Moral Foundations of Capitalism, Stanford, Spring 2011

  • Perhaps the best teacher I've ever had.
  • very enthusiastic, brings excitement to discussions, really wants students to succeed, very helpful, always willing to meet outside of class
  • Very thoughtful with feedback and comments - really cares about you improving
  • Very outgoing, engaging, available, passionate and attentive.
  • Sometimes stressed personal view of things (morals) a little much, leaving space for a dialogue but not as much as I would have liked.
  • Primary sources were a plus. Heavy reading but worthwhile.
  • really good series of primary sources, broken up into really good sequence of categories, I especially liked reading Fitzhugh, Wilson, and the Austrian economists
  • Great firtshand sources
  • The primary sources were wonderful to interpret on our own, it was a good skill to practice; I liked the chronological order of the readings.
  • Ayn Rand's novel, Atlas Shrugged, was too long to read alongside everything else in the course. We didn't discuss it enough to warrant reading it all. I preferred the Rand essays we read as an insight into her philosophy.
  • short, manageable essay let me focus on making a concise, well-written argument; good frequency too
  • Paper assignments - manageable but still demanding
  • Essays were nice to write; it was wonderful having the back and forth dialogues before, during and after writing the essays.
  • This course should also fulfill an EC requirement for ethics.
  • learned a lot of different perspectives on capitalism, discussion was always interesting and fun
  • Really great.

This is all (not a sample) of the unedited, written comments, positive and negative, for “Moral Foundations of Capitalism,” a seminar I taught at Stanford in winter, 2010. Students were undergraduates, freshmen to seniors. The highlighting is mine.


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