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Professor Ratings & Grade Distribution Data for Eric Lewis

Eric Lewis
Professor (2000 – 2014)
Virginia Tech (VT)
Philosophy
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3.7778***+
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Rated by 18 students
3.06
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across 4 classes
Fall 2015 Schedule
No classes for this semester.
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EDTE 4434
ENT 4994
ENT 5004
ENT 5994
ENT 7994
PHIL 1204
PHIL 1304
PHIL 2116

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5*****
PHIL 2116 - Ancient/Medieval Phil
He is extremely nice, and awkwardly funny. The class is pretty boring but he does his best to make it interesting.
Pros: Very nice, rewards you for coming to class, gives the exact questions to you that are going to be on the exams. Grades pretty easy
Cons: Class material is pretty dry
Professor rated by: Communication Student on 5/15/11
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3***
PHIL 1204 - Knowledge and Reality
Lewis is very fair and definitely wants to get people interested in philosophy (something he is passionate about), but he is rather boring. The class is easy if you go to lecture, but the hard part is staying attentive.
Professor rated by: Engineering Education Student on 3/4/09
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PHIL 2116
Ancient/Medieval Phil
5*****
Pros: Very nice, rewards you for coming to class, gives the exact questions to you that are going to be on the exams. Grades pretty easy
Cons: Class material is pretty dry
He is extremely nice, and awkwardly funny. The class is pretty boring but he does his best to make it interesting.
Professor rated by: Communication Student on May 15, 2011
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PHIL 1204
Knowledge and Reality
4****
The topic is boring and he knows it. Most people take this class (PHIL 1204) because it's a requirement, not because they want to, and he knows this. He offers weekly extra credit for doing summaries of the readings. Do them; they help you understand what you're reading, and it helps your grade a bit. He goes over the quiz questions the class before, so the quizzes are really easy, and he works with you on the papers. Really easy class, just don't blow it off and you'll be fine.
Professor rated by: Political Science Student on March 23, 2009
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PHIL 2116
Ancient/Medieval Phil
5*****
Professor Lewis is one of the best professors I've had. He is extremely understanding and almost too lenient. The key to getting an A in the course is to take good notes during class. The questions are all from the lectures. (You should still do the reading though. It's interesting. Honest.)
Professor rated by: Management Student on March 23, 2010
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PHIL 2116
Ancient/Medieval Phil
5*****
Pros: He is very nice and fair. There is a lot of extra credit offered. He is very knowledgeable and it is obvious that he loves the subject.
Cons: The subject is boring.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on May 13, 2010
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PHIL 2116
Ancient/Medieval Phil
5*****
Pros: Passionate and cares about teaching.

Lectures are engaging if you actually care
Cons: Can go off topic quite a bit. Needs to brush up on some topics/present some philosophers more charitably. Sometimes makes things more confusing than they were before, but that is the nature of the subject matter
Professor Lewis is very passionate about philosophy and hopes his students are too. Perhaps he takes this for granted, because most of the students that are even present are on their laptops. This is unfortunate because the course material is actually very rich, but most students just don't care enough to be engaged. If you come prepared and with an inquisitive mind, the dialogues become very fascinating and spark more questions to follow. If you don't like philosophy, specifically medieval philosophy, you will hate this class. If you love medieval philosophy and the "big questions," you may love this class. This is my favorite class of the semester, and I wish I could take it again.
Professor rated by: Computational Science Student on March 4, 2019
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PHIL 1204
Knowledge and Reality
4****
If you're interested in philosophy, then you'll love the course.



If not, then you'll probably be okay, he's not captivating in lecture, but definitely knows what he's talking about, and makes knowledge easily acceptable.



If you talk during class he'll love you, which can make up for certain shortfalls, like bombing a quiz or something.



You don't really have to read, he goes over the material in lecture, and reviews before quizzes, when I had him he actually read the quiz questions (90% mult. choice, then a couple quote identification questions) the class before.



There's no final, but two moderately short papers, 4 quizzes, and that's it.



I recommend prof. lewis.



Oh another thing is he offers a good amount of extra credit based on weekly summaries of the readings you email in.

