Skepticism and Rationality

Andrew Hsu

Skepticism and Rationality

Philosophy department

Andrew Hsu

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Overall 3.1
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Easiness of class 2.2
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Workload 3.0
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Clarity of professor 2.8
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Helpfulness of professor 3.2
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Grades

Fall 2018
22.8%
19.0%
15.2%
11.4%
7.6%
3.8%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2017
19.2%
16.0%
12.8%
9.6%
6.4%
3.2%
0.0%
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A
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B
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C
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D
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F

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

Spring 2017
23.8%
19.8%
15.8%
11.9%
7.9%
4.0%
0.0%
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A
A-
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B
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C
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D
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F

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

Fall 2015
17.4%
14.5%
11.6%
8.7%
5.8%
2.9%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2015
18.6%
15.5%
12.4%
9.3%
6.2%
3.1%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2014
21.8%
18.2%
14.5%
10.9%
7.3%
3.6%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
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C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2012
25.5%
21.2%
17.0%
12.7%
8.5%
4.2%
0.0%
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A
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B
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D+
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F

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

Winter 2010
25.3%
21.1%
16.9%
12.7%
8.4%
4.2%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
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C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Fall 2006
27.3%
22.7%
18.2%
13.6%
9.1%
4.5%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted May 19, 2019 Grade Received: B+

The class is difficult. The topics are hard to cover and Hsu is often difficult to understand. A lot of the class was spent answering questions, but overall he did a good job of preparing everyone for the midterm/final. If you're a philosophy major, you have to take it. If you aren't a philosophy major, take another class.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Feb. 26, 2019 Grade Received: A-

This class was a lot harder than I expected. As a non-philosophy major, I did not know what I was getting myself into. Your grade is entirely determined by the midterm and the final split 50% to 50%. This means in order to get an A you need to get an A on both papers. As I got a B+ on my midterm I knew I couldn't get any higher than an A-. The prompts for the papers are also quite difficult to comprehend and also have to be short and to the point. I ended up working probably 60+ hours on my 2 essays for the final which allowed me to get an A- in the class. Wouldn't recommend the class but I did find the material interesting despite it not being taught well.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 3, 2019 Grade Received: NR

Is this a hard class? Yes. Is the material extremely hard to wrap your head around sometimes? Definitely. This is definitely a class that is not for the faint of heart. But I really do think that Prof. Hsu did a good job teaching the material. He allowed us to ask questions in class and was often receptive to the ideas of students and would respond to them. (I must note that I also have a benefit of having some familiarity of the material going into this class and being a philosophy major who likes this kind of content, so keep that in mind).

I will warn you that the only two things that determine your letter grade are your midterm essays and final essays, with five homework assignments that aren't worth credit but you need to pass 3 to get a passing grade in the class. But honestly, if you stay on top of it and do the readings, you'll be fine. With that said, I can definitely see why if you're not into philosophy/majoring in it, this can be a ROUGH class.

Also, on a lighter note, don't take this class as an 8AM if you can avoid it. Prof. Hsu has a Bob Ross-type inflection to his voice that often lulled me to sleep in class, even if I found the material itself engaging.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted June 10, 2019 Grade Received: B

DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS.

The material is horrid and extremely unclear. If I could go back and tell my freshman self not to take this class I would.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Feb. 22, 2019 Grade Received: B

I entered the class extremely excited due to my interest in philosophy. Unfortunately, though, lectures weren't that clear and the syllabus on CCLE did not help. I enjoyed some of the readings but I didn't feel confident when writing essays about them. The positive aspect of the class was that we didn't have to write essays or take tests in class. What I would change is the engagement and clarity of the lectures.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Dec. 10, 2018 Grade Received: A-

Philosophy with him is fun, even though he is boring at times.
Honestly, the class is pretty tough but hella interesting but getting an A is manageable if you have a good rapport with your TA so go to discussion.
I would recommend this class, just to broaden your horizons.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted March 14, 2018 Grade Received: A

The professor is someone who is certainly well versed in the concepts, and attempts to convey the difficult concepts to the students in the class. For someone who is not interested in philosophy, this class is not recommended - the concepts are hard to grasp and it becomes difficult to understand the reasoning process behind what the professor is saying, since often times he is unclear, and he tends to repeat himself especially in regards to trying to answer questions from students are not understanding the material correctly. Otherwise, Professor Hsu is quite nice and patient regarding answering questions and is certainly not the worst professor you can have, just expect tedium.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Feb. 1, 2018 Grade Received: A

I took a philosophy class in high school and liked it, so I thought that the case would be the same with this class. Unfortunately, I was wrong. The concepts that are discussed are so abstract and difficult to get a firm grasp on that it is very easy to get lost. Most of the arguments that are presented are from long-dead philosophers who seem to only want to complicate things rather than explain the way that people think and the human condition or the state of the universe (maybe this is actually the point of philosophy and I've just missed it). It seemed that the arguments were full of "Yeah, but what if...," which gets incredibly annoying after a while. The professor is extremely kind and articulate, but almost to a fault. His diction and way of speaking (side note: his accent is pretty cool if that helps) only further complicated things, and he often went on tangents that only vaguely related to the lesson. I did end the class with an A, but that is only because I put a lot of time and effort into the two big papers that are due as well as the homework assignments. Overall, I wouldn't say that this class was particularly enlightening, and I was glad when it was over, but I will admit that it presents a different way of thinking that some people may find inherent. I didn't.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted July 4, 2017 Grade Received: B-

TL;DR: even philosophy majors say this is their least favorite philosophy class. Do not take.

I read many reviews about how Hsu is hard to follow, how no one attends lecture, how TA's can grade harshly, etc. All of it is true. I did every single reading, yet could not follow Hsu's lectures at all, and would almost always end up falling asleep. Went to every single discussion (which they claim will allow them to boost your grade b/c good participation), went for help on my essays, yet still got a 77 and a 74 on both essays. Ended with a B-, no grade bump. It's ridiculous. The material is honestly not interesting, the lectures suck, discussion is pointless, and all your efforts end for naught. Do not take this class. A GE is supposed to be an interesting grade boost, and this satisfied neither.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted July 2, 2016 Grade Received: C-

I took Philosophy 21 because an NSA told me it would be fun during orientation. That guy had no idea what he was talking about. Silly freshman me had no idea what I was getting myself into.

This class was absolutely boring. Lectures put me to sleep, and no matter how many times I tried to understand the readings, I often got lost. I BS'd a lot of my essays, and my TA who was condescending and very hard to reach, graded pretty harshly. I never bothered to go to discussion, so this was why. Definitely make friends with your TA. I can see how they make or break your grade.

I barely escaped with a C-, so go to lecture, take diligent notes, go to discussion, participate often, and find others in the class that can help. It's a hard and boring class, but it's definitely doable.

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