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PHIL 1301 Intro to Philosophy

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    Jun 01, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would certainly recommend the course! I learned so much about the world around me from seeing how others in the past perceived it. Seeing the genius of those long past honestly restored much of my faith in humanity.

    Course highlights:

    I learned much from hearing about the ways that the ancients perceived the world around them. It was educational and has effected my world view greatly to understand them. From learning of the great philosopher Plato and his forms of perfection, to learning of Descartes incredible meditations and the places he was willing to take himself for the sake of discovery. The world would be a far more empty place without the philosophers of old.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    You absolutely must do the readings if you want to pass the quizzes. While the quizzes are pop, you receive adequate time to prepare. And always bring the readings to class with you! You are allowed to us them during quizzes. To pass the tests, you MUST take notes in class and pay attention. The essays are all but written for you. Take great notes and you will pass every one of them.

    • Spring 2017
    • Levi Bryan
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Mar 02, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Professor Miller makes the class so easy to understand. He is an incredibly credible source of information with regards to his subject matter and his dissection of the philosophical texts are so well organized. it is nigh impossible to fail Professor Miller's class even if you miss a number of lectures.

    Course highlights:

    I learnt quite a lot from this class due to the various books we had to read during the courses run time. I got to familiarize myself with the works of great philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, Descartes, Nietzsche and a lot more. I also became acquainted with modern philosophy as well, particularly the works of a French philosopher named Frederic Gros, author of award-winning "A Philosophy of Walking."

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    For amazing success in this class, note-taking is not all too important but for the few items that Professor Miller repeats from time to time. Also, you do not necessarily have to read every word of every text presented to you, as a lot of it will get dissected in the classroom, but the additional knowledge you will gain from actually reading the texts in next to priceless.

    • Fall 2016
    • Professor Adam Miller
    • Great Intro to the Subject Requires Lots of Research Great Discussions
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    Jan 14, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    For students who have an interest in philosophy of any kind this course provides a great introduction. Our class spent the semester reading and discussing Plato's Republic. However, I have heard that he will switch books between semesters so this may not be the book you end up reading. If you love reading you will have a great time in this course.

    Course highlights:

    By taking this course you will gain knowledge of many introductory questions in philosophy. You will also learn why philosophy is an important field of study. Professor Hasler is great at leading class discussions and you can expect to have your beliefs challenged by the readings.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you want to take this course there are three skills you should have: reading writing, and the ability to show up for class. Most of your grade will come from essays that you will have to write or tests which consist of both multiple choice and short-answer questions. You absolutely need to read the assigned books in order to do well on both of these. Also, the professor will sometimes put things that were discussed in class (but not covered in the book) on tests so it's imperative that you show up to class meetings.

    • Fall 2015
    • Carl Hasler
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions

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