All Ratings and Reviews for Hans Lottenbach
Simply stated, you will not find a better teacher of philosophy at UCLA. Normore is the only one in his class.
A) He's more knowledgeable about continental philosophy than anyone you'll ever meet. We're not just talking Kant and Descartes either. Malebranche, Condillac, Benjamin Constant... He knows all the background, all the references, all the minor names... and what they actually said, be it in Spanish, Latin, Greek, French, Italian... you get the idea. But he's passionate not snooty.
B) His lectures are carefully prepared and practiced. He's a natural born teacher.
C) Always available to students. While he may not connect with individual students, he eagerly wants you to know it.
D) The highlight of any course he teaches is his disclaimer about cheating/plagiarism. You haven't lived until you've heard "wimpy," "liar," and "fraud" in a Swiss accent.
E) His jokes are awesome. And he can answer any question right then and there.
I had him for philosophy 6. Dont take him he is not concerned with your learning and he makes the class alot harder than it should be. Avoid him!!!!!!!
As a senior philosophy major, I took 21 for fun (yeah, I'm a bit of a loser) this past quarter with Lottenbach. It's a relatively easy class if you already know your stuff as a philosophy major (finding/formulating/analyzing arguments, writing philosophy papers and exams, philosophers, etc.), but it is a difficult class for those with little philosophy background because Lottenbach is a rather poor lecturer. Don't get me wrong, the man is a genius, but he says "uh" "right" and "so" about 237 times each per lecture which can get distracting, and, more importantly, he takes the most roundabout ways to answer the simplest of question (which my non-major friends found confusing), making it difficult to understand some of the material. I guess it also depends on your TA, go for James or Mandel, those guys rock.
In addition, Lottenbach assigns rather obscure authors (Descartes was the only commonly known one we read), so if you're looking for a good introductory course so you can sound smart and talk about those philosophers all your friends know only by name, this isn't it. Lottenbach's expectations are certainly not high, but his lectures are rather boring, his answers to questions obtuse, his speech distracting, and his assignments obscure. All in all, not the most difficult class on paper, but rather hard given Lottenbach's style, especially if you aren't a major. Like I said though, he's a genius, so if you want to put up with his downsides to learn from someone who's read all the material in French, Latin, Greek, German, Italian, or English and basically seems to literally know everything, then take him, but be warned, Lottenbach's speech and way of answering questions makes things hard.
Prof. is okay, but the subject is really boring.
This may be a good class for philosophy major, but if you are a non-philosophy major just trying to get credits, don't take this class.
The class is really boring and if you are not interested in the subject, there is no way of getting an A.
Hans Lottenbach is by far the most attractive professor in the department in that his brilliant elegance is charming and captivating. His enthusiasm is contagious and he makes all who have his class smile.
Lottenbach is a great professor overall. The reading isn't that important, since he explains the material so well (which is funny because english is his second language). If you go to class, take decent notes, and listen well, you should have no problem with the essays. As other people have mentioned, he says "um" just about every 3rd word (I think he said about 10 ums in a row once), but it didn't really detract from his teaching since he keeps things very straightforward generally.
I just heard today that Professor Lottenbach is leaving UCLA (returning to the University of Piittsburg). What a tremendous loss to the UCLA philosophy department. He will be missed.
I have taken four classes with Lottenbach and every class has been extraordinary! Because of Lottenbach's humor, his profound knowledge of philosophy, and his ability to convey difficult subjects in an orderly and clear manner, his classes were a truly valuable and enjoyable experience for me. As a professor, he is in a class of his own. Especially interesting are his upper div. political philosophy classes.
Lottenbach is the best lecturer in the philosophy department. So what if he says \354ummm\356 a lot. For someone who isn\355t from this country, Lottenbach has an excellent command of the English language, and is actually rather eloquent. What does him saying \354ummm\356 a lot have to do with what he is saying, and how well he is saying it? Anyway, great GREAT professor.
The subject matter for Lottenbach's class on skepticism was incredibly boring- however, I'm not sure what he could have done to change that. As a professor, he is animated and informative- he has an obvious passion for philosophy. Papers and exams were fair, especially since the class was given the final exam questions in advance. I would reccommend the professor, but stay far, far away from phil 21...
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