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Philosophy Catalog

PHILOS 1
Introduction: Knowledge and Reality
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This course introduces students to the analysis of various metaphyscial and epistemological questions and problems in philosophy, typically including: the nature and limits of knowledge, the existence of God, the Mind-Body Problem, the Freedom vs. Determinism debate, and the Absolutism vs. Relativism debate. Related topics in ethics may also be included. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 3H (Humanities)
PHILOS 2
Ethics
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This course provides an introduction to the nature of ethical theory, an analysis of significant ethical theories, and an exploration of the problems encountered in the continuing quest for a satisfactory ethical theory for contemporary society. Some of the main topics in normative ethics and meta-ethics are covered. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 3H (Humanities)
PHILOS 3
Early Philosophers
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This historical introduction to philosophy traces the development of Western philosophy from the early Greeks through the Middle Ages. The ideas that have influenced the development of Western culture are emphasized. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 3H (Humanities)
PHILOS 4
Modern Philosophers
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This study of the principal philosophical develomnets since the Renaissance emphasizes the relation of philosophy to the growth of science and social and cultural changes in the modern period. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 3H (Humanities).
PHILOS 5
Contemporary Moral Conflicts
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This course is a philosophic examination of major ethical debates in contemporary American society. Topics may include capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia, racial and sexual equality, affirmative action, sexual morality, pornography, "victimless crimes," bio-medical research, animal rights, and environmental issues. Preparatory to these investigations, time is devoted to examining some of the most important moral theories and various types of moral reasoning. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 3H (Humanities).
PHILOS 6
Philosophy of Science
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This course is a general introduction to the study of the philosophy of science, aimed at fostering an enhanced awareness of the philosophical aspects and implications inherent in the scientific enterprise. The central concepts and methodology of science will be analyzed, and philosophical issues arising within selected branches of science will be examined. Specific episodes taken from the history of science will be regularly employed to illustrate and elucidate these general ideas. A background in philosophy or the physical sciences is helpful but not a requirement for this course.
Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 3H (Humanities)
CSU GE Area: C

PHILOS 7
Logic and Critical Thinking
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
A course in general logic emphasizing its applications to practical situations. The course covers both inductive and deductive techniques. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 3H (Humanities).
PHILOS 9
Symbolic Logic
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
A beginning course in modern logic covering symbolic notation and translations, decisioin procedures for validity and invalidity of arguments in sentential logic and predicate logic. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 3H (Humanities).
PHILOS 10
Bio-Ethics
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
An introduction to moral philosophy as applied to a range of normative issues raised by contemporary biology and medicine. The course introduces the main moral theories and strategies for moral decision-making, and such topics as assisted/alternative reproduction, abortion, cloning and genetic engineering, suicide, euthanasia and physician assisted suicide, animal and human experimentation/research, practitioner-patient relationships, and allocation of scarce medical resources. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 3H (Humanities)
CSU GE Area C.
PHILOS 22
Asian Philosophy
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
The cultural settings and basic concepts of the major philosophical and religious systems of India, China and Japan are studied. Rituals and literature are used to compare and contrast Asian and non-Asian belief systems. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 3H (Humanities).
PHILOS 23
Philosophy of Religion
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This is an introduction to several traditional philosophical problems connected with religious belief. Among the issues to be discussed are the existence and nature of God, the problem of evil, the nature of religiou language, religious experiences, mysticism, the rationality of religious belief, and the relationship between reason and revelation. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 3H (Humanities).
PHILOS 24
Philosophy in Literature
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
Philosophical inquiry into themes such as truth, justice, freedom, responsibility, love, punishment, self-deception, death, and meaning of life through examination of literary works. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 3B (Humanities).
PHILOS 41
Philosophical Problems Seminar
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
   
PHILOS 48
Non Violent Resistance
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
An examination of the causes of war and violence in world history and the various organized efforts to maintain peace and end wars. Nonviolent resistance movements will be emphasized. Philosophy 48 is the same class as History 48. Students may earn credit for one, but not for both. Transfer: CSU .
PHILOS 51
Political Philosophy
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This inter-disciplinary course in philosophy and political science examines fundamental ideas about the human nature, politics, and the stte in the writing of major Western thinkers from Plato to Marx. This course is the same as Political Science 51. Students may receive credit for either Philosophy 51 or Political Science 51, but not both. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 3H (Humanities).
PHILOS 52
Modern Political Thought
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
This inter-disciplinary course in philosophy and political science examines main currents of contemporary political thought and ideology, such as Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism, and Feminism. The theoretical foundations of these ideologies as well as their significance in illuminating political and economic movements and conflicts in the twentieth century are considered. This course is the same as Political Science 52. Students may receive credit for either Philosophy 52 or Political Science 52, but not both. Transfer: UC, CSU
IGETC Area 3H (Humanities).