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Philosophy (PHIL)


PHIL 102  Contemporary Moral Problems  (5)
Introduces students to the most urgent moral problems of our day. Provides students with an introduction to ethical theories and their application to contemporary moral problems. Topics may include war and torture, capital punishment, animal rights and the environment, abortion, euthanasia, and liberty. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
PHIL 103  Historical Survey-Ancient Philosophy  (5)
Introduces students to the ancient philosophy of western civilization. Examines the beginnings of philosophy from pre-Socratic ancient Greece up to the early Christian era, including such philosophers as Thales, Pythagoras, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Epicurus. Emphasizes how past thinkers have influenced current thought and practice. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

PHIL 104  Historical Survey-Medieval Philosophy  (5)
Introduces students to the medieval philosophy of western civilization. Looks at the period of philosophy from the early Christian era through the scholasticism of the medieval period, including such philosophers as St. Augustine, St. Anselm, Averroes, St. Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus and William of Ockham. Emphasizes how past thinkers have influenced current thought and practice. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
PHIL 105  Historical Survey-Modern Philosophy  (5)
Introduces students to the philosophy of modern western civilization. Examines the period of philosophy from the humanism of the Enlightenment through the end of the 19th century, including such philosophers as Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza, Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant. Emphasizes the influence of these philosophers on current thought and practice. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

PHIL 110  Social and Political Philosophy  (5)
Introduces students to the major themes of social and political philosophy, including justice, forms of government, revolution, liberty, equality, and civil disobedience. Sample topics include: What is a just distribution of income? What is the best form of government? Should there be limits to free speech? Is one ever justified in disobeying the law? PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
PHIL 112  Ethics in the Workplace  (5)
Introduces students to the ethical issues and problems (national and international) that arise in workplace, professional, and organizational settings. Helps students identify and solve these problems within the framework of ethical theory. May include topics such as negotiation, sexual harassment, comparable worth, whistle-blowing, and the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

PHIL 114  Philosophical Issues in Law  (5)
Introduces students to the philosophical issues that arise in law and legal reasoning. Sample topics include patterns of legal reasoning, crime and punishment, civil disobedience, affirmative action, freedom of speech, and legal paternalism. Readings may include material from actual legal cases, as well as from philosophical essays. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
PHIL 115  Critical Thinking  (5)
Introduces students to informal non-symbolic logic and critical thinking. Sample topics include language analysis, inductive reasoning, statistical analysis, causal reasoning, arguments from analogy and fallacious patterns of reasoning. Students examine arguments in real-life situations, such as in conversations, television presentations, political speeches, editorials, and other writings on various topics. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

PHIL 160  Introduction to the Philosophy of Science  (5)
Introduces students to a critical look at the methods of inquiry associated with the sciences. Drawing from a broad range of historical and contemporary sources, topics will include: the aim of science; distinguishing science from non-science; scientific explanation, confirmation, and falsification; and the structure of scientific revolutions. Other topics may be discussed. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
PHIL 194  Special Topics-Philosophy  (3-5)
Allows students to pursue a philosophical topic that is not part of the regular curriculum. Course content varies depending on requests from students or the opportunity to present special topics. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission.

PHIL 199  Independent Study-Philosophy 1  (1-5)
Allows students to independently study a topic of their special interest in philosophy. Students meet on a tutorial basis with a philosophy instructor. Credits, topics, and assignments vary according to student-faculty agreement. PREREQUISITE: Two courses in philosophy, a topic that some member of the department is qualified to direct and evaluate, and permission from the division chair and instructor. Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission.
PHIL 200  Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion  (5)
Introduces students to the philosophy of religion, exploring such issues as the existence of God, faith and reason, the problem of evil, and the possibility of immortality. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

PHIL 206  Gender and Philosophy  (5)
Examines how issues of gender have entered into discussions within the major fields of philosophy, including ethics, theory of knowledge, philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, and social and political philosophy. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirement for AA degree.
PHIL 210  Comparative Religion  (5)
Introduces students to the main religions of the world, including Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, and Jainism. Helps students to understand the philosophical similarities and differences among these religions. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

PHIL 215  Advanced Studies in Formal Logic  (5)
Continues to study the quantitative and symbolic techniques used in formal logic. Covers an advanced study of predicate logic and introduces non-classical logics. Students may also review some metalogic proofs and are introduced to topics in the philosophy of logic. PREREQUISITE: PHIL& 120 with a grade of 2.0 or higher and eligible for MATH& 141. Satisfies a natural science requirement for AA degree.
PHIL 220  Introduction to Eastern Philosophy  (5)
Introduces students to eastern philosophies. Helps students understand the philosophical similarities among these philosophies, especially as they relate to reality, value, knowledge, and religion. Topics may include Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Mohism, and Taoism. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

PHIL 236  Existentialism  (5)
Explores central themes of Existentialism, including personal responsibility, human freedom, the absence of external sources of value, the absurdity of human existence, and the meaning of life. Examines key philosophical and literary texts central to the Existentialist movement. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
PHIL 238  Introduction to Philosophy of Human Rights  (5)
Introduces students to some of the major issues concerning human rights. Sample topics include: Are there such things as human rights? Are human rights universal or are they culturally relative? Are minority rights exceptions to or different from human rights? Do future people have rights? PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

PHIL 240  Introduction to Ethics  (5)
Introduces students to a philosophical study of morality. Helps students to understand and analyze competing ethical claims based on such standards as happiness, duty, human nature, theology, and custom. Questions considered may include: What makes actions right, if anything? What makes anything good or evil, if anything? What, if anything, makes a person a good person? PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
PHIL 243  Environmental Ethics  (5)
Introduces students to the moral relations between human beings and their natural environment. Topics include animal rights, population and consumption, pollution, climate change, economics and the environment, and sustainability. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

PHIL 299  Independent Study-Philosophy 2  (1-5)
Allows students to independently study a topic of their special interest in philosophy. Students meet on a tutorial basis with a philosophy instructor. Credits, topics, and assignments vary according to student-faculty agreement. PREREQUISITE: Two courses in philosophy, a topic that some member of the department is qualified to direct and evaluate, and permission from the division chair and instructor. Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission.
PHIL 412  Professional Ethics  (5)
Provides an advanced approach to ethical issues across the professions. Topics include intellectual property rights and piracy, truth-telling vs. well-meaning deception, privacy and confidentiality, conflicts of interest and loyalty, self-regulation, and whistle-blowing. PREREQUISITE: Admission into a bachelor's program; ENGL& 101; and instructor's permission.

PHIL& 101  Introduction to Philosophy  (5)
Introduces students to the major problems and figures of philosophy. Gives students a greater understanding of human experience through the examination of the concepts of reality, knowledge and value. Questions posed may include: Does God exist? Do we act freely? Is the mind distinct from the body? Can we ever know anything for certain? What really matters? PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
PHIL& 120  Symbolic Logic  (5)
Introduces students to modern symbolic logic, including both propositional logic translation and proofs and predicate logic translation and proofs. Topics may include recognizing arguments, translating from a natural to a formal language, validity of arguments, logical implication, equivalency, and consistency. PREREQUISITE: MATH 097 with a grade of 2.0 or higher; or eligible for MATH& 107 or higher. Satisfies a natural science requirement or, under certain conditions, the quantitative component of the basic skills requirement for AA degree.