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PHIL 101 : Introduction to Philosophy

Prerequisites: None
Description: Reflection on basic aspects of human experience, thought, and activity inspired by the writings of philosophers.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 105 : Introduction to Philosophy and Religion

Prerequisites: None
Description: The perennial quest for the sacred. Cosmological, psychological, and mystical teachings of the great Eastern and Western religious traditions.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 110 : Introduction to Critical Thinking I

Prerequisites: None
Description: Skills involved in understanding, criticizing, and constructing arguments--and providing foundation for further work not only in philosophy but in other fields as well.
General Education:
  • Segment I Area - Critical Thinking (CT)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 130 : Political and Social Philosophy

Prerequisites: None
Description: Liberal democratic theories of decision making and social policy: their place in the world today, their place in the history of social and political philosophy, and in radical and conservative political criticism.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 150 : Contemporary Moral/Political Issues

Prerequisites: None
Description: Theories of the good life, of ethics, of rights, and of justice, through the examination of contemporary moral issues: capital punishment, affirmative action, abortion, racial and sexual equality, privacy, pornography, and environmental protection. This course is offered as PHIL 150 and PLSI 150. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 160 : Introduction to Philosophy of the Arts

Prerequisites: None
Description: Art appreciation and criticism including the nature of beauty, artistic genius, and art as sign or symbol.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 205 : Formal Logic I

Prerequisites: None
Description: Contemporary treatment of structure of arguments by means of sentential logic and quantifiers; comparison of axiomatic, natural deductive, and tree-method approaches.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 210 : Great Thinkers: East and West

Prerequisites: None
Description: Enduring philosophical questions about human nature and the cosmos as seen through the eyes of mankind's greatest and most influential thinkers, Eastern and Western.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PHIL 230 : American Political Philosophy

Prerequisites: None
Description: Philosophical foundations of the values and practices of our law and society, from the nation's founders to philosophies of justice, equality, and rights today.
Units: 3

PHIL 301 : Ancient Philosophy

Prerequisites: PHIL 110 and ENG 214 or equivalents.
Description: Origins of Western philosophy in the Eastern Mediterranean region: from the presocratics to the Stoics, Epicureans, and Neo-Platonists, emphasizing Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Connections and contrasts between philosophy, natural science, myth, and religion.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PHIL 302 : Medieval Philosophy

Prerequisites: PHIL 110 and ENG 214 or equivalents.
Description: Medieval philosophy to the Renaissance--Augustine, Boethius, Aquinas, and related authors. Individuals, universals, community; personality, freedom, and nature; theory of signs, symbols, analogical models; labor and intellectual work; private property, law, and the common good.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
  • Segment III Cluster - Medieval and Renaissance Europe
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 303 : Modern Philosophy

Prerequisites: PHIL 110 and ENG 214 or equivalents.
Description: Modern philosophy against the background of Protestantism, capitalism, the Enlightenment, and modern science to the end of the 19th century. Includes Descartes and continental Rationalism, British Empiricism, Kant; may include such topics as German and British idealism, positivism, and pragmatism.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 315 : Introduction to Global Peace Studies

Prerequisites: One lower-division composition course and sophomore or higher standing, or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with GPS/I R 315. For course description, see GPS 315. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies
  • Segment III Cluster - Ethics for the Contemporary World
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 320 GW : Philosophical Analysis - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better, and PHIL 110 or equivalent.
Description: Analytic, interpretive and expressive written communication skills essential for philosophical study. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 321 : Being and Knowing

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Introduction to some of the most important issues in metaphysics and epistemology through their treatment by classic and contemporary authors; e.g., mind and matter, thought, belief, perception, meaning, truth, knowledge, appearance, reality, freedom, and identity.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 330 : Political Philosophy

Prerequisites: One lower-division composition course and sophomore or higher standing, or consent of instructor.
Description: The forms, purposes, and justification of political orders; theories of human nature, value, and history. Foundations of political philosophy in the thought of such writers as Plato, Hobbes, Mill, and Marx.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 335 : Law and Society

