July 26, 2014

Lewis, Karen
[PHIL BC1001] Introduction to Philosophy

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I personally loved this class. Professor Lewis is very approachable and is a great lecturer; some of the readings, albeit light, could be a bit difficult to understand (e.g. Aristotelian virtue ethics, Kant) and Professor Lewis explained them very well in class. She gave a lot of guidance and was a pretty fair grader. She has a very objective points-system, so the grading wasn't arbitrary at all. This is a great class for people who might be interested in philosophy and are willing to take it seriously. You get as much out of it as you put in -- I spent a lot of time on the readings and put a lot of effort into the essays/projects, and went to almost all the office hours of both the professor and her TAs, and did very very well in the class. Students who slept through lecture/went on Facebook (and there were a number of those) did not enjoy the class as much -- which is a shame, because it's really a great class/a great introduction to philosophy.


The work was completely manageable and the polls were totally fair if you just read the readings beforehand. The readings aren't really skimmable, but that's true of philosophy reading in general.