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[PHIL V3653] Mind and Morals

December 23, 2003

Beardman, Stephanie Silver_nugget
[PHIL V3653] Mind and Morals

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ARGH. I was looking forward to this class, but it turned out to be the biggest pain I had all semester. Prof. Beardman was nice in class, and she incorporated a lot of discussion (prob. because our "lecture" had only 15 students in it), but between the overly-broad scope of the class and the madness of having to write 400 word papers (that were graded very harshly) I hated going to class by October. I agree with the previous reviewer who said that the class should be less broad - I felt like I didn't really gain a deep enough understanding of anything we discussed. Writing 400 word papers may have sounded good in theory, but again, I didn't get to develop any sort of detailed argument. If you're a major, find another way to get rid of the ethic requirement, and if you're not, P/F this class if you're going to take it at all.

Workload:

Two papers or so to read for each class, maybe about 20 pages on average. Five 400 word papers (one of which was a rewrite), which are graded very difficultly. A final which made me memorize a lot of terms that I don't really remember now. Not too much work, but you'll never want to do it.

December 08, 2003

Beardman, Stephanie Silver_nugget
[PHIL V3653] Mind and Morals

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IÂ’m sure this would have been a good course if 1) I were interested in Ethics or Psychology, or 2) I were just starting out in philosophy. As it was, I found the course to be broad not deep. I was vaguely hoping that it wouldnÂ’t be a survey course (since Moral Philosophy is already one), but it was, with all the Kantian and Utilitarian and Virtue Ethical baggage that comes with such a course. Professor Beardman provided lovely little summaries of the readings but little else. Her obsession with short papers also hindered real thought development (though IÂ’m sure it prevented many a mental train-wreck as well). Really, if this course proves anything, itÂ’s that the philosophy department should ditch its systemic ethics requirement. I mean, we all have to take CC anyway, so why put us through another semester of hopeless and boring ethical theory (honestly, symbolic logic was more interesting).

Workload:

5 1.5pg papers (what an annoying lenght) and a final. Readings are easy.

May 15, 2003

Beardman, Stephanie Silver_nugget
[PHIL V3653] Mind and Morals

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Really good professor. Enthusiastic, Organized, Unpretentious, Very Intelligent. The class was fun, too. She really encourages discussion (which in some courses may mean that you don't get through much material, but it worked really well in this one). And she chooses really fascinating readings (not too much reading at all, either).

You can tell that she wants to make us better thinkers. That seems even more important to her than the content of the course. Instead of asking for a couple long papers, she asked us to write five 1 1/2 page concise essays that tackled a specific question. It's harder than it sounds to do a good job, but it really forces a person to focus his argument / learn to write better overall.

She's good. (and for whatever it's worth, I got the feeling that everybody in the class really liked her and her teaching)

Workload:

5 1 1/2 page papers, Final.
Very little reading: ~ 10 pages per class. And the reading is really interesting.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
PHLB / PHIL PHLB PHIL V3653: Mind and Morals Cheryl Mendelson 2008 Fall TR / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
PHLB / PHIL PHLB PHIL V3653: Mind and Morals Stephanie Beardman 2003 Fall MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
PHLB / PHIL PHLB PHIL V3653: Mind and Morals Stephanie Beardman 2003 Spring MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1