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LOS ANGELES CITY COLLEGE | 08-09 CATALOG [REV. 11/08]

philosophy

 

 

Chair: Julio Torres

(323) 953-4000 ext. 2761 • HH200

 

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Too often when we hear “philosophy,” the thought of old statues and ancient writings comes to mind. In fact, philosophy is alive and well and critical to our every day decision making and the decisions made by business, religious institutions and governments around the world. Additionally, examining the principles of philosophy helps in becoming a more ethical and organized thinker. These skills are critical for future managers. The logic skills gained can benefit anyone and especially aspiring lawyers who will need to present well structured arguments.

 

 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 


NOTE: Not every class is offered each semester. Refer to the current class schedule for current class offerings.
PREREQUISITES: Specified prerequisites must be completed with a satisfactory grade or equivalent for Philosophy 1H and Philosophy 5.
All classes fulfill the Humanities requirement for the Associate in Arts degree except Philosophy 6, 7, 8 and 9, which fulfill the Language and Rationality requirement.
 

PHILOSOPHY 1

Introduction to Philosophy I

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

This introductory course is open to all students.  The following questions will be discussed:  Does life have meaning? Does God exist? Do we have free will? Can we trust our senses?

 

PHILOSOPHY 1H

Introduction to Philosophy 1H

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: Eligibility for English 101 and Honors Program standing.

In this class, philosophical issues are discussed in a seminar format. Students are encouraged to construct their own philosophical world views. An emphasis is placed on writing essays which develops critical thinking skills. UC limit: 1 and 1H combined: maximum credit, one course.

 

PHILOSOPHY 2

Society And Values

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

The class focuses upon various theories of human nature and the implications of such theories for social, political and moral issues. The views of thinkers such as Plato, Marx, Freud, and Sartre are studied. 

 

PHILOSOPHY 5

Critical Thinking and Composition

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: Completion of English 101 with a satisfactory grade or better  or equivalent.

This class develops critical thinking skills necessary for evaluating and formulating argumentative/persuasive essays. Instruction in writing is a central focus of this course.

 

PHILOSOPHY 6

Logic in Practice

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

This course in critical thinking is intended to develop understanding of logical principles and their application to everyday life in such areas as advertising, news reports, editorials, etc.

 

PHILOSOPHY 7

Inductive Logic

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Philosophy 7 introduces the student to the basic concepts and methods of inductive reasoning including: the scientific method, probability, and statistical methods. Particular emphasis will be placed on the practical applications of the above concepts to everyday life.  

 

PHILOSOPHY 8

Deductive Logic

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

This introductory logic class, which is open to all students, is designed to develop the student’s ability to think critically and to reason correctly. Attention will be given to both formal and informal logic.

 

PHILOSOPHY 9

Symbolic Logic I

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Logic is common to all our lives. How can we reason better, and discover when an argument is faulty? Philosophy 9 introduces the student to modern symbolic logic, examining the principles and methods employed in the analysis of arguments. The course is designed to improve your skills in this area.

 

PHILOSOPHY 12

History of Greek Philosophy

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

The history of Greek philosophic thought is examined through the works of the Greek oral poets, the Pre Socratics, Socrates and the systems of Plato and Aristotle.

 

PHILOSOPHY 14

History of Modern European Philosophy

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

This class traces the development of the ideas which shape the modern mind. The individual’s relationship to the state, to his fellow human beings and to the universe will be explored in the works of modern philosophers.

 

PHILOSOPHY 19

Contemporary Problems in Bio Ethics

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Traditional ethical theories and their application to bio ethics will be discussed.  Among specific issues to be discussed will be abortion, euthanasia, informed consent, experimenting with human subjects, and genetic engineering.

 

PHILOSOPHY 20

Ethics

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

This class offers a study of both historical and contemporary ethical theories as well as a discussion and analysis of current moral issues.

 

PHILOSOPHY 30

Asian Philosophy

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

This course explores the major philosophies of India, China and Japan, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Zen Buddhism. Consideration is given to the differences between Eastern and Western thought.

 

PHILOSOPHY 32

Philosophy of Religion (formerly Philosophy 27)

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Offers an exposition, discussion and analysis of significant philosophical questions which have been directed at religious beliefs. 

 

PHILOSOPHY 35

Judaism, Christianity and Islam

3 UNITS –  (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

An examination of the philosophical and theological  ideas of the three great shaping religious traditions of our culture.   

 

PHILOSOPHY 40

Introduction To The Philosophy of Art

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Various philosophical theories regarding the nature of art, "beauty", and the aesthetic experience will be examined in this course.

 

PHILOSOPHY 41

Introduction to  Philosophy And Literature

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

This class will discuss and analyze major and recurrent philosophical themes as found in European and American literature.

Particular emphasis will be given to the philosophical aspects of contemporary works of literature.
 

 

 

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