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. In Hegel's philosophy, what does the self want instead of the good and the true?

2. What relation binds the object and the perceiver in Hegel's philosophy?

3. According to Hegel, what constitutes the Course of the World?

4. In Hegel's terminology, what does the term "sensibility" pertain to?

5. According to the translator, what does "the fact of the matter" refer to?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hegel define hedonism?

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

3. What is it that forms the basis of individuality and character, in Hegel's terminology?

4. How does Hegel define force?

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

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

7. According to Hegel's account, what is the mind's relationship with itself?

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

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

10. What is the "conceit of individuality" and what force counters it according to 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

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.

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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