Donald Weiss at Binghamton University (SUNY)

Donald Weiss

  • 3.0Overall Quality
  • 2.9Helpfulness
  • 3.0Clarity
  • 3.7Easiness

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Class
Rating
Comment
12/19/10

PHIL1011

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Don is the man, he is brilliant and knows what he's talking about. People who said this class was boring are probably too incompetent to understand the material. Genius!!! had his courses a while ago, pretty sure he's retired now. Great guy.

9/26/09

Phil450

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

He is a great lecturer. Those of you who can't see that must be pretty dim. Philosophy is not about being practical, or even getting a job. It is about inspiration and helping you live a better life. Weiss gives you anecdotal information because he wants you to relate William James's view of say Pragmatism or Religion to your day to day life.

11/8/08

PHILPHIL

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

he is a genious. anyone who says his lectures are boring is obviously not paying attention. brillant man, brillant class.

9/3/07

phil488

Average Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness2

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Course is pretty easy, as far as upper level philosophy seminars go. You don't have to participate, and he gives you lots of freedom on what you want to write for the paper.

5/8/06

PHIL

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

There is genius even in his tangents. Liberals and Conservatives both like him, and he is well-respected by the faculty as fair minded and genuine. In class, I would encourage students to ask questions, otherwise he goes on tangents, but sometimes it is those which are most enlightening. He runs an open class, nothing is off-limits unless its crude

1/24/06

460

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

i dont usually write comments about professors but when i saw that this one is so underappricaited it made my body tremble. it is difficult to be a philosophy professor. this is the best one in binghamton. dont listen to these rating things, show up the first day and see if you like him. if you dont, you shouldnt be in philosophy.

9/25/05

Philo 312

Poor Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

So disorganized that I forced myself to drop the course. He makes almost no connections between the readings, offers little guidance with papers, and does not respond e-mails. Only take him for an easy A. Warning to real students: you will not learn a d@mn thing in Weiss' classes.

4/17/05

PHIL 111L

Poor Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness2

Clarity1

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

I skipped about 6 weeks in a row, Tues/Thurs classes, no discussion or TAs involved, and still got a B. He talks about himself, his life, tells us useless stories and in general talks about nothing. The papers definitely have topics that you can write about, but he is an odd grader.

11/16/04

med ethics

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Captivating speaker. I agree that if you are just looking to "check the box", his classes aren't for you. If you truly want to learn something, attend the lectures and pay attention. He is interested in his students -visit him during office hours for interesting and intelligent conversation.

5/1/04

PHIL

Poor Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

I took a few PHIL courses with him years back, so not sure if he's improved... doubt it. Absolutely the worst teacher I've ever had. Bar none. Steer clear of this charlatan!

12/15/03

PHIL 101P

Poor Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

I learned many things in that class...many things EXCEPT philosophy. All he does is talk about absolutely nothing and excepts to write papers about what he says in lecture! HUH??? But the TAs grade easy because they know he talks about noth

11/23/03

Phil 486

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

Don is the man. Like all Phds loves to hear himself talk but is quite interesting. If you know how to write you will probably get an A. Doesn't overwhelm you with reading but instead does a detailed reading of two great books. Take this course.

11/16/03

PHIL 101P

Good Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness3

Clarity5

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

His lectures are usually very interesting, but going to lecture has absolutely nothing to do with your grade, and is completely unnecessary. I went to class 1/2 the time. Easy A if you're a decent writer.

11/13/03

phil 101p

Poor Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

This class was stupid. Everything depends on the TA. He went on way to many tangents and never made any sense. Grade depends on the paper, quite easy to do well even if you dont go to lecture.

10/19/03

PHIL 101P

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

His lectures are not boring and irrelevant. True, you can write the papers and do well without going to lecture... but if you are taking the class to learn, which college is for, rather than just gather information to reiterate for a grade, you will enjoy

9/2/03

PHIL 101P

Poor Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

ive gone to two lectures and still got an A cuz my TA was the best! unless you have a good TA, youll be screwed! terrible professor..i think he might know what he's talking about but i never bothered to figure it out.

5/18/03

PHIL 101P

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness1

Clarity4

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

Dont even bother going to lectures...He doesnt lecture on anything relivant...The course depends entirely on the TA, mine was Vik Chaubey Dont take his section

5/8/03

PHIL 101P

Average Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness2

Clarity3

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

Generally, only 1/3 of the class bothers going to lecture--why? Because it's almost completely irrelevant. The lectures are generally dull. The class is just paper writing--really easy. Of course, my TA didn't speak eng. but was picky as hell!

5/3/03

phil 101

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

terrible lectures. totally dependent on TAs who are just as incompetent. wish i didn't waste a semester with this class. if you're taking it for Gen Ed G, take something else. save yourself the trouble

4/26/03

phil 101p

Average Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness4

Clarity2

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

his lectures are pretty boring most of the time and aren't that clear as to what he's talking about. i had a good TA that knew what he was talking about so it was pretty easy. basically the grade is based on papers you have to write which aren't hard.

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