May 04, 2003

Mercer, Christia Silver_nugget
[PHIL V2201] History of Philosophy II: Aquinas to Kant

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

This woman is amazing. Whether she is throwing chalk at the blackboard to make a point about our expectations of cause and effect, or ranting about how stupid squirrels can be, there is never a dull moment in her class. She presents material in such a way that it seems relevant and we never lose our sense of context because she frames all of the philosophers in the same way. She is also incredibly knowledgable about her field, and comes back after international conferences to enlighten us by sharing stories of philosophers debating Plato over beers. She's really just an excellent professor. Anybody interested in philosophy should take a course taught by her. And there is nothing scary or mean about her, despite what others say.

Workload:

2 papers, midterm, final. Exactly what you would expect in a philosophy class. Not an easy A, but doable if you're prepared to work hard.