Reviews of Philosophy 001 - Introduction to Philosophy

This course is intended as a broad introduction to philosophy, but professors have broad leeway in design of the course, and the different classes focus on different topics, e.g. 'Truth and Desire' or 'Knowledge and Value'. Thus, it is especially important to consider the professor and the topic - you are not likely to have a similar experience with a different professor.

Tamsin Lorraine - Truth and Desire

Name: Omitted Year: 2003 Major: Greek/Latin Professor: Tamsin Lorraine Taken Spring 2000 Recommends? yes

Okay, let me first just say that I really loved this class; Tamsin is an AWESOME prof, and the material we read (Plato, Descartes, Nietzsche, Fanon, and Bartky) was just incredible. Overall, I would say that this is a great intro level philosophy course to take, although my biggest problem with it was precisely that it was such a great intro level course. The class was usually a discussion forum about the reading; however for the more "difficult" assignments (mainly just the Nietzsche) most of the time was spent by the prof explaining what the author was saying, not discussing the merits and downfalls of the view presented. Further, because it is an intro level course, the class is large (about 25 students) and has people in it who really could care less about the material, a fact that shows in their comments. Though terrific debates occurred during the class, I found that for the majority of the time it was impossible to have an actual discussion,because once I said something, I had to wait for about 4 or 5 people to comment before I would get called on again, a process that completely stopped the conversation in its tracks. However, I loved the material: very evocative and some good profound stuff, too. I recommend this course for anyone who is interested in philosophy, not necessarily as a major or even a minor. It's a good PDC, with four papers (2 3-pagers, 2 5-pagers) and a take-home final. Oh, and if you like to slack off until you absolutely must do the work, then this is the perfect course for you, as you can contribute to the conversation in class provided you actually listen: I'd even go so far as to say that the reading isn't required in that respect. However, it is crucial for the papers and final, so you can always cram. If you don't take this course with Tamsin, take another course with her; she knows her stuff DAMN well.

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