Calvin Normore

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PHILOS 5
Philosophy in Literature See Full Profile

Overall 3.9 Easiness 3.1 Workload 3.6 Clarity 2.9 Helpfulness 4.3

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Normore is a very nice old man who genuinely cares about his students. He is the PICTURE of a philosophy professor, with his white beard and drawling voice--it was very funny. Sometimes he tended to go on tangents, and lectures could get a little boring, but I found that when I actually paid attention to what he was saying, they were really quite interesting. You get out of this class as much as you put in. If you don't listen and let yourself get bored, then the class will be boring for you, but if you pay attention and engage yourself with the ideas, then things become quite interesting.
There are a few short assignments you have to do, as well as a few papers, but they are pretty easy to do well in. Although the concepts may seem difficult, it's not too hard to get a good grade.
Personally, I found the topics we discussed (death, time travel, the definition of literature, etc.) very interesting and I enjoyed it very much. If you're not that into philosophy or reading, I wouldn't recommend this GE, but if you are, then take this class!

(Fall Quarter 2020)
PHILOS 6
Introduction to Political Philosophy See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 4.2

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This professor is the best. If you ever get a chance, you need to take him. I had him for philosophy 6 and the honors section. He is the nicest, most caring professor i have ever met. The best thing about him is that he is great at teaching, he lectures well, very well organized. (this is a big deal because a lot of the philosophy professors i have had are HORRIBLE lecturers) The class isnt easy, mainly because so much material is covered, but you learn so many interesting things, you actually want to learn and not just work for a grade.

(Nov. 29, 2001)
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PHILOS 7
Introduction to Philosophy of Mind See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.9 Clarity 2.4 Helpfulness 3.5

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DO NOT TAKE THE CLASS IF YOURE NOT GOOD AT ENGLISH. no, just dont take this class.
you get readings every week and quizes depending on your TA. i have not heard of a single student complimenting their TAs. MY TA, ERIC VINCENT, WAS HORRIBLE. If I am given a chance to reverse any of my choices in life, it would be to chang this to a P/NP. No, cancel that; it would be to drop it.
the material is interesting, i admit. BUT ITS VERY HARD TO UNDERSTAND.
as everyone else has mentioned, he is unorganized and his slides are useless pieces of shits.
but he is a sweet man....

i repeat... please dont take this class.....i want this class to have no enrollees, and diappear..

(Fall Quarter 2015)
PHILOS 9
Principles of Critical Reasoning Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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PHILOS 9
Principles of Critical Reasoning See Full Profile

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PHILOS 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Normore is an amazing professor and I would recommend this fiat lux. I am a philosophy major and this class made me so happy to be studying philosophy. Calvin is so easy to talk to and he is a very helpful professor. I am looking forward to having him again as my professor for an upper division course, he is honestly the best.

(Fall Quarter 2018)
PHILOS 22
Introduction to Ethical Theory Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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PHILOS 22
Introduction to Ethical Theory See Full Profile

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PHILOS 22W
Introduction to Ethical Theory See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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As a first-year taking this Writing II course, I was expecting this class to be more writing-intensive than it actually was. Professor Normore is a great guy, but doesn't do much to engage students during lectures, which can become quite boring and dry. The general content of the class is pretty interesting, but the way Normore explains it can be confusing at times as he tends to digress and continue rambling on. The readings can be confusing as well, sometimes even a bit lengthy, but as long as you have a basic understanding of each philosopher you should be fine. There are two mini-examlets that are straightforward, and Normore provides study guides for both. Definitely take advantage of the TAs for the three papers required for the class, and utilize the PLF for this class if you're in AAP; that's what helped me get through the course. Overall, I would recommend as a relatively easy Writing II course.

(Winter Quarter 2019)
PHILOS 88SA
Thinking on Your Feet: Introduction to Philosophy of Sport See Full Profile

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PHILOS 88SB
Philosophy and Neuroscience of Free Will See Full Profile

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PHILOS 100A
History of Greek Philosophy See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 3.5 Workload 2.5 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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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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(Fall Quarter 2019)
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