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PHL PHILOSHOPH INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY

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    Dec 08, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I didn't think I would like philosophy in the least but I had to take a course to fill my gen eds. The professor is very nice and understanding. He also explains everything that you need to know in terms that people who don't study philosophy will understand (maybe too much sometimes). Overall, this is a good bet if you're looking for a different kind of gen ed.

    Course highlights:

    Throughout this course, you learn the about morality and ethics mostly. You go through different philosophers views on different areas of morality. For example, you will learn about whether humans and primates have similar moral standards and why some philosophers think that prostitution and infanticide are okay in some circumstances.

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    3-5 hours

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    Make sure that you read all the assignments and do all the homework. The assignments are short but may take a couple in depth readings to comprehend and the homework can be difficult at some point. He will always give you credit for trying. Even if you know he won't collect the homework, do it. This will help you focus on what he will be wanting you to know for the exams.

    • Fall 2016
    • Newman
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Nov 07, 2016
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would not recommend the course out of personal preference. I enjoy physical sciences rather than philosophy where the answers are not straight to the point. I feel like I understand the material, but am surprised from my examination grades. There are people who do like the thoughtfulness of philosophy and I would recommend it to those types of people, but not to those who prefer physical sciences.

    Course highlights:

    I learned about different types of arguments in the course and how some can be sound or unsound. We learned about morality and how some philosophers believe in a correlation between animal and human morality. The course also taught us about human nature and cultural relativism.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    In order to succeed, give yourself a quiet environment with plenty of time to read over the assignments. The philosophers are not as straight forward as a textbook is. They may define an idea, but following that they may endorse another idea. that being said take your time and do not be afraid to reread the assigned pages again before an exam.

    • Fall 2016
    • Newman
    • Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments Participation Counts
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    Dec 17, 2015
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This class helps you learn to pick apart ideas and think deeper about things. Also, you get to learn about how people think and how philosophers back up their theories.

    Course highlights:

    The highlight for me would have to be learning about Mill and his utilitarian viewpoint and how to him motives don't matter. To Mill only the action matters it doesn't matter if the agent( or person doing the action) does the action for a selfish reason so long as it is the morally right thing such as saving a fellow creature from drowning.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    You definitely need to study the course every day after class so you can retain the information that is put out. Far as studying goes, take a phrase that the philosopher said and investigate it and take it apart and find the meaning behind what they said. Then expand as to why they said that and what each part means.

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

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