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PHILOSOPHY PHI2010 Intro to Philosophy

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    Aug 08, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this class for newcomers to have better understanding of yourself, to have their own view of life.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of the course was the emphasize of free will and the deliberating existence of higher beings. I've learned to have my own will of life and how various philosophies influenced Western audiences.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would advice to newcomer students to do a lot of reading on the assigned textbook and underline what you don't understand and make small notes on what is understood.

    • Summer 2017
    • Klaus Dolling
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading
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    Aug 01, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Intros to philosophy often provide a good understanding of how to face philosophical issues; not merely for academics sake but for the flourishing of one's individual life as it pertains to the networks of "lives" it lives with. Professor Arca is especially good at making the students interested and well thought in philosophy.

    Course highlights:

    On top of looking cool because you can name drop philosophers with rudimentary knowledge about them on internet websites where you become a keyboard warrior, one also, again, gains a sense of the "what" of thinking.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Thinking is a thinking man's game said someone that never existed. I take that phrase I made up and extend it to living: living is a thinking man's game. Where "thought" does not mean the internal cognizing by some subject of some object, but the assimilation of ways-of-being into how one is. In other words: you gotta think to be in this class. And read too. Arca is a nice guy but he won't put up with laziness.

    • Spring 2015
    • KristoferArca
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Jun 26, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    The professor will read off of a projection screen which is very intensive. However, you are not allowed to record him and there is absolutely not enough time to catch everything. It depends on what kind of student you are if that will work or not.

    Course highlights:

    To be honest, I don't feel that I took too much away from the course. However, it did teach me to think a bit differently and that's the kind of thing that does make a course worth taking. I can't remember any factual information from the course but my mind reacts differently to situations with less information that necessary to make assumptions on.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    There were times when the instructions on an exam were not specific enough. I encourage you to get that cleared up immediately. I waited and ended up with a poor grade on my first exam. Also, there is a notebook review at the end of the semester. It's pretty easy to get that extra credit it you have organized notes from each class.

    • Summer 2016
    • Alexander Go
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments


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