May 14, 2012 12:35 PM Subscribe
What were your experiences with philosophy courses like in university, non-philosophy majors?
posted by Beardman to Education (31 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I teach philosophy courses at the second and third-year levels at a research university. My students are a healthy mix of philosophy majors, minors, and people taking the courses as electives.
As I try to teach in a way that connects with all of them, I'm struggling to recall what it was like before I majored in philosophy and got my Ph.D. I'm also wondering what philosophy courses are like for people who aren't intending to major in the field at all.
I do have a good sense of the various difficulties that philosophy assignments can present to students with different backgrounds. What I'm more interested in is what students personally think about the subject matter--the specific way philosophers have of approaching things, and so on. Did you find it fascinating, infuriating, revealing, disappointing? If you just took a philosophy class or two, what were your experiences of the philosophy department?