Academic Catalogs

Philosophy

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Department Contact Information

Charles Otwell 
cotwell@occ.cccd.edu

Phillip Simkin
psimpkin@occ.cccd.edu

Philosophy department website

Credit Courses

PHIL A1003 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Introduction to Philosophy  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

A survey of the fundamental problems of philosophy: ethics and aesthetics, logic, philosophy of religion, metaphysics, persons and personal identity, freedom and/or determinism, theory of knowledge, society, and political issues. Basic questions asked about the universe and our place in it. This course may also be offered online. C-ID: PHIL 100.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing PHIL A100

    PHIL A1153 Units (54 lecture hours)  
    Philosophy of Religion  

    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

    Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

    An examination of key issues and problems of religion, including 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, and the relation between science and religion. Same as Religious Studies A115. Students completing Philosophy A115 may not receive credit for Religious Studies A115. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

    Catalog Program Pages Referencing PHIL A115

      PHIL A1183 Units (54 lecture hours)  
      Aesthetics/Philosophy of Art  

      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

      Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

      A philosophical approach to a critical evaluation of works of art (literary, musical, visual). May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

      Catalog Program Pages Referencing PHIL A118

        PHIL A1203 Units (54 lecture hours)  
        Ethics  

        Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

        Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

        An introduction to ethical theories and problems. An analysis of the theories and principles on which moral judgments are based and the way these judgments are used in moral problems such as abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, sexual equality, discrimination, censorship, and economic justice. Special attention will be given to the kinds of arguments used in ethical discussion. Same as Religious Studies A120. Students completing Philosophy A120 may not receive credit for Religious Studies A120. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. C-ID: PHIL 120.

        Catalog Program Pages Referencing PHIL A120

          PHIL A1253 Units (54 lecture hours)  
          History of Ancient Philosophy  

          Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

          Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

          This introductory course surveys ancient philosophy. It explains the philosophical positions of the ancients, their religious attitudes, and the cultural milieu out of which ancient philosophical thought arose. Recommended for philosophy majors, historians, and those interested in the roots of modern civilization. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. C-ID: PHIL 130.

          Catalog Program Pages Referencing PHIL A125

            PHIL A1503 Units (54 lecture hours)  
            Critical Reasoning & Writing  
            Prerequisite(s): ENGL A100 or ESL A100.

            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. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

            Catalog Program Pages Referencing PHIL A150

              PHIL A1553 Units (54 lecture hours)  
              Introduction to Logic  
              Advisory: Eligible for ENGL A100.

              Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

              Transfer Credit: CSU.

              An introductory general education course focusing on the use of argumentation in both ordinary and academic discourse, with a particular focus on deductive logic. Emphasis on the role of formal and informal logic in the basic skills of oral communication (speech/listening) and written communication (reading/writing). Various deductive and inductive reasoning techniques will be identified, distinguished and evaluated for logical correctness and logical mistakes. Recommended for all humanities, social science, business and natural science majors, and for those planning to transfer to four-year colleges or universities. Lecture. C-ID: PHIL 110.

              Catalog Program Pages Referencing PHIL A155

                PHIL A1653 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                The Theory of Knowledge  

                Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                A critical survey of theories of truth, knowledge and belief, perception, and related problems. An evaluation of the limits and extent of human reasoning. The survey includes the mathematic-deductive method, the problem of induction, and an assessment of the conditions of the possibility of experience. Assess how evidence is assembled, interpreted and evaluated, and addresses what counts as a good reason to believe, i.e. the problems of justifying evidence. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

                Catalog Program Pages Referencing PHIL A165

                  PHIL A1853 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                  Contemporary Philosophy  

                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                  Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                  Methods and problems of contemporary philosophy. Continental European and Anglo-American philosophy since 1900. Problems of the self, freedom, time, choice and action, language, thought and interpretation, science, evidence, and justification.

                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing PHIL A185

                    PHIL A2203 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                    Introduction to Symbolic Logic  

                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                    Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                    Students learn to translate simple, quantified, and multiply-quantified English sentences into symbolic form in both sentence logic and predicate logic with quantifiers. Truth tables are used to both classify and compare symbolic sentence's properties. Proof techniques for determining validity or invalidity of arguments containing simple sentences, compound sentences, and sentences containing quantifiers in sentence and predicate logic systems are learned including truth tables, truth trees, and natural deduction style proofs with inference, replacement and quantifier rules. Same as MATH A220. Students completing PHIL A220 may not receive credit for MATH A220. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. C-ID: PHIL 210.

                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing PHIL A220