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. What is it that indicates something about a person's unique traits, in Hegel's account?

2. How does Hegel define a law?

3. Where does Hegel locate the beginning of scientific knowledge?

4. How does Hegel classify desires?

5. How does Hegel describe reason?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What are the two meanings Hegel gives to the term "independent self-consciousness"?

7. How does Hegel define Reason?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the things the self loses along the path of its development toward Absolute Spirit according to Hegel's philosophy. How are the individual's losses compensated with new gains, powers, abilities? Is the self conserved throughout the process, or does it end with more or less than it started with? Is it even still the same thing?

Essay Topic 3

How did Hegel revise the philosophies of the philosophers who influenced him? How did his philosophy turn the developing Romantic movement? What effect did Hegel's philosophy have on the philosophy that came before it? Was it an evolution, a repudiation, an organic growth?

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