Doctor of Philosophy, major in Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy, major in Philosophy

Program Information


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We are a Catholic institution of learning dedicated to advancing the frontiers of knowledge in the theoretical and applied fields through quality graduate education that is comprehensive and responsive to the needs of society.


We are committed to the formation of scholars and high-quality professionals who are ethical, competent, compassionate, and committed to the service of their respective professions, the Church, the nation, and the global community.

We envision a Graduate School that stands for excellence and innovation and that is globally recognized for its distinct degree programs and quality research outputs.

The Graduate School commits itself to develop: 

  1. Competent professionals who, inspired by the ideals of St. Antoninus of Florence, promote excellence in the production, advancement, and transmission of specialized knowledge and skills in the sciences, the arts, and community service; 
  2. Scholarly researchers and creative thinkers who, kindled by St. Thomas Aquinas’s ardour for truth, aspire to become fonts of intellectual creativity and, in their quest for quality research, are proficient and critical in assessing and communicating information in various fields that impact the professions, the Church, the nation, and the global community; 
  3. Professional Christian leaders who, touched by St. Dominic de Guzman’s apostolic fire and warmed by Mary’s motherly care, articulate ethics and truth, high level of moral maturity in resolving issues and promoting social justice and compassion for the poor, and care for the environment; 
  4. Globally engaged citizens who, with ardent advocacy for life, promote a deeper understanding of tolerance and justice as well as linguistic, religious, and cultural diversities as a result of precise evaluation of modern problems and inquiries; 
  5. Committed scholars who, nurtured by the dogmas of Christian faith and values, are dedicated to the pursuit of truth through the promotion of an intellectual culture that values academic rigor and freedom of scientific investigations; and 
  6. Lifelong learners who, empowered by St. Antoninus of Florence’s zeal for learning, are committed to the advancement of a higher culture through a continuous search for intellectual inquiries and new knowledge as well as faithfulness to Catholic intellectual traditions. 

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Program Curriculum

Philosophy of the Human Person


Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas and Thomism


Philosophy of Values

Ashvagosha and Nagarjuna

Buddhist Philosophy

Confucian Philosophy

Confucius and Mencius

Filipino Philosophy I

Filipino Philosophy II

Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu

Mahatma Gandhi

Servapalli Radhakrishnan

Shankara and Patanjali


Taoist Philosophy

Vedanta Philosophy

Zen and Tibetan Buddhism

Arthur Schopenhauer

Baruch Spinoza

Bertrand Russell

Contemporary Readings of Marxism

David Hume

Edmund Husserl

Emmanuel Levinas

Friedrich Nietzsche

G. Berkeley

G.W. Leibniz

Gabriel Marcel

Gilles Deleuze

GWF Hegel

Hans Georg Gadamer

Hermeneutics and Deconstruction

Hilary Putnam

Immanuel Kant

Jacques Derrida

Jean Luc Marion

Jean Paul Sartre

John Locke

John Rawls

Jurgen Habermas

Karl Jaspers

Karl Popper

Karol Wojtyla

Logical Positivism

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Martin Buber

Martin Heidegger


Max Scheler

Michel Foucault

Paul Ricouer

Philosophy of Aristotle

Philosophy of Values



Process Philosophy

Rene Descartes

Richard Rorty


Soren Kierkegaard


Survey of Feminist Philosophy

The Dialogues of Plato

Theodor Adorno

Thomas Kuhn

Degree Requirements
Prerequisite Courses
Core Courses
Specialization Courses
Cognate Courses
Written Comprehensive Exams
      Dissertation Writing I
      Dissertation Writing II
      Dissertation Writing III

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