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[PHIL V3752] Philosophy of Law

February 18, 2013

Moody-Adams, Michele Silver_nugget
[PHIL V3752] Philosophy of Law and [C3912] Seminar: Political Philosophy

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I don't find that any of the reviews are doing Professor Moody-Adams justice as I took two classes with her. First off, like [almost] every class, you can get as much or as little as you want out of it- the difference here is that she is by far THE most approachable person you will encounter at Columbia. I actually started the semester as a somewhat numb and unmotivated senior and quickly learned that neither one of her classes were going to be "cake" so to speak. I too almost cried after my first paper, but then I made a decision to do work, go to office hours and *actually* learn things that I will remember in 10 years. Let me say that it completely paid off and her classes even impacted my motivation and academic trajectory. To conclude, if you've ever felt neglected and frustrated by professors and need to know what a real educator is like - take advantage of the great opportunity to learn from a scholar of her class and take a course with her- you will be both educated and inspired as she is kind, brilliant, and incredibly generous. After all, isn't that what you came to Columbia for?

Workload:

Seminar: a presentation and a seminar paper.
Philosophy of Law: two essays, a midterm, and a take home final (with plenty of time).

December 20, 2012

Moody-Adams, Michele Silver_nugget
[PHIL V3752] Philosophy of Law

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This is one of the worst philosophy courses I have taken. It is not the worst, because most of the readings are very good. Lectures, however, are a painful waste of time. Professor Moody-Adams merely reiterates a summarized version of the readings, adding almost nothing to them. She is more interested in making students feel smart, even and especially when they are remarkably dim, than in discussing or giving a more nuanced version of the readings. For some reason, she is unable to tell a student that he or she is wrong, even when it is blatantly obvious that she should. Grading is on the harsh side, although feedback is good (both of these, however, are up to the TA). This should undoubtedly be a 2000 level course. If you are interested in philosophy, don't take this course. If you have a superficial interest in law, and not in philosophy, then maybe this course is for you. You will certainly read about and learn about all kinds of "-isms," but you probably won't learn anything about philosophy and/or methodical thinking. And if you do, it will be in spite of Moody-Adams.

Workload:

Not too much. 2 papers, midterm, final. Readings are fairly short and, for the most part, easy.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
PHIL / PHIL PHIL PHIL V3752: Philosophy of Law Michele Moody-Adams 2012 Fall TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1