Prerequisites: One lower-division composition course and sophomore or higher standing, or consent of instructor.
Description: Relation between law and society, developed through the analysis of court cases centered on topics (capital versus labor, the individual versus the state) in their historical setting. Legal research.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • Segment III Cluster - Law, Crime, and Justice
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 350 : Philosophy of Science

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Philosophy of science with attention to contemporary formulations. Useful background: one or more courses in science and/or engineering.
General Education:
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 351 : Philosophy of Risk

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Philosophical issues about risk assessment and risk management, with attention to their scientific and ethical dimensions. Philosophical analyses of cases such as climate change, energy consumption, water related environmental risks in California, allocation of scarce medical resources, and genetic testing.
Units: 3

PHIL 355 : Politics and Ethics of the Consumer Society

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with PLSI 355. For course description, see PLSI 355. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 365 : Science and Civilization

Prerequisites: One lower-division composition course and sophomore or higher standing, or consent of instructor.
Description: Role of science in modern civilization. Ethical aspects of science, scientific conceptions, and effects of science on the quality and direction of human existence.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category C Integrative Science
Units: 3

PHIL 369 : Philosophical Issues in Sexuality

Prerequisites: One lower-division composition course and sophomore or higher standing, or consent of instructor.
Description: Legal, moral, and conceptual issues concerning human sexuality. Rape, pornography, abortion, prostitution, homosexuality, marriage, promiscuity, perversion, sexual politics, sex and religion, and the language of sex. This course is offered as PHIL 369 and SXS 369. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • Segment III Cluster - Human Sexuality
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 375 : Peace Law and Human Rights in the U.S.

Prerequisites: One lower-division composition course and sophomore or higher standing, or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with GPS 375. For course description, see GPS 375. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies
  • Segment III Cluster - Ethics for the Contemporary World
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 378 : Philosophy of Criminal Law

Prerequisites: One lower-division composition course and sophomore or higher standing, or consent of instructor.
Description: Philosophical examination of concepts and principles that are central to our criminal law, including investigation of whether there is a role for moral rationales.
Units: 3

PHIL 379 : Philosophy of Constitutional Interpretation

Prerequisites: One lower-division composition course and sophomore or higher standing, or consent of instructor.
Description: Study and critique the most influential attempts to devise philosophical justification of or motivation for particular theories of constitutional interpretation.
Units: 3

PHIL 380 : Philosophy of Law

Prerequisites: One lower-division composition course and sophomore or higher standing, or consent of instructor.
Description: Relationship of law and morality. Basis for legal accountability. Who should be accountable? For what? Why?
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Law, Crime, and Justice
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 383 : Ethics in Medicine

Prerequisites: One lower-division composition course and sophomore or higher standing, or consent of instructor.
Description: Ethical issues in medicine and nursing: treating dying patients, right to health care, nurse/physician conflicts, health and basic values, freedom under new technology, and medical bureaucracy. Uses philosophical approaches to understand and to help resolve these problems. [CSL may be available; consult Index for page reference.]
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category C Integrative Science
  • Segment III Cluster - Science and Human Values
  • Segment III Cluster - Health Care Policy and Practices
  • Segment III Cluster - Ethics for the Contemporary World
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 395 : Ethical Issues: Science and Technology

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Ethical issues arising from or intrinsic to the process of scientific research and development or from the implementation or commercialization of new technologies.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Ethics for the Contemporary World
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 410 : Topics in the History of Philosophy

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor. Useful background: one course in philosophy.
Description: Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. May be repeated when topics vary.
Units: 3

PHIL 410 : Hume and Kant

Prerequisites: First year composition or equivalent.
Description: A comparative study of the philosophies of David Hume and Immanuel Kant.
Units: 3

PHIL 415 : The Hebrew Bible

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Cross listed with JS 415. For course description, see JS 415. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Jewish Experience
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PHIL 425 : Existentialism

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: An examination of the principal philosophical aims and theories of the Existential movement.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 430 : Topics in Contemporary Philosophy

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor. Useful background: one course in philosophy.
Description: Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. Recent or contemporary philosophical development. May be repeated when topics vary.
Units: 3

PHIL 430 : The Meaning of Life

Prerequisites: First year composition or equivalent.
Description: Perspectives drawn from Eastern and Western philosophical, religious and spiritual traditions, on the place of human existence in the universe and how our lives can be meaningful.
Units: 3

