Clackamas Community College

Philosophy (PHL)

PHL-101  Philosophical Problems  
4 credits, Fall/Winter/Spring  

Introduces basic philosophical questions such as: What is reality? What is knowledge? What is truth? Can humans freely choose? What is human awareness? What is a meaningful life?

Recommended: WRD-098 or placement in WR-121  
PHL-102  Ethics  
4 credits, Fall/Winter/Spring  

Introduces the study of morality with concepts of good, harm, habits, character, perception, behavior and action. Also considers the different theories of human capacity for responsibility.

Recommended: WRD-098 or placement in WR-121  
PHL-103  Critical Reasoning  
4 credits, Fall/Winter/Spring  

Helps students identify and understand the process by which they themselves and others arrive at conclusions; improves their critical reasoning skills; introduces basic logical concepts of argument; and gives opportunity for students to apply course skills to relevant matters.

Recommended: WRD-098 or placement in WR-121  
PHL-205  Moral Issues  
4 credits, Not Offered Every Term  

Examines contemporary moral issues from a selection of different philosophical perspectives. Provides some historical context as background in order to understand our current moment.

Recommended: WRD-098 or placement in WR-121  
PHL-210  Philosophy of Religion  
4 credits, Not Offered Every Term  

Investigates religious concepts across varying religious expressions. Uses philosophical tools to explore the creation, development and interpretation of these concepts across culture and history.

Recommended: WRD-098 or placement in WR-121  
PHL-213  Asian Philosophy  
4 credits, Not Offered Every Term  

Examines the underlying thought systems connected with Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. Topics include: the nature of reality, the self, causality, knowledge, and ethics.

Recommended: WRD-098 or placement in WR-121  
PHL-216  Ancient Philosophy  
4 credits, Not Offered Every Term  

Explores the roots of Western philosophy by delving into ancient Greek philosophy with a focus on the works of Plato and Aristotle. Includes an examination of the birth of Western science from its philosophical origins.

Recommended: WRD-098 or placement in WR-121