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PHIL 100 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100 or equivalent.
A survey of philosophical vies on fundamental questions concerning consciousness, reality, God, knowledge, free will, moral values, and political ideals. Incorporates an introduction to the methods of logic and critical thinking. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (C2).

PHIL 103 CRITICAL THINKING (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture/16-18lab hours by arrangement. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
An informal logic and language course that develops general learning skills, aids to understanding, creative problem-solving, effective communication, and processes of evaluation that are helpful to other areas of study. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (A3).

PHIL 109 CRITICAL THINKING AND WRITING (3)

Three lecture hours and one lab hour by arrangement per week. Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or ENGL 105 with a grade of C or better.

Designed to develop critical thinking and writing skills. Presents techniques for analyzing, constructing and reconstructing deductive and inductive arguments as used in the social and natural sciences. Develops the ability to create and refine logically rigorous arguments in essay form, with particular emphasis on advanced techniques of writing. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (A3).

PHIL 160 HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ENGL 105, or equivalent.
This course covers the history of Western philosophy from the ancient Greeks to the Medieval period, with emphasis on the Pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, Epicureans, Stoics, Skeptics, and philosophers of Medieval Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Topics include philosophy and religion, myth, metaphysics, science, human nature, and society. Transfer credit: UC, CSU (C2).

PHIL 175 HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY: 16TH-18TH CENTURY (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100, or equivalent.
The history of Western Philosophy from Descartes through Kant, set in the context of the religious, scientific, and political revolutions of the Modern Age. Representative philosophers include Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, Berkeley, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, and others. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (C2).

PHIL 195 HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY: 19TH AND 20TH CENTURY (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100, or equivalent.
A survey of 19th and 20th century philosophy in its historical and cultural context. Examination of intellectual movements such as liberalism, positivism, Marxism, Darwinism, psychoanalysis, existentialism, and post-modernism. Critical reading of influential thinkers such as Hegel, Marx, J. S. Mill, Kierkegaard, Darwin, Nietzsche, Freud, Bertrand Russell, Wittgenstein, J. P. Sartre, A. J. Ayer, Quine, and Daniel Dennett. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (C2).

PHIL 200 INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100 or equivalent; and eligibility for MATH 120 or equivalent.
An introduction to symbolic logic with an emphasis on proof systems for propositional and predicate logic. Includes translation of English sentences into a symbolic language, patterns and techniques of deductive and inductive inference, and basic probability theory. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (A3).

PHIL 240 INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100 or equivalent.
A critical examination of philosophical views - ancient and modern - concerning human nature and human potential; the fundamental concepts of goodness, rightness, and justice; the virtues of persons and social institutions; the relationship between the individual and society; criteria for moral evaluation; ideals of human action, ultimate aims (such as happiness), and ways of living. A variety of moral theories and contemporary moral issues will be explored in depth. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (C2).

PHIL 280 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100 or equivalent.
An introduction to political philosophy. Readings and critical discussion of political philosophies (such as liberalism, conservatism, communitarianism, libertarianism, socialism, feminism, etc.) through readings by influential thinkers (such as Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Mill, Marx, Rawls, and contemporary writers). Topics include theories of human nature, conceptions of justice, the relationship between the individual and the state, the distribution of wealth and power, the significance of ideology, and the role of markets. Also listed as PLSC 280. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (C2, D3).

PHIL 300 INTRODUCTION TO WORLD RELIGIONS (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100 or equivalent.
Exploration of the origins, beliefs, practices, art and rituals of major religious traditions (including Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Confucian, Taoist, and others). It also examines the role of religion in everyday life, as well as the enduring philosophical issues with which religious traditions grapple. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (C2).

PHIL 312 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100 or equivalent.
An introduction to philosophical thinking about religion, with an emphasis on issues central to traditional monotheism. This course teaches how to critically examine arguments concerning the origin of religion, the existence of God, the historicity of miracles, the veridicality of religious and mystical experience, the existence of spirits or souls, the possibility of life after death, the equal validity of all religions, and other topics. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (C2).

PHIL 320 ASIAN PHILOSOPHY (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester:48-54 lecture. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ENGL 105, or equivalent.
A survey of the enduring philosophical traditions of India, China, and Japan. Influential philosophers, texts, and theories will be compared and evaluated. Topics include human nature and social relations, moral values (such as humaneness, non-injury, and duty), theories of knowledge, accounts of the origin and structure of nature, and metaphysical notions (such as karma, nirvana, chi, and yin/yang). Transfer credit: UC, CSU (C2).