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Philosophy

College of Liberal Arts

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Philosophy - PHIL Courses

LOWER DIVISION

100. Introduction to Philosophy (3)

Prerequisites/Corequisites, any course from GE Foundation categories A.1 (Written English), A.2. (Oral Communication) or A.3. (Critical Thinking), which may be taken concurrently.
Critical analysis of the history, methods, and major problems of philosophy.

160. Introductory Ethics (3)

Prerequisites/Corequisites: any course from GE Foundation categories A.1 (Written English), A.2. (Oral Communication) or A.3. (Critical Thinking), which may be taken concurrently.
Concepts of right and wrong, good and bad, and the application of moral principles to problems of everyday life.
Not open for credit to students with credit in PHIL 160W.

170. Critical Reasoning (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements Category A.1 (Written English), which may be taken concurrently.
Elements of clear, straight, orderly and valid thought, including deductive and inductive reasoning and the accurate use of language. This course explores practical applications of logic.

203. History of Early Western Philosophy (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
From Thales to the Renaissance including the systems of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, and their influence on European philosophy through the medieval period.

204. History of Modern Western Philosophy (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Western philosophy from Descartes to Kant, including the development of modern scientific processes, and the philosophical systems of empiricism, rationalism, transcendental idealism, etc.

270. Symbolic Logic I (3)

Introduction to the formal techniques of evaluating arguments.

296. Methods of Philosophical Study (3)

Prerequisite: Three units in Philosophy.
Course prepares the student for philosophical study through education in its research methods and technical vocabulary, by instructing students how to write a successful philosophical essay, and explaining the scope and nature of some of the central issues of philosophy.

UPPER DIVISION

General Education Category A must be completed prior to taking any upper division course except upper division language courses where students meet formal prerequisites and/or competency equivalent for advanced study.

306. Philosophies of China and Japan (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Historical and critical study of the philosophical thought of China and Japan.

307. Philosophies of India (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Historical and critical survey with emphasis on basic ideas and traditions.

330. Philosophy of Religion (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Nature and function of religion and of fundamental religious concepts and ideals.

342. Metaphysics (3)

Prerequisite: 3 units of philosophy or consent of instructor.
Problems of ontology and cosmology including such concepts as matter and energy, time and space, evolution and causality.

351I. Political Philosophy (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, and upper division standing.
Analysis of fundamental political concepts such as the legitimacy of government, the relation of justice to coercive power, the morality of war, political obligation, and sovereignty; and/or a study of political ideologies such as socialism, classical liberalism, and conservatism.

352I. Philosophy of Law (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Exploration courses, and upper-division standing.
Study of the historical development of the philosophy of law and examination of the problems in the field ranging from general theories to analysis of fundamental legal concepts and normative issues.

361I. Philosophy of Art (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Exploration courses, and upper-division standing.
Discussion of central problems in aesthetics, such as possibility of objectivity in criticism, modern and traditional definitions of a work of art, truth and meaning in the fine arts, natural beauty and its relationship to excellence in music, architecture, etc.

363. Ethical Theory (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements; 3 units of philosophy.
In-depth discussion of such issues as obligation, responsibility, social justice, and personal ideals.

381I. Philosophy of Science (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Exploration courses, and upper-division standing.
Problems, methods and fundamental concepts of the sciences, including the relationships of the sciences to each other, to mathematics and to philosophy.

382. Theory of Knowledge (3)

Prerequisite: Three units of philosophy.
Investigation of such concepts as knowledge, belief, certainty. Critical study of theories concerning such issues as our knowledge of the external world, the past, other minds.

400I. Business Ethics (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of G.E. Foundation requirements, at least one Explorations course.
Study of types of ethical dilemmas that take place in business organizations. Acquire concepts and tools needed to manage these complex value conflicts for the well being of individuals, organizations, and society.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as CBA 400I. Not open for credit to students with credit in CBA 400I.

401. Philosophy in Education (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of the GE Foundation; at least six units of philosophy, and consent of instructor.
Examine philosophical works on education, analyze common exclusion of philosophy from K-12 curriculum, explore integration of philosophy into K-12 curriculum. Student is placed in local school district to lead weekly philosophy sessions. Service Learning.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in different semesters.

