December 11, 2010

Albert, David
[PHIL W3551] Philosophy of Science

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Prof. Albert approaches teaching with a loose and fluid style that more resembles storytelling than lecturing. I did not want to take philosophy of science and had no interest in the topic, but it was a requirement for my major. Nevertheless, I left Albert's class with a completely different view of science and a profound appreciation for the subject. At the beginning of the semester, Prof. Albert told the class, "You know you are in a good philosophy class if you leave the class more confused than when you came in." I left Albert's class absolutely more confused than I had come in, but the reason for my confusion was due to a radical confrontation of previously unexamined ideas I had about science and the way we experience the world. If you are the type of person who doesn't like going to class. If you want to be spoon-fed equations and procedures and take plug-n'-chug style exams, don't take Albert's class. You won't get anything out of it. On the other hand, if you are willing to take new material seriously and aren't afraid of a real philosophy class, jump on this opportunity. Prof. Albert's teaching style is unconventional. He is less concerned about participation points, homework, and exams than he is about the material itself. He is an expert in his field, and if you approach this class with due respect, you won't regret taking it. Appreciate the time you get to spend in the presence of genius.

Workload:

Reading that I was not tested on. Midterm exam. Final 15 page paper.