PHIL 432 : Nietzsche and Postmodernism

Prerequisites: ENG 214.
Description: Cross listed with HUM 432. For course description, see HUM 432. (Formerly PHIL 367.)(May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PHIL 434 : Arendt and Heidegger

Prerequisites: First-year composition or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross-listed with HUM 434/JS 414. For course description, see HUM 434. (May not be repeated under an alternate prefix.)
Units: 3

PHIL 435 : Human Rights in Global Perspective

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Law and philosophy of human rights; philosophical issues and controversies about rights, historical development, major problems in implementing rights, and the international human rights movement.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Global Peace, Human Rights, and Justice Studies
  • Segment III Cluster - Ethics for the Contemporary World
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PHIL 436 : Islamic Political Philosophy

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: There is a long and rich tradition of political philosophy in the Islamic cultures of the Middle East. A comprehensive introduction to Islamic political philosophy.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Ethics for the Contemporary World
  • Segment III Cluster - Religious Studies
  • Segment III Cluster - Islamic Societies and Cultures
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

PHIL 445 : Sex and Morality

Prerequisites: One lower-division composition course and sophomore or higher standing, or consent of instructor.
Description: Ethical theory and its applications to sexual conduct, therapy, and research. Fundamentals of moral augmentation; complicated, morality-laden issues associated with sexuality. This course is offered as PHIL 445 and SXS 469. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • Segment III Cluster - Human Sexuality
  • Segment III Cluster - Ethics for the Contemporary World
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 450 : Ethics

Prerequisites: One course in philosophy or consent of instructor.
Description: Major problems in ethical theory with attention to their contemporary formulations.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Ethics for the Contemporary World
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 451 : Feminist Moral Issues

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Moral or ethical issues of concern to the contemporary women's movement. These include abortion ("pro-choice" vs. "pro-life"), pornography and censorship, hetero- and homosexuality, marriage, motherhood, and affirmative action ("reverse discrimination").
General Education:
Units: 3

PHIL 452 : Nature of Morality

Prerequisites: One lower-division composition course and sophomore or higher standing, or consent of instructor.
Description: Exploration of historically significant philosophical conceptions of the nature of morality.
Units: 3

PHIL 455 : Sex and the Law

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Philosophical investigation of legal issues pertaining to sexuality. Legal enforcement of morals and of specific cases and statutes regarding marriage, sex discrimination, abortion, rape, homosexuality, pornography, pedophilia, and other sex related activities. This course is offered as PHIL 455 and SXS 569. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • Segment III Cluster - Human Sexuality
  • Segment III Cluster - Understanding Public Policy
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 460 : Philosophy of Art

Prerequisites: One lower-division composition course and sophomore or higher standing, or consent of instructor.
Description: Problems in aesthetics; contemporary formulations. Useful background: one course in philosophy.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Cross-Cultural Studies in Language and Art
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 470 : Environmental Ethics

Prerequisites: Completion of Segment I of GE program.
Description: Exploration of how different philosophers, religions, and cultures understand our relationships to the environment. Applying ethical paradigms to the analysis of environmental problems and proposals for solutions.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Ethics for the Contemporary World
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 475 : Selected Problems in Philosophy

Prerequisites: Two courses in Philosophy or other disciplines directly relevant to the topic being studied. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated when different problems are studied.
Units: 3

PHIL 494 : Philosophy and Personal Development

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: For many philosophers, East and West, philosophy's basic task is to change our orientation to the world and, thus, how we live our lives. This course is devoted to studying and exploring different philosophical methods of personal development and enrichment.
Units: 3

PHIL 500 : Philosophy of Religion

Prerequisites: One lower-division composition course and sophomore or higher standing, or consent of instructor.
Description: The nature and function of fundamental religious concepts and claims.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Religious Studies
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 501 : Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Cross listed with JS/HUM 501. For course description, see JS 501. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Islamic Societies and Cultures
  • Segment III Cluster - Religious Studies
  • Segment III Cluster - Mediterranean and Middle East: Cultural Crossroads
  • Segment III Cluster - Jewish Experience
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

