Professor Jonathan Ichikawa Reviews
Prof: Jonathan Ichikawa / Fall 2020
Dec 20, 2020
Another wonder class, but not the easiest. While it actually was easier than I expected, I had prior logic experience so this go-around was easier for me. That’s why I rate it the way I do, assuming you’re fresh into logic. Dr. Ichikawa teaches well, is accessible, and strives to make class an enjoyable experience (and succeeds). Would take it again, if I was to do it all over again.
Be diligent and do the homework. Also, practice, practice, practice till you nail it.
Prof: Jonathan Ichikawa / Winter 2021
Mar 15, 2021
This was a really solid class. Dr. Ichikawa does a great job teaching the material and making things clear in in-class lectures. He's helpful and available outside of class as well. As for the content of 240, it's really quite good stuff for an introductory phil course. You learn about various epistemological arguments and issues like scepticism, reliability, probability, etc. These are all very important, foundational things. Lectures were recommended to be synchronous, but not required (recordings were up for alternate time zones). There were weekly assignments tied to readings (done on Perusall, and a nice way to get extra marks for doing the reading with annotations), then Levels assignments (which test different levels of philosophical writing skill), and a final exam.
Do the weekly readings on Perusall and engage with them. The material is interesting and often not too long--you just need to make sure you do them so that you know what's going on in the lectures. Watch the lectures and you'll be good to go--I found notes were a bit more optional in this class since it was more readings than it was power point slides.