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 force?

2. According to Hegel, pon what does the reality of a notion depend?

3. What role does Hegel say society plays in how man determines his direction?

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

5. What qualities does Hegel describe as being necessary for organic entities?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hegel define "sensibility"?

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

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

4. How does Hegel define "irritability"?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why does Hegel describe consciousness as unhappy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

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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