Steven Best at University of Texas at El Paso

Steven Best

  • 3.8Overall Quality
  • 3.8Helpfulness
  • 3.8Clarity
  • 4.0Easiness

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Class
Rating
Comment
11/9/13

PHIL 2306

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

He IS the BEST!! Thanks to him I turned into a vegetarian (don't get scared, you don't have to). He just makes you think about a lot of issues you would normally not care about. Great class, final and ONLY paper does require work though, but you should do fine :)

11/11/11

phil3335

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

We are privileged to have Dr. Best at out university as far as I am concerned. His lectures are very interesting and definitely will make you re-evaluate your role in society.

8/16/11

PHILO3318

Average Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

EZ TEACHER!!!!! NO HOMEWORK, NO QUIZZES, NO TEST!! only 2 finals r given. one for mid term and at the end of semester. both r essay. just do some light reading and put up a decent argument and defense and u will pass. attendance is never taken, however he does remember who attends regularly and gives xtra credit at end of semester!

8/2/11

SociaPhil

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Very great professor! He doesn't care about attendance. Uses the book to write an essay. Not hard at all and does have a very interesting point of view, but it opens your mind to actualy thinking. Gives your life a different perspective. Take a class from him before he retires!

4/20/11

Phil3306

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Great professor

12/7/10

PHIL3325

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness4

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Great class & professor if looking for a easy B. Doesnt check for attendence & all he requires is a semester paper.Textbook required but it was easy reading- will need to use for final paper. Great class for summer! Take advantage of it then!

11/15/10

PHIL2306

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness4

Clarity3

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

Initially disliked the course. Started to enjoy it once I opened up to it. Hardest part is the two long essays, but they are easy as long as you can back up your argument. He definitely has an interesting point of view.

8/29/10

PHIL2301

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Didn't agree with Best on most subjects but regardless he is a great teacher. I vocally opposed him and he applauded for it. He's not very hard at all but he will challenge you to think. I truly don't understand why people say he doesn't let you think your own thing he just challenges what you think so that you can become more solid in your argume

7/20/10

PHIL2306

Poor Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness1

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Boring. Don't bother trying to make a point to him.

6/24/10

Phil3303

Average Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness4

Clarity2

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

He is very passionate about what he believes in and if you go in with an open mind you can learn a new perspective. He is not your typical teacher, but I think that is a good quality.

5/10/10

Phil2306

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Interesting class. Steve Best trys too keep you interested and attempts to challenge your ways of thinking. He assigns 4 essays each semester, 2 of them are easy and the other 2 (Midterm and Final) are more difficult. Work hard and Easy A or B.

5/14/08

HUMN3303

Poor Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

The guy doesn't have TA's anymore. He bites off more than he can chew and he doesn't have a lot of time to help students. He is a nut, simply put...a strict Vegan who wishes to see the end of the human race. If you don't agree with his views, he gives you a very difficult time. Very easy-going about assignments, etc. as long as you ASK!

5/12/08

Philethc

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness3

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

So glad I actually took a class with the infamous Dr. Best. He is a great professor, very fair and down to the point. Not like other narcissistic professors at UTEP who believe their class is the only one we are taking. He opens your eyes to a lot, so go in with an open mind.

5/7/08

PHIL1301

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

If you're going to take philosophy, take Steven best. He really makes students rethink their most basic assumptions. If you do take his class, definitely watch a movie like "Earthlings" first, which you can get on Google Video. You'll be MUCH more prepared for what he's talking about than the other students. Enjoy!

3/11/08

PHIL3325

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

EXTREMELY interesting professor, he has a lot to teach but you need to be open minded

5/4/07

PHILSECT

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness5

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Umm, well he's pretty strict but if you get a good TA like I had (RICK) than he's pretty helpful. Class isn't too hard as long as you do your Volunteer Hours.

4/8/07

Phil001

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

To all detractors, get a life. His opinions are more informed than yours. You have spent your lives in Plato's cave, chained to the wall. Then someone comes along to show you the balance, and this is the balance, and all of a sudden it is opinion? Grow up and learn!!!

3/8/07

Phil0000

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Will make your dogmatic views dissapear! Simply the BEST, down to earth, humorous, yet challenging. Not like the other @** holes in the philosophy dpt. Best doesn't belong at UTEP, he's a great mind...and needs to be @ Princeton or something!

