Academic Catalog

Philosophy (PHIL)

A General Introduction to Philosophy  3 UNITS  
3.0 hours lecture  
In this basic orientation, students will explore, compare, analyze, evaluate and discuss a variety of principle questions addressed in philosophy, such as: What is the purpose of my existence? Can I know anything with certainty? Do I really have a free will? Can we prove that God exists? Why should I be moral? Whose self-interest counts? Issues covered will encompass relevant philosophical perspectives from Western and other major world cultures, and include contributions of women and minority cultures to the realm of philosophy. (C-ID PHIL 100) (AA/AS GE, CSU, CSU GE, IGETC, UC)
History of Philosophy I: Ancient  3 UNITS  
3.0 hours lecture  
Survey of ancient philosophy with emphasis on the development of philosophy from the Pre-Socratics through Plato and Aristotle, to the medieval period. (C-ID PHIL 130) (AA/AS GE, CSU, CSU GE, IGETC, UC)
History of Philosophy II: Modern and Contemporary  3 UNITS  
3.0 hours lecture  
Survey of philosophy from the Renaissance to the 20th century including the development of modern scientific processes as well as empiricism, rationalism, idealism, etc. (AA/AS GE, CSU, CSU GE, IGETC, UC)
Critical Thinking  3 UNITS  
3.0 hours lecture  
Introduction to critical thinking with emphasis on analyzing and constructing both inductive and deductive arguments. Critical reasoning will be applied to a variety of situations such as making sound decisions, evaluating claims and assertions, avoiding fallacious reasoning, etc. (AA/AS GE, CSU, CSU GE, UC)
Logic  3 UNITS  
3.0 hours lecture  
Study of correct thinking comprising both deductive and inductive inference and principles of scientific method. Application of fundamental principles of logic to practical problems. (AA/AS GE, CSU, CSU GE, UC)
Problems in Ethics  3 UNITS  
3.0 hours lecture  
Study of values as they affect the individual and society. Conduct as expressed by ethical standards and natural law, problems and theories of beauty and value. (C-ID PHIL 120) (AA/AS GE, CSU, CSU GE, IGETC, UC)
Bioethics  3 UNITS  
3.0 hours lecture  
In this orientation to biomedical ethics, students will explore ethical dilemmas common in the medical field including but not limited to organ transplantation, use of human beings and animals in research, genetic and reproductive technologies, abortion, euthanasia, and delivering healthcare. By considering how concepts such as justice, autonomy, caring, truth-telling, and resource allocation figure into such ethical dilemmas, the student will become familiar with how ethical decision making takes place in the medical field. (AA/AS GE, CSU, UC)
Philosophy of Religion: A Cross-Cultural Introduction  3 UNITS  
3.0 hours lecture  
In this introductory course, students will explore cross-cultural perspectives on topics such as the nature and grounds of religious belief, the relation between religion and ethics, the nature and existence of God/ultimate reality, the problem of evil, the validity of religious experience, and religious pluralism versus religious exclusivism. The examination of issues will take into account the diversity of religious thought evident in the world today. (AA/AS GE, CSU, CSU GE, IGETC, UC)