PHIL 502 : World Religions

Prerequisites: One lower-division composition course and sophomore or higher standing, or consent of instructor.
Description: Major religions of mankind, their history and teachings: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Useful background: one course in philosophy.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
  • Segment III Cluster - Religious Studies
  • Segment III Cluster - Mediterranean and Middle East: Cultural Crossroads
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 508 : Indian Philosophy and Religion

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Upanishads, Sankhya-Yoga; Buddhism, Jainism; Vedanta, Later Buddhism. Useful background: PHIL 500. May be repeated when different traditions are studied. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Religious Studies
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3

PHIL 509 : The Buddhist Tradition

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: An introduction to the basic teachings of Buddhism and the major Buddhist traditions in Asia. Among the topics to be discussed are ignorance, paths to enlightenment, meditation, morality, faith, and wisdom.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Religious Studies
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Society, Politics, and Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 511 : Chinese Philosophy and Religion

Prerequisites: One lower-division composition course and sophomore or higher standing, or consent of instructor.
Description: Major philosophical and religious traditions of China. Topics include the I Ching, Confucianism, Taoism, and Chinese Buddhism.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Religious Studies
  • Segment III Cluster - Asian Society, Politics, and Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 514 : Kabbalah and Mysticism in the Jewish Tradition

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Cross listed with JS 410. For course description, see JS 410. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Folklore
  • Segment III Cluster - Religious Studies
  • Segment III Cluster - Jewish Experience
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 515 : Semitic Religious Thought

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Useful background: PHIL 500. May be repeated when different traditions are studied. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Religious Studies
  • Segment III Cluster - Islamic Societies and Cultures
Units: 3

PHIL 516 : Islamic Philosophy

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Examines three interrelated issues: the purpose of philosophy, the good life, and the limits of human reason. Also examined is Islamic philosophy's confrontation with the Islamic traditions of theology, jurisprudence, and mysticism.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Islamic Societies and Cultures
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 517 : Islamic Mysticism

Prerequisites: Strongly recommended: prior philosophy course.
Description: An examination of the mystical teachings of Sufism. This is not a survey course but a concentrated effort to approach some of the central Sufi ideas about humanity, God, and the structure of reality.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Religious Studies
  • Segment III Cluster - Islamic Societies and Cultures
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PHIL 525 : The Nature of Religious Experience

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Nature of religious experience drawn from different religions and academic disciplines within the humanities and social sciences; investigation of the meaning of religious commitment in a secular world. This course is offered as PHIL 525 and RELS 300. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Religious Studies
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 530 : Selected Religious Thinkers

Prerequisites: Author or work to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: Useful background: one course in philosophy and religion. May be repeated on advisement.
Units: 3

PHIL 530 : Transformative Knowledge

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Exploration of the writings of religious thinkers of different times who engage with the idea of transformational knowledge or "gnosis."
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

PHIL 540 : Selected Issues in Religious Thought

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated when topics vary.
Units: 3

PHIL 540 : The Concept of God

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Examination of concepts of God in representative cultures and traditions. Search for a new understanding of the larger, generally ignored or unexamined metaphysical, epistemological, and ethical assumptions associated with the idea of God.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 552 : Judaism: Religion and Text

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Cross listed with JS 425. For course description, see JS 425. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Jewish Experience
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 605 : Metaphysics

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Metaphysical problems such as those of substance, cause, space, time, and God.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PHIL 610 : Theory of Knowledge

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Theories of knowledge with attention to their contemporary formulations. Useful background: PHIL 300.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 611 : Philosophy of Perception

Prerequisites: PHIL 110 and ENG 214 or equivalents.
Description: Philosophical problems in relation to perception with specific attention to contemporary formulations: role of sensations, nature of perceptual content, embodiment of perceptual experience.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PHIL 620 : Philosophy of Mind

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Conceptions of the mental and of its relation to the physical, with attention to their contemporary formulations.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 621 : Minds, Brains and Computers

Prerequisites: First-year composition.
Description: Contemporary theories of the mind as a brain process and as a computational process. Foundations and approaches in the cognitive neurosciences.
Units: 3

PHIL 630 : Philosophy of Language

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Philosophical problems associated with language and symbolism with attention to their contemporary formulations.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

