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  • Average Rating (from 4 Students)

    4.7/5
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    Always Do the Reading

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    Aug 12, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this class, because the professor is a cool guy, he makes a lot of jokes, and overall easy going, which gives a different feel than a traditional classroom environment. The material is really interesting, and although he does lecture a lot, he shows a lot of videos, offers extra credit, and most of all doesn't put me to SLEEP. It's a fairly easy class if you do the reading and put in effort when it comes to the assignments. Participation is key, even if all you do if volunteer to read a couple sentences out of the textbook....PARTICIPATE! PARTICIPATE! PARTICIPATE!!!

    Course highlights:

    I learned a lot about agnosticism and comparisons of different theories between atheists and theists, especially about how the world came to be. I learned a lot of different philosophical ideologies and the philosophers behind them. There isn't one main theme of the course, the professor covers a lot of different areas. I will say, though, that one of my favorites was the topic of AI and what it means to be human. We watched the movie "Ex Machina" for extra credit and the film and in class discussion really made it clear and brought the topic to life.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Sometimes he moves really quickly and his lectures aren't always the most clear, but if you have a question or want something clarified, don't hesitate to ask. I used to be afraid to raise my hand or even approach my teachers, which was a real set back, so don't do what I did. Trust me, Mather doesn't mind working with students, and he isn't as mean and scary as he may seem. Does he make a lot of corny jokes? yes! But other than that, he doesn't bite, so if you need help, all you have to do is ask. Good luck!!!

    • Fall 2016
    • Mather
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Participation Counts
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    Jun 09, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would definitely recommend Tuttle as a professor for the Philosophy requirement. I found the material itself sort of difficult, and Tuttle made it a lot easier to understand, and made sure we were all keeping up.

    Course highlights:

    The professor was definitely really into it. He took good notes on the board, which made for easier studying. The material was difficult and sometimes not that interesting, but he made it cool.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Pay attention in class and copy down the notes he puts on the board. Go to office hours. Go to the midterm/final study sessions.

    • Spring 2016
    • Jacob Tuttle
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading
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    May 31, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    For many students, especially freshmen, philosophy can be extremely difficult to understand because it forces us to think so much deeper than we are used to and introduces us to concepts that we normally take for granted as just being what they are. I would recommend this course because Professor Balmer has a rather approachable personality which creates a comfortable environment for asking questions and makes sure to break each point down and relate it to something that we would understand in our modern world based on what we as an age group were generally experiencing. The tests were almost identical to the notes, which was amazingly beneficial because it ensured that studying and attending classes would earn a student a high grade. Overall, it was a great experience.

    Course highlights:

    In our class we focused a lot on moral standards, and i thought it was interesting because my values and morals are based on the Christian principles I was raised with, and since I attend a Catholic university I somewhat expected the teaching of the class to fall in line with those that I already knew. However I hadn't thought of the origins of these ideas and we were forced to question why moral law is essentially similar in all cultures and religions, generally speaking. Practice and reasoning may differ but murder, adultery, and things of that nature are considered bad everywhere. The idea that a sense of morality can tie us all together for seemingly no reason at all baffled me and I loved thinking about it.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take very detailed notes, that way reviewing for papers and essays will be easy.

    • Fall 2015
    • Eric Balmer
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject A Few Big Assignments Great Discussions

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