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's philosophy, independent self-consciousness is both an aspect of concrete individuality and what else?

2. What field does Hegel defend in the Preface and Introduction?

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

4. Hegel writes that the divisive power of the mind allows the self to define itself relative to what?

5. What is a pre-condition to Reason according to Hegel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Hegel characterize the Course of the World, and what is the result of overcoming it?

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

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

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

8. What qualities does an "organic entity" have according to Hegel?

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

10. How does Hegel define the relationship between the lord and the servant?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

What are the laws that govern the self in its relation with itself and in its relation with external reality? Discuss the laws that apply to the self in its development. Is development itself one of the world's laws according to Hegel's philosophy?

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