PHIL 640 : Actions and Practical Reasoning

Prerequisites: One lower-division composition course and sophomore or higher standing, or consent of instructor.
Description: Practical reasoning is about how to act. What is the nature of actions, and how are they different from mere behavior? What is the nature of practical reasoning and how is it related to motivation?
Units: 3

PHIL 680 : Field Project in Philosophy

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Supervised community or university service project related to the student's philosophical studies. Must be arranged through an undergraduate adviser and with an approved agency. May be taken with PHIL 699.
Units: 1-3

PHIL 681 : Publishing Philosophy

Prerequisites: Major or minor in philosophy or consent of instructor.
Description: Supervised experience in various components of publishing philosophy journals and books; may focus on publishing journal articles/book chapters, editing volumes/special journal issues, book review editing, or publishing translations. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. (Credit/No Credit grading only.)
Units: 1-3

PHIL 685 : Projects in the Teaching of Philosophy

Prerequisites: Completion of course in which the student will assist with a minimum grade of B.
Description: Training in teaching philosophy is provided both by discussion of pedagogy with the instructor of a target course and by mentoring and other appropriate activities. (Students may earn a maximum of 4 units toward the baccalaureate degree for any course(s) numbered 685 regardless of discipline.)
Units: 1-4

PHIL 691 : Reading Circle

Prerequisites: Satisfaction of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), 12 units of upper division philosophy courses, and consent of instructor.
Description: Close reading of an important and difficult philosophical text, with attention to issues of interpretation.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 694 : Philosophical Logic Workshop

Prerequisites: PHIL 205 or consent of instructor.
Description: Focus on puzzles and paradoxes raised in seminal philosophical papers in the twentieth century and their impact on analytic philosophy, with reference to the history of modern logic.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 695 : Advanced Logic Workshop

Prerequisites: Introduction to Symbolic Logic or consent of instructor.
Description: Logic (theory and applications) beyond propositional/predicate calculus, such as sets and sequences, completeness, decidability and adequacy, incompleteness, many-valued logics, intentional logic, induction, conditionals, proof, contradiction, or validity.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PHIL 696 : Directed Reading: Learning Outcomes

Prerequisites: Senior standing and consent of instructor.
Description: Individualized course enables students, together with the faculty, to assess their learning outcomes. Students submit early and recent essays from previous classes and reflective essay on development of their own skills and knowledge. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Description: An advanced study of a selected philosophical problem under the direction of instructor. May be repeated.
Units: 1-3

PHIL 700 : Seminar in Selected Problems

Prerequisites: Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated when different problems are studied.
Units: 3

PHIL 700 : Philosophy and Prophecy

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Contemporary relevance of theories and prophecy in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Philosophy. Interplay of epistemological, moral and metaphysical aspects, focusing especially on treatment of tensions between theory/practice, freedom/authority, reason/imagination, knowledge/intuition, and mind/world.
Units: 3

PHIL 700 : Philosophy of Human Nature

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor
Description: Philosophical approaches to recent scientific claims about what it means to be human. Questions include innateness? do humans all have something in common? how the roles of heredity, development and social learning interact in conceptualizing human nature?
Units: 3

PHIL 700 : Seminar on Embodied Cognition

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Critical examination of theories of cognition grounded in the embodiment of cognitive processes with special focus on extended and enacted cognition paradigms.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 702 : Philosophy of Culture, Language and Society

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Philosophy or consent of instructor.
Description: Philosophical examination of culture, language, and society, drawing on both continental and analytic traditions. Ontology and ideology as explored by, for example, Kant, Hegel, Adorno, Althusser, Austin, Butler, Foucault, Habermas, Horkheimer, Searle, and others.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

PHIL 715 : Seminar in Philosophical Writing

Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate program in philosophy.
Description: Advanced analytic, interpretive, and expressive skills essential to the writing, reading, and study of philosophy. Cannot be used to satisfy the "four-seminar" requirement.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 717 : Projects in the Teaching of Philosophy

Prerequisites: two semester courses in the history of philosophy, a course in ethics, a course in symbolic logic, and an advanced course in epistemology or philosophy of science.
Description: Individual projects under faculty supervision undertaken in conjunction with teaching assignments in undergraduate courses. Research and reports of research on the aims and methods of teaching philosophy to undergraduates. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.
Units: 1-3

