Philosophy faculty

Randy Jensen, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., B.A., California State University, Long Beach

712-707-7069
rjensen@nwciowa.edu
VPH 211

Profile

Dr. Jensen specializes in ethics and ancient Greek philosophy, especially Plato. He teaches a wide range of courses, including various courses on the history of philosophy: ancient Greek, medieval and modern. In addition, he has developed a course that explores the relationship between philosophy and science fiction, and he sometimes offers a course on C. S. Lewis and the Inklings.

Dr. Jensen has contributed chapters to Batman and Philosophy, 24 and Philosophy, Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy, The Office and Philosophy, and Johnny Cash and Philosophy, all of which are new or forthcoming books in Blackwell Publishing's Philosophy and Pop Culture series.


Courses

  • Philosophy and Science Fiction

    Philosophy and Science Fiction

    (4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (IGE option under Belief and Reason) An introduction to some central philosophical problems through the medium of science fiction.
  • Ancient Greek Philosophy

    Ancient Greek Philosophy

    (4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (IGE option under Belief and Reason) An introduction to the ancient Greek philosophical tradition, ranging from the Presocratics to the Hellenists but focusing on Plato and Aristotle.
  • Medieval Philosophy

    Medieval Philosophy

    (4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (IGE option under Belief and Reason) An introduction to medieval philosophy, beginning with Neoplatonists and Patristics and focusing on figures such as Augustine, Boethius, Anselm and Aquinas.
  • Modern Philosophy

    Modern Philosophy

    (4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (IGE option under Belief and Reason) An introduction to the central figures in the philosophical milieu of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, focusing on thinkers such as Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Mill, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche.
  • C.S. Lewis and the Inklings

    C.S. Lewis and the Inklings

    (4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (IGE option under Belief and Reason) An exploration of the philosophical themes found in the writings of the Christian writing group "the Inklings," focusing heavily on the fiction of C.S. Lewis.
  • Introduction to Ethics

    Introduction to Ethics

    (4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (IGE option under Belief and Reason) An investigation of some of the main philosophical questions about ethics, such as the following: Does morality depend on religion? Is morality relative to culture? Why should I be moral? How do we go about answering moral questions? Is there a "theory" of morality? If so, what does that theory look like?
  • Logic

    Logic

    (4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (IGE option under Quantitative Reasoning) An introduction to formal logic. The aim is to enable the student to become skilled in the examination of everyday language for validity, soundness, and cogency, to acquire a basic knowledge of classical sentential and categorical logic, and to master proof techniques in propositional logic and the first-order predicate calculus. Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT090, an ACT math score of 20 or above (SAT 480 or above), or a passing score on the MAT090 placement exam.
  • Contemporary Moral Issues

    Contemporary Moral Issues

    (4 credits) (IGE option under Belief and Reason) A philosophical exploration of contemporary moral issues. Possible topics include abortion, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, cloning and stem-cell research, war and terrorism, capital punishment, famine relief, factory farming and experimenting on animals, and so on.

Professional experience

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California
  • Visiting Lecturer, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Instructor, California State University, Long Beach

Memberships

  • American Philosophical Association
  • Society of Christian Philosophers