Rival Defenses of American Capitalism, Brown, 2012

  • The best course I have ever taken at Brown. Absolutely incredible. Extremely challenging, lots of reading, but my writing improved immensely and my ability to develop and support an argument in class discussions as well as in my writing. I learned how to think on my feet, and how to critically read, to understand the arguments made by others. 
  • Good focus on writing skills and argumentation. 
  • Simply one of the greatest classes I've taken at Brown. Prof. McCaskey was among the best professors I've had in my 3 and a half years at this school. More professors should be like him. I would recommend any class he teaches to any student even if they are not concentrating in a related field.
  • My writing is more concise. I understand better what a quality essay should look like, even if I don't always meet those standards. This is a fantastic course for developing writing skills
  • I think I gained some knowledge of recent political theory history, and the ability to recognize the meta-ethical premises behind political arguments. Also got very specific feedback on my writing. 
  • I gres immensely in this course and developed many important skills. I learned how to develop and support arguments, to more clearly articulate my ideas, and to write more effectively. I also learned about the reasoning behind the different arguments of important political theorists who all support capitalism, but on different grounds 
  • Extremely well planned and executed. Very thoughtful selection of assigned readings, which we discussed and analyzed extensively in class. 
  • (1) how to write better. 5/5 (2) How to think more clearly. 5/5 (3) How to read more carefully and nail down the author's arguments. 5/5 (4) How to think about morality in a completely different way. 5/5 
  • Amazing professor. 
  • Readings were unconventional (ex: George Fitzhugh, Ayn Rand, Pope John Paul II) and thus very interesting. 
  • The material was extremely interesting, forced me to think about the topics and issues in new ways, and refocused my understanding of the course material. 
  • Professor McCaskey is incredibly enthusiastic about the course material and is very adept at moving class discussions. He is also very accessible and willing to meet with students
  • Professor McCaskey was incredible. Probably the best teacher I have ever had. He pushed us to think critically in class about the arguments made by the theorists we studied, and pushed us to develop logical and analytical arguments step by step. He was extremely helpful outside of class and always made himself available. His advice on writing was extremely helpful, and he really wanted all of us to succeed, but pushed us to do so. Additionally, he truly cared about our writing, and really pushed us to write clearly, and develop arguments well. My skills to write and clearly articulate my points improved immensely because of his instruction. 
  • The best professor I've had at Brown. Hands down. 
  • Good at leading discussion and challenging students. Clearly interested in the subject matter. 
  • He encouraged me often to step outside my comfort zone, even when I wasn't always able to. 
  • Professor was very engaged and led very (generally) very interesting class discussions. Partially due to time constraints, I felt the professor made some ellipses in his reasoning when it came to his support to Ayn Rand, wish we had more time to really understand her arguments, as is they came off as unconvincing to me. Otherwise professor chose great readings, was very helpful outside of class with essay assignments. Hope he comes back next year to teach again!