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Stephen Schwartz
Professor in the Philosophy department
at University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
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Overall Quality
3.3
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Hotness
Helpfulness
3.4
Clarity
3.3
Easiness
2.9
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44 Student Ratings
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09/12/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHL000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Having a professor who is deeply rooted in religion is terrible when discussing ethics of major issues like abortion. He is completely biased and won't listen to any other opinions other than what the church has taught him to say. Stay away if you are intelligent to form your own opinions.

06/16/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
philsect Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dr Schwartz is a man of integrity, knowledge, and wisdom. He is the consummate professor & his courses are life-changing. Am grateful someone of his stature still teaches at URI. Unlike so many other Depts (e.g. Com Studies) who seem to employ former URI grads who are not prepared to teach & who are not well-read intellectuals, Phil & Dr.S are TOPS

02/03/2011
good
2 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHL212 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I hated him. He keeps saying he will be unbiased but every single thing he says has his opinion on it. He says one thing and then a minute later does the opposite. A lot of unnecessary reading that creates a lot of extra work. His grading his ridiculous and won't change grades even when proven wrong. He wants to be helpful but only on his terms.

03/19/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
PHL212 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He is very excited about everything he teaches and truly loves the subject. He is really nice and understanding and so is the TA. There are homeworks due every class but they rarely take longer than about 15 to do. The tests aren't hard either as long as you go to class and go to Kiki's review sessions. I would definitely recommend it.

04/21/2009
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHL212 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Must go to his office to talk about class topics.Too much work; 3-5 news articles per night to read, highlight and respond to, 1-2 chapters in a book per night to read and outline, on top of exams and take home quizzes. Too easily distracted. (cont'd)

04/07/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHL212 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

GREAT teacher. He is SO nice and he loves teaching. Lots of busy work tho. Homework due every class, 5 take home quizes. Easy A as long as you go to class(attendance taken everyday) and the WONDERFUL TA Kiki's review sessions.GO TO THE REVIEW SESSIONS! KIKI TELLS YOU ALL THE ANSWERS ON THE TEST!

06/25/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHL212 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Easy class, changed my life. Interesting material and an awesome TA Kiki.

04/01/2008
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
PHL212 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He is one crazy old man. No, j/k he is very nice and Kiki, his TA is amazing. She gives review sessions before the exams and tells you very question that will asked. This is a very easy class with tons of busy work. So as long as you do the work it's an easy A or B.

01/26/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
phl212 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

A wonderful man with excellent history. The class is extremely hard, but you will learn a lot if you study, study, study!

10/15/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHL131 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Excellent teacher, highly competent and motivated, taking this class was a unique and moving experience

05/17/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
phl212 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Hes a great teacher, who loves his job. He gives a lot of busy work. You have homework every class and during class all you do is take notes. He gives pop quizes. The tests are easy if you go to the review sessions. As long as you do your homework and show up to class and reviews sessions its hard not to get an A

04/27/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHL212 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great guy loves to teach. Attendence is taken everyday, and hw almost everyday from the readings. Class notes are very helpful for the exams, and so our his review sessions, given by his wonderful TA Kiki! Overall a great class taught by a professor who loves what he does and what he teaches.

04/24/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHL212 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Awesome professor... as long as you read and go to the review sessions before exams than the class is pretty easy. Very informative and interesting. He is a great guy and has a great approach to teaching

03/06/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
phl212 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Want to get an A? Heres how: 1) show up 2) do the homework 3) go to the review sessions 4) do the extra credit 5) go to the review sessions 6) go to the review sessions 7) get a 6/10 or better on the quizzes...this is how you get an A!

03/15/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHL342 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Willing to help and answer questions. Loves teaching. Exams reflect his notes. Attendence a must. A pleasant professor to have. Go to the review sessions before the exam, they are very helpful.

12/26/2005
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PHL 212 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

very easy class, but you have to show up. Schwartz has a real enthusiasim for teaching.

11/19/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
All of them Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Schwarz is the best professer at URI, and if you cant see that then you suck at life. Appreciate the man's presence. Sometimes its hard not to laugh at him bc of his extreme enthusiasm and sillyness. I love this man. Take his classes and pay attention. You dont even have to keep up with the readings if ur smart. Just study.

11/19/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PHL Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Schwarz is the most amazing guy ever. Anyone who gave him a bad rating or accused him of being boring is not a philosopher. He is bursting with life, energy, and love for philosophy and his class is extremely informative and engaging. Pay attention and do a little reading and you will get an A. I love Schwarz!

09/11/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHL Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

If I had to guess, I'd say that the people who posted negative ratings are the students who don't show up, don't read, and don't study. If you're a slacker who doesn't take the time to study, don't take his courses. The material is not difficult, but you need to STUDY for his exams. He's a nice, enthusiastic, caring guy.

09/11/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHL Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Totally enthusiastic about the ideas presented in class, and the nicest guy you'll ever meet. Pay attention in class and do the readings and tests and papers should not be too hard. You need to attend class, but you won't mind having to because his personality keeps the class interesting and engaging.

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