Philosophical Quest




Nulla est homini causa philosophandi, nisi ut beatus sit--St. Augustine


Welcome to Philosophical Quest! I am K.D. Borcoman, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Dominguez Hills. As the famous philosopher Socrates once said: "The unexamined life is not worth living!" What does it mean to be a human being with a life "worth living?"- with the capacity to think about, discover, and ponder the "truth?" What other creature on Earth resembles a human person in terms of his or her ability to engage in art, politics, science, architecture or poetry? Where and how do we fit into Nature or even into the Universe? These and many other questions have been asked by philosophers probably since it became possible to express curiosity and exhibit self-consciousness. What are the answers? Most important, how will the answers lead to a contented, satisfied and fulfilled life? How can a human being achieve happiness? But, what is philosophy?

A New Textbook: It Begins....


Now Available! My revised texbook on introductory philosophy: It Begins With A Question! (ISBN: 978-1-62131-261-1) Order from Cognella or

The book takes advantage of the many opportunities the internet provides for online interaction through embedded video selections, journal writing assignments, group discussions, and WIKIS...thus creating an ideal environment for lively participation in philosophical enquiry through online resources familiar to today's students. Specifically:

  • Designed to leverage Web 2.0
  • Includes videos, discussion groups, online learning objects
  • Offers virtual office hours
  • Features videoconferencing for discussion and dialog

Other Websites I Maintain

  1. E-Education-Etc (environmental ethics)
  2. K6KDB Ham Radio
  3. Astronomy
  4. Instructional Design



A brief welcome...

Philosophy is about expressing your curiosity

Where do you start?

I have been interested in philosophy as far back as when I first encountered the forests and lakes of my native Michigand.