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Do not take this class if you are not invested in Philosophy. Kant is incredibly difficult to learn and a lot of the material taught requires hours of studying to fully understand. Although Burge is a good professor the class IS hard, plus his writing can be fairly illegible considering how he writes his lecture notes in any open space he finds on the board even if it overlaps other ideas. No papers assigned but there is an in class midterm and final (study guide was provided). Not an easy A
Burge is an absolute legend. His material is literally taught at other universities around the country. Take him, although be cautioned that you should really only be taking Kant if you're quite invested in philosophy. Throughout the quarter I felt engaged, interested in what was going on and always felt like coming to class was worth my while.
Burge is a very smart man. He knows and understands Kant in a way that most professors in this country do not. Seriously. Google him. And he can teach Kant very well. The only problem is that Kant is really, really, really hard. It's not that he's so hard to study for an exam, it's that to actually truly understand him and to have a real philosophical dialogue out of studying him, you need to know Descartes, Hume, Plato, Aristotle, Spinoza, and whoever else came before him. So, if you're going to take the 115 class, and you really want to get a lot out of it, then your philosophy better be rock solid. That being said, 115 is not at all a class that is difficult to get a decent grade in. But as far as real knowledge goes, if you want to maximize that and do justice to Kant, then listen to Burge when he says that you shouldn't take this class without at least 2 upper and 2 lower phil classes beforehand. Even with that, you'll still probably not get as much out of the class as you could if you were about to graduate with a phil major and this was your last class in the department. The problem with the class is that the vast majority of people really does not know what Kant or Burge are talking about the vast majority of the time. Yes, that does mean an easy B, because that just means being just like everybody else. If you dont want this class to be about just a grade, then be very, VERY devoted to the subject of philosophy and know a lot of it before going into the course. Something I personally didn't do at all and wish I did.
Final word on Burge as professor- he is kind of dry, and he does repeat himself a lot and the lectures are really long and they are a drag. The biggest reason for that is because he really wants people to actually get what he's talking about, even though that's hopelessly wishful thinking at most times. Go to his office hours or just talk to him out of class if you want to really get an edge on the material without trying to stay awake all the time.
I'd recommend professor Burge in a heartbeat. He obviously knows what he is talking about and it comes through during his lectures. The subject matter is an extremely difficult one so it would be easy to attempt to correlate his "difficulty" with that of the subject he teaches. However, He's kind and amiable and the class is a one of a kind challenge and DEFINITELY not for faint hearted. The only drawback to Burge is his availability. You're better off getting help from a TA because he's quite a busy person. Enjoy the transcendental while you still can...
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