Welcome to the UST 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. Humanistic disciplines encompass philosophy, literature, history, archeology, religions, languages, arts and music, and cultural studies; moreover, the humanistic spirit is also shared by various social sciences, such as, political science, sociology, and economics-
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 civil Department of Philosophy services both the Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy Program (A.B.) of the Faculty of Arts and Letters and the General Education Philosophy Courses offered in the different academic units of the University. The Department of Philosophy is also in coordination with the UST Graduate School for the University's Master of Arts Major in Philosophy (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy Major in Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs.
The teaching and research strengths of the Department's faculty members, both in the undergraduate and graduate levels, are:
Eastern Philosophy (Chinese, Indian, Filipino)
Thomism and Scholasticism
These teaching and research strengths are further enhanced through continuous faculty development activities, research, and publication. The Department is in partnership with the Research Cluster for Culture, Education, and Social Issues (RCCESI) and monitors the individual research projects of Research Associates in Philosophy.
Assoc. Prof. Paolo A. Bolanos, PhD
Department of Philosophy
Rm. 109, Main Building
University of Santo Tomas
Espana, Manila 1015
Tel no: (63-
Fax no: (63-
The Department of Philosophy is Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Center of Excellence for Philosophy.
The Department of Philosophy is a member of the Conference Mondiale des Insitituions Universitaires Catholiques de Philosophie (COMIUCAP).
Vision and Mission
The Department of Philosophy envisions a vibrant community of faculty and students, a community impassioned by curiosity, learning, compassion, and spirituality.
The Department of Philosophy envisions a comprehensive civil program via the administration of the A.B. Major in Philosophy Program of the Faculty of Arts and Letters and the General Education Philosophy Courses offered in the different academic units of the University. The Department continues to coordinate with the UST Graduate School in the administration of the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Philosophy.
The Department of Philosophy will make it a point to monitor and support the development of its faculty members in terms of their graduate degree (M.A. and Ph.D.) completions, participation in public forums, and the activation of their individual research projects-
The Department of Philosophy further envisions the establishment of a research cluster for philosophy within the Department which will institutionalize the exploration and advancement of the assertions of the discipline. This research cluster will be committed to the assignment of research units (in lieu of or in addition to teaching units) to faculty members and the publication of research outputs in the form of monographs, occasional papers, textbooks, and scholarly journal publications.