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. How does Hegel describe reason?

2. What is the main obstacle to the individual submitting to the good and the true in Hegel's view?

3. According to Hegel, how does the truth of concrete individuals manifest?

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

5. What does "the concrete" have in Hegel's account?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What was the relationship between philosophy and science in Hegel's time?

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

7. What does "concrete" mean in Hegel's terminology?

8. What is the difference between "theoretical reason" and "practical reason" in Hegel's terminology?

9. How does Hegel define Reason?

10. How does Hegel define force?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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