May 17, 2005

Mercer, Christia Silver_nugget
[PHIL V2201] History of Philosophy II: Aquinas to Kant

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

I think the polarity of these reviews is very interesting. Personally, I found Mercer to be a very educated, gifted instructor. I felt like she made clear many points in the more difficult texts like Aquinas and Kant which I would not have comprehended otherwise. Sparknotes, after all, can only take you so far. I also felt like the tests were fair. I mean, come on, you read the texts, you go to the lectures, you learn their specific views and that's it. Oh, you didn't understand the circular problem in Descartes the first or second time? Well, read that &*^% again until you do. A lot of these reviewers seem like they need to GROW UP and remember that we are in college now. Anyway, as far as Mercer's presentation goes, maybe she threw around a lot of chalk to get her points across, but at the very least it woke me up.

Workload:

midterm, final and two 6 page papers