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. Where does Hegel see the opportunity for good to be manifest through the actions of human beings?

2. What human trait does Hegel say is not found in animals?

3. What is meant by Hegel's term "practical reason"?

4. How does Hegel define a law?

5. How else do the inner and outer relate, besides being opposites according to Hegel?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Hegel describe consciousness as unhappy?

2. What distinction does the translator Baille draw between "the fact of the matter" and "a matter of fact"?

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

4. What are the stages by which the conscious mind develops, in Hegel's terminology?

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

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

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

8. How does Hegel define determinateness?

9. How does Hegel define force?

10. What obstacle is there, in Hegel's terminology, to an individual following the law of the heart?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is Hegel writing for everyman or for specific types of people who are interested in a certain kind of self-discovery? Is he defining an archetypal experience of the soul's maturation, or is he talking about the experience divines and mystics undergo as they search for and find enlightenment?

Essay Topic 2

Hegel's "Phenomenology of Spirit" describes the process by which an individual progresses from raw nature to manifested spirit. How is "Phenomenology of Spirit" also an allegory of the rite of passage into adulthood?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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