The Phenomenology of Mind Test | Final 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 does Hegel describe the divine in its initial stage?

2. What serves as a model for duties for individuals in Hegel's opinion?

3. Why does Hegel say that "property" is superior to "no property"?

4. What does Hegel equate with Spirit?

5. What in Hegel's view does individuality gain when it finds itself after being lost to the public order?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hegel define Absolute Freedom?

2. According to Hegel, what does the law of heart do to an individual who follows it?

3. What does Hegel say about the distribution of wealth?

4. According to Hegel, what effect does the awareness of death have on the self?

5. How does Hegel describe the Absolute Spirit?

6. What, in Hegel's view, is the purpose of life?

7. How do light and dark function in natural religion, in Hegel's view?

8. According to Hegel, how is duty related to action?

9. What is God's relationship with the work of art, in Hegel's view?

10. How is the Divine Being revealed, in Hegel's philosophy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Write an evaluative review of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. Where is the book most itself? Where is it unresolved, or riven with internal tensions? How are those tensions contained? What are the forces that are trying to pull Phenomenology of Spirit apart?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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