PHIL 717 : Projects in the Teaching of Philosophy

Prerequisites: Two semester courses in the history of philosophy, a course in ethics, a course in symbolic logic, and an advanced course in epistemology or philosophy of science.
Description: Individual projects under faculty supervision undertaken in conjunction with teaching assignments in undergraduate courses. Research and reports of research on the aims and methods of teaching philosophy to undergraduates. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 717 : Projects in the Teaching of Philosophy

Prerequisites: Two semester courses in the history of philosophy, a course in ethics, a course in symbolic logic, and an advanced course in epistemology or philosophy of science.
Description: Individual projects under faculty supervision undertaken in conjunction with teaching assignments in undergraduate courses. Research and reports of research on the aims and methods of teaching philosophy to undergraduates. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 717 : Projects in the Teaching of Philosophy

Prerequisites: Two semester courses in the history of philosophy, a course in ethics, a course in symbolic logic, and an advanced course in epistemology or philosophy of science.
Description: Individual projects under faculty supervision undertaken in conjunction with teaching assignments in undergraduate courses. Research and reports of research on the aims and methods of teaching philosophy to undergraduates. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 718 : Teaching Philosophy

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Workshops and individual conferences prepare students to teach Philosophy in the Graduate Teaching Associate program. (May not be applied to the Philosophy M.A. degree.) (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 725 : Philosophical Foundations of Law

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: What is the nature of law? How is law different from mere coercion, and from morality? What place if any do moral considerations have in the workings of a legal system?
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

PHIL 730 : Seminar in the Philosophy of Religion

Prerequisites: two semester courses in the history of philosophy, a course in ethics, a course in symbolic logic, and an advanced course in epistemology or philosophy of science. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated when different problems are studied.
Units: 3

PHIL 770 : Seminar in a Classical Author

Prerequisites: Two semester courses in the history of philosophy, a course in ethics, a course in symbolic logic, and an advanced course in epistemology or philosophy of science. Author to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated when different works are studied.
Units: 3

PHIL 770 : Descartes

Prerequisites: None
Description: Seminar devoted to the critical reading of Descartes? Discourse on the Method Mediations on First Philosophy, Principles of Philosophy, and Passions of the Soul and philosophical letters. Current scholarly debates.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PHIL 770 : Foucault on Care of the Self

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of Michel Foucault's later ethical turn and his concern with the importance of ancient philosophical spiritual exercises as "arts of existence" or techniques for the constitution of the self.
Units: 3

PHIL 770 : Heidegger's Being and Time

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Principal task is to engage in close reading of Being and Time (mainly the first division), with special attention paid to its oft overlooked ethical aspects. Some of the prevailing readings of Being and Time are also examined and assessed.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 770 : Kant

Prerequisites: None
Description: Study of major works of Immanuel Kant: The Critique of Pure Reason and The Critique of Practical Reason.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PHIL 770 : Kant and Sellars

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Sellars is one of the twentieth century's most influential thinkers, and was deeply influenced by the philosophy of Immanuel Kant; understanding of each of these great philosophers by studying how they relate to one another.
Units: 3

PHIL 770 : Myth of the Given

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: A study of Sellars's famous attack on the Myth of the Given, followed by various appropriations of his Hegelian-spirited project by the "Pittsburgh school," i.e., Brandom's inferentialist approach and McDowell's neo-empiricism.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

PHIL 770 : Philosophy of David Hume

Prerequisites: graduate status in philosophy or consent of instructor.
Description: Seminar devoted to the critical reading of Hume's Treatise of Human Nature, supplemented with other related works by Hume, such as his Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding and Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

PHIL 770 : Philosophy of Hegel

Prerequisites: None
Description: Course is devoted to analysis of Hegel's The Phenomenology of Spirit and some of its influences on later philosophers.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 770 : Plato and Aristotle: Categories and Conceptions of Being

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Investigation of Plato?s and Aristotle?s categories and conceptions of being, with special attention to issues of ontology, metaphysics, philosophy of language and philosophy of mind in their philosophical frameworks.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 770 : Plato and Platonism

