Spring 2017 - I feel blessed as a philosophy student to have had the ability to be taught by yet another talented Princeton grad. Do yourselves a favor and take Professor Cook. We learned a lot in this course simply because we went over the Nicomachean Ethics in detail. The book by Irwin is required. He uses slides for lecture (sometimes). There are no exams. However, there are two midterm papers. The first is 25%, the second 30%. The final paper is 35%. And with the remaining 10% for participation/discussion. Professor Cook goes beyond regular professors. He will literally come to class early and sit outside with us and discuss the book further. He is always willing to help. Take him! And UCLA please give this man some more courses to teach. He is an asset the philosophy department.
Kelsey is extremely knowledgeable of Greek philosophy. That being said, he expects a lot from his students. Unlike other professors that tell you just what the greek philosophers are trying to say in their texts, Kelsey tries to make you grasp the material yourself. That doesn't mean his lectures don't help you--lectures will only give you a broad understanding of the subject, so that in order to really understand what Kelsey's trying to explain, you have to peruse the text. If you like a good challenge in philosophy, you should definitely take this class. He's a great professor.