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Philosophy

Humanities Division

PHIL-01 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (CAN PHIL 2)
(CSU breadth area C2) 3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Prerequisites: ENGL-A, ENGL-AL.
Advisories: ENGL-41, ENGL-41L.
This course presents an introduction to perennial problems in philosophy, such as personal identity, the existence of God, the essence of reality, the nature of justice, and the possibility of knowledge. These issues will be discussed in light of philosophical positions stemming from classical to modern Western and non-Western philosophical sources. (3/02)

PHIL-01H HONORS INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
(CSU breadth area C2) 3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Limitation on enrollment: Enrollment in the Honors program. See the college catalog for a description of enrollment requirements.
This course introduces perennial problems in philosophy, such as: Who am I? What is the nature of reality? How do we know what we know? What is the nature of religious belief? These questions will be discussed in light of philosophical readings taken from classical and modern Western sources, as well as from non-Western sources. There will be an emphasis on collaborative learning, research, and writing. (3/00)

PHIL-03 ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY (CAN PHIL 8)
(CSU breadth area C2) 3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Prerequisites: ENGL-A, ENGL-AL.
Advisories: ENGL-41, ENGL-41L.
This course presents an introduction to the history of philosophy from Pre-Socratics to the Renaissance, with emphasis on the Pre-Socratics through Aristotle. (9/01)

PHIL-04 MODERN PHILOSOPHY (CAN PHIL 10)
(CSU breadth area C2) 3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Prerequisites: ENGL-A, ENGL-AL.
Advisories: ENGL-41, ENGL-41L.
This course presents an introduction to the history of philosophy from the Renaissance to the present, with emphasis on Descartes through Kant. (9/01)

PHIL-05 CONTEMPORARY MORAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES
(CAN PHIL 4)
(CSU breadth area C2) 3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Prerequisites: ENGL-A, ENGL-AL.
Advisories: ENGL-41, ENGL-41L.
This course is concerned with the philosophical examination of moral and social issues, such as capital punishment, abortion, war, animal rights, and economic justice. These issues will be discussed in light of ethical theories and moral reasoning stemming from Western and non-Western philosophical sources. (3/02)

PHIL-10 CRITICAL THINKING
(CSU breadth area A3) [CILC area G] 3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Prerequisites: ENGL-A, ENGL-AL.
Advisories: ENGL-41, ENGL-41L.
This is a practical course in sound and logical reasoning. The focus of this course is to develop the abilities to analyze, to criticize, and to reach reasoned conclusions. This includes ability to recognize and avoid common fallacies in reasoning, and to construct cogent arguments and essays. (3/02)

PHIL-12 LOGIC (CAN PHIL 6)
(CSU breadth area A3) 3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Prerequisites: ENGL-A, ENGL-AL.
Advisories: ENGL-41, ENGL-41L.
This course presents a study of correct reasoning, concentrating on developing the skills for distinguishing logically correct from logically incorrect arguments. The emphasis is on informal fallacies and modern symbolic logic, although the classical syllogism and scientific method are also covered. (9/01)

PHIL-13 CRITICAL REASONING AND WRITING (Also: ENGL-13)
(CSU breadth area A3) [CILC area G] 3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: ENGL-01A.
ENGL-13/PHIL-13 meets the IGETC critical thinking/composition requirement. The course emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills through instruction in reading and writing arguments. Readings feature mostly non-fictional essays and books that reflect diverse cultural and gender perspectives on a variety of contemporary political and social issues, especially those involving race, ethnicity, and gender. (1/05)

PHIL-13H HONORS CRITICAL REASONING AND WRITING
(Also: ENGL-13H)
(CSU breadth area A3) [CILC area G]
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: ENGL-01A.
Limitation on enrollment: Enrollment in the Honors program.
PHIL-13H emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills through instruction in reading and writing arguments. readings feature mostly non-fictional essays and books that reflect diverse cultural and gender perspectives on a variety of contemporary political and social issues, especially those involving race, ethnicity, and gender. (3/00)

PHIL-15 COMPARATIVE RELIGIONS
(CSU breadth area C2) 3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Advisory: ENGL-01A.
This course surveys the historical background and fundamental philosophical concepts of the major religions of the world, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Shinto, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and some typical basic religions. (3/00)

PHIL-39H SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY
1 unit: 1 hour lecture.
Limitation on enrollment: Admission to the Honors Program.
This course is designed to allow students to do specialized reading and research in areas of philosophy not offered in regular classes or to do advanced reading and research on topics that were introduced in survey classes. Areas of study may include environmental ethics, Native American philosophy, aesthetics, or a particular philosopher or school of philosophy. (11/04)


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