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. How does Hegel define "irritability"?

2. What is the purpose of Hegel's treatise?

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

4. According to Hegel, why is even a killer dissatisfied with the self-certainty that comes from killing another person?

5. What is the reason of observation conjoined with, according to the translator? 

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the contradiction that governs the self's relationship with morality, in Hegel's view?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does the statue represent in Hegel's view?

9. How does Hegel define "sensibility"?

10. How does Hegel define force?

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

According to Hegel, what is the difference between duty, morality, law and art? These things all help the self mediate between subjective self-awareness and existence as an objective thing in the world. How are duty, morality, law, and art different in how they mediate the different stages of the opposition the self encounters?

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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