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 did cranioscopy examine?

2. How does Hegel describe the process of the World running its Course?

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

4. What does Hegel include in the limitations of laws?

5. What does consciousness rest on in Hegel's account?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Hegel define Reason?

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

5. What does "concrete" mean in Hegel's terminology?

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

7. What was the relationship between philosophy and science in Hegel's time?

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

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

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

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

Hegel's "Phenomenology of Spirit" describes the process by which an individual progresses from raw nature to manifested spirit. How is "Phenomenology of Spirit" also an allegory of the rite of passage into adulthood?

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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