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James Edwards
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Subject: Crazy Jim  (May 08 2009, 08:12AM)
Student: Anonymous (History)
Class:Intro to Philosophy (B)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Edwards is probably the craziest professor at ship. We talked about crazy orange guy from downtown ship for an entire class period one day. But sometimes it gets pretty boring. There are only a mid term and a final and an essay. Tests are kind of hard if you dont go to class and at least read some of the book.
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Subject: Excellent Prof  (May 31 2008, 01:58PM)
Student: Anonymous (English)
Class:Intro. to Philosophy (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I had this guy for Intro. to Philosophy, and he was one of the funniest professors I've ever encountered. He made learning fun, and I think a lot of the professors at Ship who don't have their sh*t together should look up to him, because he stands on the shoulders of giants and sets the example of what every professor should be.
The scary part is that he only gives three grades the entire semester. He doesn't have an attendance policy, but don't let that fool you. The two tests and paper he assigns will be on a lot of the material covered in lecture. I did bad on the first test and thought I wrote a pretty sh*tty paper, but all in all I still managed to come out with an A. I think if you make an honest effort to show up to class all the time and participate, he'll take note of it and give you the grade you deserve.
Highly recommended professor.
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Subject: very easy, very interesting  (Apr 10 2008, 08:17PM)
Student: Anonymous (sociology)
Class:intro to philosophy (--)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 He is definitely an interesting guy. He only has two exams and they're easy. Go to his class to hear what he has to say and you wont even need to read the book. Easy, interesting. Thats all to it. Take him if you want a easy A. He's the man
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Subject: Really Great  (Mar 26 2008, 05:42PM)
Student: Anonymous (Psychology)
Class:Introduction to Philosophy (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 If you can't take Philosophy with Dr. Edwards, don't take Philosophy at all. He is ridiculously laid back and informal, and he treats students how they should be treated--namely, as adults. The class is easy, with only two VERY simple true or false tests and one paper. Attendance isn't required, but he's really very interesting if you like philosophy, so you'll probably want to go. Dr. Edwards is NOT the typical Philosophy professor stereotype: Some liberal fruity weirdo in the clouds. He has a very linear, engineering-type mind, and if you saw him on the street and talked to him, you would probably think he was an engineer. Because of his atypical personality for a philosopher, he has a different take on western philosophy that I found extremely interesting. Even students not normally interested in the humanities will really relate to him because he is very down-to-earth and his stories are hilarious! If you're looking for a relaxing gen ed, you've found a good one in Dr. Edwards.
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Subject: Really laid-back guy  (Jan 13 2008, 11:26PM)
Student: Anonymous (Psychology)
Class:Introduction to Philosophy (C+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 He was laid-back, talked to us all as equals, and couldn't care less if you showed up to class or not. However, there's no reason why you wouldn't want to. His discussions are engaging, thought-provoking, and just altogether interesting. He's a great prof, I really wish I got to personally know him better. I'm going to miss him. =(
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Subject: Interesting Class, Enjoyable Professor, but...  (Dec 19 2007, 01:40PM)
Student: Anonymous (History (B.A.))
Class:Existentialism (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 This was a great class and he was a great professor, but if you prefer more structured material and professors, Dr. Edwards may not be for you. He very easily enters tangents and takes forever to grade (and assign) papers. He grades fairly easily, just making sure that you understand the material, and is fantastically enjoyable in class--especially those he cares most about. Overall, I had a fantastic time.
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Subject: Good Guy, Kinda boring  (Oct 29 2007, 07:28AM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:Intro to Philosophy (B)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 This class only has 3 grades. So thats a little stressful but if you read what you're supposed to and go to class you should do fine. Dr. Edwards is a hilarious guy, who is interesting to listen to but sometimes his class gets really boring. I found it hard to stay awake.
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Subject: the man  (Mar 28 2007, 01:05AM)
Student: Joe Duffy (English/Philosophy)
Class:Intro,Existentialism,Logic,Art (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Prof. Edwards is the man, I don't like to miss any class in college cause I like to keep up with things but I never wanted to miss his classes because they weren't a hassle to go to + fun and interesting... he explains the concepts well and is there to help outside of class. Since our philosophy department absolutely sucks (like 2 teachers and no possibility of taking as a major) chances are you will run into prof Edwards and it won't be a regret. Enjoy
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Subject: Cool guy, interesting class  (Oct 22 2006, 12:02AM)
Student: Shipwrecked Raider (Communication/Journalism)
Class:Intro to Philosophy (A-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Edwards is a pretty good guy. I didn't want to take a math class to fulfill my "Category A" requirement, and I figured that "Intro to Philosophy" would be a nice alternative. I was not disappointed. The work load in Dr. Edwards class is not overbearing, and he makes this subject quite interesting. Each class is worth going to for his lessons alone.
