Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I absolutely adored having philosophy 100 as one of my gen ed classes. Honestly, at the beginning I was rather unsure of whether or not I wanted to keep the class on my schedule. As a language major, how was philosophy going to help me? Well, as the semester has gone on, I've found out more about myself than I would have ever imagined from a very introductory class to philosophy. It's allowed some great study habits to develop for me and made it impossible to stay closed minded.
While we only hit on the highlights of several philosophers, I've learned more than I would have thought possible from an intro-level class. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Epictetus, Aquinas, and Descartes are all philosophers that we've gone over so far. Personal thoughts about the world and how it works, what it means to know, what it means to be human, all of this has been brought into light for me. Things I never questioned before now seem silly to NOT have questioned.
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Advice for students:
Make sure to take really thorough notes in class. Tanke is a fast talker and he gets into the lectures, but honestly I feel like it makes it all the more interesting. Don't take his ramblings for granted, even if it seems like what he's saying isn't relevant. Ask questions!! Be involved, and if you're unclear tell him to rephrase. He's very open to helping you understand, and actually gets frustrated when the class isn't involved. The readings are best done before class, as requested in the syllabus, and it's wise to form a study group to meet before each test.