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Philosophy

Philosophy is a foundation of education in the liberal arts. Philosophy enriches thought, imagination, understanding, and experience. By studying philosophy, students confront questions and problems both theoretical and practical about themselves and their relation to the world. Philosophy courses rigorously examine the basic assumptions of every human endeavor—from seeking knowledge to deciding what is right or wrongthereby enriching students—understanding of what it means to be human and preparing them to think critically for a lifetime.

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.

Course Number:1587 Time:8 a.m.-10:05 a.m. MTWTh Location:HSS 151 Instructor:Kaufman S M Above section 1587 is part of the Scholars Program and enrollment is limited to program participants. See Special Programs section of class schedule or smc.edu/scholars for additional information.

Course Number:1588 Time:10:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m. MTWTh Location:HSS 165 Instructor:Quesada D M Special Topic: Focuses on Philosophy in Film

Course Number:1589 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Bennet S E Above section 1589 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

Course Number:1590 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Bennet S E Above section 1590 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

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.

Course Number:1591 Time:10:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m. MTWTh Location:HSS 151 Instructor:Kaufman S M

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.

Course Number:1592 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Ortega G R Above section 1592 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

Course Number:1593 Time:Arrange-9 Hours Location:ONLINE Instructor:Ortega G R Above section 1593 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smc.edu/OnlineEd.

PHILOS 9, Symbolic Logic 3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU Prerequisite: None.

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.

Course Number:1594 Time:10:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m. MTWTh Location:HSS 252 Instructor:Klumpe P A

PHILOS 51, Political Philosophy 3 units

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

In this inter-disciplinary course students examine fundamental ideas about politics in the writings of major Western philosophers from the ancient to the contemporary period, and use those ideas to consider and debate current political issues.

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

Course Number:1595 Time:8 a.m.-10:05 a.m. MTWTh Location:HSS 154 Instructor:Oifer E R Above section 1595 is part of the Scholars Program and enrollment is limited to program participants. See Special Programs section of class schedule or smc.edu/scholars for additional information.

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