Phillip BarronThis page has information about my teaching in the Department of Philosophy at Sacramento State and at Woodland Community College. I received my MA in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and more recently my MFA in poetry from San Francisco State University.

My main teaching and research interests are in Aesthetics and Philosophy of Literature, especially the relationship between philosophy and poetry.

Spring 2017 teaching schedule

Sacramento State

Office Hours: Wed & Fri 12:30-2pm, Mendocino Hall 3032

PHIL 2.06 Ethics MWF 10:00-10:50am
Examination of the concepts of morality, obligation, human rights and the good life. Competing theories about the foundations of morality will be investigated.
PHIL 101.1 Ethics and Social Issues MWF 9:00-9:50am
Moral controversies that divide society today, such as abortion, the death penalty, affirmative action, sexism, war and peace. Emphasis is on identifying the relevant values and moral principles underlying competing views and subjecting them to rational assessment.
PHIL 125.01 Philosophy of Science MWF 8:00-8:50am
Study of the philosophical problems that arise in the sciences: the nature of scientific reasoning, the limits and styles of explanation, identifying pseudoscience, values in science, unity and diversity of the sciences, and science’s impact on our world view.
PHIL 136.01 Philosophy of Art MWF 11:00-11:50am
Inquiry into the nature of art, beauty and criticism, with critical consideration of representative theories.

Woodland Community College

PHIL 20 – World Religions MW 4:00-5:15pm
HUMAN 10 – Introduction to Western Humanities MW 5:30-6:45pm
Syllabus forthcoming

Fall 2016 teaching schedule

Sacramento State

Critical Thinking (PHIL 4.04)
MWF 8:00-8:50
Office Hours: Wednesday, 1-2:30, Mendocino Hall 3032
Contact by email: barron@csus.edu

PHIL 4. Critical Thinking. Study of the basic skills of good reasoning needed for the intelligent and responsible conduct of life. Topics include: argument structure and identification, validity and strength of arguments, common fallacies of reasoning, use and abuse of language in reasoning, principles of fair play in argumentation. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0

Course materials

Syllabus – available on SacCT
Book – Dowden, Bradley H. Logical Reasoningfree ebook download


Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 6.07)
MW 3:00-4:15
Office Hours: Wednesday, 1-2:30, Mendocino Hall 3032
Contact by email: barron@csus.edu

PHIL 6. Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge, World and Self. Representative selection of philosophical problems will be explored in areas such as knowledge, reality, religion, science, politics, art and morals. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0

Course materials

Syllabus – available on SacCT
Book –

Title: Norton Introduction to Philosophy
Editors: Gideon Rosen, Alex Byrne, Joshua Cohen, and Seana Shiffrin
ISBN-13: 978-0393932201
ISBN-10: 0393932206

Our textbook is available in the Sac State Bookstore. Below is a link to where you can find the book on amazon.com so that you can compare prices. Additional readings will be made available as PDFs on the course website.

BUY/RENT from Sac State Bookstore – http://www.bkstr.com/csuscaramentostore/home

BUY/RENT from Amazon – http://amzn.to/2aQYv44

Woodland Community College

Ethics (PHIL 2)
Thurs – 1:00-3:50
Office Hours: Thursday, 11:30-12:30, Rm 846
Contact by email: pbarron@yccd.edu

Course materials

Syllabus – Phil 2 – Barron – syllabus

The following books are available in the WCC bookstore. I have provided links to where you can find the books on amazon.com so that you can compare prices. Additional readings will be made available as PDFs on the course website.

Title: Practical Ethics
Author: Peter Singer
Publication Date: February 21, 2011
ISBN-10: 0521707684

Title: The Republic
Author: Plato
Translator: G. M. A. Grube, revised by C. D. C. Reeve
Publication Date: November 1, 1992
Publisher: Hackett Pub Co
ISBN-10: 0872201368

Title: Utilitarianism
Author: John Stuart Mill
Editor: George Sher
Publication Date: June 1, 2002
Publisher: Hackett Pub Co
ISBN-10: 087220605X

Title: Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals: with On a Supposed Right to Lie Because of Philanthropic Concerns
Author: Immanuel Kant
Translator: James W. Ellington
Publisher: Hackett Pub Co; 3rd edition (June 1, 1993)
Publication Date: June 1, 1993
ISBN-10: 087220166X

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