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Subject: Good Prof  (Jun 02 2006, 01:34PM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:Intro to Logic (B)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Edwards is a good professor. Class is always interesting. This class was not the easiest but he was always willing to help. I have had him for other classes and he is definitely worth taking.
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Subject: good class to substitute Math for  (May 23 2006, 08:39AM)
Student: Anonymous (BA History)
Class:Intro to Philosophy (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 If you hate Math and need a category 'A' elective...it's the place to be. He's pretty funny...although I'm pretty sure he has an "Alpha" type personality...that's one with a good sized ego. Don't get me wrong-he wasn't assanine...just real sure of himself. Only two books...very short...tests were T-F(but the questioning was meant to trip you up), and one final paper (easy)...all-in-all a good experience.
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Subject: Great class and prof.  (Feb 26 2006, 02:20PM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:History of Modern Philo. (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 This was a great class and an even better prof. We read only one book which was cheap to buy. The readings were a bit difficult to grasp, but Dr. Edwards really explained them well in class. We took only 2 tests and had only one paper and the exams were take home. The questions he asked were very deep and you have to put a lot of thought into them, but he made himself overly avaliable to help you out when test time came around. He let us choose how many questions we wanted to answer as well and how many pages we wanted to write. He basically told us just enough to get your point across and answer the question. I had him for intro. to philo. as well and he continues to be one of my fav. profs. He knows what he's doing and his classes are a blast. Take him.
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Subject: Best Prof yet - by far  (Dec 15 2005, 01:25AM)
Student: Shae (Exersice Science)
Class:Philosophy (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Prof. Edwards was probably the best prof. I have ever had. He is so funny. He keeps you awake in class. He isnt boring at all. He does stand in class and talk, but he has fun doing it, and doesnt just speak in monotone and most likely wont bore the hell out of you. He is a decent grader. We have random quizes that are only one question, and if you just do the little bit or reading which is spaced out over a long pd. of time, you wont have a problem with the quizes. You have a few quizes, a mid term and a final, and one paper. He is always around. He is the only prof I know that has a SN on AIM!!! He is online quite often, and very easy to get ahold of. He is more than willing to help you outside of class and wont make you feel like an ass at all...Hes funny, interesting, and easily my fav. prof!
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Subject: EASY  (Oct 26 2005, 06:37PM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:Intro. to Philosophy (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 This is one of the easiest gen eds I have EVER had in my life. You read a story and then take a True and False test on it.. all very basic questions that you have gone over a million times in class. As long as you go to class.. then you will have an A. Jim can be sort of annoying.. he definitely thinks he's real "cool" and down with his students. I think he tries too hard to be a fun teacher or something.. but I guess that's better than being a bad teacher, so definitely take him!!
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Subject: burning babies  (Oct 25 2005, 03:12PM)
Student: jhara (english)
Class:intro to philosophy (A)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 I dont care what class this would be, whether its math, history, biology, if Edwards was teaching, I'd be there. The guy is hilarious, I have a weird sense of humor, but I laugh my ass off in that class. I knew nothing about philosophy, and didnt understand the readings at all, but I went to class and got A's on the tests. Crazy. I really only go to be entertained. Take this guy, he's the sh*t. He's the kinda guy that would go into a burning building and throw burning babies out the third story window in hopes that they would survive and not burn to death.
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Subject: This guy is awesome  (Jan 11 2005, 10:32AM)
Student: Anonymous (Psychology)
Class:Intro to Philosophy (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Definitely take Jim if you have the chance, and yes he told us to call him by his first name.He's down to earth and really wants to connect with his students.Class was easy and boring,but he tried his hardest to make it interesting.He may seem a little off in the beginning,but don't worry, he's a really cool guy.You only have 4 grades so I highly suggest studying for the test if you don't attend class.Also, he will never take attendance except the first day, but the class is so much easier if you go.If you have the chance, take this guy he's really good and it's a good GPA booster.
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Subject: Great  (Jan 01 2005, 07:22PM)
Student: Anonymous (psychology)
Class:intro to philosophy (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Jim is so funny. He has all these great stories that help you remember the material. Descartes got a little boring, but jim kept the class entertaining. I'd recommend him to anyone who likes to laugh.
