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John Fennell
Professor in the Philosophy department
at Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
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Overall Quality
4.4
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
4.3
Clarity
4.6
Easiness
3.4
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01/06/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHI 102 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Class is organized well so your receive new information each time. Sometimes he likes to yell when making a point which can be surprising at first.

03/31/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Phi 256 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great professor. Really wants students to get material. Does lecture a lot but is open to discussion. You have to be proactive to start discussion but trust me listening to the lectures is often far more reward. Clearly extremely passionate. A kind man and a great advisor

07/01/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHI111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

My least favorite class at Grinnell BY FAR! The only class I've taken where I felt I learned NOTHING! Not a good professor at all. Just talks the entire 50 minutes--not engaging at all. Paper prompts were extremely unclear.

06/02/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHIL101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Wow-I thought philosophy was going to be easy-wrong.However, I learned so much. Fennell explains concepts really clearly, which I appreciated. He gives good feedback and if you come to his office w/ questions, he's very helpful. Really smart, intimidating, helpful, encouraging.

11/11/2009
good
2 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHI256 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

It can be said with certainty that Fennell is an expert on the material at hand; however, his plodding, almost entirely lecture-based courses fail to inspire the kind of enthusiasm one expects must motivate him to study this subject. For an avid student of philosophy, his constant repetition inside of - and between - lectures was really dull.

04/07/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHI256 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is a great teacher, this stuff is his life and it shows in his ability to explain things very clearly. Not a lot of class discussion but really good lectures. Great at answering questions and really nice outside and inside of class

01/29/2007
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHI111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great guy. Really know his stuff. Wish I would have talked to him more in offices hours about papers. Definitely worth taking Intro with him if you have any slight interest in philosophy.

04/25/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHI 258 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

i would marry john fennell and have him read philosophy to me in his glorious australian accent.

09/15/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
logic 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

incredible, one of the best three classes i took at GC

05/16/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHI 102, 256 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Fennell rocks. He is incredibly clear, engaging and challenging. Take his class if you want a no b.s., no busy work course. He is religious about following the syllabus so you know what you are getting into from the first day of class. He is willing to review drafts of papers and he will spend any amount of time with you in his office.

12/22/2004
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHI 111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

his lectures are so clear that it is impossible to not understand the material, although the material is incredibly boring except for Nietzsche and Plato

02/08/2004
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
logic Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

fennel is a very good-looking man. he paces around a lot, and pops up and sits down on the desk over and over. he's so totally australian too, which is cool. when he thinking deeply, his face darkens and it seems like he is staring into the abyss.

12/08/2003
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PHI 102 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

In Logic, it seems impossible not to do well, even if you skip a lot. Everything is laid out on the syllabus and if you read the book you only really need to show up for the quizzes on Friday. Good class, but I dont know when I'll ever use the knowledge.

11/13/2003
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Phil 101, Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

Fennell is the man. He's clear as can be. He makes things easy to understand, but incourages your insights and challenges on philosophers. A nice guy. A real human being....not lofty...doesn't put wall between himself and students.

11/02/2003
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Phil.o.Sci Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

Repeats things a bit too much, but other than that a good prof.

11/01/2003
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHI 111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

Fennel is a great prof, he gets to the foundations of the philosophy and even lets you argue about it, which was really nice. He also has his crazy Austrailian accent.

10/30/2003
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
p of mind Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

it was the first class he taught in grinnell. it was not bad and i could see it improving. he makes effort to do things well and he's definitely becoming one of the better profs. take his phi of lang class.

04/24/2003
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHI 111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

Very good lecturer, one of the best

04/21/2003
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
phi 113 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

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04/08/2003
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHI 253 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

Affable, smart, not a ****.

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