June 19, 2012

Morrison, John and Berger, Mark (TA) Silver_nugget
[PHIL V2201] History of Philosophy II: Aquinas to Kant

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

I highly recommend this course/professor/TA.

First: the professor. Morrison is one of the nicest, smartest professors I have had so far at Columbia. He's very approachable, and if you have any questions at all you can meet with him in his office hours. He makes lots of endearing jokes (which aren't always funny. but that's why they're awesome). Also, he's so enthusiastic about everything! He really loves what he's doing, especially when we get to Spinoza (which is his favorite).

next: the TAs. I had Mark as a TA and he is FANTASTIC. his discussion sections were really interesting. He's so smart and explains even the toughest concepts in a way that everyone will understand. He's a very very fair grader- he wants you to do well! Meet with him in office hours to go over the paper topics and fine tune your arguments.Also the day he lectured the class confirmed that he will make an amazing professor one day.

and finally: the class. It wasn't an easy A class. You can definitely do it, but if you go to lecture/don't read or read/don't go to lecture you'll have to work a lot harder to get that A. Trust me, trust me, it's worth it to do both. The material is interesting, and the lectures are enjoyable. It's a good way to get introduced to philosophy, or John is a great professor to have when you are finishing up your philosophy major requirements.

Workload:

Not too much reading, but some of it's dense (i mean, what do you expect, it's philosophy!) You can get away with not doing the reading if you go to class, but to get everything out of the course you should do both.

3 one page papers (single spaced, pretty much just translating a philosophers idea into clear/concise sentences)
1 four page final paper comparing the ideas of several philosophers
midterm and final with 20-30 short answers (final is NOT cumulative! very doable!)