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PHILOSOPHY 101

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    O'Malley, Branda, F. Lee, Pressman, Dr James Reed, Troy Polidori
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    Always Do the Reading

    Great Intro to the Subject

    A Few Big Assignments

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    Oct 18, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Professor Polidori instigates a high level of critical thinking in his course, pivotal to the realm of philosophy which he is introducing. He does so mainly through references, often comparing ideas and scenarios to well known movies or television shows, such as "The Matrix" and "Rick and Morty." Professor Polidori also taught through easy to understand scenarios, using events that could occur in one's day to day life. -Doing so created a comfortable and enriching environment for me as the student, as I was able to more easily connect the ideas being introduced. Ultimately this lead to a greater experience overall; because the ideas were easier to relate to and thus easier to understand, I was able to expand upon them more through analysis, resulting in a greater knowledge received.

    Course highlights:

    This course focused on 5 main areas from a philosophical standpoint: reality, justice, society, religion, and morality. I learned of the many different philosophers and critical thinkers tied with each of these topics, and how their differing viewpoints argued and counter argued each other. This curriculum ultimately taught me the complexity of thought; with every major topic of debate there will always be opposing sides, yet each of these can be supported and argued for, as shown through the history of philosophy.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    To succeed in this course one must constantly ask questions. As stated above, Professor Polidori teaches through popular references and easy to understand scenarios, however in the off chance that a student cannot relate to these, he would be more than happy to elaborate. Often times in these cases he will try to define the concept in a completely new way, in an attempt to cater towards that specific students learning method. However if this still does not grant understanding, Professor Polidori will offer the student some of his time after class to help expand upon the idea in a one-on-one situation, causing increased effectiveness due to the personalized nature of this interaction. I did this many times while taking the course, and he showed me time and time again his dedication to teaching his concepts. Thus, taking advantage of Professor Polidori's adept explanatory skills both in and out of classroom will help one greatly in terms of truly absorbing the course material.

    • Summer 2017
    • Troy Polidori
    • Great Intro to the Subject Great Discussions
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    Feb 08, 2017
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    because the exams the professors gives exceed more than what you are taught.

    Course highlights:

    honestly i would just try to remember things for the exams because they were very difficult.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    study and give it your best and try not to fall asleep

    • Fall 2016
    • Dr James Reed
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments
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    Jan 29, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    Mr. Pressman is a fantastic and hilarious teacher that challenges your ordinary process of thinking.

    Course highlights:

    As it was only a 101 course, we touched the basics of religion, metaphysics, etc. Pressman was honestly the highlight due to all of the examples provided for each theory taught to his students.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Go for it! It's not difficult, entertaining, and provides novel insight into thinking!

    • Fall 2016
    • Pressman
    • Great Intro to the Subject A Few Big Assignments Great Discussions


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