Degrees and Certificates: 2017-2018 Catalog Year

PHIL 100 Introduction to Philosophy (3 units)

An introductory course that examines classic philosophical problems in the areas of metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. Within ethics, attention is given to historical as well as contemporary social and political issues. The course surveys influential philosophers in the Western and Eastern intellectual traditions, providing a multicultural perspective on the above problem areas. The aim of the course is to think critically about these topics, using the philosophical method, and connect the issues to contemporary life.

PHIL 103 Critical Thinking (3 units)

A general overview of the principles and methods of reasoning skills is examined. Methods and techniques are introduced to identify arguments from various types of discourse. Students develop the skills to analyze the structure of an argument, types of argument; informal fallacies and evaluation of arguments. Some formal logic is introduced to facilitate understanding of logical reasoning. Students develop skills of constructing valid/sound argument in argumentative essays.

PHIL 160 History of Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval (3 units)

An introduction to the history of Western philosophy from pre-Socratic to Renaissance. Selections from representative philosophers and/or schools - Plato, Aristotle, philosophy of the Roman world, and Christian and early rationalist thought - are studied. Analysis and evaluation of attempts to resolve fundamental metaphysical, epistemological, and ethical questions is also included.

PHIL 175 Modern Philosophy (3 units)

This course addresses 16th through 18th century philosophy with emphasis on the broad epistemological and metaphysical developments of empiricism and rationalism in philosophical thought from Descartes to Kant. Special topics include the foundation of knowledge, the nature of the human mind, free will, and the foundation of morality.

PHIL 190 Contemporary Philosophy (3 units)

A general survey of the philosophical developments in the 19th and 20th centuries and their ramifications on social, political, moral, and religious movements. Traditions of Idealism, existentialism, Marxism; logical positivism, pragmatism, utilitarianism, and linguistic analysis are examined.

PHIL 200 Introduction to Logic (3 units)

This course is an introduction to formal systems of symbolizing statements, analyzing statements, and testing arguments. Main topics covered in the course include the difference between deductive and inductive arguments; how to translate English statements into propositional logic and predicate logic; how to test statements for consistency and equivalence; and how to test arguments for validity.

PHIL 240 Introduction to Ethics (3 units)

Discusses the major ethical principles and theories in the world. How these principles apply to one's ethical decision making and moral reasoning and moral problems is examined. Classical and contemporary deontological and teleological theories and existential theory and others are crticially analyzed. Contemporary ethical issues, abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, feminism, and terrorism are also examined.

PHIL 300 Introduction to World Religions (3 units)

An introduction to the study of great world religions; their religious and spiritual teachings; their rituals and literatures; their impact on the respective world views on culture; and finally their influence on the meaningfulness of human existence and their meaning in relation to the Transcendent.

PHIL 312 Introduction to Philosophy of Religion (3 units)

An introduction to philosophical thinking about religion, with an emphasis on issues central to traditional monotheism. This course teaches how to critically examine arguments concerning the origin of religion, the existence of God, the historicity of miracles, the veridicality of religious and mystical experience, the existence of spirits or souls, the possibility of life after death, the equal validity of all religions, and other topics.

PHIL 695 Independent Study (0.5- 3 units)

Designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge via self-paced, individualized instruction provided in selected areas or directed study to be arranged with instructor and approved by the division dean using the Independent Study Form. Varying modes of instruction can be used -- laboratory, research, skill development, etc. For each unit earned, students are required to devote three hours per week throughout the semester. Students may take only one Independent Study course within a given discipline.


Requirements: Associate in Arts (AA)/Associate in Science (AS) Degree
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