Academic Catalogs

Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL G1003 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Introduction to Philosophy  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

Formerly: PHIL G101. A probing into questions people ask about the universe and their place in it. An examination is undertaken of the range of possible answers developed by leading philosophers in such areas as the meaning of knowledge, scientific method, religion, ethics, aesthetics, history, politics and metaphysics. Graded or Pass/No Pass option. C-ID: PHIL 100.

PHIL G1023 Units (54 lecture hours)  
History of Ancient Philosophy  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

This course will examine the main figures and topics of Ancient Western Philosophy. The original writings of the Pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and subsequent Greek and Roman Philosophers will be read and discussed. The focus will be on critically reading, analyzing, and discussing the ideas these Philosophers presented in their historical context within the discipline of Philosophy. Graded or Pass/No Pass option. C-ID: PHIL 130.

PHIL G1103 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Philosophy Of The East  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

This course will provide a general explanation and comparison of the world's major Eastern religions and philosophies. It will include critical analysis of the principal philosophies and related religious beliefs of the East, including Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. Particular attention is given to understanding sacred literature in its historical context to better appreciate the relevant beliefs. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

PHIL G1113 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Philosophy of Religion - Western  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

This course will examine the key issues and problems for Western Religions, including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, from a Philosophical perspective. Topics to be covered include the nature and significance of religion and religious experience, arguments for and against the existence of God, the nature of God, the problem of evil, the relation between science and religion, and the role of textual and theological debate in the development of a religious Philosophy. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

PHIL G1153 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Logic and Critical Thinking  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

Formerly: Introduction to Logic. An introductory general education course focusing on the use of arguments both in their occurrence in ordinary discourse and the academic disciplines within the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences with particular focus on deductive logic. The emphasis will be on the role of formal and informal logic in the basic learning skills of (1) oral communication (speech/listening) and (2) written communication (reading/writing). Deductive and inductive reasoning techniques will be critically examined to establish their logical correctness or identify their fallaciousness. Recommended for all humanities, social science, business and natural science majors and those planning to transfer to a four-year college or university. Graded or Pass/No Pass option. C-ID: PHIL 110.

PHIL G1203 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Ethics  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

An examination of the concepts of right and wrong, good and bad, in the light of the writings of classical ethical philosophers. A critical examination of alternative approaches to ethics, with an emphasis upon the question of philosophical foundations. Applications of alternative traditions in ethics to contemporary moral issues. Graded or Pass/No Pass option. C-ID: PHIL 120.

PHIL G1253 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Critical Reasoning and Writing  
Prerequisite(s): ENGL G100 or ENGL G100H.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

An introduction to the critical analysis and rational evaluation of argument and other forms of expression. Covers the uses of language, distinctions between deductive and inductive reasoning, and practice in detecting formal and informal fallacies. Develop tools for distinguishing between and evaluating beliefs, opinions, claims, explanations, and arguments. A strong emphasis is instruction in writing which models the critical thinking knowledge and skills examined in the course. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

PHIL G1503 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Political Philosophy  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

This course is identical to PSCI G150. This course introduces students to traditional philosophical issues concerning politics. Students will actively engage in an analysis of normative issues using historical insight as well as contemporary approaches. Among these issues are the nature of legitimate authority, political obligation, natural rights, equality and justice. The course emphasizes selections from the major works of such political philosophers as Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx and Mill. Graded or Pass/No Pass option. C-ID: POLS 120.