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[ECPH W4950] Economics/Philosophy Seminar

  • Departments: <a href="/departments/9">Economics</a> and <a href="/departments/19">Philosophy</a>
  • Professors: John Collins and Philip Kitcher

September 22, 2005

Collins, John
[ECPH W4950] Economics/Philosophy Seminar

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Terrrible, Terrible CLASS! NO one ever had any clue what was going to be taught each week b/c there was no syllabus. The professors (Collins co-taught with Prof Amarante) seemed not to notice that few if any students were following the discussions. Few topics were covered as the profs spent most of their time rehashing (again and again) the topics they were interested in (i.e. had written papers on). After class, we would commisserate in the elevator about how much we hated the class. Unforunately, if you are an econ-phil major, u don't get much of a choice. just hope that the class gets better, or that someone else teaches it.


one presentation, one paper--at least the paper was on a topic of your choice, so it didn't matter if you didn't pay any attention at all in class.

May 01, 2004

Kitcher, Philip Silver_nugget
[ECPH W4950] Economics/Philosophy Seminar

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Each class was conducted exactly the same. Individuals were required to present their weekly responses regarding the reading to the class. They were then commented upon by Kitcher, other students... and then on to the next person. The format became pretty stagnent early on.

However, the weekly responses were an excellent way to be engaged in the reading.
Kitcher himself is obviously extremely well read and in touch with the works in this course (Capital, Wealth of Nations, On Liberty, etc). He related his views to the class in what was often an engaging and animated way.

However, Kitcher does have a tendency to downgrade opinions and interpretation that conflict with his own -- and he does not do so in a terribly accommodating manner. Rather, you feel as though you cannot pursue your interpretation for fear of a bad grade. This is not to say he that Kitcher is not a good professor. Many professors, especially in the Philosophy department, suffer from this hang up. As an individual, Kitcher is extremely approachable and human (I say this, because I sometimes doubt the humanity of professors -- often out of touch with everything but their field of study)


Weekly Responses (graded relatively easily) 50%, Final Paper (expected 10-15 pages) 50%

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
ECON / ECPH ECON ECPH W4950: Economies & Philosophy Seminar John Collins, Bernard Salanie 2010 Spring T / 9:00-10:50 AM 1
ECON / ECPH ECON ECPH W4950: Economies & Philosophy Seminar Philip Kitcher, Ronald Findlay 2009 Spring W / 11:00-12:50 PM 1