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Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

We are celebrating the 800th Jubilee of the Dominican Order

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

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What makes DSPT unique?

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

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Highlights

2017 Dominican Colloquium in Berkeley

Scholars will be coming from around the world for this 2nd triennial colloquium. Philosophers and theologians will engage in conversation around the topic Person, Soul and Consciousness. Call for papers - submissions due March 1, 2017.

New Academic Offering - 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.

An article from the Salesian Headquarters in Rome about Arthur Lenti, SDB

Fr. Lenti is a DSPT Adjunct Professor of Theology who has been affiliated with DSPT since 1984 when the Institute of Salesian Studies began.

DSPT Events

We host a variety of speakers and events - The Convocation of the College of Fellows, Aquinas Lecture and more. Please join us!!

Fall 2016 Courses

Take a look at the classes we are offering this Fall: Philosophy of Nature, Liturgical Foundations, One Creator God and more.

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.

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.

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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

Michael Dodds, OP

I am more and more convinced that the thought of Thomas Aquinas has enormous wisdom to offer to contemporary issues in philosophy and theology. His ideas of primary and secondary causality as well as principal and instrumental causality are essential to a theological understanding of divine action - so central to the dialogue between science and theology over the last several decades.

Joseph Boenzi, SDB

In my teaching, I bring to light how the gifts of the Holy Spirit become fruitful in the life of the individual disciple and in the coming together of the Church. My hope is that all those who study theology will not be content to leave their studies at an academic level, but will discern ways to integrate these studies with a life of faith.

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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.

Fine Arts in the Dominican Tradition

Our programs allow you to integrate the fine arts with philosophy and theology in three areas of concentration: Religion and the Arts, Sacred Arts and Aesthetics.

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.

Twentieth-Century Thomism Class

This class is designed to present a survey of some of the twentieth-century Thomists, and examine the development of the thought of St. Thomas in dialogue with the challenges of modernity and the problems of contemporary society.

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