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Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

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We study the questions that matter in the tradition of Saint Thomas Aquinas.

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Pursuing the truth as a community and dialoguing with the culture are essential elements of our education.

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Our programs integrate philosophy and theology to apply the wisdom of these traditions today.

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Highlights

Society & Nature - Engaging the "Integral Ecology" of Laudato Si'

Join us for a 1-day conference on the Pope’s encyclical by experts close to its drafting and who bring a wide range of expertise specific to its local and global implications. RSVP required.

What Does It Mean To Be Immaterial? 2018 Aquinas Lecture

Join us for our annual Aquinas Lecture presented by Dr. Therese Scarpelli Cory, University of Notre Dame. Light reception to follow.

Spring 2018 Syllabi and Course Information

Check out the courses we are offering this spring - Religion and Peace Building, The Human Being and Political Philosophy, Heidegger's Being and Time and more.

Special Academic Focus - Person, Soul & Consciousness

What is a person? What does the notion of a soul add to that of a state of consciousness? This focused, collaborative course of study begins Fall 2017 and includes specifically designed seminar courses, guest lectures and more.

What is Dominican Education?

We hold that philosophy and theology are two facets of a single conversation, taking into account both the insights that are discovered by human reason and those that are only accessible to us as they are revealed in Scripture and tradition.

MA Theology Exam Option Now Available

For students wishing to focus their Master of Arts studies more on coursework, our theology department has developed this program to culminate in an exam rather than a thesis.

Why DSPT? Watch this video and learn about DSPT

We asked our students, faculty and alumni what makes DSPT so special. Hear what they had to say.

The 2017 Dominican Colloquium in Berkeley was a Success!

Watch this brief video from the event. Professional and Independent Scholars as well as Young Academics in Conversation about ​Person, Soul and Consciousness.

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Meet our professors and learn about our classes, concentrations and programs to see what makes us unique. Do you have questions? Would you like to sit in on a class? Contact us to get more information or plan a visit.

Faculty spotlight

Augustine Thompson, OP

As a historian of Medieval Christianity, my great love has been the religious culture of medieval Italy. I spent two years in Bologna, Italy, doing the research for my first book - an experience which left me with an abiding love of Italians and all things Italian, especially the food, history and culture.

Marianne Farina, CSC

I want to inspire students to engage in theological/philosophical study and discourse on the critical topics facing today's global communities. I hope that students in the classroom will be inspired to engage in ongoing research of the topics explored in the courses and seminars such that their study will have a positive impact on contemporary issues in Church and society.

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Systematic and Philosophical Theology

We hold that philosophy and theology are two facets of a single conversation, taking into account both the insights that are discovered by human reason and those that are only accessible to us as they are revealed in Scripture and tradition.

Blackfriars Institute for Religion and the Arts

Our students enjoy access to this rare collection of over 12,000 volumes dedicated to the study of art and religion, unique sacred artworks, antique liturgical vestments, biblical movie posters and more. Visit our on campus Galleria for viewing.

Our Learning Environment

Our Faculty value the necessary and fruitful partnership between philosophy and theology, creating a communal learning environment suffused with this interdisciplinary approach.

DSPT Faculty Areas of Interest

Is DSPT a good fit for you? Take a look at this complete listing of our faculty members and their areas of interest.