November 06, 2009

Gabbey, Alan
[PHIL BC1001] What is Philosophy?

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

You don't need me to tell you that this class is not the most exciting - in fact many in my class call it their 'nap time' - nor does he give the best explanations of any of the complex philosophical concepts discussed in class but he does grade better than any philosophy teacher I've ever had.

He does not give out A+s or As very often. A- is a sign of an excellent job. But he does NOT pick a 'favorite' essay and then judge the rest of the essays based on that one student's essay. He does make a good attempt at grading each paper on its own individual merit. Now what he looks for and the elements he expects to see in 'good' papers are questionable and definitely not made clear at the beginning of the semester but by the second paper you should get his 'style' -- be clear, be simple, and don't use adjectives (he gets picky about adj.)

Don't freak out when he goes on half-an-hour digressions or debates that don't apply to the topic you were talking about--he comes back to the topic...eventually...

Also, use the restroom before you come to class -- he gives dirty looks to the kids who disturb the class (aka just him) to use the restroom

Workload:

Light - spend some hours on the paper --the questions are easy enough but refine, refine, refine