All Ratings and Reviews for Adam Crager
Professor Crager was extremely helpful and accommodating. His lecture materials made the actual material so easy to understand. He made time for extra office hours. 10/10
Selling both “Plato - The Republic” and “Basic Works of Aristotle” (required textbooks) for super cheap! Willing to negotiate the price because I’m moving away after I graduate in June and need to get rid of these books.
(Will delete this post when books are sold so it’s still available)
Prof. Crager's class is very straightforward, and he is an incredibly intelligent guy. It's amazing to just ask him questions sometimes and hear what he says because his understanding of philosophy seems so deep and vivid. I came into this class as a non-philosophy major, so I was pretty nervous since philosophy isn't an easy subject. But his expectations are very clear, and he was very good at explaining difficult concepts, so his class wasn't very hard. I also lucked out w/ an amazing TA- if you're able to get Nefeli know that you are very lucky! Your T.A. is actually entirely responsible for your grade because your entire grade is composed of attendance/participation in section and problem sets (similar to an essay) that the TA grades.
You don't have to show up to class but you should try to make it to the majority of them because Crager goes way more in-depth than what's written in the lecture slides. Overall, if you go to every section and make an effort to communicate w/ your T.A. about the problem sets you should be able to get a good grade in this class.
Professor Crager made the class very interesting. The grading is dependent on your T.A., but the assignments are basically the same as 100A.
Professor Crager is a very bright and insightful person. The class was graded on a curve, but that wasn't announced until later in the course. (I think it was supposed to be used as a motivational thing.) Attendance is optional and he released his slides on the course website. If you want to do well in this course, then just make sure to do a lot of the reading. If this is required for you, definitely take it with Crager.
Really straightforward class. The course is graded on three problem sets and participation. The problem sets are composed of 3-4 questions and you are required to write 5-8 pages for each set. The first two problem sets are based on the Republic and the last one is based on selections of De Anima. As long as you do the readings and read the slides Crager posts online they are pretty easy and straightforward to do. There are no quizzes but I recommended attending each lecture because it really does make a difference. Crager is a cool professor but his lectures are slightly boring. Overall really straightforward class as long you keep up on everything - there are no surprises.
Professor Crager has very particular and unique ways of speaking that make you fully believe he is truly providing his fullest intellectual effort to the matter at hand. In answering questions during lecture, it always seemed as if he really took the time to address them at the highest level possible. But he also seemed to make sure he phrased his answer in a way that was truly able to be understood.
This class dealt with quintessential philosophy topics; ones that surely everyone in the room had been exposed to prior to the class. However, I left this class with a stronger confidence in the new level of mastery I had developed over the quarter. I strongly attribute this to Crager's lecturing ability and seemingly high level of mastery himself. He gives one of the most, if not the most, engaging lecture I have have in the department.
He is one of those professors that would make me sign up for a class I wasn't really interested in just because I knew I could be confident in following his lead while trekking through any material.
Professor Adam Crager is very simply put, a genius when it comes to Philosophy. His lectures are the most organized, and clear I've ever heard. Young, however, very wise. This man deserves a tenure-track position. He has the most style I've ever seen in a professor. He occasionally jokes around, and believe me he's funny. Take Adam Crager, you will not be disappointed. The problem-sets can be quite demanding, but we're philosophy majors. What 'd you expect?
1. Crager is a decent lecturer, but his way of speaking can get pretty repetitive. You will notice if you take notes.
2. He is a pretty smart guy, but he's not one of those people who gets to the point very quickly. As a result, his lectures can be confusing. I would still advise going to lectures though.
3. His problems sets are demanding, but only because they cover a wide range of topics.
4. He, however, has a terrible work ethic when it comes to this class. He is consistently late to everything- lectures, office hours- you name it. It makes me wonder if he cares about his students at all. Maybe he has tenure so he doesn't have to anymore. If that's the case, good for him I guess.
Crager teaches Plato's Symposium and Republic, and Aristotle's Categories, De Anima and some Metaphysics in 100A. He assigns three 5-7 page papers on a specific question addressed in them, e.g., What is Love? What is Justice, or What is the Soul? according to Socrates/Plato or Aristotle.
Crager works hard to make the material clear, pulling out the claims in the text and then explaining them through numerous analogies and examples. These are often illustrated with slides. A TA of his, Antti Hiltunen, told his discussion section that the answers in our problem sets should sound like we're explaining the material to a friend who knows nothing about philosophy (good advice in general of course). Crager's lectures are similarly constructed and easy to follow. One key to answering the questions in the problem set is thinking up analogies/examples not offered in lecture/class.
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