The Phenomenology of Mind Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Hegel include in the limitations of laws?

2. What is it that indicates something about a person's unique traits, in Hegel's account?

3. What else does Reason require in Hegel's philosophy?

4. What does consciousness rest on in Hegel's account?

5. What were both phrenology and cranioscopy looking for?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hegel define duty?

2. According to Hegel, how is duty related to action?

3. What is enlightenment and what are its consequences according to Hegel?

4. What does the statue represent in Hegel's view?

5. Why does Hegel describe consciousness as unhappy?

6. Where do laws come from in Hegel's philosophy?

7. According to Hegel, what effect does the awareness of death have on the self?

8. How, in Hegel's view, does the self become aware of the contradiction of selfhood?

9. What does a consciousness require in order to use observation at the level of Reason according to Hegel's philosophy?

10. How does Hegel define Absolute Freedom?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What is Hegel's relationship with art? What is his ideal artistic form, or is life itself an artistic form for the Absolute Spirit?

Essay Topic 2

In the midst of his discussion of spirit and individuality, Hegel detours into a chapter on property and no property, and even describes communism as an ideal social system for distributing goods. What is the role of this social planning impulse throughout the rest of Phenomenology of Spirit? Is Hegel urging socio-political changes, or is he talking abstractly, or metaphorically, of the soul? How political is Hegel?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the things the self loses along the path of its development toward Absolute Spirit according to Hegel's philosophy. How are the individual's losses compensated with new gains, powers, abilities? Is the self conserved throughout the process, or does it end with more or less than it started with? Is it even still the same thing?

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