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. What does Hegel contrast darkness to?

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

3. Where does Hegel look for God in art?

4. How does Hegel describe each action?

5. What does Hegel say self-consciousness can express as Absolute Spirit?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Hegel describe the Absolute Spirit?

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

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

5. What is enlightenment and what are its consequences according to Hegel?

6. According to Hegel's philosophy, what is the progression the self follows?

7. What is the difference between "property" and "no property" in Hegel's view?

8. Define the German word Geist.

9. According to Hegel's philosophy, what is the individual's relationship with society, in terms of the development of ethical behavior?

10. How does Hegel define moments?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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