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 Department of Philosophy forms an integral part of the Faculty of Arts and Letters where the Bachelor of Arts (AB) in Philosophy program is being 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 of Philosophy.
The main 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.
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-
Center of Excellence for Philosophy
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 AB, MA, and PhD programs, as well as the offering of General Education Courses to the various Colleges of the University.
The Department of Philosophy envisions a competent teaching force through continuous faculty development. which may come in the following: 1) support for the degree completion of young faculty, 2) support for conference participation and attendance, and 3) hosting of various philosophical conferences, workshops, and, especially, the Work-
The Department of Philosophy envisions a research-