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PHIL 191 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY

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    Apr 09, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    Amazing class, amazing professor. Took all of Ruths classes that he taught. He is my favorite professor at OCC. This class is interesting and pretty easy.

    Course highlights:

    You learn about ancient philosophers, and their stories. Talk about many theories in the class. You cover a lot of philosophers in a semester.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you need an elective class, take this course. Its fun and informative. Many of the theories learned about can affect and impact the way you think.

    • Spring 2016
    • Ruth
    • Great Intro to the Subject A Few Big Assignments Great Discussions
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    Mar 11, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course changed my entire outlook on life in general. Being able to look at everything you have ever learned and known in your life, but to see it in a different way and analyze it more was life altering. I became very interested in philosophy and ethics from taking this course, and I could not thank Professor Ruth more.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course allowed me to see everything differently, and view things I have never even thought of thinking deeper on. I learned that you can look at events in life in various lights, and each one will put you in a different circumstance. Morals and ethics are big in a philosophy course and I feel that I have gained a lot of knowledge on those two things.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Paying attention during lecture is the key, taking a variety of notes from lecture and the book helps out quite a bit too. Through keeping up with readings prior to class will help you in the long run once you get to class and are asked any questions. Reading also will give you much more information than just the lectures. I recommend working with others in the class too because things can get confusing. Also, do not forget to ask questions.

    • Fall 2015
    • Ruth
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Mar 28, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course definitely throws you into deep waters when thinking about how us humans engage in the world. It gives you a perspective from multiple philosophers and how they viewed the world in such differentiating ways when they were viewing the same thing.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course were definitely the take on subjectivity and objectivity. I learned that we form our own opinions and have our own philosophies. Separate sciences such as math and humanities both seem like they are on totally different ends of the spectrum because some believe that one can be proven with factual quantities while the other cannot. But who is to say that is actually true? Math may just be a way someone views the world while another may view the world through art. Certain people are tough-minded while others tender, however, there may be a blend in between. And that is what philosophy is all about, the grey area between the black and white extremes. And trust me, there is a lot of it.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    The advice I would give students considering this course is definitely to pay attention. Not just for good grades but because it is easy to get lost when speaking about things such as the transcendent and imminent. But do not forget to ask questions if you are confused! That is the only way you can wrap your head around some of the subjects discussed within the class. Also, read whenever you can. Vocabulary helps a lot when taking this course since there are so many complex words dating back to hundreds of years ago.

    • Spring 2016
    • Lanz
    • Great Intro to the Subject Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading


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