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[V3701] Ethics

December 06, 2013

Vogt, Katja Silver_nugget and Susienka, Christine (TA)
[V3701] Ethics

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Professor Vogt is really, really a fantastic teacher for philosophy. We read texts (not long ones, typically easily manageable) that were complex and encompassed huge ideas, but once we discussed them in class, I think more or less everyone had a good understanding of the subject matter. Even more than that, though, we all developed our views on a topic and asked questions or criticized parts of a philosopher's theory, and Professor Vogt really encouraged that. I feel like the class has changed the way that I think, even, in that we were pushed to be very, very precise in the way we thought and spoke about topics. Obviously, in a class that revolves primarily around the meaning and usage of words like "good" versus "the good" versus "goodness," that kind of thinking is key. Don't ever think that philosophy classes are just easy! Ethics is really accessible in that it deals with ideas that permeate our everyday existence, but it was challenging in the best way in that it helped me grow.

Christine was my TA, and her recitations were great and really illuminating. Same goes for her comments on assignments. She's really sweet and makes an effort to get involved with students to answer questions and to clarify points. She was also happy to meet one-on-one to talk about how to approach a paper topic.

I really recommend this class to anyone, not just philosophy majors. I find it hard to imagine that anyone would be wholly uninterested in thinking about morality, and Professor Vogt really knows how to teach it.

Workload:

Six outlines (one page single-spaced each)
Two papers (one that's four pages double-spaced and another final paper that's six pages double-spaced)
Readings for every class

January 27, 2013

Hayward, Max (TA)
[V3701] Ethics

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I was lucky enough to have Max as TA for Katja Vogt's Ethics class. While he comes off as pretty intimidating due to his background (Cambridge), brilliance, British accent and somewhat sarcastic or biting tone, he is actually very helpful and willing to meet one on one. Not to mention his sections really helped me sort through the train wrecks that are Vogt's lectures. Also, he seemed to be a pretty easy grader, as I turned in a few outlines that certainly deserved less than the A- that he gave me.

All in all, you'll be very lucky to have him

Workload:

Light readings and assignments, but the concepts can be relatively difficult and thus time-consuming.

December 10, 2012

Hayward, Max (TA)
[V3701] Ethics

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Max was a fantastic recitation leader and TA. Not only was his expertise on the subject (his interest is meta ethics) helpful for understanding some of the difficult works by Kant, Moore and Williams that we had to read for class, but the effort he made to challenge us to think critically and explain the works in our own words was very helpful in increasing our understanding the material, improving our ability to speak about philosophy with philosophical rigor, and boosting our confidence in speaking about difficult topics in group settings.

He was a fair, and perhaps even generous grader of the essays, outlines and the midterm.

If you are trying to decide which TA's recitation section to pick, Max is definitely among the best.

Workload:

10 One Page Outlines, Two Six Page Papers, an In Class Midterm, and Class Participation

April 09, 2012

Vogt, Katja Silver_nugget and Susienka, Christine (TA)
[V3701] Ethics

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The class was awesome. Professor Vogt is a great lecturer and passionate about her subject matter. We barely got through her daily class outlines, but she posted them and I appreciated her desire for dialogue instead of straight up lecture. And 10 outlines instead of a final? Sign me up! Christine, my T.A., was really sweet and always happy to help out. The recitations were helpful for understanding the class material (although it's not such dense material to begin with).

Workload:

10 one page outlines, midterm, papers

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