I know here at Critically Pissed we like to talk a lot about things that we think suck about the world. I am not going to do that. I was rereading some older posts about professors and wanted to add my own opinion about an experience with a Prof here on campus.
I took an intro to philosophy class during spring 2008 term with prof Howard Ross. I was always curious about philosophy and wanted to learn about it. The experience I had in the class was nothing short of amazing. We covered a lot of topics and some of my favorites were Plato’s allegory of the cave, Scepticism, and a brief introduction on Existential thought. He also taught the class with style and brought fourth modern day examples to help make points. We even discussed the Matrix in class and what is reality. I remember one class where he asked us why people use drugs. One student remarked that they are curious. Ross replied, “Curious? Are you curious about drinking bleach?”
There was work to be done in the class and sometimes some of the philosophers were hard to grasp, but our in class notes helped shape the experience. Ross also allowed students to have their own opinions on issues. He always said that he didn’t know when it came to opinion questions and that we should think critically and form educated opinions about the world. I was so impressed with my time in that class that I became a philosophy minor and spend my large chunks of my own free time reading about philosophy. I am a fan of Nietzsche, Sartre, Socrates, and political philosopher John Stuart Mill.
In conclusion, I think why I made this post is in response to one poster who continually bashes students as beer drinking, lazy, dull, failures. I am just saying not all of us are like that.