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 prepare for his readers in the last chapter?

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

3. What happens to the mind that gains a reprieve from the fear of death according to Hegel?

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

5. What does Spirit represent for the Mind according to Hegel?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the contradiction that governs the self's relationship with morality, in Hegel's view?

3. Define the German word Geist.

4. How does Hegel define duty?

5. What does the statue represent in Hegel's view?

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

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

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

9. How does Hegel define the artificer?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

According to Hegel, in what ways are internal reality and external reality correlated? Analyze the distinction between internal and external reality and describe the correlations that unify them at each stage of Spirit's development? Are they ever completely unified? Are they ever completely separate?

Essay Topic 3

Hegel invokes the pre-Christian Greek cults as examples of the religious life he imagines. Is his religion pagan or "civilized"? Natural or urban? What values is he returning to by invoking the Greeks? What Christian practices is he discarding?

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