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. How do objects achieve identity according to Hegel?

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

3. How else do the inner and outer relate, besides being opposites according to Hegel?

4. What is humanity's tendency according to Hegel?

5. According to Hegel, what must an individual conquer in order to manifest consciousness and individuality?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Hegel define Reason?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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