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. According to Hegel, why is the self unhappy?

2. What is the purpose of Hegel's treatise?

3. According to Hegel, why is even a killer dissatisfied with the self-certainty that comes from killing another person?

4. How do objects achieve identity according to Hegel?

5. How does Hegel define "irritability"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is it that forms the basis of individuality and character, in Hegel's terminology?

2. What is the relationship of freedom and fate in Hegel's terminology?

3. How does Hegel define "sensibility"?

4. How does Hegel define force?

5. Why does Hegel describe consciousness as unhappy?

6. What is the difference between a person and an animal in Hegel's philosophy?

7. What are the components of a "concrete individuality" in Hegel's terminology?

8. How can the individual's truths be realized, according to Hegel's philosophy?

9. In Hegel's philosophy, what relationship do the sciences--particularly phrenology and craniology--have to do with truth?

10. What does Hegel mean by saying that consciousness is relational?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

According to Hegel, in what ways are internal reality and external reality correlated? Analyze the distinction between internal and external reality and describe the correlations that unify them at each stage of Spirit's development? Are they ever completely unified? Are they ever completely separate?

Essay Topic 2

Hegel invokes the pre-Christian Greek cults as examples of the religious life he imagines. Is his religion pagan or "civilized"? Natural or urban? What values is he returning to by invoking the Greeks? What Christian practices is he discarding?

Essay Topic 3

Hegel uses anatomical metaphors to express his theories, such as his comparison of Sensibility to the nervous system, or Reproduction to the intestinal system. What is the role of the body in Hegel's philosophy, and are his metaphors meant to invoke the body as a constant presence behind Hegel's discussion of Reason and the development of the self-consciousness, or are they merely explanatory metaphors?

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