403I. Medical Ethics (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of G.E. Foundation requirements; at least one Explorations course.
Covers main areas of bioethics: reproductive rights and liberties, definitions of health, disease, and disability, end of life care, distribution of health care, goals of health care. Philosophical texts, journal articles from medical humanities, ethics, medicine, and case studies used.

405I. Philosophy in Literature (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of G.E. Foundation requirements; at least one Exploration course in philosophy, literature, theater arts; upper-division standing required.
Intensive exploration of philosophical ideas in selected literature with special attention to both philosophical and literary ways of reading and appreciating a text.
Not open for credit to students with credit in PHIL 305.

413./513. Continental Rationalism (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy to include PHIL 204, or consent of instructor.
Close study of such major figures as Descartes, Spinoza and Leibniz.

414./514. British Empiricism (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy to include PHIL 204, or consent of instructor.
Close study of such major figures as Locke, Berkeley, and Hume.

416./516. Pragmatism (3)

Prerequisite: Three units of philosophy or consent of instructor.
Development of pragmatism as exemplified in the philosophies of Peirce, James, Dewey and Mead.

417./517. Phenomenology (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy or consent of instructor.
Study of one of the major movements of contemporary philosophy. Themes treated may include knowledge, meaning, emotionality, embodiment, language, sociality, freedom and religion. Philosophers treated may include Husserl, Scheler, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty and Ricoeur.

418./518. Existentialism (3)

Prerequisites: Three units of philosophy or consent of instructor.
Intensive study of such issues as self-as-existence, freedom and responsibility in their ethical, religious, political and aesthetic dimensions. Philosophers treated may include Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Marcel, Jaspers, Sartre and Camus.

419./519. Analytic Philosophy (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy to include PHIL 270, or consent of instructor.
Analysis of major movements in development of Anglo-American philosophy in the twentieth century, such as logical atomism, logical positivism and ordinary language philosophy. Study of contributions of such philosophers as Moore, Russell, Wittgenstein, Ayer, Ryle, Austin, Strawson, and Quine.
Letter grade only (A-F).

421./521. Plato (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy to include PHIL 203, or consent of instructor.
Close study of Plato’s thought, based primarily on readings from his works.

422./522. Aristotle (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy to include PHIL 203, or consent of instructor.
Close study of Aristotle’s thought, based primarily on readings from his works.

423./523. Kant (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy to include PHIL 204, or consent of instructor.
Intensive study of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason.

424./524. Hegel (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy to include PHIL 204, or consent of instructor.
Study of Hegel’s Philosophy of Mind and Logic, and selected writings by Hegel and other topics.

425./525. Wittgenstein (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy to include PHIL 204, or consent of instructor.
Close study of the later philosophy of Wittgenstein, centering on Philosophical Investigations.

451I. Liberty and Justice: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in American Law (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing; and 6 units of philosophy, or consent of instructor. Junior standing required; Senior standing recommended.
Philosophical and legal analysis of how liberty and justice for different races, ethnic groups and genders have been treated in American law.

452I. Law, Philosophy, and the Humanities (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing (junior standing required; senior standing recommended); six units of philosophy or consent of instructor.
A comparison of how the law is considered by various disciplines; primary focus is on philosophical methods and legal methods, with some consideration of other humanities disciplines, such as literature.

455./555. Philosophical Perspectives on Sex and Love (3)

Prerequisite: 6 units of philosophy or consent of instructor.
Philosophical perspectives on sex and love explores philosophical issues concerning sex, gender and love through readings and discussion of classical and contemporary philosophical sources. Topics such as sexual perversion, romantic love and gender discrimination.
Same course as WGSS 455. Not open for credit to students with credit in W/ST 455 or WGSS 455.

461I. Diversity in Criticism and Analysis of the Arts (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing (junior standing required; senior standing recommended).
Philosophical and critical consideration of the arts by different races, ethnic groups, and genders in the United States.

482I. Introduction to Cognitive Science (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of G.E. Foundation requirements; at least one Explorations course; upper-division standing; at least six units in two areas chosen from Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Psychology.
Introduction to cognitive science including historical development, foundational philosophical presuppositions, core topics, underlying theoretical framework, explanatory goals, different methodologies and theoretical contributions of its constitutive disciplines.
Same course as PSY 382I. Not open for credit to students with credit in PSY 382I.

