Dr. John Hittinger, professor of philosophy, received a letter signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, naming him an ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas in May. Read more
Philosophy on the level of natural reason, like theology on the level of supernatural faith, pursues answers to the deepest questions concerning ultimate reality and the meaning of life. As St. Thomas Aquinas argued, faith and reason cannot ultimately be in conflict; any apparent conflict is the result of faulty understanding on one side or the other. While all major philosophers are studied at the University of St. Thomas, the philosophy of St. Thomas provides the unifying vision.
The course offerings in philosophy are designed to promote these aims of a liberal education:
To expand the mind through vital contact with many of the greatest and most influential thinkers of all time
To recognize and evaluate the underlying assumptions that govern contemporary opinion and to consider alternatives
To develop a capacity and love for disciplined and creative thinking about complex matters
To understand connections among all the parts of an education and to prepare for graduate study in philosophy, theology, law and other disciplines as a basis for a variety of careers
Assessment in large part will be done in connection with the Senior Seminar, which is required of all majors.
Our Philosophy Department offers an undergraduate degree, a graduate degree and a five-year B.A./M.A.