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

VPH 211


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.


  • Ancient Greek Philosophy

    Ancient Greek Philosophy

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

    Medieval Philosophy

    An introduction to medieval philosophy, beginning with Neoplatonists and Patristics and focusing on figures such as Augustine, Boethius, Anselm and Aquinas.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
  • Introduction to Ethics

    Introduction to Ethics

    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?(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
  • Logic


    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.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
  • Philosophy and Science Fiction

    Philosophy and Science Fiction

    An introduction to some central philosophical problems through the medium of science fiction.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)

Professional experience

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


  • American Philosophical Association
  • Society of Christian Philosophers