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PHIL 100: Introduction to Philosophy

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Survey of the basic problems and systems in philosophy. Special consideration given to logic, theories of knowledge, metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of religion and political philosophy.

PHIL 100H: Introduction to Philosophy, Honors

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

In-depth survey of the basic problems and systems in philosophy. Special consideration given to Logic, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, Political Philosophy, and Aesthetics.

PHIL 101: Introduction to Ethics

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Examination of the nature of morality, moral concepts, moral theories, such as virtue theory, natural law, consequentialism, and Kantianism, and disputed moral issues, such as abortion, world hunger, pornography, environmentalism, cloning, genetic enhancement, war, euthanasia, capital punishment and animal rights.

PHIL 101H: Introduction To Ethics, Honors

Skills Advisories:: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance into the Honors Program. In-depth study of the types and history of ethical theories. Analysis of the factual and normative factors involved in making moral choices. Discussion of the nature of moral standards and values and their relevance to present times. Topics include the meaning of "should," "right," "justice," "blame," "responsibility." Examines the moral aspect of social issues, such as abortion, euthanasia, the environment and drug legalization, etc.

PHIL 102: Comparative World Religions

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Presentation and interpretation of the fundamental concepts, ideals, customs, rituals and insights of the major religious traditions. Religions discussed are Hinduism; Buddhism; Greek; Roman; Taoism; Confucianism; Shintoism; Jainism; Zoroastrianism; Sikhism; Judaism; Christianity; and Islam.

PHIL 102H: Comparative World Religions, Honors

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance into the Honors Program. In-depth presentation and interpretation of the fundamental concepts, ideals, customs, rituals and insights of the major religious traditions. Religions discussed: Hinduism; Buddhism; Greek; Roman; Taoism; Confucianism; Shintoism; Jainism; Zoroastrianism; Sikhism; Judaism; Christianity; and Islam.

PHIL 105: Business Ethics

Skills Advisory: ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Exploration of how to recognize, analyze and implement ethical decisions within the multi-valued contexts of business. Study of major ethical theories and how they can be applied to business situations. Analysis of the factual and normative aspects of making moral choices and resolving moral dilemmas faced in the corporate world. Issues include corporate responsibility, employee and consumer rights, sexual harassment, fair hiring practices, obligations to the environment, multinational corporations and the ethics of international trade.

PHIL 111: Critical Thinking And Writing In Philosophy

Prerequisites: ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Examination of the basic elements of logic, including the study of the principles of inductive and deductive reasoning, their relevance to problem-solving, scientific method, and argument analysis/evaluation. Development of critical thinking skills, including identifying and evaluating arguments, recognizing informal fallacies, and the uses and misuses of language in a variety of contexts. Integration of critical thinking skills with the techniques of effective argumentative writing, addressing themes of social and multicultural relevance. (Fulfills Critical Thinking requirement for IGETC/CSU General Education.)

PHIL 200: History Of Philosophy: Ancient

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Study of the thought of major philosophers from the time of Thales, 640 B.C., through the Romans. Philosophers discussed are the Pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the Greek Atomists (Leucippus, Democritus, Epicurus), the Stoics (Seneca and Epictetus) up to Marcus Aurelius.

PHIL 201: History of Philosophy: Modern

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Study of the thought of the major philosophers from the rise of science in the late 1500s to 1800s. Philosophers discussed include many or all of the following: Bacon, Galileo, Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza, Conway, Malebranche, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume and Kant.

PHIL 203: History Of Philosophy: Contemporary

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Philosophers of the 19th and 20th centuries are studied, showing their impact upon thought, culture, and society. Some of the philosophers presented are Bertrand Russell; G. Frege; G.E. Moore; Jean Paul Sartre; L. Wittgenstein; Ayer; Ryle; Heidegger; Husserl; Rawls; and Quine.

PHIL 204: History And Philosophy Of The Great Ideas Of Physics

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Examines the history and development of the major ideas of physics. Designed particularly for philosophy students and others in the liberal arts and humanities. Physical ideas of three significant eras: ancient Greece; the beginnings of modern science from the 17th to 18th centuries, including the thinking of Copernicus, Galileo and Newton; and the revolutionary ideas of early 20th century and contemporary physics. Course is designed to be conceptual, rather than mathematical, in its investigation of the great ideas of physics.

PHIL 205: Introduction to Logic

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Formal investigation into the nature of argument. Topics covered are validity, implication, statement (propositional) logic, truth tables, syllogistic (categorical) logic (including Carroll or Venn diagrams), and predicate (quantificational) logic.

PHIL 207: Issues In Philosophy Series

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Important issues (philosophers, topics, problems and fields) of philosophy are studied, revealing their impact on our lives, thought and civilization. Issues presented in this series include bioethics; mind/body problem; pacifism; morality and human nature; philosophy of art; philosophy and literature; philosophy and politics; philosophy of education; philosophy of science; philosophy of film; the philosophy of mathematics; philosophy of mind; and comparative philosophy.

PHIL 207A: Comparative Philosophy, East And West

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Critical examination of the predominant philosophical ideas of three of the most influential physiological perspectives in world history: Western regionalism, Indian mysticism, and Chinese social relationalism.

PHIL 295: Internship In Philosophy

Skills Advisory: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of two courses (in applicable discipline) at SBCC prior to enrolling in an internship course. Structured internship program in which students gain experience in community organizations related to the discipline. Five to 10 hours weekly on-the-job experience.

PHIL 299: Independent Study In Philosophy

Limitation on Enrollment: At least three Philosophy courses. To be eligible for independent student, a student must have completed a minimum of 12 units at Santa Barbara City College with a 2.5 G.P.A. For complete information, see "Independent Study" in the Catalog Index.

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