Is philosophy a game with unanswerable questions?

140 BIG philosophical questions to ask

Philosophy is the study or attempt to understand the root of reality, existence and knowledge. Philosophical questions have no fixed answers. In fact, asking a philosophical question often leads to more (seemingly unanswerable) questions. The key to answering a philosophical question is an open mind. You have to think critically, systematically and clearly. Answering philosophical questions helps us understand ourselves and the world around us. We've included deep philosophical questions, hard-to-answer philosophical questions, and some that are fun and funny. Enjoy an afternoon or evening of speculation alone or with friends.

Table of Contents

  • 1 Deep Philosophical Questions
  • 2 fun philosophical questions
  • 3 tough philosophical questions
  • 4 fun philosophical questions

Deep philosophical questions

Our list of deep philosophical questions helps one look within oneself and into the world around them to find meaning in existence. Meditate on the questions before attempting an answer. Remember, these deep questions can have completely different answers for each person who thinks about it. Be brave and think outside the box.

  • Would you kill ten people to save 1?
  • Is there such a thing as free will?
  • How do you know God exists? Does not exist?
  • What's the meaning of life?
  • Is there such a thing as absolute morality?
  • Does nature or care form a person's personality?
  • What is freedom Is True Freedom Possible?
  • Can we know what happiness is without sadness?
  • Can we understand well without evil?
  • What is the truth and is it the same as reality?
  • Is there such a thing as truth or is it relative?
  • Can a person be happy if they have never experienced sadness?
  • How and when did it all start?
  • How do you know what is real and what is not?
  • Is there a reason for life and what is it?
  • What happens to a person after they die?
  • Do people have a soul? Do animals have a soul?
  • Does what a person observes change what is actually happening?
  • Do we need evidence to know the truth?
  • How do you know what is real?
  • What is gravity and how does it work?
  • How much control does a person have over their life?
  • Is it always wrong to lie When (if at all) is it okay?
  • Is it okay to do something “wrong” when nobody sees or knows about it?
  • Do you shape your own destiny or does it all happen by destiny?
  • Are there really numbers or are they something that humans have created?
  • If God is “good,” why is there so much evil in the world?
  • When do you think the world will 'end'?
  • When does human consciousness begin?
  • What are thoughts and where do they come from?
  • What is the soul Does it exist before life and does it continue afterwards?
  • Are there parallel universes?
  • Why are people told to respect the dead?
  • What's the meaning of life?
  • Is everyone's life equal?
  • Are religion and science compatible? Why or why not?
  • Is the most important purpose in happiness in life? If not what is it?
  • What is more real, spirit or matter?
  • What is love?

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Funny philosophical questions

Not all philosophical questions are serious. While our list of fun philosophical questions requires some serious consideration, they are meant for a carefree evening rather than debate or disagreement. They also make great conversation starters.

  • People say money can't buy happiness, but can you ever be truly happy without money?
  • If there was just one thing you could change in the world, which would it be?
  • What makes a good friend?
  • Does the "Law of Attraction" exist and what is it?
  • Is there such a thing as true love?
  • Is it better to have love and have lost or never have loved?
  • Do you think computers will ever conquer the world?
  • Which is easier - to love or to be loved?
  • What do we call it 'falling in love'?
  • Would you be looking for a husband on a dating site? Why or why not?
  • Do you think "wild" animals should be kept as pets? When and why
  • Do people need friends? Why?
  • If we ban drugs, why not harmful food additives and alcohol?
  • How do we know electrons and black holes exist if we can't see them?
  • Is it ever okay to reveal a secret?
  • Would you break the law to save someone you love?
  • What do you fear most
  • If you won the lottery, would you quit your job? Why or why not?
  • Would you rather have a job that you love that pays very little or one that you hate and that pays a lot of money?
  • Does the time change from one day to the next and therefore some days seem to last forever?
  • If you knew you were going to die tomorrow what would you do today?
  • Does life exist anywhere else in the universe?
  • If our minds are made up of particles and atoms, both of which are likely to behave, how can we think we have free will?
  • Which historical figure, good or bad, do you think has had the greatest impact on the world? Your country?
  • Is there such a thing as happiness?
  • What Makes a Better Pet - a Cat or a Dog? Why?
  • Do you think there will be a time when all shopping is done online?
  • Which season is the best - summer, winter, spring or autumn? Why?
  • Are clowns funny or scary?
  • What is the right age to get married?
  • Is it more important to be a leader or a follower?
  • Can animals “think” and / or “argue”?
  • Does a person's name determine anything about their personality?
  • Why aren't houses equipped with sensor lights that turn off when nobody is in the room?

Hard philosophical questions

Hard philosophical questions are those that are thought-provoking but (unlike most deep philosophical questions) can be answered. For many of them, the point is to express your own opinion and then to back up that opinion either with facts or with personal experience. Our list provides a good stepping stone to engaging discussion and a way to get to know someone on a deeper, more personal level.

