January 01, 2009

Gabbey, Alan
[PHIL BC1001] What is Philosophy?

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

I don't understand how Alan Gabbey got tenure, I honestly don't. He is the single worst lecturer it has been my fate to suffer at this institution; he's inaudible in the front row of seats, he's unclear about his expectations (late papers either aren't accepted at all or are accepted until the end of the semester with no penalty, no one knows, not even the TA), his lectures consist of long quotations from the assigned reading interspaced with vague comments on the translation and other, unrelated philosophers, his responses to students' questions are tangential at best. The saving grace is that the grading is generous.

Workload:

It's actually possible to cram for the final in one day and do fine; I resorted to reading critical essays for the three essays during the semester.