Department of Philosophy

Philosophy in the University of Santo Tomas emanates from the Medieval emphasis on studia humanitatis, a humanistic education rooted in the great intellectual traditions that attempt to form human beings according to cultural, moral, and aesthetic ideals derived from a diversity of cultures and civilizations.

The Department of Philosophy oversees the administration of the civil Philosophy programs of UST, separate, but an offshoot, from the University’s ecclesiastical Faculty of Philosophy, which administers the ecclesiastical degrees.

The Department of Philosophy forms an integral part of the Faculty of Arts and Letters, where the Bachelor of Arts (AB) in Philosophy program is offered. Moreover, the Department of Philosophy services the whole university via the administration of the General Education Philosophy courses. Supervision of the graduate Philosophy programs, the Master of Arts (MA) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), is also the responsibility of the Department.

The main teaching and research strengths of the Department’s faculty members, both in the undergraduate and graduate levels, are:

— Filipino Philosophy; Oriental Thought and East-West Comparative Philosophy; Aristotelian-Thomistic Philosophy and Scholasticism; Continental European Philosophy; Anglo-American Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy is a Philippine Commission on Higher Education Center of Excellence in Philosophy (2015-2018), and the AB Philosophy program is the first in the country to be accredited Level IV (the highest) by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation.

Degree Program

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

 

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN PHILOSOPHY (4 years)

Center of Excellence

As a discipline that seeks the truth, and is a guide for life, the program aims to analyze the different aspects of reality, to see their interrelations, and to combine them into a systematic whole. The study of Philosophy involves not only of the objects under investigation, but also of the subject who investigates not only the thought, but also the thinker. Most importantly, the study teaches the students to think analytically and critically to enable them to give a deeper insight into the nature of man, of things, and of values to live by.

The civil Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy program is administered in the Faculty of Arts and Letters, and the curriculum is divided into five course categories:

  1. General Education Courses (subdivided into basic courses and service courses)
  2. Core Subjects
  3. Major Subjects
  4. Seminar Courses; and
  5. Research Course.
Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Critical Analyst of Philosophical Subjects Lecturers Researchers
Archivist Paralegal Consultant

 

Research Journal

Kritike

Kritike: An Online Journal of Philosophy

Kritike (ISSN 1908-7330) is the official open-access (OA) journal of the Department of Philosophy of the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Manila, Philippines. It is a Filipino, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, and international journal of philosophy founded in 2007 by a group of UST graduates. The journal seeks to publish articles and book reviews by local and international authors across the whole range of philosophical topics, but with special emphasis on the following subject strands: Filipino Philosophy, Oriental Thought and East-West Comparative Philosophy, Continental European Philosophy, and Anglo-American Philosophy.

The journal primarily caters to works by professional philosophers and graduate students of philosophy, but welcomes contributions from other fields (literature, cultural studies, gender studies, political science, sociology, history, anthropology, economics, inter alia) with strong philosophical content.

The word “kritike” is Greek, from the verb “krinein,” which means to discern. Hence, kritike means the art of discerning or the art of critical analysis. Any form of philosophizing is, in one way or another, a “critique” of something. Being critical, therefore, is an attitude common to all philosophical traditions. Indeed, the meaning of philosophy is critique and to be philosophical is to be critical.

Kritike is a Category A-2 accredited journal by the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines. It is likewise indexed in the following:

  • The Philosopher’s Index
  • Scopus
  • Humanities International Complete
  • Humanities International Index
  • International Directory of Philosophy
  • Modern Language Association Directory of Periodicals
  • Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Index Copernicus International
  • PhilPapers: Philosophical Research Online
  • Google Scholar

Administration and Faculty Members

Administration

PROF. PAOLO A. BOLAÑOS, PhD

Chairperson

paolo.bolanos@ust.edu.ph

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Faculty Members

ABULAD, ROMUALDO E.

