Samuel Cumming

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PHILOS 1
Beginnings of Western Philosophy See Full Profile

Overall 1.3 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 1.6 Helpfulness 1.6

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[NOTE: I know it says that I took him for Philo 1, but I actually took him through my GE cluster (Mind over Matter) this year. The GE cluster was not one of the classes available on the drop down menu.]

Professor Cumming isn't that bad of a guy... When he's not teaching. He's an absolute horrible lecturer. Goes off on completely random tangents, repeats himself constantly, can't formulate sentences that make sense. On the first day I had him, he was literally in the middle of explaining the mind-body problem when he suddenly remembers something and goes "Oh, by the way..." and then starts talking about how he doesn't put words on his PowerPoint (He really doesn't, it's all pictures. It's the worst - what kind of philosophy professor doesn't put words on the slides? It's PHILOSOPHY.). Then he launched into an entirely different discussion which consisted of his habits and how he does certain things, blah blah blah. He never finished his thought about the mind-body problem... The whole class was so confused by the end of lecture. I doubt we learned anything at all. It was terrible. Avoid him if you can.

Again, nice guy. Awful teacher.

(Nov. 30, 2012)
PHILOS 7
Introduction to Philosophy of Mind See Full Profile

Overall 1.4 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 1.6 Helpfulness 1.6

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The evaluation for Phil 7 below is true. This should have been a fun introductory class and instead, he ruined more than 1/2 of the class' GPAs. I worked so hard for this class, attended lectures, never missed a discussion section, saw the TA, etc., and I still didn't get an A. I'm now going to have to work my butt off like crazy to get my GPA back to where it was before this class (let me just say how STUPID it looks when all I have is A, A- and then this grade!) Cumming saw that we were all struggling immensely and that people practically failed the midterm. Although the final was "sort of" ok, the guy would NOT budge and would not allow for a curve. In reality, I probably have one of the higher grades in class but because he wouldn't allow the TAs to lower the grade scale, it was impossible to get an A.
Bottom line, if you need this class see if you can find another teacher. It's a great subject but by the end of the course, I can't tell you how many people were turned off from philosophy and hated anything having to do with it.

(March 30, 2010)
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PHILOS 23
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PHILOS 23
Meaning and Communication See Full Profile

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CLUSTER 73A
Mind over Matter: History, Science, and Philosophy of Brain See Full Profile

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CLUSTER 73B
Mind over Matter: History, Science, and Philosophy of Brain See Full Profile

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PHILOS C127B
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PHILOS C127B
Philosophy of Language See Full Profile

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PHILOS C127C
Philosophy of Language: Oxford School See Full Profile

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PHILOS C127C
Philosophy of Language: Oxford School See Full Profile

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PHILOS 133
Topics in Logic and Semantics See Full Profile

Overall 1.2 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 1.4 Helpfulness 1.4

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Professor Cumming really cares about his students. I took PHILOS 133 with him last spring quarter. Very patient in explaining things. Very accessible during office hours. The course itself is not very hard. He makes it clear what would be tested during the exam. Small class. very easy to get help from fellow classmates.

Overall, highly recommend it if you are interested in logic and math.

PS, he is from Australia, the accent...

(Oct. 16, 2014)
PHILOS 161
Topics in Aesthetic Theory See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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Professor Cummings is not a very good lecturer in class. However, i found him very helpful during office hours. I think he will be most helpful if you already have some idea of the material and want some elaboration. Hoeverer if you go to him Conpletely clueless, his explanation might be a bit confusing.
All in all, I think he's a good professor and a nice guy. He's also quite a lenient grader. However, be ready to do a lot of self study if you take his class.

(Spring Quarter 2017)
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