Course Descriptions

Courses Only - No Degree/Certificate

NOTE: Not every class is offered each semester. Refer to the current class schedule for current class offerings. 
PREREQUISITES: Specified prerequisites must be completed with a satisfactory grade or equivalent for Philosophy 1H and Philosophy 5.

All classes fulfill the Humanities requirement for the Associate in Arts degree except Philosophy 6, 7, 8 and 9, which fulfill the Language and Rationality requirement.
 

P H I L O S O P H Y 1:  Introduction to Philosophy

3 U N I T S – ( U C : C S U )

Lecture 3 hours.

This introductory course is open to all students. The following questions will be discussed: Does life have meaning? Does God exist? Do we have free will? Can we trust our senses?

 

P H I L O S O P H Y 5:  Critical Thinking and Composition

3 U N I T S – ( U C : C S U )

Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ENGLISH 101 with a satisfactory grade or better or equivalent.

This class develops critical thinking skills necessary for evaluating and formulating argumentative/persuasive essays.  Instruction in writing is a central focus of this course.

 

P H I L O S O P H Y 6:  Logic in Practice

3 U N I T S – ( U C : C S U )

Lecture 3 hours.

This course in critical thinking is intended to develop understanding of logical principles and their application to everyday life in such areas as advertising, news reports, editorials, etc.

 

P H I L O S O P H Y 8:  Deductive Logic

3 U N I T S – ( U C : C S U )

Lecture 3 hours.

This introductory logic class, which is open to all students, is designed to develop the student’s ability to think critically and to reason correctly. Attention will be given to both formal and informal logic.

 

P H I L O S O P H Y 9:  Symbolic Logic I

3 U N I T S – ( U C : C S U )

Lecture 3 hours.

Advisories: English 28 and 67

The student learns to translate, analyze and evaluate arguments in modern symbolic logic by employing the principles and methods of propositional and predicate logic.

 

P H I L O S O P H Y 1 4:  History of Modern European Philosophy

3 U N I T S – ( U C : C S U )

Lecture 3 hours.

This class traces the development of the ideas which shape the modern mind. The individual’s relationship to the state, to his fellow human beings and to the universe will be explored in the works of modern philosophers.

 

P H I L O S O P H Y 2 0:  Ethics

3 U N I T S – ( U C : C S U )

Lecture 3 hours.

This class offers a study of both historical and contemporary ethical theories as well as a discussion and analysis of current moral issues.

 

P H I L O S O P H Y 3 0:  Asian Philosophy

3 U N I T S – ( U C : C S U )

Lecture 3 hours.

This course explores the major philosophies of India, China and Japan, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Zen Buddhism.  Consideration is given to the differences between Eastern and Western thought.

 

P H I L O S O P H Y 3 2:  Philosophy of Religion (formerly Philosophy 27)

3 U N I T S – ( U C : C S U )

Lecture 3 hours.

Offers an exposition, discussion and analysis of significant philosophical questions which have been directed at religious beliefs.

 

P H I L O S O P H Y 4 0:  Introduction To The Philosophy of Art

3 U N I T S – ( U C : C S U )

Lecture 3 hours.

Various philosophical theories regarding the nature of art, “beauty”, and the aesthetic experience will be examined in this course.