of Socrates.

12. According to Plato, it is a copy of a copy.

13. Pela _ _ _ _, an Irish British thinker of the 4-5 century AD, who believed in free will as opposed to pre-destination.

14. A British philosopher who did not have an experience of a self. (See Agora’s Topics page

16. A philosophy book titled _ _ _ Homo.

18. One country in which the social philosophy of “Buen Vivir” is developing (shortened name).

20. Half human and half God, according to a wise woman.

22. She was a Russian-American novelist and an egoistic philosopher (initials of first and last name).

23. One of the reasons critiqued by Immanuel Kant.

25. A British “ordinary language” philosopher of the 20th century who denounced “the ghost in the machine” (initials of first and last name).

26. A Harvard professor of political philosophy who called for a minimal state (initials of first and last name).

27. The field of the Agora website.

28. A prefix that turns physics into a field of philosophy.

30. One of the four elements according to Empedocles.

32. A sociologist and philosopher who wrote about protestant ethics.

33. A major Neo-Platonist (See Agora’s Topics page

35. According to Hermann Hesse, they can teach us a lot.

37. The Philosophy of __ by French philosopher Gaston Bachelard.

39. Diogenes threw one of them into Plato’s academy.

40. A 19th century English philosopher of evolution.



2. Jacques Derrida’s book The _ _ _ of the Other, about speech, voice, reading, writing, and the Other.

3. The first name of a very pessimistic philosopher (See Agora’s Topics page

4. A Belgian-French feminist philosopher and psychoanalyst, author of This Sex Which is Not One. (Initials of her first and last name).

5. For Buber, if not You then _ _ (See Agora’s Topics page

6. The ancient Cynic school of philosophy received its name from a Greek word which means…

7. This thinker discovered that he existed.

9. A quantifier in logic, which is read as: “There is an X such that…”

10. Items of clothing, which Quine or Adorno or Dewey would wear, but not Parmenides or Heraclitus or Zeno.

11. _ _ _ retius, an ancient thinker who wrote a poem about death (See Agora’s Topics page

12. A city in Syria in which the great 10th century philosopher Al Farabi, “the second master” (after Aristotle), lived for a while.

15. Between Cogito and sum.

17. What is common to philosophers Williams, Lonergan, and Bolzano: B _ _ _ _ _ d.

19. When Socrates was in prison, he was given a _ _ _.

21. Kierkegaard’s Either/_ _ (See Agora’s Topics page

24. Rousseau’s imaginary student (See Agora’s Topics page

28. He discussed with Socrates the nature of virtue.

29. Immanuel Kant was not only a philosopher. In astronomy, he developed the theory that the sun originated as a n_ _ _ la.

30. What a philosopher would use for his work before the invention of the computer.

31. David _ _ _ _, a Scottish philosopher who believed in ethical intuition (See Agora’s Topics page

32. What Socrates drank in the Symposium.

35. Author of Leviathan (initials of first and last name).

36. A prefix, which begins a word that normally means “making smaller,” but in philosophy it means translating one level of reality into a more basic level of reality (for example, psychology to biology).

38. An important British philosopher and logician, married four times, a conscientious objector against war (initials of first and last name) (See Agora’s Topics page

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