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Donald Weiss
Professor in the Philosophy department
at Binghamton University (SUNY), Binghamton, NY
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Overall Quality
3.0
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.9
Clarity
3.0
Easiness
3.7
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26 Student Ratings
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12/19/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHIL1011 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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.

09/26/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
Phil450 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/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.

11/08/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PHILPHIL Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

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

09/03/2007
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
phil488 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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.

05/08/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHIL Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/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

01/24/2006
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
460 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/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.

09/25/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
Philo 312 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/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.

04/17/2005
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHIL 111L Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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.

11/16/2004
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
med ethics Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/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.

05/01/2004
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHIL Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/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!

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