Philosophy Courses

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID PHIL 100

This course introduces philosophical ideas and methods concerning knowledge, reality and values. Expected topics include the sources and limits of knowledge, and the nature of reality. Other topics that may be examined from a philosophical perspective include the nature of the self, truth, ethics, religion, science, language, beauty and art, political theory, or mind.

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID PHIL 110

This course introduces principles of valid reasoning with emphasis on deductive logic. The course includes a study of formal techniques of sentential logic and an examination of language, fallacies, and inductive reasoning.

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ENGL 001A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID PHIL 120

This course critically analyzes questions of value (what’s good and bad) and obligation (what’s right and wrong). It explores the ethical systems of Plato, Aristotle, Christianity, Kant, the utilitarians, and the intuitionists. These ethical systems are applied to contemporary ethical problems and social issues, such as abortion, capital punishment, feminism, euthanasia, animal rights, and racism. Much of the course is devoted to critical thinking and writing skills. The course requires the student to write a sequence of ethical “position papers”, which are evaluated for both qualities of analysis and English composition skills.

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is an introduction to the critical, comparative study of religion. The student is introduced to the responses offered by the major Western and non-Western religions to perennial problems of human existence. Major topics include: characterization of the religious vs the secular point of view; arguments in favor of the religious stance; arguments in opposition to the religious stance; the relationship of religion to science, ethics, and philosophy; the nature and validity of religious knowledge; the beliefs of major world religions and how these beliefs are expressed; how different religious beliefs affect the culture and history of European, Arabic, and Asian peoples. The religions covered include Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Pass/No Pass Option

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is designed to introduce the student to the major theories in political and social philosophy and their practical application to relevant issues. Topics include the rights of the individual against the rights of the state, examination of the just state, and the effects of political ideologies (liberalism, Fascism and Communism) have on social relations. This course traces the history of these ideas from Plato to the Postmodern.

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ENGL 1A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

TThis course is an introduction to critical thinking and critical writing. The students have the opportunity to learn techniques of practical reasoning and argumentation, with emphasis on application of these techniques in the writing of a sequence of argumentative essays. Topics include: critical reading, argument analysis, recognizing propaganda and stereotypes, clarifying ambiguity, meaning and definition, evaluating evidence, logical correctness vs factual correctness, and common mistakes in reasoning (formal and informal fallacies). The class emphasizes critical writing strategies. Sample arguments from philosophy and from culturally diverse sources in other disciplines are analyzed.

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course explores the major philosophical questions about death and what is a meaningful life from a multi-cultural perspective. The effects of class, gender, and ethnicity on conceptions of death and death rituals are analyzed. The following issues are also explored: the possibility of disembodied existence, the nature of consciousness, the nature and significance of individuality and personal identity, concepts of reincarnation or transmigration of souls as these appear in major religious traditions, the nature and significance of so-called “paranormal” experiences, and the meaning of salvation or liberation or transcendence in major religious traditions (concepts of heaven, nirvana, moksa, satori, etc.). This course also examines what is a meaningful way to go towards one’s death, and what is the “good life” and therefore a good death. Required readings are taken from classic texts of Western and non-Western philosophy and religion, as well as contemporary American feminist philosophy, and African, aborigine, and native American sources. Pass/No Pass Option

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

The course is designed to provide a systematic inquiry into the philosophical foundations of the religious viewpoint. The course examines the relation between faith and reason, the existence of God, the goodness of God considering human and animal suffering, religious experiences, and how religions provide answer to many fundamental questions.

Last Updated 10/25/21