Review Comment

[PHIL V3716] Topics in Moral Philosophy

May 07, 2003

Bilgrami, Akeel
[PHIL V3716] Topics in Moral Philosophy

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It's tough to review Bilgrami - he's brilliant but frustrating. He clearly knows his stuff but ended up ranting half the time during lectures. The class was an undergraduate class but he couldn't help but approach it as a graduate class. The topic was moral philosophy but the content was Bilgrami's theory and thoughts, not a survey or overview. That was very interesting except he bristled at some questions as if they were attacking his philosophy. Didn't handle questions well, tended to criticize them rather than explain or provide context. He assumed alot of prior study and work in philosophy. He'll explain things to a point but gets frustrated if students continue to not understand or think he's wrong on a point.
He leaves most students feeling stupid but I think it's more an indication of his teaching style and vocabulary than students' intelligence. Very difficult for him to downshift and teach at times, he was definitely in new theory mode. If you think you have an objection or question get ready for a lively response.

Overall, I recommend him for advanced philosophy students (late Juniors or Seniors). Others should stay away.

Workload:

15-20 page term paper. The topic was left open and guidance was only given after students pleaded for help.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
PHIL / PHIL PHIL PHIL V3716: Topics in Moral Philosophy Katja Vogt 2007 Spring TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
PHIL / PHIL PHIL PHIL V3716: Topics in Moral Philosophy Arthur Kuflik 2005 Spring MW / 4:10- 5:25 PM 1