Dec 17, 2017
Very interesting, diversity of material (drawings used) and of texts used makes every chapter seem fresh. Professor is funny and random jokes kept me involved whilst staying relaxed.
Oct 28, 2016
I wish the course was longer! The Professor did a fantastic job of making the content fascinating and engaging. Please please please make another MOOC!
by kobie l•
May 07, 2017
Teaches how to think
by Clifton L•
Oct 27, 2016
I enjoyed this course. Professor Holbo developed an effective course for a "philosophy-gentile" like myself. I especially like the Lectures 7 and 8 where Professor Holbo compare and contrast Plato's philosophies to two modern empirical scientists. I believe this was a very effective way to get the Platonic lessons through to students. It is also an excellent thought-provoking technique to get people to think about their morality, ethics and spirituality.
by nasser e•
May 22, 2017
Very good course and an exceptional instructor
Dec 05, 2016
Engaging and interesting course from the coolest professor you'll ever have.
by Carla L R•
May 22, 2018
John Holbo is an outstanding Professor who has successfully managed to explain such a complex reading that is Republic using down-to-earth language and making you feel comfortable while reading it. I highly recommend it!
by Yael H•
Jun 14, 2017
Wonderful, funny, thought provoking, rich, and very clear
by PATRICIA J R•
Aug 02, 2016
The professor is knowledgeable and entertaining. He seems to love what he does, which is infectious.
by Neil W•
Aug 08, 2019
I really enjoyed the course. Here is why.
The videos, book and supporting text summaries all offered a slightly different angle or way of understanding the content.
The end of section questions were challenging and thought-provoking. John's style is highly engaging.
On the downside, he does tend to ramble a bit. Personally, I don't mind that as I find the more narrative approach engaging.
by Mark R•
Sep 25, 2019
Very insightful teacher, never poised to understand all of what was going on in Plato's works, and took a Socratic attitude in teaching Socrates; as far as i can understand it, the Professor taught as though he were also learning and attempting to understand the dialogues
Oct 10, 2019
This course is very good . Recoomended to take this and it help you to be good in your thouhgt
by Marianne L•
Nov 15, 2019
Very interesting. A little bit long and tests are harsh especially when you are not a native english speaker.
by rosario r c•
Nov 18, 2019
Very interesting. Thank you.
by Roman K•
Aug 16, 2018
by Paula H•
Oct 03, 2018
I learned that you don't want to have a discussion with Socrates. He will talk you in circles and give you a headache. Good class. Breaks down fairly dense reading into manageable chunks.
by Wes D S•
Mar 13, 2017
Lot to learn about Plato, same with the other course I'm taking On Plato which was great. I wish the instructor, no offense, taught more and told jokes less. I get what he was trying to do I think, but it made it seem like the vids were for starters and then you had hard tests that he didn't prepare you for in the videos. Much easier that I had already read much of Plato and then could read the excerpts for the test or I would have had a real difficult time getting through this course. It was difficult because you had to do a lot of the reading and sometimes it wasn't clear what answers where expected from the reading, perhaps my reading comprehension isn't as good as it should be. It was still a good challenging course though. I could respectfully disagree with how the material was presented though. Hopefully I can find time to join forums and get more out of it as I've finished the class before the class has officially started.
Jun 28, 2018
Jon Holbo was an amazing lecturer. He kept me engaged and curious throughout each week!
by Charles A M•
Nov 22, 2016
I was blown away by Professor Holbo's content, use of the Coursera tools, and the fusion of Plato' s and more modern thinkers' philosophies. For the course itself, I would give more than five stars if it could. I gave 4 stars because it was very difficult to engage in a substantial discussion concerning the concepts.
I hope to have the opportunity to take other courses created by Professor Holbo in the future.
by Wendie K•
Sep 16, 2016
John Holbo is a very good narrator, I liked his book and videos very much. He made it more easy to get through the material, which sometimes is challenging (especially if english is not your native tongue)
by ANDRES R P D•
Feb 08, 2018
Original technique for teaching and deep capacity to search, find and expose essence of such complex matter as are this Dialogues By Plato. Funny lecture stile without loosing academy rigor.
by Benjamin A O•
Dec 01, 2017
by Wilfredo E•
Apr 21, 2019
Great course but I didn't have time to complete.
by Amanpreet S•
Jun 13, 2018
My introduction to plato. Good course would have not read or gone through plato on my own. Now this course gives me confidence to further explore dialogues of Socrates and Plato.Course is overall good, not too concentrated and lightweight. Professor adds quite a lot of humor and tries to make subject more clear by explaining in multiple ways. Personally it was a little diluted for my taste hence felt that videos as well as book commentary could have been more concentrated.But surely recommend trying out this course to see if this something for you. Certainly course adds value and clears your understanding of these dialogues.
by Greg G•
Aug 09, 2016
The professor's view of Plato is unique and interesting. I would not recommend this as a first look at the Dialogues, however. Also, it was difficult to see how the lectures connected to the remit of the course, to teach "reason and persuasion", in Plato's view. The course was more of a "modern take on ancient questions".
by jose g v w•
Jun 20, 2017
Good course, but the quizzes don't follow the logic of the exposition. Think they should explore the insights of the teacher.
by Caelyn M•
Aug 26, 2016
Interesting and enjoyable; but I was looking for more of a rigorous introduction to Plato. The professor goes to a great deal of effort to make what otherwise might be a dry material engaging; but I sometimes felt like I was watching one of those science programs for children where they sell how great science with fun graphics.