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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!

12/15/2003
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHIL 101P Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/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

11/23/2003
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Phil 486 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/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.

11/16/2003
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PHIL 101P Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/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.

11/13/2003
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
phil 101p Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/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.

10/19/2003
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHIL 101P Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/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

09/02/2003
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHIL 101P Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/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.

05/18/2003
average
1 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHIL 101P Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/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

05/08/2003
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHIL 101P Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/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!

05/03/2003
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
phil 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/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

04/26/2003
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
5 Easiness
phil 101p Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/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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