Philosophy Program

Overview: Philosophy at DSPT

"Philosophy then, is not the loving search of any kind of wisdom; it is concerned with wisdom as it is possessed by God. Aristotle actually calls metaphysics the most philosophical part of philosophy, “the divine science,” because it deals with a wisdom that is only fully possessed by God." Josef Pieper

Plato, Seneca, and Aristotle – Devotional and Philosophical Medieval manuscriptThe study of philosophy at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT) offers students a background in classical, medieval, modern, and contemporary philosophy, with emphasis on the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. While many other institutions overlook the classical or medieval periods, we believe it is critical to explore the entire history of philosophy because current thought is built upon the work of previous philosophers.

Following the scholastic tradition, our philosophy program is designed to deepen and expand student knowledge of the perennial issues of philosophy. St. Thomas Aquinas sought to understand the truth in all its forms and taught the critical relationship between faith and reason, old and new, Gospel and culture. We approach philosophy in this spirit, seeking a foundation in the classical texts of the Western tradition and engaging the questions and concerns from the best of contemporary philosophy. Furthermore, the pedagogical approach to theological inquiry taken by our Faculty maintains that philosophical study forms a vital preparation for theology.

Whatever your philosophical interests, you will find a wide range of areas of interest among our faculty which will intersect with your own. Through DSPT's membership in the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), you will also have access to faculty at the University of California, Berkeley campus, thus helping you develop a prograrm tailored to your precise needs.

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