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PHILOSOPHY 175 Principles of Nature

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    Jun 13, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course to anyone because I enjoyed learning about the principles of philosophy. Dr. Spiering made is easy for us to understand while still getting us to learn what we needed to.

    Course highlights:

    I loved learning about logic and how to argue properly. I have definitely been using the logic skills that I learned.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Dr. Spiering gives out daily guide questions. Those questions make up what's on the tests. So if you do them each day then you won't get behind and you'll know what to study for the tests.

    • Spring 2016
    • Dr. Spiering
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    May 26, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because through the minds of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, and many more, one can come to an understanding of how these philosopher’s views have shaped the opinions we see today. The student will learn how to apply the ancient writings of many thinkers who attempted to explain the reality of life, to the reality of our world right now. It will provide one with a solid foundation of philosophical thinking and stretch one’s mind to think outside the box.

    Course highlights:

    One major highlight is that the ancient literature and writing style of the old philosophers is brought down to the student’s level so that the views are made clear and thoroughly understood. Dr. Pierson does a great job of showing how these ancient ideas have influenced the opinions of those living in modern times, while warmly inviting many opinions to flow during class.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would advise students to ask many questions during class if a certain concept is misunderstood. Dr. Pierson will not hesitate to explain and is slow to judge. He welcomes many opinions, so if you have something interesting to add from your own experiences, don’t be shy to share! Also, read the assigned readings; you will be very grateful to have the ability to interpret a section of Plato put in front of you someday

    • Spring 2016
    • Dr. Pierson
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts
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    Mar 16, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course and this professor because all of the material was presented very clearly. Even when the material was tough, my professor worked through it with us until we understood.

    Course highlights:

    In this class, I learned how to argue logically and learned about the first principles of nature from the ideas of Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, and other famous philosophers.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    A student should definitely stick to the reading assignments that are given and not look things up on the Internet. Everything makes a lot more sense when you think about it on your own first, then you go to class and learn more about it from the professor. Also, keep up with the guide questions for the reading assignments because then you'll know what to study for the test.

    • Winter 2016
    • Dr. Spiering
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Great Discussions Requires Presentations


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