483./583. Philosophical Psychology (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy or consent of instructor.
Nature of the mind. Psychological concepts such as intention, consciousness, action, motive, imagination, belief and purpose.

484./584. Philosophy of Language (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy or consent of instructor.
Philosophical thought about language and meaning.

489. Philosophy Internship/Pre-Law (3-6)

Prerequisites: Consent of Philosophy Department Chair; completion of a minimum of 15 upper-division units required for the Philosophy major.
Internship with private organizations and governmental agencies. Work done under the joint supervision of the program sponsor and CSULB Philosophy Pre-Law Advisor. Mid-term, final report and internship conferences are required. (Activity 9 hours)

490./590. Special Topics: Early Philosophy (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy or consent of instructor.
Detailed and intensive study of figures, periods or issues in ancient or medieval philosophy.
Specific issues, period or figures will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics.

491./591. Special Topics: Modern Tradition (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy or consent of instructor.
Detailed and intensive study of a significant philosopher or of some issue or theme of the modern (1600-1900) philosophical era.
Specific titles will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics.

492./592. Special Topics: Twentieth Century Philosophy (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy or consent of instructor.
Detailed and intensive study of a significant philosopher or of a school or movement of the twentieth century.
Specific title will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics.

493./593. Special Topics: Metaphysical Studies (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy or consent of instructor.
Seminar study of a selected metaphysical topic. Sample topics: Time, Personal Identity, Philosophical Theology, Philosophy of Action, Process Philosophy.
Specific title will be announced in the Schedule of Classes.
May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics.

496./596. Special Topics: Value and Evaluation (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy or consent of instructor.
Seminar study of a selected topic in value or evaluation. Sample topics: Theories of Value, Freedom and Determinism.
Specific topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics.

497H. Undergraduate Honors Seminar (3)

Prerequisites: 1) Admission to the undergraduate Honors Program in Philosophy. 2) Undergraduate Honors Thesis (PHIL 498) or (with consent of instructor) taken concurrently.
A capstone seminar designed to prepare exceptional undergraduate majors for graduate studies in philosophy and other disciplines. Complements Undergraduate Honors Thesis (PHIL 498).
Letter grade only (A-F).

498H. Undergraduate Honors Thesis (3)

Prerequisites: Admission to the undergraduate Honors Program in Philosophy.
Directed Studies course on a topic chosen by students in consultation with their Honors Thesis Director. Students register for thesis credits both fall and spring terms. Students are also required to register for Phil 497H during the spring term.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in different semesters.

499. Directed Studies (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Independent study of special topics under supervision of a faculty member.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units.

GRADUATE LEVEL

513./413. Continental Rationalism (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy to include PHIL 204, or consent of instructor.
Close study of such major figures as Descartes, Spinoza and Leibniz.
Letter grade only (A-F).

514./414. British Empiricism (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy to include PHIL 204, or consent of instructor.
Close study of such major figures as Locke, Berkeley, and Hume. Letter grade only (A-F).

516./416. Pragmatism (3)

Prerequisite: Three units of philosophy or consent of instructor.
Development of pragmatism as exemplified in the philosophies of Peirce, James, Dewey and Mead.
Letter grade only (A-F).

517./417. Phenomenology (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy or consent of instructor.
Study of one of the major movements of contemporary philosophy. Themes treated may include knowledge, meaning, emotionality, embodiment, language, sociality, freedom and religion. Philosophers treated may include Husserl, Scheler, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty and Ricoeur.
Letter grade only (A-F).

518./418. Existentialism (3)

Prerequisites: Three units of philosophy or consent of instructor.
Intensive study of such issues as self-as-existence, freedom and responsibility in their ethical, religious, political and aesthetic dimensions. Philosophers treated may include Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Marcel, Jaspers, Sartre and Camus.
Letter grade only (A-F).

519./419. Analytic Philosophy (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy to include PHIL 270, or consent of instructor.
Analysis of major movements in development of Anglo-American philosophy in the twentieth century, such as logical atomism, logical positivism and ordinary language philosophy. Study of contributions of such philosophers as Moore, Russell, Wittgenstein, Ayer, Ryle, Austin, Strawson, and Quine.
Letter grade only (A-F).

