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 2.7
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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.

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
D-
F

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
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
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D
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F

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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A
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B+
B
B-
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C
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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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B
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C
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F

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-
C+
C
C-
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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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B
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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%
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.

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: 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 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 April 21, 2020 Grade Received: A

Professor Hsu is an excellent teacher who is able to break down seemingly difficult logical arguments to something even I could understand. Philosophy is all about talking through the concepts so I definitely recommend going to his or your TA's office hours. Admittedly, an 8:00 am philosophy class is difficult to stay awake in, but the class is not hard as long as you keep up with readings (which are short). I really enjoyed my time in his class which honestly changed the way I look at the world. Radical skepticism is a really interesting concept if you actually give time to think about it. This class almost made me pick up a philosophy minor...

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted April 7, 2020 Grade Received: A

This review is for PHILOS 7 with Dr. Hsu. I would NOT recommend this class if you're not a Philosophy major. There are plenty of other GE's that fulfill this same requirement and are much more clear and engaging than Philos 7. Dr. Hsu doesn't use slides in his lectures, so there's no coherent idea of what you're learning each day. There is very little structure to the class website, so you never really know what's going on. We also had a technical problem for the ENTIRE quarter so there were no Bruincasts of the lectures. I'm honestly shocked I got the grade I did, and most of it is due to opting out of the final because of COVID19.

If you do decide to take this course, make sure you participate as much as possible in discussion and try to go to your TA's office hours at least once. This is less about learning and more about the grade bump they offer some students in light of "excellent contributions" in discussion.

TLDR: Don't take this class, and if you do, make sure your TA knows your name.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Feb. 19, 2020 Grade Received: B+

Pros:
- The only real "work" for this class are two essays: your midterm and final respectively. Nothing else really matters for your grade. However, while this makes day-to-day work easy, it's a lot more pressure and you have little to pad your grade should you bomb either.
- My TA (Saraliza Anzaldua) was extremely helpful and engaging. I didn't go to lecture, but she covered what was talked about in lecture and contributed to a greater understanding of the material covered.
- You don't really need to go to class. Obviously, it makes things harder, but going to lecture didn't really help me. This is good, but I'll explain more about why lecture didn't help below.

Cons:
- Lecture was EXTREMELY boring. Hsu explains concepts in a convoluted, drawn-out manner, making concepts even harder to understand at times. He's also an extremely boring lecturer. He would also pause for questions halfway through the class, and with it being philosophy, people would begin to just spout off. Hsu never stopped them, either, even though he should. If you do go to lecture, I advise just tapping out whenever he takes questions -- you'll be better off this way. If anything, don't take this class as an 8am. Just don't.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Jan. 6, 2020 Grade Received: B

Professor Hsu is a nice man and you can tell he's very passionate about the material. However, this is a very difficult class to take if you have no experience with philosophy whatsoever. The only things you do in the class are the midterm and final essays and the homework assignments. You only need to do three homework assignments and I was confused if that meant that you only needed to do three to get at least a C, but you shouldn't do all 5 because they'll only grade three of them. They aren't graded for accuracy, only for whether or not you gave them a fair shot.
The midterm and the final were the hard parts of this class for sure. I basically had to figure out how to write a philosophical essay which is different from anything I've ever done. Go to your TA's office hours and discussion sections because those were the most helpful things I did this quarter. I somehow came out with a decent enough grade but do not take this class if you have another choice.

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

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.

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