Review Comment

[PHIL G9563] Explanation and Induction

April 20, 2010

Helzner, Jeffrey Silver_nugget
[PHIL G9563] Explanation and Induction

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This was one of the best philosophy courses I've had in the department, and I've had a few. Jeff presented the material in a very clear way, and presented many oportunities to find an interesting topic on which to write a research paper. With graduate students, he often is very supportive, helpful, and challenging. I will note that I sat in one of his undergraduate classes a couple semesters ago and found him painfully slow. I don't know if the undergraduates were equally slow, or if he should have picked up the pace, but I couldn't take the class because I was much too bored.

Workload:

Weekly readings, average length, sometimes above-average reference to advanced statistics. A final 20-page paper.

February 20, 2009

Gaifman, Haim
[PHIL G9563] Explanation and Induction

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He is perhaps one of the best set theorists in America. However, he does fail to realize that when he teaches an advanced formal concept, the audience does not have the necessary formal background to follow along. He will say that you only need introductory symoblic logic, but then move far too fast and do far too much rigor for someone with only that training. I had actually studied logic in many, many classes and have a good handle on the subject, and found his lecture on the Completeness Proof difficult to follow.

Otherwise, though, he is extremely informative and--at least for papers--not an unreasonable grader. He is difficult to get ahold of, rarely holds office hours, and is intimidating.

I would recommend him strongly, IF you have a strong background in the subject already. In that case, you will find his presentations extremely helpful to know the more detailed and rigorous concepts of the given subject.

Workload:

Extremely light.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
PHIL / PHIL PHIL PHIL G9563: Explanation and Induction Jeffrey Helzner 2009 Fall W / 6:10- 8:00 PM 1
PHIL / PHIL PHIL PHIL G9563: Explanation and Induction Haim Gaifman 2008 Fall R / 2:10- 4:00 PM 1