I'm looking for some advice on LOR's. I'm applying in the 08 cycle and I'm just starting to get letters together. I have other good academic letters, but I felt like I needed something different, and now I am debating whether I made the right choice. I took a philosophy class called practical epistemology, where some of the course material was related to medicine, medical ethics, and decision-making. I felt that the material was great and helped make me a better critical thinker. However, I don't know the professor outside of the class. I decided to ask for a letter. So I met with him yesterday to discuss my plans. We talked about all the standard stuff, like why I want to be a doctor and everything. I also told him how I thought his course was a good thing for a future physician, as it is heavy on critical thinking ability. He said he would write the letter, but he also expressed reservations about not knowing me personally. I told him that he doesn't have to mention that in the letter, just say I was a good student, participated in discussions (which I did), and will make a good doctor because I got a lot out of his course. He still kept going back to the "I don't know you" thing...so I had to think of something to say. I told him, "Look, the only people I really know are my family and my best friends. I'm asking for a letter because I'm applying to medical school, and because I liked your class and I really got something out of it. I participated in every discussion during class, and involved myself in the material. That's worth something, isn't it?" To this he said, "OK, I'll see what I can do for you. Maybe we can meet up again and talk some more about your plans." He seemed pretty willing to work with me, but also seemed to think that the letter wouldn't be "good enough" for med school. Do you think I can trust this guy to write me a good letter? He is kind of a crazed philosopher type guy, very idiosyncratic...and I can't tell what he is thinking. Maybe this is a situation where I need to actively help him write the letter? Or should I just cancel the whole thing?