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.
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:
• 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. Its AB Philosophy program is Level IV PACUCOA accredited.
Inspired by the Vision and Mission of the University of Santo Tomas and the Faculty of Arts and Letters, the Department of Philosophy envisions a vibrant community of faculty and students—an academic community impassioned by philosophical curiosity, the dissemination of knowledge, compassion, and spirituality.