Rank: Professorial Lecturer 3

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Arts in Philosophy (Ateneo de Manila University – Quezon City, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Specializations

Immanuel Kant; Modern and Contemporary Continental Philosophy

AGUAS, JOVE JIM S.

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Rank: Professor 5 / Professorial Lecturer 4

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (Benemeritus) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Licentiate in Philosophy (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Arts in Philosophy (Benemeritus) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Specializations

Koral Wojtyla (Saint Pope John Paul II); Martin Buber; Phenomenology; Existentialism

ALBELA, FLEURDELIZ A.

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Rank: Associate Professor 2

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Arts in Philosophy (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Specializations

Emmanuel Levinas; Phenomenology; Existentialism

BACCAY, MARC ALDOUS C.ust-f-ab-philo-baccay-marc-aldous-2012-ma-2x2-gray

Rank:  Instructor 4

Degrees

Master of Arts in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Licentiate in Philosophy (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Philosophy (Classical) (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Specializations

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology, Existentialism

BELLO, JECKO G.

Rank: Instructor 3

Degrees

Master of Arts in Philosophy (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Philosophy (Classical) (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Specializations

Michel Foucault; Paul Ricouer

BOLAÑOS, MARELLA ADA M.

Rank: Assistant Professor 3

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Arts in Philosophy (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Specializations

Exitentialism; Philosophy of Children

BOLAÑOS, PAOLO A.

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Rank: Professor 2 / Associate Professorial Lecturer 1

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (Macquarie University – Sydney, Australia)

Master of Arts in Philosophy (Brock University – Ontario, Canada)

Master of Arts in Philosophy (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Specializations

Friedrich Nietzche; Theodor Adorno; Critical Theory; Social and Political Philosophy

CARIÑO, JOVITO V.

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Rank: Assistant Professor 5

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Arts in Theology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Licentiate in Sacred Theology (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Sacred Theology (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Philippine Dominican Center of Institutional Studies, Quezon City – Philippines)

Specializations

Thomas Aquinas; Alasdair MacIntyre; Philosophy of Religion

CO, ALFREDO P.

Rank: Professor Emeritus / Professorial Lecturer 5

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Arts in Philosophy (Benemeritus) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Specializations

Chinese Philosophy; Indian Philosophy; East-West Comparative Philosophy

CORTEZ, FRANZ GIUSEPPE F.

Rank: Professor 1 / Associate Professorial Lecturer 1

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Arts in Philosophy (Cum Laude) (Divine Word Mission Seminary – Quezon City, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Cum Laude) (Christ the King Mission Seminary – Quezon City, Philippines)

Specializations

Paulo Freire; Filipino Philosophy; Critical Business Ethics; Social and Political Philosophy

DAVID, LUIS

Specializations

Michel Foucault; Social and Political Philosophy

DE LEON, EMMANUEL C.

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Rank: Instructor 5

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Arts in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (St. Augustine Seminary – Calapan, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines)

Specializations

Martin Heidegger; Philosophy of Pluralism; Filipino Philosophy

DELA CRUZ, EL MITHRA C.

Rank: Professorial Lecturer 1

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Arts in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Specialization

Sri Aurobindo

DEMANDANTE, DARLENE O.

Rank: Instructor 3

Degrees

Master of Arts in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Specializations

Jacques Lacan; Jacques Ranciere; Physchoanalysis

DIAMANTE, OSCAR R.

Rank: Assistant Professor 5

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Arts in Philosophy (Ateneo de Manila University – Quezon City, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Notre Dame of Marbel College – South Cotabato, Philippines)

Specializations

Hans-George Gadamer; Philosophy of Information Technology

DOMINGO, EMMANUEL R.

Rank: Assistant Professor 1

Degrees

Master of Arts in Philosophy (University of the Philippines – Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts (Classical) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Specialization

Logic

GARCIA, LEOVINO MARIA M.
Rank: Professorial Lecturer 4DegreesDoctor of Philosophy (Magna cum Laude) (Universitet Catholique de Louvain – Belgium)Licentiate in Philosophy (Magna cum Laude) (Universitet Catholique de Louvain – Belgium)Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Universitet Catholique de Louvain – Belgium)SpecializationsPaul Ricoeur; Emmanuel Levinas; Phenomonology

GONZALES, EMERITO C.

