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The Philosophy Exam

By Sedulia @Sedulia

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Today was the Bac Philo, the traditional opening salvo in France's Baccalaureate tests for seniors in high school. Every French student has to take philosophy. This year the questions included:

[For the Baccalaureate ES series]

Is freedom threatened by equality? Is art less necessary than science? Explain an extract of De Beneficiis [On Benefits] of Seneca.

La liberté est-elle menacée par l'égalité ? L'art est-il moins nécessaire que la science ? Expliquer un extrait des Bienfaits de Sénèque.

[For the Baccalaureate L series]

Can one prove a scientific hypothesis? Is man condemned to have illusions about himself? Comment on The Gay Science of Nietzsche.

Peut-on prouver une hypothèse scientifique ? L'homme est-il condamné à se faire des illusions sur lui-même? Commentaire sur le Gai savoir de Nietzsche.


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