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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 the purpose of an animal's mentality in Hegel's opinion?

2. According to Hegel, how does the truth of concrete individuals manifest?

3. What are noumena according to Hegel?

4. What is the result of force in Hegel's philosophy?

5. Where does Hegel locate the beginning of scientific knowledge?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the difference between "theoretical reason" and "practical reason" in Hegel's terminology?

2. How does Hegel define "irritability"?

3. How are notions and reality related according to Hegel's philosophy?

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

5. How does Hegel define hedonism?

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

7. Why does Hegel describe consciousness as unhappy?

8. What are the stages by which the conscious mind develops, in Hegel's terminology?

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

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 difference between concrete individuality and Absolute Spirit in Hegel's philosophy? They both strike a balance between internal and external reality and experience, but how are they separate terms?

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

Hegel invokes the pre-Christian Greek cults as examples of the religious life he imagines. Is his religion pagan or "civilized"? Natural or urban? What values is he returning to by invoking the Greeks? What Christian practices is he discarding?

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