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 assumption does Hegel make about God?

2. What emerges after self-estrangement fades according to Hegel?

3. How does Idealist philosophy describe the world?

4. How does Hegel look at ethics in the "Moral View of the World" chapter?

5. In Hegel's philosophy, where is duty found?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. In Hegel's philosophy, what is the difference between conscience and the moral self-consciousness?

5. What does Hegel mean by saying that every action is divisive?

6. How does Hegel define the artificer?

7. According to Hegel, how does the individual experience Absolute Knowledge?

8. How does Hegel account for self-conflict as an opportunity for the self?

9. Define the German word Geist.

10. According to Hegel, what do artists and tool makers have in common?

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

What is the difference between concrete individuality and Absolute Spirit in Hegel's philosophy? They both strike a balance between internal and external reality and experience, but how are they separate terms?

Essay Topic 3

What is the purpose of life in Hegel's philosophy? How does that term apply differently to different entities? What are the different stages of purpose?

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