Prerequisites: None
Description: The principal works of Plato with an emphasis on the genesis and development of his thought, its place in the history of ancient philosophy and culture, and on the enduring tradition of Platonism.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

PHIL 772 : Seminar in a Classical School

Prerequisites: two semester courses in the history of philosophy, a course in ethics, a course in symbolic logic, and an advanced course in epistemology or philosophy of science. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated when different schools are studied.
Units: 3

PHIL 772 : Confucian and Buddhist Philosophy

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of key philosophical themes in the ethics and metaphysics of Buddhism and classical Confucianism, as well as their synthesis in neo-Confucianism.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PHIL 772 : Seminar in Cartesianism

Prerequisites: None
Description: A study of the philosophical movement known as Cartesianism, beginning with some of the major works of its founder (Descartes) and ending with the decline of its German variant, the Leibniz-Wolff School, in the late 18th century.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

PHIL 795 : Early Modern Philosophy

Prerequisites: None
Description: Analysis of two or more early modern philosophers, ranging from the canonical (e.g. Descartes, Leibniz, Locke, Hume) to the newly recovered (e.g. Astell, Reid). Attention to one or more particular themes: individuation, perception, science, faith, morality, women, and similar topics.
Units: 3

PHIL 805 : Seminar in Metaphysics

Prerequisites: two semester courses in the history of philosophy, a course in ethics, a course in symbolic logic, and an advanced course in epistemology or philosophy of science. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated when different problems are studied.
Units: 3

PHIL 805 : Cognitive Perspectives on Space and Time

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: How do we represent space and time? What are the most influential philosophical accounts of the way in which we represent space and time? These philosophical questions will be addressed in detail.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PHIL 805 : Graduate Seminar on Essentially Indexical Information

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Focus on essentially indexical information, which self-locates a subject at a specific place and time, and touches upon issues in metaphysics and epistemology concerning the relevance of so-called "centered worlds".
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 805 : Social Ontology

Prerequisites: None
Description: Seminar focuses on the metaphysical aspects of social reality, such as the nature of social institutions, the relationship between social structures and kinds of people, and the nature and role of collective intentionality and agency.
Units: 3

PHIL 810 : Seminar in the Theory of Knowledge

Prerequisites: Two semester courses in the history of philosophy, a course in ethics, a course in symbolic logic, and an advanced course in epistemology or philosophy of science.
Description: Problems in epistemology.
Units: 3

PHIL 811 : Seminar in Philosophy of Perception

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Fundamental issues in the philosophy of perception, such as nature and cognitive function of perceptual content. Investigation of mutual relevance of philosophical debates on perception and studies in the cognitive sciences.
Units: 3

PHIL 820 : Seminar in the Philosophy of Mind

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: In-depth study of important issues in the philosophy of mind, such as intentionality, mind/body relation, consciousness, thought, and perception.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

PHIL 830 : Seminar in Philosophy of Language

Prerequisites: Two semester courses in the history of philosophy, a course in ethics, a course in symbolic logic, and an advanced course in epistemology or philosophy of science.
Description: Philosophical problems associated with language and symbolism, with in-depth study of recent advances in the field.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PHIL 850 : Seminar in the Philosophy of Science

Prerequisites: Two semester courses in the history of philosophy, a course in ethics, a course in symbolic logic, and an advanced course in epistemology or philosophy of science or consent of instructor.
Description: Problems of philosophy of science.
Units: 3

PHIL 851 : Feminist Ethics and Political Philosophy

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Central themes, developments, and debates in feminist ethics and political philosophy and their critiques of the mainstream canon. Relationship between feminist philosophy and current issues.
Units: 3

PHIL 852 : Twentieth Century Metaethics

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Comprehensive introduction to and exploration of the history of metaethics in the twentieth century. Foundation for understanding current cutting edge philosophical work on metaethics.
Units: 3

PHIL 856 : Normative Ethics

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of recent attempts to improve consequentialist and Kantian ethics. Consideration of the so-called anti-theory stance in ethics, according to which systematic ethical theorizing is counter-productive and should be avoided.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 857 : Philosophy of Action

