Catalog: 2015–2016 Catalog Year

Course Descriptions

Philosophy (PHIL)

Liberal Arts Division

PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Studies basic problems in different areas of philosophy such as ethics, political theory, metaphysics, and epistemology.

PHIL 102: Critical Thinking & Reasoning

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Covers nonsymbolic introduction to logical thinking in everyday life, law, politics, science, advertising; common fallacies; and the uses of language, including techniques of persuasion.

PHIL 114: Introduction to Logic

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Introduces symbolic logic. Studies the principles of correct reasoning, using the symbolic techniques of propositional calculus and basic quantifier calculus.

PHIL 135: Introduction to Ethics

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Provides an introduction to representative classical ethical theories.

PHIL 180: Ufology

Units (Credits): 1; Prerequisites: none

Surveys ufology in our popular culture as well as a presentation of ufological theories thought to explain the evidence for ufological claims. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS Degree.

PHIL 200: Judeo-Christian Tradition

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Studies the major religious philosophical beliefs found in the Old and New Testaments, along with the ways these concepts were modified in post-biblical cosmology.

PHIL 203: Introduction to Existentialism

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Reviews readings from Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Jaspers, Sarte and Heidegger. An examination of the existentialist concepts: "being" and "nonbeing," "estrangement," "dread," "anxiety" and "freedom."

PHIL 204: Contemporary Philosophy

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Reviews the late 19th century movements as basis for the study of 20th century developments in thought from Nietzsche through existentialism, neopositivism, and American naturalism.

PHIL 207: Introduction to Political Philosophy

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Provides readings and discussion of theories concerning the nature of society and political structure from classical and contemporary philosophers.

PHIL 210: World Religions

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Examines the main moral and religious views of world religions.

PHIL 224: Introduction to Philosophy of Science

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Studies philosophical problems and implications of historical and contemporary scientific inquiry, e.g. the nature of laws, theories, explanations, scientific revolutions, values, relations of science and society.

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