3/8/07

phil2233

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Challenging, fun, effective...he's gorgeous what more could you ask for?

7/3/06

PHIL 1301

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

No Comments

12051455
10/25/05

awsome

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

No Comments

10/24/05

PHIL 2306

Average Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

I think his class is pretty cool,but I think he tries to inflect his opinion on everyone. He sometimes just rambles on and talks about just his views.

9/12/05

Philosophy

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

So far I am enjoyin his class. I would recommend anyone take his class b/c it can open your mind to new ideas BUT guard your heart and mind and don't think or believe the things he does just b/c he says it. He's a crazy dude, but ya got love it b/c it makes the class very interesting. And yes i think if he has 1 goal for his classes, it is to convert everyone into vegetarians.

9/9/05

ethics 2300

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

No Comments

9/1/05

Phil of Law

Average Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Easy class. Didn't do much work all semester and got an A.

9/1/05

Phil 1301

Average Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

So easy. I went to class 4 times the entire semester and got an A.

8/27/05

phil

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

GREAT PROF! THANKS FOR OPENING MY MIND. I APPRECIATE HAVING TO RETHINK WHAT I THOUGHT I ALREADY KNEW (AND, ON MY OWN TERMS, DISCOVERED THAT I MAY HAVE BEEN WRONG). I'M GLAD YOU MAKE US THINK ABOUT THE WAY WE TREAT ANIMALS. KEEP IT UP.

8/24/05

Philosophy

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

If you are easily annoyed by PETA, I'd advise you to stay as FAR away from this class as possible. While his intentions were good (and somewhat sound) they were never my intentions.

5/7/05

Philosphy

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Great class. Think hard. Do well.

2/23/05

Phil Science

Poor Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

This guy is so full of himself. Reminds me of a TV preacher. No real dialog in class. I dont have anything good to say about this guy. For philosophy of science take Ferrett instead, he is a good teacher and respects students. Symons is too hard.

1/24/05

Phil of His

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

ANIMAL LOVER!! This guy is fun...that's for sure. He will impose his ideas on you...it's up to you to accept them without question, or shut him out. Good teacher, great speaker, too narrow minded. You'll never eat a burger again without thinking of him! Thanks for ruining my meals Best!

1/15/05

philosophy

Poor Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

he wanted us to ascribe to his beliefs, and his beliefs only. unlike excellent professors, who give us their opinions but also listen to ours, he shoves it down your throat, and then some. what a jerk!

6/22/04

PHIL 1301

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

Wow! I learned SO much... He's hard, but MAKES YOU THINK. Isn't that what Philosophy is all about? And yeah I started to think, for the first time, about the way animals ARE treated. Bottom line: Animals DO have rights. Thanks for the education, Dr. B

4/26/04

PHIL 1301

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

Philosophy is about having reasons for what you believe & changing your beliefs & actions when you don't have good reasons. Those who left the negative comments here reject it: they are unhappy that he challenges them to think about their lives.

3/12/04

PHIL 1301

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

Dr. Best certainly has a agenda, and while I think that he certainly has a right to expound upon and promote his views, he should also offer some platform for opposing or contrary views to be debated in his course. But, he isn't a flat out jerk.

3/1/04

PHIL

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

Best is a true philosopher. He questions the assumptions of our society and he doesn't live in an ivory tower, he puts his beliefs into action

12/7/03

phil 1301

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

Dr.Best challenges whatever it is that you think you know. Great class.

12/4/03

phil 1301

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

I loved the class. Dr. Best is an excellent lecturer. I personally feel that his teachings have helped me make positive changes in my life and for that I will be eternally indebted to him. Dr. Best truly is a "philosopher, writer, activist."

11/30/03

PHIL 1301

Poor Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

hate the class but if you want to hear him go on and on about animal rights, cats, and being a vegan he's the right professor

11/20/03

phil 1301

Poor Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

No Comments

7/8/03

PHIL 1301

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

No Comments

7/4/03

PHIL 1301

Poor Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

This guy is really a joke. He's never there and has his TAs do everything. He is rude and so full of himself and is more concerned with his politcal agenda (animal rights) than in the study of philosophy. Avoid!

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