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[PHIL 3701] Ethics

May 03, 2016

Moody-Adams, Michele Silver_nugget
[PHIL 3701] Ethics

I highly recommend this class to anyone who is interested in philosophy or ethics in any capacity. Professor Moody-Adams is a wonderful human being and a great teacher. She lectures off of slides that she puts on Courseworks so a lot of people don't go to class, and this is a huge mistake. The slides don't contain everything she wants to say and often times she explains things in ways that the slides do not capture or she discusses something that isn't on them at all.

The class covers some of the more classic ethical theories (util., Kant, Aristotle) and then moves on to some other topics (Ethics of Care, Egoism, Meta-ethics). It's a great introduction to some of the major topics in ethics (both new and old), and also a great introduction into philosophical thinking.

Professor Moody-Adams is really nice so go to her office hours and ask questions. In general the grading is very fair and the workload pretty light. If you go to the TA's before the papers you will not have a hard time writing them.

Workload:

2 Papers (each 4-6 pages)
1 Midterm (in class, not too hard but very pressuring time-wise)
1 Take-home final

May 09, 2015

Moody-Adams, Michele Silver_nugget
[PHIL 3701] Ethics

Despite her intelligence, renown here, (Moodygate) credentials, (she was Rawls' grad student and has previously worked in positions of power in several big-name schools) and being highly regarded in her field, she is personable, kind, and more than ready--excited, really--to talk to students.

If you communicate with her one-on-one at all she will make you want to be a philosophy major.

She taught a section herself this semester, and was constantly referring in class to "new insights" that her students had given her. While I was skeptical that a person of such experience could be really impressed/surprised with student contributions, it was nice to discover that she's not as jaded as many.

The philosophers discussed were many and varied, and overall she did a good job of providing much of the spectrum of ethical thought. She also likes art, and worked architecture and painting in without losing touch with the goal of the lecture.

Past reviews are true, she does read off the slides, but also adds her own insights that are invaluable not only educationally but also for writing the papers (and this is coming from someone who had never written a philosophy-style paper before this class, so believe me, I needed whatever she would give me content-wise as well as stylistically). It's not necessary to take notes all the time, which I liked, but anything that's not on the slides (and not a strange tangent) you should probably write down. Boredom in lectures is also real, but she is super quirky (slide typos lol) and I can't emphasize the extent of her intelligence and knowledge enough. Sections are fine, better if you really enjoy philosophical discussions. She has little or nothing to do with actual grading, so TA interaction is super important.

Workload:

Not bad. I take-home final, 1 in-class midterm, 2 papers

May 01, 2015

Moody-Adams, Michele Silver_nugget
[PHIL 3701] Ethics

All she really does is read slides of selected quotes from the text online, and read them. Is that supposed to be a way of highlighting parts of the text she thinks are important? I can't recall any critical engagement with the quotes themselves, except ask a bunch of meaningless rhetorical questions. The boredom felt sitting in class is excruciating - The discussion sections are also pretty irrelevant.

Workload:

2 papers. 1 take-home exam. 1 in-class midterm.

March 27, 2015

Moody-Adams, Michele Silver_nugget
[PHIL 3701] Ethics

Moody-Adams is an amazing prof! She is so funny and passionate about her subject (I took ethics from her). She is great to talk to in office hours and really cares about her students. She has studied under all of the most important contemporary philosophers and writers of philosophy. Take her classes!

Workload:

Very Fair. Some reading every night, 2 papers, midterm, exam

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