521./421. Plato (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy to include PHIL 203, or consent of instructor.
Close study of Plato’s thought, based primarily on readings from his works.
Letter grade only (A-F).

522./422. Aristotle (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy to include PHIL 203, or consent of instructor.
Close study of Aristotle’s thought, based primarily on readings from his works.
Letter grade only (A-F).

523./423. Kant (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy to include PHIL 204, or consent of instructor.
Intensive study of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason.
Letter grade only (A-F).

524./424. Hegel (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy to include 204, or consent of instructor.
Study of Hegel’s Philosophy of Mind and Logic, and selected writings by Hegel and other topics.
Letter grade only (A-F).

525./425. Wittgenstein (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy to include PHIL 204, or consent of instructor.
Close study of the later philosophy of Wittgenstein, centering on Philosophical Investigations.

552. Advanced Studies in Law, Philosophy, and the Humanities (3)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
Comparison of how the law is considered by various disciplines; primary focus is on philosophical methods and legal methods, with some consideration of other humanities disciplines, such as literature.

555./455. Philosophical Perspectives on Sex and Love (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy or consent of instructor.
Philosophical perspectives on sex and love explores philosophical issues concerning sex, gender and love through readings and discussion of classical and contemporary philosophical sources. Topics such as sexual perversion, romantic love and gender discrimination are examined.

583./483. Philosophical Psychology (3)

Prerequisite: Six units of philosophy or consent of instructor.
Nature of the mind. Psychological concepts such as intention, consciousness, action, motive, imagination, belief and purpose.
Letter grade only (A-F).

584./484. Philosophy of Language (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy or consent of instructor.
Philosophical thought about language and meaning.
Letter grade only (A-F).

590./490. Special Topics: Early Philosophy (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy or consent of instructor.
Study of figures, periods or issues in ancient or medieval philosophy.
Specific issues, period or figures will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F).

591./491. Special Topics: Modern Tradition (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy or consent of instructor.
Study of a significant philosopher, or of some issue or theme of the modern (1600-1900) philosophical era.
Specific titles announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F).

592./492. Special Topics: Twentieth Century Philosophy (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy or consent of instructor.
Study of a significant philosopher or of a school or movement of twentieth century.
Specific title will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F).

593./493. Special Topics: Metaphysical Studies (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy or consent of instructor.
Seminar study of a selected metaphysical topic.
Specific title will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F).

596./496. Special Topics: Value and Evaluation (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy or consent of instructor.
Seminar of selected topic in value or evaluation. Sample topics: Theories of Value, Freedom and Determinism.
Specific topics announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F).

597. Teaching Philosophy (3)

Prerequisites: Six units of philosophy or consent of instructor.
A practical and theoretical introduction to the aims, methods, responsibilities, and ethics of teaching in the college classroom, with an emphasis on the specific issues involved in teaching philosophy.
Letter grade only (A-F).

599. Graduate Tutorial (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.
Supervised independent study.
Seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or better may enroll with consent of Department. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F).

620. Seminar in History of Philosophy (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Close study of selected subjects in the history of philosophy. The original language may be required.
May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F).

630. Seminar in Philosophy of Religion (3)

Prerequisite: PHIL 330 or consent of instructor.
Critical examination of selected issues, figures and movements.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F).

663. Seminar in Ethics (3)

Prerequisite: PHIL 363 or consent of the instructor.
Systematic examination of topics (such as human rights, pleasure) and theories (such as utilitarianism, contract theory) which are central to moral reasoning.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F).

680. Seminar in Epistemology (3)

Prerequisite: PHIL 382 or consent of instructor.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F).

681. Seminar in the Philosophy of Science (3)

Current issues in the philosophy of science.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F).

690. Seminar in Selected Topics of Current Interest (3)

Presentation, discussion and critical evaluation of advanced work (which may include original research of faculty and graduate students) in selected topics of current interest to professional philosophers.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F).

697. Directed Research (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of the student’s advisor.
Letter grade only (A-F).

698. Thesis (1-6)

Prerequisite: Consent of graduate advisor.
Preparation and completion of a thesis in philosophy and oral defense thereof.