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 does consciousness rest on in Hegel's account?

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

3. How does Hegel describe the process of the World running its Course?

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

5. According to the translator's note, Hegel's study of pleasure and necessity is really a study of what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Hegel define "sensibility"?

9. How does Hegel define hedonism?

10. How does Hegel define "irritability"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

According to Hegel, how does the law of the heart affect the individual's development? Analyze the law of the heart and discuss the stages the individual has to pass through when he follows it as well as what transformation(s) result from following it.

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

Hegel's philosophy is predicated on the concept of the Spirit's progress from raw material to manifest spirit. Does "Phenomenology of Spirit" contain other views of human existence in which things are eternal and do not progress but remain the same forever? Does Hegel repress the concept of a culture that does not change over time but preserves the same arts and cultural practices from one generation to the next?

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