February 22, 2008

Gabbey, Alan
[PHIL BC1001] What is Philosophy?

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

He's absolutely HORRIBLE! The worst professor in the philosophy dept, BY FAR. Stay away.

And he's absolutely nuts - completely loony. For example, he doesn't let students leave the lecture to go to the bathroom. If you want to leave, he asks you to provide a doctors note proving that you're incontinent and you can't hold your pee through class. How friggin' insane is that - and how embarrassing for the students?. I've never heard of a professor not allowing students leave to go to the bathroom. I can't believe nobody's mentioned that little quirk of his in all these reviews.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg with this guy. He's so nuts (and not in a good way) that he's off the charts. Nobody at Columbia or Barnard comes even close.

The only redeeming quality: he's a super easy grader. Just don't make grammatical mistakes, and pay attention to the little stuff (putting the question # you're answering on the title page, numbering your pages - he really cares about the little crap like that) and you're guaranteed an A-minus at least. He doesn't care one bit whether you're trying to understand the material - but he cares a lot if you don't number your pages. And God forbid you have to go to the bathroom - you're in real trouble then.