Adam Crager
Department of Philosophy
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4.6
Overall Rating
Based on 14 Users
Easiness 3.8 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.5 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.9 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.9 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Would Take Again
  • Issues PTEs
  • Uses Slides
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Participation Matters

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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

50.5%
42.1%
33.7%
25.3%
16.8%
8.4%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

36.1%
30.1%
24.1%
18.1%
12.0%
6.0%
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33.7%
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22.5%
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11.2%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

17.5%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

22.9%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: A
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Feb. 21, 2021

this was the first actual philosophy class I've ever taken and was pretty uninterested in the subject, but Adam Crager made me like it. he is very passionate about the subject and philosophy in general so he made lecture extremely doable and interesting and gave concrete, relatable examples. the material was made so easy to understand thanks to his outstanding communication of the material and his love of teaching.

our breakdown of the class was:
-2 problem sets (was supposed to be 3 but we ran out of time so the second and third were combined to be 65% of our overall grade).

your grade is basically in your TA's hands, so be aware of that. I had sahiba as my TA and would 100% recommend staying clear of her, as she gives absolutely no helpful information or guidance in writing the problem sets and contradicted the rubrics and wanted us to write what she wanted, not professor crager.

overall, it's a fun and easy class that welcomes and eases you into philosophy here at UCLA.

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: A-
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Jan. 16, 2021

So I'm going to be honest. i took this class during my first quarter at UCLA (I'm a first year transfer), during COVID-19, and i stopped showing up to lectures and discussions after week 3. We only had two graded assignments, both were essays, but one was worth 65% of our grade. This scared me because i fell really behind and stopped doing all the readings but I'm honestly great at working under pressure so i managed to leave the class with an A-. I can't really speak much of the professor but my TA was extremely helpful and the version of Plato's Republic that we read was easy to understand. From my experience, it's honestly an easy A just keep up with the readings and watch lectures and videos (I still managed without watching any tho, but i don't recommend it).

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: N/A
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Dec. 25, 2020

There was supposed to be 3 problem sets (similar to an essay), but due to poor planning, the last two problem sets were combined to be worth 65% of our grade. The class was curved (87% for an A- and 91% for an A) and he offered a chance for you to re-write the first problem set if you got below an A-. Your grade is entirely dependent upon your TA. If your TA grades harshly, sucks for you. His pre-filmed lecture videos and slides are very concise but he takes a VERY long time to answer students' questions during live lectures.

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: N/A
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Dec. 25, 2020

Professor Crager always gave thorough lectures with slides, he would also take questions but would take a long time to answer them. In doing that, people never had enough time to get their questions in. He was great at lecturing, but upon receiving our grades from the first assignment many students were surprised. The TA's had a much different criteria than the professor, therefore throwing off all of the students. Then, if that was not unfortunate enough, he combined the last two assignments to equal 65% of our grade which produced a lot of anxiety. I understand that this was likely because he was not used to teaching virtually therefore was not prepared. He was a great lecturer but rushed the assignments at the end which was stressful (I had TA Sahiba, she grades harsh, and does not give helpful feedback). No tests, just problem sets and participation which is earned in sections.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: B+
April 27, 2020

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)
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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
Nov. 18, 2019

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.

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Quarter: Fall 2017
Grade: B
May 19, 2019

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.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
Jan. 27, 2019

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.

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Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: A
Feb. 9, 2018

Dopest teacher ever. He is a great teacher. There is a big difference between being extremely smart, and having skill at teaching, which I think most universities struggle with when hiring professors. But he is an amazing lecturer and teacher. He really thinks deeply before he speaks and he rarely misspeaks. I typed his lectures verbatim, I got an A. He is a smart dude. One of my favorite professors at UCLA, probably my favorite. Take him, you will enjoy it. Unless you're taking modal logic, just don't even try to understand that. I had him my first quarter at UCLA and I really enjoyed his class. It wasn't super hard, it was pretty easy, he structured it well, he knew what he was doing, and he was also very down to earth. I don't think we had any in-class exams which is GREAT. Mostly everything was take-home, midterm and finals. That's what you want if you want to get an A. TAKE HIM. I took him twice. Got A's twice. Third time was modal logic and I just had no idea wtf was going on but maybe that's just me. There were a lot of computer science majors in that class. The man is a genius straight up take him.

