Mark Johnson

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PHILOS 2
Introduction to Philosophy of Religion See Full Profile

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PHILOS 9
Principles of Critical Reasoning See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 2.0 Workload 3.5 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 2.0

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I would not retake this class because I did not feel like Prof. Johnson respected his students or our time. Nearly every lecture he went well over the designated lecture time and I would always worry that by leaving class to go to my next class I would be missing important material. He is extremely strict on his grading for the quizzes which is the bulk of the grade however I am writing this review in week 8 and he has not graded a single one of our weekly homeworks so we have no way to assess our learning or get questions answered prior to the weekly quizzes that will ultimately determine our grade. He speaks in a rather condescending tone to his students which creates a hostile environment for asking questions.

(Spring Quarter 2020)
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PHILOS 118
Kierkegaard See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Professor Johnson is a genuine person. He knows the material extremely well, and though he grades a bit tough - he puts more weight on the second paper so people can adjust and write more of an analytic paper. In all honesty, if you’re just looking for an easy class - I wouldn’t recommend this class. That isn’t to say that it’s one of those ‘pain-in-the-ass’ misery-metaphysical hell-holes like Logical Positivism or something... But it does require one to apply themselves and be willing to care. But the material is so interesting and relevant - original Existestentialist doctrine - that it’s easy for one to apply themselves. For me - it didn’t really feel like ‘applying’ myself - I felt like I was going to class out of my own genuine voice and interest in the course. Kierkegaard is very interesting, and Professor Johnson made sure to present lectures with preparation, organization, (some humor here and there), and accuracy. It made for a great quarter.

(Winter Quarter 2019)
PHILOS M152B
Topics in Moral Philosophy: Evil: Evil See Full Profile

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PHILOS M175
Topics in Philosophy of Religion: Religious Language and Epistemology See Full Profile

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PHILOS 177A
Existentialism Full Profile > 2.0 Overall 2.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness
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PHILOS 177A
Existentialism See Full Profile

Overall 2.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 1.0 Helpfulness 2.0

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PHILOS 177B
Historical Studies in Existentialism See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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I took a class on Sartre & de Beauvoir with Professor Johnson. I enjoyed it, and I'm actually taking a class taught by him next quarter. Professor Johnson is an engaging lecturer, but make sure to keep your ears open and don't *just* write down what is on the chalkboard.
He approaches existentialism in an analytic way. There are 2 papers, one midterm (35%) and one final (50%). The first one was about 6 pages, while the second was about 10. There are also weekly reading responses due, graded check/no check. Professor Johnson is an honest grader, and he is quite helpful if you approach him with any questions. You definitely have to work hard in this class and attend lecture, since they aren't podcasted. The papers, for me, took a lot of time. I didn't turn in 3 of the weekly reading responses, so that might have hindered me from getting an A. Overall, I highly recommend this class.

(Fall Quarter 2019)
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Topics in Moral Philosophy: Evil See Full Profile

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