Stephan F Johnson

Photo of Stephan F Johnson Department Social Sciences Deparment 
 Office Batmale Hall 658
 Phone (415) 239-3085
 Mailbox L166
 Fall 2013 
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Fall 2013 Teaching Schedule
PHIL 2 Intro to Phil: Moral & Politic 3.0 71605 003 Lec M W F 11:10-12:00PM ART U303 Deadlines Final Book WAIT LIST PHIL 4 Intro to Philosophy: Knowledge 3.0 70794 001 Lec M W F 12:10-01:00PM ART U303 Deadlines Final Book PHIL 12A Symbolic Logic 4.0
PREREQ.: MATH 60 or placement in MATH 90 or 2 yrs. high school algebra
70511 001 Lec M W 02:10-04:25PM ART U303 Deadlines Final Book PHIL 25A Ancient Philosophy 3.0 72093 001 Lec M W F 09:10-10:00AM HC A214 Deadlines Final Book PHIL 40 Logic: Intro to Critical Think 3.0 71701 001 Lec M W F 08:10-09:00AM HC A214 Deadlines Final Book

A.B., University of California, Berkeley; M.A., San Francisco State University; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison

I have been a member of the CCSF faculty since 2002.

I view it as my job to infect students with problems: problems with easy answers to difficult questions; problems with the uncritical acceptance of those answers; problems with having so many problems. In a case where the illusion of a cure is worse than the disease, opening students up to our own mutual disease must be worth something, right?

I am the faculty advisor to the Philosophy Club--home to, in my opinion, the most consistently well informed and interesting conversations that I ever witness on campus.

I have published/presented papers on various topics in philosophy: The Philosophy of Race; the Philosophy of Mind; The Philosophy of Biology; Comparative Ethics (particularly Confucian Ethics); Free Will; Epistemology. My current project is a book on Critical Thinking and rationality more generally (tentatively titled, A Change of Mind). A first draft of some initial chapters along with information on all of my courses can be found at my site:

One of my extracurricular activities is spending an inordinate amount of time on grandiose theories about completely unimportant phenomena: e.g., why do some foods tend to group together in the way they do and why does it seem there are only about 10 or 12 types of faces in the world. Other than that, I waste way too much time on the internets.

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