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The following course information is effective for the Spring 2018 term.

PHI 121 Introduction to Philosophy

This course discusses the ideas of major philosophers concerning questions of human knowledge, logic, moral values, political and social philosophy, and religious beliefs. Attempts are made to get students to think out their own answers to these questions.

Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

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  • Subject:
    PHI
  • Units:
    3.00

PHI 122 Logic

This course develops formal reasoning, including categorical and symbolic modes of analysis. It covers Venn diagrams, predicate logic, rules of inference and replacement. It introduces the inductive method and the problem of induction.

Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness OR concurrent enrollment in ENG 109 or ELI 109 or ELI 110 or ENG 100

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

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  • Subject:
    PHI
  • Units:
    3.00

PHI 123 Philosophy of Religion

This course is a study of selected religious concepts, theories, and arguments. Topics may include the existence of God, conceptions of divinity, characterizations of the divine/human relationship, religious pluralism, the nature of good and evil, faith and reason, religion and morality, miracles, the afterlife, and the nature of religious experience. While not a survey of world religions, emphasis is given to engaging and evaluating ideas from a diverse range of thinkers of various religious and non-religious traditions.

Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

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  • Subject:
    PHI
  • Units:
    3.00

PHI 125 Introduction to Ethics

In this course, students critically evaluate general moral theories, fundamental moral concepts, and contemporary moral issues such as animal rights and the environment, reproductive technology and abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide, poverty and famine relief, war and peace, racism, sexism, and other injustices. Students work to develop and defend their own views on these matters, and to understand and evaluate others' views, by studying and applying moral theories such as virtue ethics, utilitarianism, deontology, and ethics of care. Throughout the course, students learn about moral concepts such as sound reasoning, autonomy, impartiality, utility, rights, responsibility, and justice. Specific attention is given to moral issues relevant to and philosophical contributions made by members of traditionally underrepresented groups.

Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

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  • Subject:
    PHI
  • Units:
    3.00

PHI 126 World Religions

This course introduces students to the teachings, rituals, symbols, and cultures of living world religions. Religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shintoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and the religions of Africa may be included. This course will help to broaden the student's understanding and appreciation of these belief systems.

Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

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  • Subject:
    PHI
  • Units:
    3.00

PHI 128 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy

This course introduces students to social and political philosophies. Students will discuss and critically evaluate major social and political theories on justice, equality, liberty, law, order, rights, and duties. Contract theory, classic liberalism, Marxism, anarchism, cosmopolitanism, and virtue theory will also be covered. Students will learn to apply these theories practically to contemporary issues such as war and peace, human rights, racism, sexism, classism, gay rights, worker rights and global trade, immigration, education, free speech, prison, and political participation.

Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

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  • Subject:
    PHI
  • Units:
    3.00

PHI 129 Philosophy of Gender and Sexuality

This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the ways in which gender and sexuality have been reflected in philosophy, literature, history, music, and art. The course explores issues related to cisgender/nonbinary/transgender and queer identity in relation to race, sexuality, class, and nationality. Both classical and contemporary philosophers will be studied.

Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

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  • Subject:
    PHI
  • Units:
    3.00

PHI 221 Asian Philosophy

This course introduces students to the influential ideas and thinkers of India, China, and Japan. Students will cover a wide range of philosophical theories regarding the self, reality, knowledge, and aesthetics.

Prerequisite: College Reading and Writing Readiness

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2018: Yes

Open PHI 221 Class Schedule

  • Subject:
    PHI
  • Units:
    3.00


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