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PHIL 253 Philosophy and Literature

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    Oct 19, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I love professor Marek! Such a sweet man and wont hesitate to change grades if you talk to him about them. A little hard to understand because of the accent but an amazing prof.

    Course highlights:

    The philosophy of every philosopher before me and also my own philosophy of life was more identifiable

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    make sure you know all terminology and make sure the test reviews are done

    • Fall 2017
    • Marek Sojka
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    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Great Discussions
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    Jul 24, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I recommend this course and professor to students who is interested about philosophy. The teacher is extremely knowledgable and passionate about the subject. The workload is not heavy, exams are reasonably challenging.

    Course highlights:

    This course gives a good introduction to philosophy despite the name involving literature. You are introduced to the main branches of philosophy, significant philosophers and their world re-owned works.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    The teacher has a thick Polish accent so it might be hard to understand him at first but you will get used to it and even find him a very funny man.

    • Fall 2015
    • Marek Sojka
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    Dec 20, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Brandhorst is the coolest professor ever! He brings life to what has the potential to be a fairly boring subject. Reading Plato is dry but Brandhorst makes it easy to understand and follow. I still use some of the ideas in my other classes. But you must to the reading in order to follow along with the material discussed in class.

    Course highlights:

    This class focused on how philosophy affected literature. The biggest component was on Plato and Plotinus. There is also a book by Tim O'Brien called The Things They Carried. This was by far the easiest material to read in the class. The course focused primarily on the philosophical ideals of Truth, Justice, and Beauty. Each of the reading materials covered one if not two of the ideas.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    There were a few books for the class but I was able to purchase them all for less than $30. They were easy reads and Brandhorst goes over the material in class. In order to understand the lectures you must read the material before the class.

    • Spring 2016
    • Brandhorst

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