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. What does Hegel say the meaning of life is for every individual?

2. According to Hegel, self-consciousness is aware of itself relative to what?

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

4. How does Hegel define "irritability"?

5. How does Hegel describe notions?

Short Essay Questions

1. What qualities does an "organic entity" have according to Hegel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What distinction does the translator Baille draw between "the fact of the matter" and "a matter of fact"?

9. How does Hegel define Reason?

10. How does Hegel define "sensibility"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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