7042 - Philosophy 1 - Class Information

Introduction to Philosophy

Fall B 2009

3 Units, (UC: CSU)

A survey of the fundamental questions about self, society, and universe. Primary focus is on theories of reality, theories of knowledge, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of death.

Prerequisites: None.


Robert Sliff, M.A.
Email: philosophygadfly@ca.rr.com
Office Hours: Wednesdays, 1:00 - 8:00 PM
(818) 364-7600, ext. 7160

Classroom Location Schedule

 Day  Campus  Time  Location
 Saturday  L.A. Southwest College  09:00 AM - 12:00 PM  Lecture Lab., Rm. 114
 Saturday  L.A. City College  01:30 PM - 04:30 PM  Da Vinci, Rm. 305
 Sunday  L.A. Valley College  09:00 AM - 12:00 PM  Foreign Language Bldg., Rm. 104 
 Sunday  L.A. Pierce College  01:30 PM - 04:30 PM  Village, Rm. 8102

Click here for directions and maps to the campuses.



Philosophy - A Text with Reading
  • Author: Velasquez, Manuel
  • Edition: 10/E, 2009 (Paperbound)
  • Publisher: Thomson/Wadsworth
  • ISBN: 978-0-4950-9497-5


The Examined Life Telecourse Study Guide
  • Author: White, J. P.
  • Edition: 4/E, 2007
  • Publisher: Thomson/Wadsworth
  • ISBN: 978-0-495-10302-8

Textbooks may be purchased at the City, Southwest, Valley, and Pierce College bookstores.

Textbooks are available in the college libraries.  Most libraries have the texts on Reserve, (two hour use, in the library) some libraries have copies in the General Collection.  Individual Library Policies apply and they may be different at each campus. Generally, students must have a valid student ID for the campus they intend to use to check out or use library materials. For example, to check out books from Pierce College Library students must have a valid Pierce College Student ID.  Students who enrolled only in ITV classes may obtain a Mission College ID through the Admissions Office at Mission College.


The Examined Life

The Examined Life, presents 26 half-hour episodes addressing "Great Questions" philosophers have pursued from ancient times to the present: What is human nature? What is real? Do we have free will? Does God exist? These questions, and many other equally challenging ones, are explored in this series through the writings of historic philosophers and interviews with modern philosophers.

Where to Watch Videos

Cable Channel LA36

Video broadcasts are available on cable channel LA36. The broadcast schedule is below.

Broadcast Schedule
All videos are closed captioned.
Buy the Videos

Videos may be purchased at the Pierce College Bookstore, and LA Mission Bookstore.

Watch the Videos on Campus

Videos may be viewed at the Learning Resource Centers of:

Los Angeles City College
East Los Angeles College
Los Angeles Harbor College
Los Angeles Mission College
Pierce College
Los Angeles Southwest College
Los Angeles Trade-Technical College
Los Angeles Valley College
West Los Angeles College

You must bring your student ID or fee receipt with you to watch them.

If you have access to broadband you can watch the videos here.

Online Course Website

October 26  is the official start date of the term. If you enrolled after the start date, you can expect a delay of 2-3 business days in accessing the class website. 

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