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Subject: GREAT Prof.  (Nov 09 2004, 10:05PM)
Student: Colleen D (Undeclared/El. Ed.)
Class:Into To Phil (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Edwards, excuse me... Jim, was such a great prof. He made his class VERY interesting and easy going. The atmosphere was very lax and there's no attendance policy- although going to class wasn't bad at all b/c he made it really vibrant and fun. He was always available and willing to help with anything. The required reading is short, although not easy, but he explains the text in class so you know what you read (another perk to going to class). If you have half a brain in your head, you will do just fine and make the grade you want. Take him if you get the chance.
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Subject: Awesome prof  (Nov 03 2004, 12:34PM)
Student: Anonymous (Social Work)
Class:Intro to Philosophy (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Although the last paper was a pain, Dr. Edwards never ceased to amuse and get me to stand up for what I truly think... if you want a good, respectful debating class... get in here. He ends a debate if it seems to be getting out of hand... easy prof though!
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Subject: Entertaining and Informative  (Jun 01 2004, 03:32PM)
Student: Angela (English)
Class:Critical Thinking (A-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Edwards made this class really enjoyable. He makes the information really easy to understand and presents it in a really interesting way. There were 4 exams, and he gave out a study guide for each exam. He didn't have an attendence policy, but going to class is more than worth it, becuase he tells great stories. I definitely recommend taking this class!
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Subject: One of a Kind  (May 22 2004, 04:00PM)
Student: Anonymous (Communications/Journalism)
Class:Skepticism & God (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I cannot even put into words how great Dr.Edwards is as a person and a professor. You will actually dread missing any of his classes(even though there is no attendance policy). I was so eager to take another one of his classes after taking Intro. to Philosophy. I strongly advise any student to take at least one course with Dr. Edwards before you graduate. You will learn a great deal from his classes and also be able to attend a free comedic stand up performance! He was by far my favorite professor at Shippensburg University.
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Subject: More than a prof, he's an entertainer  (Mar 28 2004, 08:41PM)
Student: Ash (Sociology)
Class:Critical Thinking (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 This class is always like watching stand-up comedy. He's so engaging that I actually look forward to his class, more so than any other classes. When it snowed and I could make it to school, I was like, damn, I want to go because I don't want to miss philosophy class. He's that good. He fosters an environment that makes his students feel comfortable enough to engage in a discussion with him. And I learn a lot of random stuff that I never knew before (like chicken sexers--don't ask.) The only complaint I would have would be what exactly he wants for the exams. While the exams don't stress me out too much, I don't know exactly what he is looking for because it's not really specified. But he doesn't seem to be a really hard grader, so I don't worry about it too much. Take him, definitely.
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Subject: Interesting Teacher  (Jan 13 2004, 01:28PM)
Student: Anonymous (criminal justice)
Class:Intro to Philosophy (B-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Edwards will always keep your attention because of the crazy stories he tells. When I had him we had two exams and two essays to write. Go get help on the papers because they can be quite hard, but overall they are not bad. The exams are fairly easy because most of the questions are true/false and the essays on the exams are easy. I would deffinatly take him.
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Subject: Not bad  (Nov 05 2003, 04:19PM)
Student: thefreak (History)
Class:Philosophy (B)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 He only has 4 grades so you have to do good on them but they aren't that hard...he is kinda boring at times...pretty easy class if you are a slacker like I!!!
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Subject: Good Class  (Nov 04 2003, 04:12PM)
Student: Anonymous (psych)
Class:Philosophy (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Edward's class was awesome... Only 4 grades, two tests and two papers... sucks that there is only 4 grades but he is more than willing to help.. class isnt boring at all, he curses alot which peaks your interest.. definitly recommend taking him if you can.
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Subject: Two Thumbs Up  (Oct 08 2003, 11:18PM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:Intro to Philosophy and Logic (A-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Class discussions are interesting, keep your attention, and make you think. lax on attendance, but I liked going to class. Edwards makes a point of being availible outsided of class if you have questions. Mostly essay tests(except for logic). Would def reccomend.
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Subject: Nice Guy  (Apr 02 2003, 07:14PM)
Student: Anonymous (Business)
Class:Intro to Philosophy (B)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Professor Edwards was a cool guy. In his class you take 2 tests and you write two papers each one worth 25% of your grade; easy as pie. The papers are only 2-3 pages and as long as you let him review it before you hand it in you are going to get a B or higher! The tests were easy you could bullshit through the essay questions without even reading any of the material.
