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Philosophy 2
Introduction to Philosophy

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course examines the main areas of philosophy, which include ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics. Students will explore values and beliefs, moral actions, freedom, the soul and God, and what constitutes a fulfilling life.

Philosophy 3
Ethics and Society

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course offers a critical study of the ethical theories and their application to problems of modern society. Ethical issues in government and law, social institutions, the arts, and international relations will be emphasized.

Philosophy 5
Critical Thinking and Discourse

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: English 1A with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course focuses on the study and development of critical reasoning and effective argumentation.  Emphasis is placed on application of critical thinking skills to the production of clear, well-argued position and advocacy papers and to the linguistic and logical analysis of the writings of others.

Philosophy 7
Philosophy of Religion

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course is an introduction to traditional philosophical problems connected with religious belief.  Issues to be discussed are the existence and nature of God; the problems of evil, the nature of religious language; the existence of miracles; religious experience; and mysticism.  The rationality of religious belief will also be examined.

Philosophy 8
Introduction to Logic

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course focuses on the representation of arguments for formal analysis and on the informal fallacies that affect argument strength.  The basic elements of propositional and classical logic, informal fallacies, and a brief introduction to predicate logic will be examined.

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Philosophy 10
History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course offers a chronological examination of Western philosophical thought developed between 600 B.C.E. and 1300 C.E., including the principle ancient and medieval philosophies of this time period. Topics include Greek and Roman thought, and the rise and development of Christianity.

Philosophy 11
History of Modern and Contemporary Philosophy

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course is a survey of the development of modern and contemporary philosophical thought from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Topics will include secular humanism, the rise of modern science, empiricism, rationalism, idealism, pragmatism, logical positivism, existentialism, and analytic philosophy.

Philosophy 12
Existentialism

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course will examine the philosophical thought of the two strands of existentialist writers: the religious existentialist such as Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, and Heidegger, and the atheistic existentialists such as Nietzsche, Camus, and Sartre.  Issues that will be examined include authenticity; free will; responsibility for one's character and actions; the essence, possibilities and limits of human beings; and the meaning of life.

Philosophy 14
Asian Philosophy

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course examines the central concerns, historic contexts and foundational themes of the diverse philosophical traditions of South and East Asia, including Confucianism, Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Shintoism.  Although some attention is given to Western ideas to which Asian thinkers have responded, the main emphasis is given to the different kinds of questions that have engaged Asian thinkers. 

Philosophy 23
Ethics, Law and Society

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

In this course, the relationship between the various facets of moral and legal thinking is analyzed. Philosophical issues such as justification for the legal enforcement of morality, the legitimacy of an international system of law, the relationship between new technologies and the role of law are examined. The concepts of individual and international rights and obligations will be discussed.

Philosophy 50
Special Topics in Philosophy

Units determined by individual course; lecture/lab hours determined by individual course
Credit status determined by individual course

This course is designed to explore topics in Philosophy more specific than provided in other courses in the regular departmental curriculum. Students are referred to the current schedule of classes for details of specific courses.

Philosophy 99abc
Independent Study

1-3 units; hours to be arranged
Enrollment Limitation: two courses in Philosophy with a minimum grade of B
in each and acknowledgment by the instructor with whom the student will work
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC - limitations apply

This course provides advanced studies in a subject field of Philosophy not covered in the regular departmental offerings. Regular conferences will be held with the instructor to discuss and coordinate the assigned projects (60 hours per unit).

Note: Refer to page 11 of this Catalog for eligibility requirements.

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 Last Published 8/12/10