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Steven Best
Professor in the Philosophy department
at University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX
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Overall Quality
3.8
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.8
Clarity
3.8
Easiness
3.9
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43 Student Ratings
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07/30/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHIL 3325 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

A lot of work. Not easy. Didn't learn much and not an easy A.

11/09/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHIL 2306 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 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 :)

11/11/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
phil3335 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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.

08/16/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
PHILO3318 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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!

08/02/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
SociaPhil Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/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!

04/20/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Phil3306 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great professor

12/07/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PHIL3325 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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!

11/15/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHIL2306 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/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.

08/29/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHIL2301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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

07/20/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHIL2306 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

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

06/24/2010
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
Phil3303 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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.

05/10/2010
average
1 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Phil2306 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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.

05/14/2008
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
HUMN3303 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/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!

05/12/2008
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Philethc Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/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.

05/07/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHIL1301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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!

03/11/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHIL3325 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

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

05/04/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
PHILSECT Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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.

04/08/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Phil001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/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!!!

03/08/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Phil0000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/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!

03/08/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
phil2233 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

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

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