Professor rated by: History Student on April 10, 2008
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PHIL 1204
Knowledge and Reality
5*****
Eric Lewis is a wonderfully teacher. I had a problem getting to my 8am class one day (for a quiz, too) so I went to his 9:30am class and told him what was going on and he let me take the quiz even though I walked in at 10:30am and the class got out at 10:45am. He's wonderful and will be there for you anytime you need him. His class can be boring sometimes, but it's just the material and he does the best he can to make it entertaining. His midterm and final exams are papers, too and you only have a few quizzes.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on April 15, 2009
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PHIL 1204
Knowledge and Reality
3***
Lewis is very fair and definitely wants to get people interested in philosophy (something he is passionate about), but he is rather boring. The class is easy if you go to lecture, but the hard part is staying attentive.
Professor rated by: Engineering Education Student on March 4, 2009
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PHIL 1304
Morality and Justice
5*****
Pros: Friendly, nice, easy to talk to
Cons: Material can be boring sometimes
The first day of class he told us that if we wanted to be philosophy majors that we should come talk to him so he could talk us out of it. I had an 8 am class with him and though some of the material could be boring, I never fell asleep. He does a good job at simplifying the course material. Each week you had to read at least two essays from a textbook and then analyze one of them. The analysis' were pretty easy points. The quizzes aren't very hard. They're both online and he gives you 48 hours to complete it. If you have any questions regarding grades or anything, he's really easy to talk to and he'll sometimes let you make up some points from quizzes if you go in and can prove to him you know the material. The final consists of two papers arguing against or for some of the topics and philosophers we read about. Overall I enjoyed the class.
Professor rated by: Legal and Ethical Studies Student on November 27, 2012
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PHIL 1304
Morality and Justice
3***
Pros: He’s a really friendly and nice guy and cares about what he teaches. He really tries to facilitate discussions in class, it’s just difficult because not many people want to participate—plus he himself acknowledges that often the subject matter is boring. On the first day of class he actually told us that he didn’t even want to teach the class, lol.

There are no tests in this class, which is definitely a pro.
Cons: Boring!!!!
There’s a LOT of reading, and attendance is taken in the form of pop quizzes (they’re easy though). We had to write a two page paper analysis of one of the readings almost every week, and our final exam was just the final paper we had to write (which was based off of papers we’d already written, but had to be 10 pages total). It really is a very easy class, but it’s super boring. To be fair that’s not really his fault.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on April 24, 2018
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PHIL 1304
Morality and Justice
4****
Pros: Good guy, had him 8am twice a week. Kinda hard to pay attention at times but honestly I came out with a solid B by going to less than half of the classes. Weekly 2 page papers are annoying but VERY easy points and a garunteed 10/10. Quizzes were moderate. Graded my final 8 page paper within 4 hours of submitting it and only took off 5 points because it was short.
Cons: Quizzes were somewhat challenging.
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on December 20, 2012
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PHIL 2116
Ancient/Medieval Phil
1*
Pros: generous grader
Cons: weekly readings and article summaries. and really boring!
SUCH a dry lecturer, although Dr. Lewis means well, his lectures just become tedious, flowery, and generally confusing.
Professor rated by: Political Science Student on October 13, 2011
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PHIL 2116
Ancient/Medieval Phil
3***
Pros: Weekly two page papers are really not too hard.
Cons: Bad lecturer, I never felt like I was getting anything out of his class.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on April 26, 2013
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PHIL 1304
Morality and Justice
3***
Professor rated by: Materials Science and Engineering Student on November 29, 2011
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PHIL 1304
Morality and Justice
4****
Professor rated by: University Course Series Student on September 10, 2012
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PHIL 1204
Knowledge and Reality
3***
boring he just talks all class and puts you to sleep. goes way off topic
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on March 24, 2009
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PHIL 1304
Morality and Justice
3***
Cons: I hate this class
Professor rated by: Sociology Student on March 26, 2012
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PHIL 1204
Knowledge and Reality
3***
Professor rated by: International Studies Student on February 26, 2010
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