March 27, 2002

Kitcher, Patricia Silver_nugget
[PHIL V2201] History of Philosophy II: Aquinas to Kant

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

As the previous review says, Prof Kitcher is a very nice woman. While the material in this class can leave you shaking your head at the concept that anyone ever believed some of the nonsense from people like Spinoza, the professor is good at acknowledging points that she believes are weak in the author's argument and trying to explain the strengths where she believes them. There is no dogmatic defense of every author in this class. While the class can get a bit large the professor tends to deal well with questions, in many cases actually answering the student's question rather than something tangentially related to the question as so many of my professors have. The readings can get repetitive, look out for the small type in the reader that makes some of the assignments look short, but you do not need to do them in-depth as long as you cover each of the major topic points that are conveniently pointed out by the reader. Attendance is very useful in this class as the tests are almost entirely from the classroom summary of the reading. A fair grader and eminently approachable.

Workload:

two short papers (4-6p), midterm, final