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, what constitutes the Course of the World?

2. How does Hegel describe Necessity?

3. How does Hegel describe reason?

4. How does Hegel describe observation?

5. Why does Hegel say that the relationship with the bondsman is not fulfilling for the lord?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Hegel define force?

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

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

8. What is the relationship of freedom and fate in Hegel's terminology?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the purpose of life in Hegel's philosophy? How does that term apply differently to different entities? What are the different stages of purpose?

Essay Topic 2

What is the role of conflict in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit? Is there an alternative by which the individual can develop without experiencing conflict? Hegel describes the experience of the world as a sad and unhappy experience for most people. Under what conditions and within what limitations is happiness possible? Is happiness reconcilable with conflict?

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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