FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR RECRUITMENT TO POSTS
IN BPS – 17 UNDER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, 2003.
PHILOSOPHY, PAPER – II
TIME ALLOWED: THREE HOURS MAXIMUM MARKS:100
NOTE: Attempt any five questions including Question No. 8 which is compulsory. All questions carry equal marks.
- Critically examine verifiability criterion of meaning as expounded by logical positivism.
“Existence precedes essence,” claimed J. P. Sartre. Discuss in the context of 20th century existentialist thought.
State and explain dialectical materialism as a philosophy theory.
Explain and assess Al-Farabi’s doctrine of form.
Briefly explain the salient features of Ibn Sina’s philosophy.
Explain and evaluate the main points of difference between the Mu’tazilites and Asharites.
Elucidate and assess Iqbal’s position on Sufism.
- Write only the correct answer in the Answer Book. Do not reproduce the questions.
(1) The decision that only what is mental exists and the physical things are manifestation of mind is called:
(a) Vitalism (b) Neo-Platonism (c) Idealism (d) Existential (e) None of these
(2) A theory of justification according to which a belief may be accepted as true if it work, is:
(a) Programmatic theory of truth (b) Coherence theory of truth (c) Rationalism (d) None of these
(3) Esse est Percipi (to be is to be perceived) is the basis of philosophy of:
(a) Jean Paul Sortee (b) Rene Descartes (c) George Berkeley (d) David Hume (e) None of these
(4) One of the following books was written by the famous existentialist Martin Heidegger, which one?
(a) Being and Time (b) Being and Nothingness (c) Either (d) The Rebel (e) None of these
(5) The statement that “History is the result of productive activity in interplay with social relationship” defines the term.
(a) Dialectical process (b) Productive relations (c) Historical process (d) Class Struggle (e) None of these
(6) Exponents of which of the following schools of Muslim theology were considered “rationalists par excellence”?
(a) Mutazilism (b) Asharism (c) Sufism (d) None of these
(7) Who declared Alchemy as imposture?
(a) Al Kindi (b) Al Farabi (c) Al Ghazali (d) Ibn Sina (e) None of these
(8) Who wrote “Muqaddimah”, the epoch making book on History?
(a) Al-Farabi (b) Ibn Sina (c) Ibn Rushd (d) Ibn Khaldoon (e) None of these
(9) Who started the famous periodical Tahdhibal Akhlaq?
(a) Shah Wali Ullah (b) Ahmed Sirhandi (c) Sir Sayyed Ahmad Khan (d) Iqbal (e) None of these
(10) “Development of Metaphyscial in Persia” was Iqbal’s:
(a) Collection of lectures (b) A book written in Persian language. (c) Ph.D Thesis (d) Un-published research pages (e) None of these