Rank: Assistant Professor 3

Degrees

Master of Arts in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Licentiate in Philosophy (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Philosophy (Classical) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Specializations

Cosmology; Philosophy of Science

IGNACIO, JOHN VINCENT P.

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Rank: Assistant Professor 3

Degrees

Master in Learning and Teaching (De La Salle University – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Specializations

Philosophy of Education; Bioethics

LAO, LEVINE ANDRO H.ust-f-ab-philo-lao-levine-andro-h-2016-ma-2x2-gray

Rank: Instructor 3

Degrees

Master of Arts in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Specializations

Jacques Maritain; Thomism

LAZARO, ELAINE M.

Rank: Instructor 2

Degree

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Manila, Philippines)

Specialization

Paul Ricoeur

LUZ, CARLOS DAVID L.

Rank: Assistant Professor 3

Degrees

Bachelor of Arts (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Specializations

Hannah Arendt; Ancient Philosophy

MAGLALANG, ALLAN JOSEPH R.ust-f-ab-philo-maglalang-allan-joseph-r-2013-ma-2x2-gray

Rank: Assistant Professor 1

Degrees

Master of Arts in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Specializations

Richard Rorty; Pragmatism

MARA, PETER EMMANUEL A.ust-faculty-ab-philo-mara-peter-emmanuel-c-2009-ma-2x2-gray

Rank: Instructor 5

Degrees

Master of Arts in Philosophy (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Specializations

Karol Wojtyla (Saint Pope John Paul II); Henri Bergson; Phenomenology

MATIENZO, RHOCHIE AVELINO E.

Rank: Assistant Professor 2

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Arts in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Licentiate in Philosophy (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Specializations

Soren Kierkegaard; Existentialism; Philosophy of Religion

MERCADO, LEONARDO

Degrees

Specialization

Filipino Philosophy

MONTAÑA, ROBERT A.

Rank: Professor 1 / Professorial Lecturer 2

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master in Business Administration (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Adamson University – Manila, Philippines)

Specializations

Allan Gewirth; Ethics; Social and Political Philosophy

PACQUING, IAN RAYMOND B.

Rank: Assistant Professor 5

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Philosophy (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Arts in Philosophy (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (San Pablo Major Seminary – Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines)

Specializations

Erich Fromm; Social and Political Philosophy

PADA, ROLAND THEUAS D.

Rank: Assistant Professor 5

Degrees

Master of Arts in Philosophy (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Specializations

Jacques Derrida; Martin Heidegger; Alex Honneth; Critical Theory

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Rank: Professor 1

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Arts in Philosophy (Magna cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Specializations

Philosophy of Science; The Ethics of Nanotechnology

REYES, RANIEL S.

Rank: Instructor 4

Degrees

Master of Arts in Philosophy (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Manila, Philippines)

Specializations

Friedrich Nietzsche; Gilles Deleuze; Social and Political Philosophy

REYES, REYNALDO A.ust-f-ab-philo-reyes-reynaldo-2004-ma-2x2-gray

Rank: Associate Professor 2

Degrees

Master of Arts in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Sacred Theology (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Cum Laude) (Philippine Dominican House of Studies – Quezon City, Philippines)

Specializations

Thomas Aquinas; Thomistic Metaphysics; Medieval Philosophy

TADLE, RENE D.

Rank: Associate Professor 2

Degrees

Master of Arts in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts (Classical) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Specializations

Richard Rorty; Paulo Freire; Philosophy of Education

TIMBREZA, FLORENTINO

Rank: Professorial Lecturer 4

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Arts in Philosophy (Ateneo de Manila University – Quezon City, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Far Eastern University – Manila, Philippines)

Specializations

Filipino Philosophy; Bioethics

USAL, MARK LOUIE O.