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: What happens when a person acts? How is action different from mere behavior? Does the difference lie in the degree to which a person exercises control or autonomy over his behavior? How is autonomy related to normative reasoning?
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

PHIL 858 : Contemporary Political Philosophy

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Investigation of salient issues in contemporary political philosophy.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 881 : Advanced Philosophy Publishing

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in philosophy or consent of instructor.
Description: Supervised experience in various components of publishing philosophy journals and books; may focus on publishing journal articles/book chapters, editing volumes/special journal issues, book review editing, or publishing translations. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. (Credit/No Credit grading only.)
Units: 1-3

PHIL 890 : Seminar on Current Issues in Philosophy

Prerequisites: two semester courses in the history of philosophy, a course in ethics, a course in symbolic logic, and an advanced course in epistemology or philosophy of science. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated when topics vary.
Units: 3

PHIL 890 : Environmental Ethics

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of main theoretical positions in environmental ethics, including anthropocentrism, animal liberation, ecocentrism, as well as feminist, anti-racist, and postcolonial critiques of these positions. Emphasis on practical value of environmental ethics for contemporary environmental issues.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

PHIL 890 : Epistemology of Simulation

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Philosophical and epistemological issues related to the epistemic function of simulations both in scientific investigation and in models of cognitive activity.
Units: 3

PHIL 890 : Evidence and Reliability

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Exploration of issues related to reliability and its evidential basis in science, using philosophy of science sources as well as studies in reliabilist epistemology and social epistemology.
Units: 3

PHIL 890 : Issues in Political and Social Philosophy

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Issues in social and political philosophy, focusing on new directions in these philosophical fields.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

PHIL 890 : Learning from Error

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in philosophy or consent of instructor.
Description: Philosophical contemporary views on the probabilistic use of data to produce knowledge and learn by focusing on the risk of error. (Plus-minus letter grade; CR/NC allowed; RP)
Units: 3

PHIL 890 : Philosophy of Experimentation

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Current issues relating to the epistemology of science, with emphasis on modeling, measurement, and experimentation. Focus on scientific practice, with special attention to the entanglement and mutual feedback between modeling and experimentation.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

PHIL 890 : Philosophy of Moral Psychology

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Focus on traditional philosophical concepts of human functioning, such as agency and character, and the presuppositions of various ethical theories about the possibility and value of certain kinds of moral motivation.
Units: 3

PHIL 890 : Science and the Self

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Current and recent philosophical approaches to the Self which take different forms in different areas: philosophy of perception, cognitive science, and philosophy of logic and language. Focus on how first-person perspectives relate to scientific representation.
Units: 3

PHIL 890 : Virtue Epistemology

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
Description: Examination of origins and developments in virtue based approaches to knowledge, related topics in virtue ethics, epistemic value and personal character.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

PHIL 890 : Virtue Ethics

Prerequisites: Courses in history of philosophy, ethics, symbolic logic, plus advanced course in epistemology or philosophy of science.
Description: Investigation of advanced problems in moral philosophy to which virtue ethics is often applied, including moral motivation, moral perception, the ethics of character, and the place of the emotions and desires in moral judgment.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

PHIL 890 : Well-Being

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Investigation of two neglected issues in ethics: What is the nature of well-being? How is well-being related to the moral good? Consideration of several influential historical and contemporary attempts to answer these questions.
Units: 3

PHIL 891 : Graduate Reading Circle

Prerequisites: 6 units of graduate level philosophy courses and consent of instructor.
Description: Close reading of an important and difficult philosophical text, which pays attention to place of text in history of philosophy and to issues of interpretation. May be repeated for a total of 3 units. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 896 : Directed Reading in Fundamental Philosophical Texts

Prerequisites: Two semester courses in the history of philosophy, a course in ethics, a course in symbolic logic, and an advanced course in epistemology or philosophy of science.
Description: Directed reading in depth and detail of fundamental philosophical texts. Course culminates in a written examination after end of semester but before beginning of subsequent semester.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 898 : Master's Thesis

Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy (ATC) for the Master of Arts in Philosophy. Consent of instructor and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: ATC and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

PHIL 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of the graduate major adviser and the supervising faculty member.
Description: Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the faculty. Open only to graduate students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition.
Units: 1-3
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