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, why is even a killer dissatisfied with the self-certainty that comes from killing another person?

2. According to Hegel, what is it that prevents the development of consciousness from producing societal problems?

3. How does Hegel describe reason?

4. How does Hegel define "irritability"?

5. To what does the term "sensibility" apply according to Hegel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the "conceit of individuality" and what force counters it according to Hegel's philosophy?

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

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

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

8. How are notions and reality related according to Hegel's philosophy?

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

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

How does Hegel's philosophy change in modern times with modern technology? With an argument based in Hegel's text, say whether the Phenomenology of Spirit needs to be updated because of modernity's developments, either in technology or politics or warfare or the arts or culture.

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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