SRJC Course Outlines

10/31/2020 1:10:50 PMPHIL 21 Course Outline as of Summer 2003

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  PHIL 21Title:  HIST WEST PHIL: MODERN  
Full Title:  History of Western Philosophy: Modern
Last Reviewed:12/10/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  PHIL 20.2

Catalog Description:
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History of Western philosophy from the Renaissance to the twentieth century.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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History of Western Philosophy from the Renaissance to the Twentieth Century.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1980
Inactive: 
 Area:E
Humanities
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesSpring 1987
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesSpring 1987
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1980Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1980Inactive:
 
C-ID:
 CID Descriptor: PHIL 140 History of Modern Philosophy SRJC Equivalent Course(s): PHIL21

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.  Describe the philosophical views of the more prominent philosophers of
   this period, including such thinkers as:  Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza,
   Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Marx,
   the Utilitarians, the Existentialists, the Logical Positivists, and
   the Pragmatists.
2.  Describe the evolution of Western philosophical thought from the
   Renaissance to the twentieth century, describing how the views of the
   philosophers of this period developed out of or in response to the
   ideas of their predecessors or contemporaries.
3.  Critically evaluate the arguments and viewpoints of the philosophers
   studied.
4.  Compare and contrast the major philosophical movements and ideas
   during this period.
5.  Describe the historical and cultural contexts in which these
   philosophies were developed.
6.  Interpret representative samples of the most significant philosophical
   literature of this period (e.g. Descartes' MEDITATIONS, Berkeley's
   THREE DIALOGUES BETWEEN HYLAS AND PHILONOUS), and demonstrate this
   understanding in writing.

Topics and Scope
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A typical Philosophy 21 course covers the following topics in
approximately the following sequence:
1.  Introduction - The transition from the Medieval to the modern period
   (the Renaissance, religion and science).
2.  Descartes - the method of doubt, cogito, rationalism, mind, God, and
   matter.
3.  Hobbes - mechanistic materialism, egoism, state of nature, social
   contract.
4.  Spinoza - monism, pantheism, rationalism, psychology, ethics.
5.  Leibniz - logic, principle of sufficient reason, pre-established
   harmony, God, monads.
6.  Locke - origins of empiricism, origins of modern political liberalism.
7.  Berkeley - immaterialism, empiricism, philosophy of religion.
8.  Hume - empiricism, critique of causality, induction and personal
   identity, religion, ethics.
9.  Kant - synthetic a priori judgments, space, time, categories of the
   understanding, the categorical imperative, freedom, God.
10. Hegel - absolute idealism, God, dialectic, philosophy of history
   and politics.
11. Schopenhauer - critique of Hegel, the will, pessimism, philosophy of
   art.
12. Marx - alienation, class, historical materialism, dialectical
   materialism, revolution.
13. Utilitarians - the principle of utility, Bentham, Mill, liberty.
14. Existentialists and their predecessors - Nietzsche, Kierkegarrd,
   Heidegger, Sartre.
15. Pragmatists - Pierce, Dewey, James.
16. Twentieth Century analytic philosophy - logical positivism, Russell,
   Wittgenstein.

Assignments:
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Assignments for Philosophy 21 vary but typically include the following:
1.  Regular reading assignments from course texts and supplementary
   materials.
2.  Regular or occasional quizzes which cover the assigned readings.
   Quizzes may be either multiple choice or short essay.
3.  At least two midterm examinations. Each exam is approximately one
   hour long. Students must write in-class essays in response to
   questions on material covered in class and in texts.
4.  A final examination - approximately 2-3 hours long. Students must
   write in-class essays in response to questions on material covered
   in class and in texts.
5.  Students may also be required to write a term paper in which they
   discuss a philosophical issue raised in class.
6.  Students will be encouraged to participate in class discussions.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
65 - 75%
Written homework, Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
15 - 25%
Multiple choice, Essay Exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
CLASS PARTICIPATION


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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PHILOSOPHY:  HISTORY AND PROBLEMS, Samuel Stumpf, 3rd ed., McGraw-Hill,
 1983.
THE GREAT CONVERSATION:  A HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY,
  Norman Melchert, 2nd ed., Mayfield Publishing Company, 2000.
THE VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY:  A HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY, William F.
  Lawhead, Wadsworth, 1996.

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