Philosophical Questions to get you Thinking Deep

Truly knowing yourself is actually something that few people accomplish. Why? Maybe we’re afraid of who we really are and what we truly believe. Either way, I think it’s important to really know yourself. I think these questions would work great for journal prompts as well as conversation topics with your significant other or those close to you. Use them as you will! Either way, here are some philosophical questions to get you thinking deep on your discovery to really knowing yourself:

Strong minds discuss ideas

  1. Do you believe in fate? Do you have any examples?
  2. If there is other life out there in the universe, what do you imagine it looks like? Do you think any other life form may share our intentions?
  3. What if there was a multi-verse? What would YOU and those you know look like if there were?
  4. Do you think our dreams have meanings? Are they totally controlled by our subconscious? If they don’t have any meaning – what are dreams?
  5. What do you believe are the 3 major strengths of humanity? The 3 major weaknesses?
  6. In your mind, what would a perfect world look like?
  7. Talk afterlife theories. What does it, (if anything), look like in your mind?
  8. How do you define yourself as a person? Where does your self-worth come from?
  9. If rules are “meant to be broken”, which ones should never be broken? Which ones have some wiggle room?
  10. The meaning of life? Theories?
  11. What belief do you have that you wish you could change? What started this belief? Can you pinpoint the moment you developed this belief?

12. If all obstacles were removed, what do you think you’re capable of achieving?

13. What 3 questions could you ask someone to determine who they are as a person?

14. What are your thoughts on soul-mates? Do you think we can have more than one if you hold this belief at all?

15. Where does jealousy really come from? Is it different from person to person? What about people who say they are never jealous? Do you think that’s possible?

16. What does time mean to you? Is it a human construct? What do you think?

17. Do you think our consciousness lives on somehow? How? What really IS consciousness?

18. Nature or nurture? Both? A combo? What do you think makes us, us?

19. Beauty is subjective. What do you think influences our ideas about what is beautiful?

20. Is it ever justified to take the life of another human?

21. What do you think draws humans to believe in the supernatural or paranormal? Do you think this is an innate thought process that somehow exists in all of us? If so, where does that come from?

22. If given no guidelines, no laws and no consequences – how far do you think you would really go?

23. Where do you think the human need for excitement/risk comes from? Is there a deeper meaning to wanting to skydive than to simply do it? (or any comparable activity that can be dangerous).

24. How important is privacy to you? Why do you think it’s so important if you’re doing nothing wrong?

25. If the outcome is a means of betterment, does the way it is achieved really matter?

26. Are there laws that you would change? What differences do you believe changing that law would really make?

27. Let’s talk love. Is it chemical or something deeper? What determines what love really is?

28. Evil – is there a clear definition of the word? What is evil to you?

29. Are people offended too easily? Where do we draw the line in free speech? Does offending somebody really matter if you believe the thought is justified?

30. What steps, (ethically and morally), could be taken to sustain the planet? Disregarding ethics and morals – how would the steps differ?



Krissy October is a professional freelance writer, aspiring novelist and knowledge nerd who is dedicated to consistent self-improvement and finding clever ways to solve everyday problems.

1 Comment

  1. Very interesting questions. No right or wrong answers but I love philosophy.

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