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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 else must an individual conquer in order to manifest individuality according to Hegel?

2. What does a man gain by doing good work in Hegel's view?

3. According to Hegel, how does the animal fulfill its purpose?

4. What does Hegel recommend for people who conflict with their times and culture?

5. According to Hegel, what is it that prevents the development of consciousness from producing societal problems?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to Hegel, how does the individual experience Absolute Knowledge?

3. How does Hegel describe the Absolute Spirit?

4. How does Hegel define determinateness?

5. What is the "conceit of individuality" and what force counters it according to Hegel's philosophy?

6. What, in Hegel's view, is the purpose of life?

7. In what way does Hegel say that humans can continue to progress beyond Absolute Knowledge?

8. How does Hegel define force?

9. Why does Hegel describe consciousness as unhappy?

10. What is God's relationship with the work of art, in Hegel's view?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What is the difference between concrete individuality and Absolute Spirit in Hegel's philosophy? They both strike a balance between internal and external reality and experience, but how are they separate terms?

Essay Topic 2

According to Hegel, what is the difference between duty, morality, law and art? These things all help the self mediate between subjective self-awareness and existence as an objective thing in the world. How are duty, morality, law, and art different in how they mediate the different stages of the opposition the self encounters?

Essay Topic 3

Write an evaluative review of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. Where is the book most itself? Where is it unresolved, or riven with internal tensions? How are those tensions contained? What are the forces that are trying to pull Phenomenology of Spirit apart?

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