Academic Catalogs

Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL C1003 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Introduction to Philosophy  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

This course provides an introduction to the main ideas, methods, and problems of philosophy. The course will touch on the four main branches of philosophy: Logic, epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics. Specific topics may include such issues as the nature of philosophy and reality, questions of human nature and free will, relationship between mind and body, the question of God's existence, sources of knowledge, and personal and social ethics. There will be a focus on Western analytic philosophy, though some instructors may weave elements of Continental and Eastern philosophy into the course. Graded or Pass/No Pass option. C-ID: PHIL 100.

PHIL C1023 Units (54 lecture hours)  
History of Ancient Philosophy  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU.

This course addresses ancient philosophy, emphasizing the development of Greek philosophy from the pre-Socratics through Aristotle, and may also include Hellenistic, Roman, medieval, and non-Western thinkers. Recommended for all students interested in refining critical thinking faculties. Essential for philosophy majors. Graded or Pass/No Pass option. C-ID: PHIL 130.

PHIL C1133 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Environmental Ethics: Philosophical Approaches to Sustainability  
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL C100.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

A philosophical course focusing upon global environmental issues such as scarcity of resources, world hunger, animal welfare, conservation, and preservation. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

PHIL C1153 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Logic and Critical Thinking  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

This is a critical thinking course focusing on informal logic. Students will learn the difference between inductive and deductive arguments as well as concepts which apply to these types of arguments such as validity, soundness, strength and cogency. Students will learn to identify and avoid a large number of informal fallacies, good and bad uses of authority, psychological impediments that get in the way of cogent reasoning, and how to apply their critical reasoning skills to media such as news and advertisements. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

PHIL C1203 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Ethics  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

This course examines morality, values, and representative ethical theories. Moral problems may include euthanasia/assisted suicide, capital punishment, war, hunger and homelessness, global resource inequality, animal rights, the free rider problem, the environment and future generations, racial and gender injustice, sexual and reproductive autonomy, exploitation, or personal and social responsibility. Graded or Pass/No Pass option. C-ID: PHIL 120.

PHIL C1223 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Bioethics  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

Bioethics looks at the ethical implications of advancements in biology and medicine and at how they affect decisions on life, death, biotechnology, politics, law, and philosophy. This course is identical to BIOL C122 and fulfills the philosophy humanities requirement. Graded or Pass/No Pass option. UC Credit Limitations: credit may be granted for either BIOL C122 or PHIL C122.

PHIL C1403 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Business and Organizational Ethics  
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL C100.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

The elements of moral ethical reasoning appropriate to individuals in organizations in all fields, including business, finance, law, engineering, government, media, social services, scientific research, medicine and neonatal units, and the environment. The focus is on the ethical and social responsibilities of professionals, wherever employed. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

PHIL C2203 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Introduction to Symbolic Logic  
Advisory: ENGL C100: Freshman Composition Eligibility for English 100.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU.

This course introduces the principles of valid deductive reasoning through a study of formal techniques of sentential logic and predicate logic. Students will learn how to translate arguments from a natural language (in this case English) to symbolic languages. These abstracted arguments can then be manipulated to derive other truth-preserved sentences. Students will also cover related logic and semantic concepts such as validity, soundness, and entailment. This course will involve translation of English sentences into predicate logic. A reasonably firm grasp of the source language, therefore, is necessary in order to excel. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.