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Philosophy

Philosophy Faculty

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♦   Shawn Doubiago, Ph.D.  (sdoubiago@peralta.edu

♦   Eric Gerlach, M.A.  (egerlach@peralta.edu)

♦   Ari Krupnick, Ph.D. (akrupnick@peralta.edu)

♦   Jose Martin, M.A. (jmartin@peralta.edu)

♦   Elizabeth Wing-Paz, Ph.D. (ewingpaz@peralta.edu)

 

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Berkeley City College now offers an Associates of Arts for Transfer (A.A.-T.) in Philosophy.

 

 

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Philosophy Course Descriptions

(Source: 2013-2015 Berkeley City College Catalog)

PHIL 1, 3 Units

Introduction to Philosophy

3 hours lecture (GR). Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU

Study of selected classic examples of original works of philosophers: Literature of the discipline and analytical methods, aims, goals, and types of problems peculiar to philosophers and philosophical inquiry; metaphysics, epistemology, valuing and axiology, aesthetics, and religion.

 

PHIL 2, 3 Units

Social and Political Philosophy

3 hours lecture (GR). Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU

Focus on classic examples of social and political philosophy in Western civilization: Original writings by Classic Greeks (Plato and Aristotle), Americans (Hamilton, Madison, and Jefferson), Modern Europeans (Marx and Mills), and appropriate contemporary philosophers.

 

PHIL 10, 3 Units

Logic

3 hours lecture (GR). Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU

Consideration of logical problems of language: Deduction and induction, fallacies, theory of argument and the scientific method, and study of correct reasoning in Aristotelian and modern logic.

 

PHIL 11, 3 Units

Formal Logic

3 hours lecture (GR/PNP). Recommended Preparation: ENGL 1A or ENGL 5 or COMM 5 or PHIL 10. Acceptable for credit: CSU.

Principles of valid deductive reasoning: Formal techniques of sentential logic and predicate logic.

 

PHIL 16, 3 Units

Buddhist Philosophy

3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU

Introduction to Buddhist philosophy and sutras: Focus on the study of the main tenets of the three major schools of thought: Abhidharmakosa, Yogacara, and Madhyamika.

 

PHIL 20A, 3 Units

History of Ancient Greek Philosophy

3 hours lecture (GR). Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU

Chronological development of leading philosophical perspectives of Ancient Greece from the Ionians to the Scholastics.

 

PHIL 20B, 3 Units

History of Modern European Philosophy

3 hours lecture (GR). Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU

Chronological development of leading philosophical perspectives of Modern Europe from the Renaissance to present.

 

PHIL 31A, 3 Units

Human Values/Ethics

3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Also offered as HUMAN 30A. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in HUMAN 30A. Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU

Analysis of concepts of good and right in our society and of criteria of conduct: Various religious, philosophic, scientific, and aesthetic aspects of moral behavior integrated with reason and emotion of the individual.

 

PHIL 35, 3 Units

Feminist Philosophy

3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Also offered as WS 35. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in WS 35. Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU

Introduction to feminist philosophy through the study of different philosophical approaches to and bases for feminism: Historical, cultural, and political approach to feminist theories in relation to one another and to other branches of philosophy.

 

PHIL 37, 3 Units

Introduction to Asian Philosophy

3 hours lecture (GR). Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU

Major philosophies and religions of Asia: Emphasis on the origins, myths, and basic teachings of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, and Shinto, with special attention to current influences of Eastern philosophy and religion on Western culture.

 

PHIL 46, 3 Units

Philosophy of the Human Experience

3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Also offered as HUMAN 46. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in HUMAN 46. Acceptable for credit: UC/CSU

Perennial philosophical and religious questions central to the human experience: Overview of diverse religious teachings, as well as critical investigation of philosophical perspectives regarding the nature of the self, experience, and purpose.

 

PHIL 48UA-ZZ, .5-5 Units

Selected Topics in Philosophy

0-5 hours lecture, 0-15 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP). Acceptable for credit: CSU

See section on Selected Topics.

 

PHIL 49, .5-5 Units

Independent Study in Philosophy

0-5 hours lecture (GR or P/NP). Acceptable for credit: CSU

See section on Independent Study.

 

(Source: 2013-2015 Berkeley City College Catalog)

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