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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.

3016   8:00a-9:20a MW   HSS 154   Huffaker P

3017   8:00a-9:20a TTh   HSS 151   Kamler H F

3018   9:30a-10:50a MW   HSS 252   Katherine A L

3019   9:30a-10:50a MW   HSS 154   Huffaker P

3020   9:30a-10:50a TTh   HSS 151   Kamler H F

3021   9:30a-10:50a TTh   MC 11   Huffaker P

3022   11:15a-12:35p MW   HSS 252   Katherine A L

Above section 3022 is part of the Scholars Program and enrollment is limited to program participants. See Special Programs section of class schedule or www.smc.edu/scholars for additional information.

3023   11:30a-2:35p F   HSS 156   Flores Robert

   11:30a-2:35p F   HSS 156   Rogler H L

3024   12:45p-2:05p MW   HSS 252   Llaguno M A

3025   2:15p-3:35p MW   HSS 165   Katherine A L

3026   3:45p-5:05p MW   HSS 252   Llaguno M A

3027   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Flores Robert

Above section 3027 meets for 8 weeks, Aug 26 to Oct 18, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

3028   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Flores Robert

Above section 3028 meets for 8 weeks, Aug 26 to Oct 18, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

3029   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Bennet S E

Above section 3029 meets for 8 weeks, Oct 21 to Dec 13, and 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.

3030   8:00a-9:20a MW   HSS 151   Kaufman S M

3031   11:15a-12:35p MW   HSS 150   Stramel J S

3032   2:15p-3:35p TTh   HSS 150   Stramel J S

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.

3033   12:45p-2:05p TTh   HSS 150   Stramel J S

Above section 3033 is part of the Scholars Program and enrollment is limited to program participants. See Special Programs section of class schedule or www.smc.edu/scholars for additional information.

3034   2:15p-3:35p MW   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.

3035   9:30a-10:50a TTh   HSS 252   Katherine A L

3036   2:15p-3:35p MW   HSS 252   Llaguno M A

PHILOS 5, Contemporary Moral Conflicts   3 units

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

This course is a philosophic examination of major ethical debates in contemporary American society. Topics may include capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia, racial and sexual equality, affirmative action, sexual morality, pornography, “victimless crimes,” bio-medical research, animal rights, and environmental issues. Preparatory to those investigations, time is devoted to studying some of the most important moral theories and various types of moral reasoning.

3037   3:45p-5:05p MW   HSS 150   Stramel J S

Above section 3037 will focus on human sexuality.

PHILOS 7, Logic and Critical Thinking    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • Prerequisite: None. • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

A course in general logic emphasizing its applications to practical situations. The course covers both inductive and deductive techniques.

3038   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Flores Robert

Above section 3038 meets for 8 weeks, Aug 26 to Oct 18, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

3039   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Flores Robert

Above section 3039 meets for 8 weeks, Aug 26 to Oct 18, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

3040   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Ortega G R

Above section 3040 meets for 8 weeks, Oct 21 to Dec 13, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

3041   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Ortega G R

Above section 3041 meets for 8 weeks, Oct 21 to Dec 13, and is a hybrid class taught on campus and online via the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

PHILOS 9, Symbolic Logic   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • Prerequisite: None.

PHILOS 9 fulfills CSU GE Area A3: Critical Thinking effective Fall 2011.

This is a beginning course in modern logic covering symbolic notation and translations, and decision procedures for validity and invalidity of arguments in sentential logic and predicate logic.

3042   11:15a-12:35p MW   HSS 152   Kaufman S M

PHILOS 20, Environmental Ethics    3 units

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

This course satisfies the Santa Monica College Global Citizenship requirement.

This course introduces the field of environmental ethics with an emphasis on global environmental problems and global citizenship. The conceptual foundations of environmental attitudes and values are examined through an historical survey of philosophies of nature and human/nature relations. Ethical theories are presented and used to analyze contemporary environmental problems, e.g. mistreatment of animals, pollution, climate change, species extinction, natural resource depletion, environmental racism etc. The ethical assumptions underlying various national and international responses to environmental problems will be analyzed and evaluated.

PHILOS 20 is the same course as ENVRN 20. Students may earn credit for one but not both.

3043   12:45p-2:05p TTh   HSS 252   Katherine A L

PHILOS 22, Asian Philosophy   3 units

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

The cultural settings and basic concepts of the major philosophical and religious systems of India, China, and Japan are studied. Rituals and literature are used to compare and contrast Asian and non-Asian belief systems.

3044   12:45p-2:05p MW   HSS 263   Quesada D M

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.

3045   12:45p-2:05p TTh   HSS 152   Bennet S E

Above section 3045 will administer all exams online. Students will need access to a computer and the internet to complete exams.

3046   2:15p-3:35p TTh   HSS 152   Bennet S E

Above section 3046 will administer all exams online. Students will need access to a computer and the internet to complete exams.

PHILOS 24, Philosophy in Literature    3 units

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

A philosophical inquiry into themes such as knowledge, truth, justice, freedom, responsibility, love, technology, punishment, self-deception, death, religious faith, and the meaning of life through the examination of selected literary works (novels, short stories, plays, poetry). The course will also focus on certain philosophical issues relevant to the philosophy of literature (ie, how humans emotionally relate to fictional characters, interpretation and artistic intention in literary art, how literature is to be defined, the status of truth in literature).

3047   12:45p-2:05p MW   HSS 154   Kaufman S M

Above section 3047 will focus on philosophic topics in the horror and science fiction literary genres.

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.

3048   8:00a-9:20a TTh   HSS 156   Cueva B M

4415   6:45p-9:50p W   HSS 151   Kurvink S J

PHILOS 52, Contemporary Political Thought   3 units

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

This interdisciplinary course in philosophy and political science examines arguments and discourses developed within contemporary political thought. How those discourses critique and/or are rooted in modern ideologies, such as liberalism and socialism will be considered. The theoretical perspectives presented in the course will be used to critically examine important issues in contemporary politics.

Philosophy 52 is the same course as Political Science 52. Students may earn credit for one, but not both.

3049   9:30a-10:50a TTh   MC 1   Campbell R K

4416   6:45p-9:50p M   HSS 151   Kurvink S J

PHILOS 88A, Independent Studies in Philosophy    1 unit

Transfer: CSU

Please see “Independent Studies” section.

3050   Arrange-1 Hour    HSS 354   Schultz C K

PHILOS 88B, Independent Studies in Philosophy    2 units

Transfer: CSU

Please see “Independent Studies” section.

3051   Arrange-2 Hours    HSS 354   Schultz C K

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