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. According to Hegel, what does each action lead to?

2. Which religion comes first, in Hegel's philosophy?

3. How does Hegel describe the Absolute?

4. Where does universality have its reality according to Hegel?

5. In Hegel's view, what does the spark of the Absolute represent?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hegel define duty?

2. In what way does Hegel say that humans can continue to progress beyond Absolute Knowledge?

3. What is the two-fold function of Spirit, in Hegel's philosophy?

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

5. How does Hegel define self-estrangement?

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

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

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

9. What is the effect of Insight on self-consciousness, in Hegel's philosophy?

10. In what way or under what conditions can self-consciousness itself be moral in Hegel's view?

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

Hegel's "Phenomenology of Spirit" describes the process by which an individual progresses from raw nature to manifested spirit. How is "Phenomenology of Spirit" also an allegory of the rite of passage into adulthood?

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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