  • Are emotions rational or irrational?
  • Are there universal human rights? What are you?
  • What rights do animals have, if any?
  • Can computers be creative?
  • Do wars ever solve the problems of countries and governments?
  • Is there a reason for every event?
  • Do people really have free will?
  • Is love different from sexual desire? Passion? How?
  • How much freedom should people be allowed to have?
  • Should governments impose penalties on those who lead unhealthy lifestyles?
  • Should the government make organ donation mandatory?
  • Should people be allowed to sell their organs and should organ donors be compensated financially?
  • Should people have the right to live without state or national borders and to travel wherever they want?
  • Does democracy work for every country?
  • Should people have to have at least one child as the US birth rate has fallen?
  • If someone kills themselves and you just watch and refuse to interfere, are you responsible for that death?
  • Should we limit the amount of money that people can make and save to avoid an unequal distribution of wealth?
  • What do you think happened to the other shoe when you drive and see a shoe on the side of the road?
  • Is Torture Ever Justified?
  • Is it always good to make decisions?
  • Which is more important, righteousness or mercy?
  • Is preserving a country's culture a good reason to limit immigration?
  • Is there a difference between fair trade and free trade? What is it and what is more important?
  • Is the definition of people by race a social construct or a biological category?
  • Will it ever be possible to travel through time? Room?
  • Should terminally ill people be allowed or encouraged to commit suicide?
  • Is it ever okay to break the law? Why and when
  • What are dreams and why do we have them?
  • Can a person be “educated” without formal training?
  • Is there such a thing as honor in today's society? How would you define honor?
  • How relevant is the family in today's world?
  • What is more important to be respected or liked?
  • Which is better to play a good game and lose, or to cheat and play a "bad" game and win?
  • Is the way we compensate people for their work "fair" or should we have a way to ensure that people are paid appropriately? (i.e. soccer player and teacher)
  • What Exactly Is Self Esteem And Where Does It Come From?

Funny philosophical questions

Sometimes we just need a good laugh. Our fun philosophical questions expand your mind and tickle your funny bones. It's ideal for parties and youth groups - anytime you're in a group and want to have fun or start a conversation.

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  • Can vegetables hurt when you bite into them?
  • Why do we call it the heart of the artichoke when it's down?
  • If you go to a movie theater and the seats have armrests, which one is yours and which one is your neighbors?
  • Should a Vegetarian Eat Animal Crackers?
  • Why doesn't milk go bad in a cow but when you leave it out of the fridge?
  • What hair color is listed on a bald man's driver's license?
  • How often should a person use a disposable razor?
  • Why does Braille appear on the number blocks of the drive-through banking machines?
  • Is it true that five out of four people have problems with fractures?
  • Since women don't find their own facial hair attractive, why not shave their eyebrows off?
  • Shouldn't a pineapple upside-down cake be called a pineapple downside-up cake?
  • Why do we call coffee without cream and sugar "black" when it is really dark brown?
  • If you exercise every day to add an hour to your life, are you not using the extra hour that you added so that exercise really doesn't add hours to your life?
  • Why don't they make slices of cheese and lunchtime meat the size and shape of a piece of bread?
  • Why can't you buy mouse-flavored cat food?
  • Why does a dog hate to be blown in the face but he loves to stick his head out the window in the car?
  • Why do women open their mouths when applying mascara?
  • If wool shrinks when it is wet, why don't sheep shrink in the rain?
  • Why are they nailing the lid of a coffin?
  • Why don't they have seat belts on buses when they are on airplanes?
  • Why do you have a flotation device under your seat and not a parachute on an airplane?
  • Why don't we have a name for the top of our foot and the back of our hands? Would the opposite of sole pole and the opposite of palm be salmon?
  • Why do round pizzas come in square boxes?
  • At what age does a person get “older”?
  • Do our pets have names for us?
  • How do you know what a mirror room looks like when no one is in it?
  • What is the difference between a curtain and a curtain?
  • Why is a mustache considered attractive to a man but not to a woman?
  • Where and how would you hide an elephant if someone gave you one but you couldn't let anyone know you had it?
  • Why do we consider babies healthy when they are plump, but women with the same body composition are considered fat?
  • Is there a difference between a teat and a lollipop? If so, what is it?

There are many different types of philosophical questions. Some exist as long as man has the ability to argue. Others reflect the time we live in. Whether a philosophical question is deep, difficult, funny, or amusing, they all require the ability to think and reason, and they build our ability to do so. Use our lists for parties and dates; as an icebreaker and conversation starter; and as a fun way to get to know others better. If you're really looking for a challenge, ask yourself some original philosophical questions. Ask away and have fun!