Philosophy at De Anza College

Philosophy Department

 

FACULTY (alphabetized by last name)

 

 

Nick Baiamonte

 
Nicholas Baiamonte, PhD
 
 

 

 
  Email: baiamontenick@fhda.edu
  Phone: (408)864-5328

 

 
Daniel J. Bunce
 
  PhD  
  Email: buncedaniel@fhda.edu
     

 



 

Javy Galindo

 
Javy W. Galindo
 
   M.A., M. Eng  
  Email: Javy.W.Galindo@gmail.com
  Phone: (408) 357-0504
  Bio:  

Javy. W. Galindo has an eclectic teaching background that includes having instructed courses in philosophy, psychology, statistics, creative thinking, and even music. He enjoys incorporating humor, film, games, and various other teaching tools in class when possible. Additionally, Javy has a diverse educational background that consists of a master’s degree specializing in East/West Philosophy and Religion from John F. Kennedy University, and both a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from UC San Diego. Javy is most well-known for being the author of The Power of Thinking Differently: An imaginative guide to creativity, change, and the discovery of new ideas. When he is not grading papers or implementing schemes for raising the world’s happiness quotient, he can most likely be found running poorly on an uphill trail.




 

Anthony Hanson
Anthony Hanson
M.A.

 

 
  Email: anthanson@live.com

 


 

 
Richard Hammerud
 
     
  Email: Hammerud7@aol.com
  Phone: (650) 274-3209


Cynthia Kaufman

Cynthia Kaufman
 

PhD

 

Director, Institute for Community and Civic Engagement

 
Email: kaufmancynthia@fhda.edu
Phone: (408) 864-8739
Bio:  
My classes involve a lot of student participation. I believe that students learn philosophy best when they actually engage in the process of doing philosophy as much as possible. All of my classes involve community engagement. The classes I teach for Fall and Winter quarters are part of the Certificate program in Leadership and Social Change. In the Spring I teach a Philosophy of Democracy class, that is not part of that program.

 

For more information on the institute of Community and Civic Engagement and the Certificate Program in Leadership and Social Change, go to: http://www.deanza.edu/communityengagement/

 


 

Paul Klumpe

Paul Klumpe
 

PhD

 
Email: klumpepaul@fhda.edu
Bio:  

In my classes, I combine lecture, student participation, and (hopefully) humor.  I find philosophy most exciting when it addresses questions that arise in the face of personal or sociopolitical hardships, e.g. mental disorders, spiritual crises, and social injustice.  While these might sound like depressing topics, my hope is that philosophy can provide us with ways of thinking that can help us make sense of our experiences and live more comfortably with ourselves and one another.

 


 

Trung Le

 
Trung Le
 

B.A. in Psychology

M.A. in Philosophy

 
Email:                    TLE@BAYAREACOLLEGECONSULTING.COM
Bio: I have been teaching at De Anza since the Fall of 2006. My areas of interest are social and political philosophy. I am the founder of Bay Area College Consulting (http://www.BayAreaCollegeConsulting.com), proving college counseling service to the general public and free of charge to my students.


 

 



Toño Ramirez

Toño Ramirez

MA, PhD

 

Chair, De Anza Philosophy Department

 

SLO Coordinator,

De Anza College

 
Photo by Kim Ebbets Email: ramireztono@fhda.edu
  Phone:

(408) 864-5327

  Bio:  

 

 

 

I've been teaching at De Anza since 2007, and have heard my teaching style described as 'conversational'.  I'm particularly interested in trying to draw connections in my courses between traditional philosophical problems and contemporary everyday concerns. 

 

When I'm not attending to responsibilities, I try to keep my hands on cats or guitars.  I generally don't do both at once.  While it is possible to play a guitar with a cat, it turns out that most cats do not like to be used in this way.

  Faculty Web Site  

 


 

 

Thomas A. Vician, Sr.

 

Thomas A. Vician, Sr.
 

Professor Emeritus

 

 Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School and University Center

Philosophy

M.T., Luther Theological Seminary

Exegesis and Systematic Theology

B.A., Luther College

Classics, Classical Languages, and Ancient History
Email: tvician@sbcglobal.net
Bio:  
Prior to coming to De Anza College in the fall of 1968, Professor Vician was a member of the philosophy departments at California State University, East Bay and the University of Nevada, Reno where he taught both undergraduate and graduate philosophy courses.  Though trained in all aspects of his discipline, his special interests are in European Continental Philosophy (Existential Thought and Phenomenology), Epistemology (Hermeneutics), Philosophy of Science, and Moral Values (Ethics).  He is particularly proud that three of his students earned the Doctor of Philosophy Degree, one of whom currently teaches at De Anza College, Dr. Daniel Bunce, another who is chairman of the Department of Philosophy at College of San Mateo, Dr. David Danielson, and the third who is in private practice, Dr. Dianne Zimmerman.  Numerous other students have matriculated to Stanford, Santa Clara, UCLA, and U.C. Berkeley (Boalt Hall) Law Schools along with many students who have entered their professional careers in medicine, education, and business.  Professor Vician had the unique opportunity to develop and fashion the Department of Philosophy as one of its original members when De Anza College was founded.  He also was a member of the De Anza College soccer coaches during the 1990s when both the women and men teams each won the California State Championship two times and were in the final four eight out of ten years.  He still competes on a soccer team in the California State Senior Olympics where he has won both Silver and Bronze Medals.  He is still very enthused to engage in dialogue with his students in the courses he teaches each quarter at De Anza College.  

 


Wendy Renè White
 

PhD, University of California Santa Cruz

2001

History of Consciousness

BA, California State University at Dominguez Hills      

1993

Philosophy

 

BA, California State University at Dominguez Hills

1993

English Literature
Email: whitewendy@deanza.edu
Phone: (408) 864-8532
Bio:  
My teaching style is like an impassioned-improvisational-eclectic-jazz musician, only for those, who have not lost or want to unleash their childlike-wonder when it comes to ideas. I’d like to think that I present things to students; then, I listen and respond accordingly. In other words, I use a wide variety of tools and I like to mix things up based on the different learning styles. I try to come to where students are, and then, challenge them to go beyond. I occasionally step hard on students’ intellectual toes. I generally use a thematic approach to whatever course material I am teaching; typically in the form of broad philosophical questions that have no absolute answers—only well-argued positions. I likewise structure the course so that students are well prepared to address whatever I am asking. I usually don’t throw any surprises, since my objective is to encourage you to think beyond the obvious. I also generally try to present a spectrum of perspectives, at least the dominant view(s) in relation to an oppositional perspective(s). The core of my graduate training was in Critical Theory.

I am interested in world peace. I am interested in defining world peace. I am interested in contributing to world peace. I am interested in creating another world that is more inclusive and sustainable and fair and respects and honors our natural-biosphere (and that includes the diversity of human existence). My objective is to be the change I want to see in the world, so I am definitely a work-of-art in progress!


Philosophy
Contact: Toño Ramirez

Phone: (408)864-5327
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Last Updated: 11/3/14