December 29, 2004

Gabbey, Alan
[PHIL BC1001] What is Philosophy?

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Alan Gabbey is passionate and knowledgable about philosophy and comes to class with a certain enthusiasm about the material that he is going to cover. He encourages class participation, and sometimes the class discussions would get really interesting. We covered topics such as free will, death, the afterlife, morality, matter, the existence of God, and even the existence of oneself. Though the class discussions were interesting, Prof. Gabbey seemed to have trouble getting the entire class to join in the discussion. I don't think that this had anything to do with him, it was just that the class is currently being taught at the 9am time slot and many students, like me, weren't fully awake at that time.
Prof. Gabbey doesn't demand much, making "What is Philosophy Anyway?" one of the easiest classes I've taken since I started college. He is very willing to continue explaining weird philosophical concepts until the whole class understands them. He is willing to meet students in his office hours if needed, and is very willing to go over papers if students have questions about the grades they received. He's also witty, which made for a few funny jokes in class. Overall, he's a good professor and I would recommend him to anyone who wants to take an introductory philosophy class.

Workload:

Philosophy readings for each class (they aren't long at all, most of them are only a few pages long); 2 papers; a final