Sooo…. you’re taking my philosophy course…


This is, perhaps, the most important and widely-applicable advice for the class…

… let me share the experiences of other students — paraphrased.. :).

  • The biggest mistake you can make is to get behind — missing a short paper deadline is costly, but putting yourself in the position to have to do a lot of the work to get caught up PLUS the work for the current unit — that plain old sucks…
  • If I’ve made a mistake in some way, shape, or form – I’ll readily admit it — sometimes an “update” to D2L will throw me a curve-ball, other times I just plain mess up at some point and it comes back to surprise me…  I’ll do my best to figure out how to fix it.
  • Don’t let the door hit you in the ass..
  • If I write something in an e-mail or other message that contradicts what’s in the syllabus,  you’re ALWAYS safe going with the syllabus / class schedule.. I have classes on slightly different schedules and sometimes I plain old make a mistake..
  • Your classmates are great resources, ask them.
  • Be as nice to your  virtual classmates as you are to the “real” ones.
  • Use the general class discussion forums — I’ll check them often.
  • I’m usually on top of my e-mail, but sometimes I’m not.  If you don’t hear from me after a few days — send it again.  Also, please try to avoid doing the thing where you send an e-mail from one address and ask me to respond to another address — I don’t like that… Generally, you should use your college e-mail account for this class.  I know it’s a pain, but do it anyway or figure out how to forward your mail to your other account.
  • When in Rome, do as the Romans do..
  • Don’t get behind.. how many times do I need to tell ya that :)?
  • When you write your short papers and your final paper, don’t assume I’m your audience.
  • Wear Sunscreen
  • Use your personal experiences as examples to illustrate a point — we all have experiences, we all should use them — and philosophers write from THEIR own experiences in the world, so should you.
  • Concern yourself with the suffering of others..
  • Make sure your final paper topic is BOTH an ethical quandary (a question of right and wrong, with at least two reasonable sides — NOT a question of fact) AND about Medical Ethics (assuming you’re in phil 1035).
  • Tip well
  • Do the readings, expect that they’ll be hard.  Take reading notes and look at the other resources to figure it all out — you don’t have me to explain stuff to you in class — so, I’m expecting that your reading and investigating time will be about the same as your homework (reading) and class time combined.
  • Call your _____________________ (fill in the name/relationship of someone who loves and misses you)…
  • Read this blog if you’re wondering what I think about stuff — I write it for you.. and because it’s fun.

So — maybe not all of that is advice directly about the class 🙂 — I’m goofy that way.


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