Alumni Spotlight: James Granitto

James Granitto, MA in Philosophy ’86

James received his MA in philosophy from CSULB in 1986, and is a Professor of Philosophy with tenure at Santiago Canyon College. He has taught at various Southern California community colleges for the past three decades. In his thesis, he developed a typology of mystical experiences and discussed whether the various categories are a form of propositional knowledge. He also has research interests in epistemology and informal logic, and has published articles and presented papers on the nature of philosophy, religious skepticism, and the philosophical use of literature and film.

His teaching philosophy, developed while as a student at CSULB, stresses autonomy. ‘I credit each student with the ability to determine what is true and what is right, through their own reasoning and experiences, without just depending upon outside authority’.