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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 else must an individual conquer in order to manifest individuality according to Hegel?

2. What does a man gain by doing good work in Hegel's view?

3. According to Hegel, how does the animal fulfill its purpose?

4. What does Hegel recommend for people who conflict with their times and culture?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Hegel, what effect does the awareness of death have on the self?

2. According to Hegel, how does the individual experience Absolute Knowledge?

3. How does Hegel describe the Absolute Spirit?

4. How does Hegel define determinateness?

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

6. What, in Hegel's view, is the purpose of life?

7. In what way does Hegel say that humans can continue to progress beyond Absolute Knowledge?

8. How does Hegel define force?

9. Why does Hegel describe consciousness as unhappy?

10. What is God's relationship with the work of art, in Hegel's view?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Hegel uses anatomical metaphors to express his theories, such as his comparison of Sensibility to the nervous system, or Reproduction to the intestinal system. What is the role of the body in Hegel's philosophy, and are his metaphors meant to invoke the body as a constant presence behind Hegel's discussion of Reason and the development of the self-consciousness, or are they merely explanatory metaphors?

Essay Topic 2

How did Hegel revise the philosophies of the philosophers who influenced him? How did his philosophy turn the developing Romantic movement? What effect did Hegel's philosophy have on the philosophy that came before it? Was it an evolution, a repudiation, an organic growth?

Essay Topic 3

What is Hegel's relationship with art? What is his ideal artistic form, or is life itself an artistic form for the Absolute Spirit?

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