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 about the concept of absolute reality?

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

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

4. What becomes clear as the future becomes the past, according to Hegel?

5. What does Hegel say is the goal of individual self-consciousness?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Hegel define Reason?

4. According to Hegel's account, what is the mind's relationship with itself?

5. How does Hegel define force?

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

7. Why does Hegel describe consciousness as unhappy?

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

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

10. What is the difference between a person and an animal in Hegel's philosophy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 is the role of conflict in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit? Is there an alternative by which the individual can develop without experiencing conflict? Hegel describes the experience of the world as a sad and unhappy experience for most people. Under what conditions and within what limitations is happiness possible? Is happiness reconcilable with conflict?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and analyze Hegel's ideas concerning the characteristic tensions and conflicts as the individual is transformed from organic nature to Absolute Knowledge, and discuss the process by which the Spirit develops.

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