PHILOS 7

Introduction to Philosophy of Mind

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Joseph Almog See Full Profile

Overall 2.6 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.2 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 2.4

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Almog is a so-so teacher. The truth is, however, that with Philosophy 7, the most vital part of the course are the discussions. Go to discussions and especially, above all else, go to the TA's review sessions. They are needed to get a decent grade in the class. The lectures alternate between being dull (first hour- review of yesterday's second hour) and interesting (second hour- new material that is being reviewed). Almog has a brilliant mind, however, I wouldn't say that going to lectures really improve your grade.

Jan. 9, 2002
Gregory Antill Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Gregory Antill See Full Profile

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Joshua Armstrong See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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This was my first philosophy class and honestly I feel like I lucked out. Armstrong is a fantastic professor: really engaging and helpful (definitely go to office hours if you're still confused!). I also had a great TA, so the discussion sections were perfect for clearing up any lingering questions.

The grade consisted of:
1. Weekly quizzes (about two questions long. One question about topics covered in the previous week and one question about topics covered in the readings) [20% of grade]
2. One short paper (like a page long; served as a sort of tester paper so you get used to the formatting of writing a philosophy paper) [5% of grade]
3. Two longer papers (4-5 pages; one due around midterms and one due around finals) [30% of grade each]
4. Discussion Attendance/Participation [15% of grade]

I rated the workload as "neutral" because there is quite a bit of reading, but the grade is essentially the papers. I'd definitely recommend attending lectures, Armstrong really clarified a lot of the readings. Philosophy readings can be pretty confusing to follow (and contain a lot of ideas) Armstrong definitely narrowed down the scope of the papers and talked about the important points.

I wouldn't consider the class difficult, because it's really just a matter of giving some genuine thought to the topics and then articulating them via the papers/quizzes/discussions. It's all about how you've taken in the information and formulated your own thoughts/opinions about the material. Armstrong and my TA really stressed that they enjoy seeing students engage with the material and contribute their own ideas.

Spring Quarter 2017
Deborah Brown See Full Profile

Overall 2.4 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.4 Clarity 2.7 Helpfulness 3.6

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Professor Brown is a sweet, caring professor. Her lectures are very instructive but you have to shop around for the best TA because your grade depends on them.

March 21, 2002
Jason Carnell Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Samuel Cumming See Full Profile

Overall 1.4 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 1.6 Helpfulness 1.6

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The evaluation for Phil 7 below is true. This should have been a fun introductory class and instead, he ruined more than 1/2 of the class' GPAs. I worked so hard for this class, attended lectures, never missed a discussion section, saw the TA, etc., and I still didn't get an A. I'm now going to have to work my butt off like crazy to get my GPA back to where it was before this class (let me just say how STUPID it looks when all I have is A, A- and then this grade!) Cumming saw that we were all struggling immensely and that people practically failed the midterm. Although the final was "sort of" ok, the guy would NOT budge and would not allow for a curve. In reality, I probably have one of the higher grades in class but because he wouldn't allow the TAs to lower the grade scale, it was impossible to get an A.
Bottom line, if you need this class see if you can find another teacher. It's a great subject but by the end of the course, I can't tell you how many people were turned off from philosophy and hated anything having to do with it.

March 30, 2010
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Jorah Dannenberg See Full Profile

Overall 1.7 Easiness 3.3 Workload 3.7 Clarity 1.3 Helpfulness 1.5

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Probably the most boring class I've taken so far in my 3 years at UCLA. He's very unorganized. He just stands there in front of class with his coffee and turns lecture into a giant discussion. So any idiot who wants to give their opinion can just talk for half the class. I stopped going to class week 4 and I think I went 2 more times after that. Even though I didn't go, I still got a B+. TA's grade somewhat hard on the papers (progressively get harder). The only great thing about the class was the review session given by the TA's for the final. They gave us every answer.

June 22, 2011
Gabriel Dupre Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Gabriel Dupre See Full Profile

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Mark Greenberg See Full Profile

Overall 4.7 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.5 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.3

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Why I like this professor and why you should take Phil. 7 from him:

Mark Greenberg was an amazing professor and I highly recommend taking philosophy 7 with him. The first day of class was confusing, but don't let that scare you! Mark was more than willing to meet with students out of class, set up review sessions, and he even went through the trouble of posting ALL of his lectures online.

Let's be honest. Philosophy is confusing, and philosophy of the mind forces you to think about thinking -- a difficult supposition. Mark made sure to review every lecture and take questions before moving on. Professor Greenberg also used silly examples to keep students interested. Example while talking about whether or not animals feel pain, he used the example of stabbing a puppy through the stomach! AAAAAA!

Also, there is very little reading for this class. We usually read less than 20 pages a week. The reading is very straightfoward in that it's written in plain, uncomplicated english (as philosophy should be), but the issues it talks about are deep and complex, so you have to read SLOWLY.

How to succeed:

The best way to succeed in this class is this:

1. Mark assigns homework weekly (it's very very short) and they only check for completion, but if you actually try to do a good job on it, you'll pick things up much morequickly.

2. Start working on your paper early, as it counts for about 30% of your grade, and go over it with your T.A. as many times as possible.

3. Go to section. Somethings are confusing, but the sections are designed to clarify the lecture, and they usually do a good job summarizing everything.

WHY YOU SHOULD BE WARY! :

This is not an easy GE. I took this class as a GE and because I'm interested in philosophy. Previous teachers created the reputation that this was an easy class, and while it's not very hard, it's not a breeze either. It requires some very deep thinking, not just memorization. Take this class if you want a challenge and you want to expand your understanding of the world, not because you need to get a class out of the way.

FINAL GRADE RECEIVED: A
T.A. : Jorah

Sept. 18, 2006
Gabriel Greenberg See Full Profile

Overall 4.7 Easiness 3.2 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 4.8

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First and foremost, Greenberg is GORGEOUS! He distracted me 100% of the time. Regardless, his classes are fun. The subject is hard to.understand, and some reading are difficult. The essays he assigns are toughly graded. That being said, his lecture are entertaining, his handouts are useful and his office hours help drastically. I would take this instructor time and time again. It's not an easy A but his good looks and awesome lectures are worth the ride! Buckle up, people!

Winter Quarter 2019
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