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Subject: awesome prof  (Mar 28 2003, 07:19PM)
Student: Anonymous (English/writing)
Class:intro to philosophy (A-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Edwards is a very effective professor; he used examples and concepts to help the class understand the sometimes complex material. The class went by fast and he was funny.
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Subject: Awesome Prof!!  (Mar 24 2003, 10:11PM)
Student: Anonymous (Math)
Class:Formal Logic (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Edwards is very laid back and he makes the class fun! I really enjoyed having him as a prof and I recommend him to anyone!
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Subject: Ok Prof.  (Jan 21 2003, 10:38PM)
Student: Anonymous (Psychology)
Class:Intro. to Philosophy (B)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 This professor was Ok. His material for class was rather interesting, but it would have been nice to learn more about the philosophers in general. The tests were all pretty much based on your own philosophical views in relation to the material covered, save for a few True or False fact questions. Overall this class was good, and it really helps your grade if you attend all classes, because he gives the answers to the T/F in his lectures.
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Subject: good guy  (Dec 12 2002, 12:10AM)
Student: Anonymous (Undeclared)
Class:Into to Philosophy (--)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 he is a great teacher, good class if you dont want to do much work only 4 assignments.... you gotta do em well but they are not that difficult if you go talk to him.
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Subject: Thought  (Nov 28 2002, 09:04PM)
Student: Amanda (English/Writing)
Class:Intro to Philosophy (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 He requires only 2 papers (2-3 pages each), 2 tests, and a bit of thought. Classes were fun and provoked a lot of thought and such. I loved this class. THe only thing I'll warn against is his swearing and the very uncomfortable comments he made once or twice towards the females in the class
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Subject: Good prof.  (Nov 07 2002, 11:55AM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:foundations of philo. (-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 His class was not that difficult. He went over every thing we were supposed to read during the class, and he gave us notes every day to copy off of the board. He was a cool guy
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Subject: Great for Philosophy  (Nov 05 2002, 11:48PM)
Student: Anonymous (History)
Class:Sel. Topics: Existentialism (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 In such a small class, Dr. Edwards made us all feel at home during discussion and had a very lax attitude about tests. I would say that the freedoms we had in this class wouldn't be the same for some other classes, but to definitely take him.
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Subject: Highly Recommended  (Nov 05 2002, 06:39PM)
Student: Anonymous (English)
Class:Intro to Philosophy (A)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 My philosophy class with Dr. Edwards was one of my favorite classes last semester. He made the material really interesting and easy to understand by using a lot of examples and relating the different philosophies we studies to his personal experiences. He also was able to get the class involved in a lot discussions by creating "what would you do?" scenarios(related to the material). There were only four grades-two tests and two papers which kind of sucks if you mess up on any. But if you know your stuff and can argue your point you'll do fine. I actually thought Dr. Edwards was a bit generous when grading. So overall this was an awesome class and I highly recommend Dr. Edwards for any philosophy class.
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Subject: Not Bad, for Philosophy  (Aug 28 2002, 07:12PM)
Student: Anonymous (Psychology)
Class:Intro to Philosophy (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Edwards gave two paper assignments (they were both somewhat difficult to write and he graded very critically). He also had a midterm and a final (non-comprehensive). He graded the tests more fairly, respected your opinions. The worst part of the class was that if you screwed up one of the 4 tests/papers, you could ruin your grade. The readings were easy, but boring and class seemed to drag, though he tried to make it interesting. He admitted that the material is boring. For philosophy, he's not a bad professor.
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Subject: A Total Disgrace  (Sep 29 2005, 12:43AM)
Student: Anonymous (Biology)
Class:Introduction to Philosophy (A-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Yes, he's an easy grader, but Jim utterly has no idea how to teach. He spends half of the classes talking about his own irrelevant personal experiences which have no clear connection to the material at hand. Like someone said here, you can just b.s. on his tests after sleeping in class, and you can get an A. I wouldn't believe all of these positive comments here; I bet he wrote some of them himself. People in my class thought he was a joke. []
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Subject: Not Enough Chances to Improve Grade  (Jan 11 2004, 09:39PM)
Student: Anonymous (HIstory)
Class:intro to phil. (C)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 Don't get me wrong, Dr. Edwards is a cool guy, but the lack of assignments in his class does not allow someone to improve their grade much if the bomb an assignment. Two papers and two tests, thats it!! Also he says to write your opinion on the papers, but if you write about a different aspect of one of the boring books than what he wanted you'll get points off. Just make sure you get help from him a lot or you'll do poorly.
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