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Quarter: Fall 2017
Grade: A-
Jan. 5, 2018

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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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: A
Feb. 21, 2021

this was the first actual philosophy class I've ever taken and was pretty uninterested in the subject, but Adam Crager made me like it. he is very passionate about the subject and philosophy in general so he made lecture extremely doable and interesting and gave concrete, relatable examples. the material was made so easy to understand thanks to his outstanding communication of the material and his love of teaching.

our breakdown of the class was:
-2 problem sets (was supposed to be 3 but we ran out of time so the second and third were combined to be 65% of our overall grade).

your grade is basically in your TA's hands, so be aware of that. I had sahiba as my TA and would 100% recommend staying clear of her, as she gives absolutely no helpful information or guidance in writing the problem sets and contradicted the rubrics and wanted us to write what she wanted, not professor crager.

overall, it's a fun and easy class that welcomes and eases you into philosophy here at UCLA.

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: A-
Jan. 16, 2021

So I'm going to be honest. i took this class during my first quarter at UCLA (I'm a first year transfer), during COVID-19, and i stopped showing up to lectures and discussions after week 3. We only had two graded assignments, both were essays, but one was worth 65% of our grade. This scared me because i fell really behind and stopped doing all the readings but I'm honestly great at working under pressure so i managed to leave the class with an A-. I can't really speak much of the professor but my TA was extremely helpful and the version of Plato's Republic that we read was easy to understand. From my experience, it's honestly an easy A just keep up with the readings and watch lectures and videos (I still managed without watching any tho, but i don't recommend it).

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: N/A
Dec. 25, 2020

There was supposed to be 3 problem sets (similar to an essay), but due to poor planning, the last two problem sets were combined to be worth 65% of our grade. The class was curved (87% for an A- and 91% for an A) and he offered a chance for you to re-write the first problem set if you got below an A-. Your grade is entirely dependent upon your TA. If your TA grades harshly, sucks for you. His pre-filmed lecture videos and slides are very concise but he takes a VERY long time to answer students' questions during live lectures.

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: N/A
Dec. 25, 2020

Professor Crager always gave thorough lectures with slides, he would also take questions but would take a long time to answer them. In doing that, people never had enough time to get their questions in. He was great at lecturing, but upon receiving our grades from the first assignment many students were surprised. The TA's had a much different criteria than the professor, therefore throwing off all of the students. Then, if that was not unfortunate enough, he combined the last two assignments to equal 65% of our grade which produced a lot of anxiety. I understand that this was likely because he was not used to teaching virtually therefore was not prepared. He was a great lecturer but rushed the assignments at the end which was stressful (I had TA Sahiba, she grades harsh, and does not give helpful feedback). No tests, just problem sets and participation which is earned in sections.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: B+
April 27, 2020

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)
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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
Nov. 18, 2019

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.

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Quarter: Fall 2017
Grade: B
May 19, 2019

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.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
Jan. 27, 2019

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.

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Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: A
Feb. 9, 2018

Dopest teacher ever. He is a great teacher. There is a big difference between being extremely smart, and having skill at teaching, which I think most universities struggle with when hiring professors. But he is an amazing lecturer and teacher. He really thinks deeply before he speaks and he rarely misspeaks. I typed his lectures verbatim, I got an A. He is a smart dude. One of my favorite professors at UCLA, probably my favorite. Take him, you will enjoy it. Unless you're taking modal logic, just don't even try to understand that. I had him my first quarter at UCLA and I really enjoyed his class. It wasn't super hard, it was pretty easy, he structured it well, he knew what he was doing, and he was also very down to earth. I don't think we had any in-class exams which is GREAT. Mostly everything was take-home, midterm and finals. That's what you want if you want to get an A. TAKE HIM. I took him twice. Got A's twice. Third time was modal logic and I just had no idea wtf was going on but maybe that's just me. There were a lot of computer science majors in that class. The man is a genius straight up take him.

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Quarter: Fall 2017
Grade: A-
Jan. 5, 2018

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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4.6
Overall Rating
Based on 14 Users
Easiness 3.8 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.5 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.9 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.9 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Tolerates Tardiness
    (6)
  • Needs Textbook
    (4)
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
    (5)
  • Would Take Again
    (6)
  • Issues PTEs
    (2)
  • Uses Slides
    (5)
  • Useful Textbooks
    (5)
  • Engaging Lectures
    (5)
  • Participation Matters
    (4)
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