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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.

2925   8:00a-9:20a MW   HSS 151   Kaufman S M

2926   8:00a-9:20a MW   HSS 150   Huffaker P

2927   8:00a-9:20a TTh   HSS 155   Kamler H F

2928   9:30a-10:50a MW   HSS 252   Katherine A L

2929   9:30a-10:50a TTh   MC 1   Kamler H F

2930   9:30a-10:50a TTh   MC 11   Huffaker P

2931   11:15a-12:35p MW   HSS 252   Katherine A L

Above section 2931 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.

2932   11:30a-2:35p F   HSS 156   Flores Robert

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

2933   12:45p-2:05p TTh   HSS 154   Llaguno M A

2934   2:15p-3:35p MW   HSS 165   Katherine A L

2935   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Flores Robert

Above section 2935 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 18 to Apr 11, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

2936   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Flores Robert

Above section 2936 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 18 to Apr 11, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

2937   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Bennet S E

Above section 2937 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 21 to Jun 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.

2938   9:30a-10:50a MW   HSS 150   Huffaker P

2939   11:15a-12:35p MW   HSS 150   Stramel J S

2940   12:45p-2:05p MW   HSS 154   Kaufman S M

2941   2:15p-3:35p TTh   HSS 150   Stramel J S

Above section 2941 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.

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.

2942   12:45p-2:05p TTh   HSS 150   Stramel J S

2943   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.

2944   9:30a-10:50a TTh   HSS 252   Katherine A L

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.

2945   3:45p-5:05p MW   HSS 150   Stramel J S

Above section 2945 focuses on human sexuality.

PHILOS 6, Philosophy of Science    3 units

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

This course is a general introduction to the study of the philosophy of science, aimed at fostering an enhanced awareness of the philosophical aspects and implications inherent in the scientific enterprise. The central concepts and methodology of science will be analyzed, and philosophical issues arising within selected branches of science will be examined. Specific episodes taken from the history of science will be regularly employed to illustrate and elucidate these general ideas. A background in philosophy or the physical sciences is helpful but not a requirement for this course.

2946   12:45p-2:05p TTh   HSS 152   Holmgren C L

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.

2947   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Flores Robert

Above section 2947 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 18 to Apr 11, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

2948   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Flores Robert

Above section 2948 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 18 to Apr 11, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

2949   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Ortega G R

Above section 2949 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 21 to Jun 13, and is a Distance Education course conducted over 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.

2950   12:45p-2:05p MW   HSS 150   Falconer K L

PHILOS 11, Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

An introductory-level survey of some of the philosophical questions that arise from contemplation of art and the artistic process. The main theories of art and beauty will be interpreted and evaluated with respect to the relevance each has for contemporary society. Principles and theories concerning art and beauty will be applied to various works of contemporary art in the major fields. The significance of aesthetic experience and its relevance to life will be examined. The role of the artist and the artist’s intention in the creative process will also be analyzed.

2951   11:15a-12:35p MW   MC 1   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.

2952   8:00a-9:20a MW   HSS 153   Llaguno M A

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.

2953   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.

2954   12:45p-2:05p MW   HSS 152   Holmgren C L

2955   3:45p-5:05p TTh   HSS 152   Holmgren C L

PHILOS 41, Philosophical Problems Seminar   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1.

This course is designed to enable the interested student to study in depth selected philosophical problems in the areas of epistemology, metaphysics, and value theory. Primary source materials are analyzed and discussed in a seminar atmosphere. Oral and written reports are assigned. Philosophy majors are encouraged to take the course; non-majors are also eligible.

NEW 3270   2:15p-3:35p TTh   HSS 151   Katherine A L

PHILOS 48, Non Violent Resistance    3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) or 4 (Behavioral Sciences) • Prerequisite: None.

An examination of the causes of war and violence in world history and the various organized efforts to maintain peace and end wars. Nonviolent resistance movements will be emphasized.

Philosophy 48 is the same class as History 48. Students may earn credit for one, but not for both.

2956   2:15p-3:35p MW   HSS 152   Holmgren C L

2957   2:15p-3:35p TTh   HSS 152   Holmgren C L

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.

2958   8:00a-9:20a MW   HSS 154   Oifer E R

Above section 2958 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.

2959   9:30a-10:50a MW   HSS 154   Oifer E R

4401   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.

2960   8:00a-9:20a TTh   HSS 154   Oifer E R

4402   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.

2961   Arrange-1 Hour    HSS 354   Schultz C K

PHILOS 88B, Independent Studies in Philosophy    2 units

Transfer: CSU

Please see “Independent Studies” section.

2962   Arrange-2 Hours    HSS 354   Schultz C K

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