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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 is it that expresses both the individual and inner reality, in Hegel's view?

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

3. What human trait does Hegel say is not found in animals?

4. What does Hegel explain in the introduction of The Phenomenology of Mind?

5. How does Hegel describe force?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Hegel describe consciousness as unhappy?

3. How does Hegel define hedonism?

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

5. How is the Divine Being revealed, in Hegel's philosophy?

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

7. In what way or under what conditions can self-consciousness itself be moral in Hegel's view?

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

9. How does Hegel define moments?

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

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

What are the laws that govern the self in its relation with itself and in its relation with external reality? Discuss the laws that apply to the self in its development. Is development itself one of the world's laws according to Hegel's philosophy?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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