Which Heretic are You?

Steven and Ben Nadler’s Heretics is a graphic novel account of the seventeenth-century thinkers who challenged the authority of church and king—risking excommunication, imprisonment, and even execution—to lay the foundations of modern philosophy and science. But which of these radical philosophers would you have been? Take our quiz and find out:

Do you believe that God is:

When a tree falls in a forest, do you think that:

When one body gravitates toward another, is it because:

Do you believe mind and body are:

Are miracles possible?

What is the source of a political sovereign’s authority?

Is this the best of all possible worlds?

What happens when you die?

Which Heretic Are You?
You are Descartes.

French philosopher and mathematician. His works include The World (1628-1633, unpublished in his lifetime), Discourse on Method (with accompanying essays on optics, meteorology, and geometry, 1637), Meditations on First Philosophy (1641), Principles of Philosophy (1644), and The Passions of the Soul (1649).
You are Leibniz.

German philosopher, theologian, mathematician, historian, etc. His voluminous writings include Discourse on Metaphysics (1686, unpublished in his lifetime); New System of Nature (1695); New Essays on Human Understanding (1704, unpublished in his lifetime); Theodicy (1710); and Principles of Nature, and of Grace, and Monadology (both 1714, unpublished in his lifetime), along with important correspondence with an enormous number of people, including Spinoza, Arnauld, and Malebranche.
You are Malebranche.

French theologian, and philosopher, and Catholic priest (Oratory). He is the author of The Search after Truth (1674-75), Treatise on Nature and Grace (1680), Dialogues on Metaphysics and Religion (1688), and philosophical correspondence with Arnauld, Leibniz, and many others.
You are Spinoza.

Dutch philosopher of Portuguese-Jewish ancestry. His major works are Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect (unpublished in his lifetime), Short Treatise on God, Man, and His Well-being (unpublished in his lifetime), Descarte's Principles of Philosophy, and Metaphysical Thoughts (1663), Ethics (composed ca.1662-1676, published posthumously in 1677), Theological-Political Treatise (1670) and Political Treatise (unfinished).
You are Pascal.

French mathematician, natural philosopher, and religious writer. His works include Treatise on the Vacuum (1651), Provincial Letters (1656-57), and the Pensées (begun in 1658, not published until 1670).
You are Hobbes.

English philosopher and mathematician. His works include the “Third Set of Objections” to Descarte's Meditations (1641); the Elements of Philosophy, comprised of three treatises: On the Citizen (1642), On Body (1656), and On Man (1658); and Leviathan (1651).
You are Locke.

English philosopher and physician. His most important philosophical writings are An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690), Two Treatises on Government (1690), Some Thoughts Concerning Education (1695), and several “Letters” on toleration.
You are Newton.

English natural philosopher and mathematician. Among his most important philosophical writings are “New Theory of Light and Colors” (1672), Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy (1687), and Opticks (1704).

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