Rank: Instructor 4

Degrees

Master of Arts in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (San Pablo Major Seminary – Laguna, Philippines)

Specializations

Karol Wojtyla (Saint Pope John Paul II); Phenomenology

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Rank: Professor 2 / Professorial Lecturer 3

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (Summa cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Master of Arts in Philosophy (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Cum Laude) (University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines)

Specializations

Indian Philosophy; John Rawls; Phenomenology; Social and Political Philosophy

 

Contact Information

Office Address

Department of Philosophy

Room 109, Main Building

University of Santo Tomas

España Boulevard, Sampaloc, Manila 1015

Philippines

Contact Numbers

+63-2-4061611 loc. 8669

+63-2-7499779

E-Mail Address and Website

History

On 28 April 1611, a Spanish Dominican and sinologist Archbishop Miguel de Benavides, O.P. established the Colegio de Nuestra Senora del Santissimo Rosario, which was later renamed the University of Santo Tomas.

Two programs were offered in its year of foundation, Theology and Philosophy, patterned after the European system of tertiary education and aimed at fulfilling the Church’s mission of evangelization. Through the centuries, the university has established itself as a beacon of Catholic faith and vanguard of Aristotelian-Thomistic Philosophy in the country.

Philosophy has been taught at the University since its very foundation in 1611. To address growing enrollments in civil education, the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters was established in 1896, then the College of Liberal Arts in 1926. In 1927, the complete separation of Ecclesiastical degrees in Philosophy took effect, and the Ecclesiastical Faculty of Philosophy was established. In 1964, the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters and the College of Liberal Arts were merged to form the Faculty of Arts and Letters, and since, the civil A.B. Major in Philosophy program has been administered by the Faculty of Arts and Letters. The General Education courses (Logic, Philosophy of Man, and Ethics), however, were administered by the individual colleges.

The University has, from its inception, been awarding M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Philosophy. The UST Graduate Scholl was established in 1938, which integrated all civil graduate degrees offered in the University, including Philosophy.

The establishment of the Faculty of Arts and Letters in the 1960s brought a new wave of young scholars to the University, which allowed Philosophy programs to open its doors to philosophical trends beyond Aristotelian-Thomistic Philosophy. Thomism in the university has kept up with the times, which is the reason for its enduring presence. Despite this strength in Thomism, however, no philosophy of the West, either continental or analytic, and no philosophy of the East, from the ancients to the postmoderns, have been heard within the university portals in its dialogical efforts across civilizations. Fresh ideas are welcome in this Pontifical University, even as we continue to contemplate on the Catholic tradition. In effect, the community of Philosophy faculty and students in UST has grown to welcome varying, sometimes opposing, philosophical trends; the inclusive and dialogical characters of philosophical culture in UST were conditioned by the University’s rich history.

Following the split within the defunct Department of Humanities, which created the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Literature, in May 2010, then-Rector of the University, Rev. Fr. Rolando de la Rosa, O.P., PhD, SThD, appointed the founding Chair of the UST Department of Philosophy, Prof. Dr. Alfredo P. Co, PhD, who was instrumental in the establishment and proper guidance of the Department of Philosophy. With the establishment of a university-wide Department of Philosophy, for the very first time, the different Philosophy faculty members of the civil academics units of the University were convened and adopted under one administrative body; the standardization of various General Education Philosophy courses commenced; and the A.B. major in Philosophy degree was revised.

The first-ever international event hosted by the Department of Philosophy was the “Thomism and Asian Cultures: Celebrating 400 Years of Dialogue Across Civilizations”, an international conference in commemoration of the 400 Years of Philosophy in UST and in the Philippines, held in May 2011, in conjunction with the University’s Quadricentennial celebration.

Today, the UST Department of Philosophy is one of only two Departments awarded by the Commission on Higher Education the status Center of Excellence on Philosophy in the Philippines.