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, self-consciousness is aware of itself relative to what?

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

3. What does Hegel say is ultimately impossible for a human?

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

5. How does Hegel describe Necessity?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Hegel describe consciousness as unhappy?

4. In Hegel's philosophy, what relationship do the sciences--particularly phrenology and craniology--have to do with truth?

5. How does Hegel define "sensibility"?

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

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

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

9. How does Hegel define determinateness?

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

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

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

Describe and analyze Hegel's ideas concerning the characteristic tensions and conflicts as the individual is transformed from organic nature to Absolute Knowledge, and discuss the process by which the Spirit develops.

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