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PHIL 1301 Intro to Philosophy

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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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    Jan 12, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It was a great class that helped me see the world in a different light. It caused me to think more than ever before.

    Course highlights:

    I learned many deeper meanings behind why people should allow assisted suicide and also why they should not. Why God exists and why He does not. It was a broad unbiased spectrum that deeply affected my perspectives.​

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure you read and listen to the lectures. If you can't fully grasp the reading, take notes on what you did comprehend and then listen to the lecture and take notes again. Professor Doucet is great at explaining what the philosophers mean in a way students new to the topic can understand.

    • Fall 2016
    • troy doucet
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions

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