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Philosophy

PHILOS 1, Knowledge and Reality   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course introduces students to the analysis of various metaphysical and epistemological questions and problems in philosophy, typically including, the nature and limits of knowledge, the existence of God, the Mind-Body Problem, the Freedom vs. Determination debate, and the Absolutism vs. Relativism debate. Related topics in ethics may also be included.

1489   8:00a-10:05a MTWTh   HSS 154   Kaufman S M

1490   10:15a-12:20p MTWTh   HSS 165   Katherine A L

1491   12:30p-2:35p MTWTh   HSS 150   Stramel J S

1492   Arrange-9 Hours    ONLINE-E   Bennet S E

Above section 1492 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

PHILOS 2, Ethics    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course provides an introduction to the nature of ethical theory (moral philosophy), an analysis of significant ethical theories, and an exploration of the problems encountered in the continuing quest for a satisfactory ethical theory for contemporary society. Some of the main topics in normative ethics and meta-ethics are covered.

1493   10:15a-12:20p MTWTh   HSS 154   Kaufman S M

PHILOS 3, Early Philosophers   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This historical introduction to philosophy traces the development of Western philosophy from the early Greeks through the Middle Ages. The ideas which have influenced the development of Western culture are emphasized.

1494   10:15a-12:20p MTWTh   HSS 150   Stramel J S

PHILOS 4, Modern Philosophers   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This study of the principal philosophical developments since the Renaissance emphasizes the relation of philosophy to the growth of science and social and cultural changes in the modern period.

1495   8:00a-10:05a MTWTh   HSS 152   Llaguno M A

PHILOS 23, Philosophy of Religion   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This is an introduction to several traditional philosophical problems connected with religious belief. Among the issues to be discussed are the existence and nature of God, the problem of evil, the mysticism, the rationality of religious belief, and the relationship between reason and revelation.

1496   12:30p-2:35p MTWTh   HSS 256   Bennet S E

PHILOS 51, Political Philosophy   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 4 (Social & Behavioral Sciences) or Area 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This inter-disciplinary course in philosophy and political science examines fundamental ideas about human nature, politics, and the state in the writings of major Western thinkers from Plato to Marx.

Philosophy 51 is the same course as Political Science 51. Students may earn credit for one, but not both.

1497   8:00a-10:05a MTWTh   HSS 156   Oifer E R

Above section 1497 is part of the Scholars Program and enrollment is limited to program participants. See www.smc.edu/scholars for additional information.

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