Gavin Lawrence

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PHILOS 6
Introduction to Political Philosophy See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 3.2 Workload 2.9 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 3.0

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Fair warning: if you don't like to read this is not the course for you.
Covers a number of political philosophers, but to be honest you might not get through half of them due to the professor's meandering lecturing style - frequent digressions are made and often you'll end up behind and confused. That being said, the core material is very interesting, and the professor does his best to keep things fresh and funny. Frequently, you'll probably have to rely on your TA to decipher the core meaning of lectures, but as long as you take notes and at least try to pay attention, it'll all make more sense in hindsight. The midterm is usually pretty straightforward as long as you actually read and understood the material, and the final is usually done in essay format with ample choices for questions provided well in advance. I wouldn't say this is the easiest of the GEs, but it would be pretty damn close were it not for the heavy reading load.
TL;DR read and go to discussion and you'll be okay, sunshine.

(Spring Quarter 2017)
PHILOS 7
Introduction to Philosophy of Mind Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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PHILOS 7
Introduction to Philosophy of Mind See Full Profile

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PHILOS 8
Introduction to Philosophy of Science See Full Profile

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PHILOS 22
Introduction to Ethical Theory See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.8 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.0

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I got a B+ but I didn't expect it since I got a B- on my essay which was 40 percent. So, it is worth it to study hard for the final. For the final, I listened to his lectures on the podcast while walking at the park. Good times lol! I thought the lectures were pretty interesting but sometimes missing one word or getting distracted in one instance will get you lost in what he is saying. I listened to the podcast for each lecture twice because i never went to discussion so that helped me. However, If you need an elaboration on what Lawrence says, then you should go to discussion. Also, use sparknotes.

(April 2, 2012)
PHILOS 22W
Introduction to Ethical Theory See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 1.7 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 3.5

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This was the one of most boring classes I have ever taken. Few attended lecture and those who did easily fell asleep. Lectures were disorganized.
Many of the reviews tend to praise Lawrence, so perhaps in other classes he is more interesting? I know he mentioned this was his first time teaching the Writing II variant of Philosophy 22.
Also, TAs graded the essays rather strictly, but without going through HOW to write a philosophical analysis.
Not the class to take for a GE.

(April 11, 2005)
PHILOS 31
Logic, First Course Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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PHILOS 31
Logic, First Course See Full Profile

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PHILOS 100A
History of Greek Philosophy See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 1.8 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.8

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Great teacher.

He really cares about the students. Know that he is in his office a lot of the time. I stopped by his office several times, even randomly, and he was always there and always quick to invite me inside to sit down on his couch, all around which are giant stacks of papers and books. My advice is to not ask him questions during class, but instead either wait until after class or go to his office. He's very talkative and will explain anything.

The class is graded by 2 papers. I personally don't think it's necessary to read all of the readings in this class in order to get an A. You only need to read the stuff that you're writing the papers on. Also, for greek philosophy, there's no need to buy a book. Just get the readings online. It's all free.

An interesting thing about this teacher is he seems very interested in philosophy of language. He has a habit of explaining every philosophical problem as a miscommunication of language.

Anyway, a pretty rational guy, I'd say. Very nice. A couple times I walked with him out of the class while he explained a point about Plato or Aristotle. Not every professor is this nice!

(Jan. 6, 2011)
PHILOS M101A
Plato -- Earlier Dialogues Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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PHILOS M101A
Plato -- Earlier Dialogues See Full Profile

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PHILOS M102
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PHILOS M102
Aristotle See Full Profile

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PHILOS C114
Hume Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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