Graduate Studies Course Offerings
THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE
An inquiry into a philosophical theory of knowledge in which the student reflects on what knowing is, on the benefit that knowing brings to the knower, and on the role of the community and of the knowable.
An inquiry into the dynamic structure of esse as encroaching on the knower and the transcendent structure of esse: Being as One, True, Good, and Beautiful.
PH 201 S
A study of central problems in Metaphysics: the dynamism of being and its transcendental properties, the problems of identity, change, and evil. A synoptic vision of the universe as a journey.
PH 202 S
THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE
A study of the scope and limits of human knowledge, including problems raised by the new insights from phenomenology, analytic philosophy, and philosophy of science on the nature of human knowing.
PH 204 S
PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
The critical inquiry into the nature of “philosophy of religion”, the problem of God’s existence; how modern phenomenology of religion casts light on the history of how men think of God, some major contemporary figures in the discipline, the problem of creation, evolution viewed in the perspective of the problem of creation.
PH 215 S
SURVEY OF ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY
An introductory course on the thought, methodology, and contemporary relevance of the major figures in Greek and Medieval Philosophy, with emphasis in the former period on the Pre-Socratics, Plato, and Aristotle; and in the latter period with emphasis on Augustine, and Aquinas. A study of original texts, complemented by major commentaries.
PH 242 S
SEMINAR IN TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
A seminar on preparing courses, learning-modules, syllabi and bibliographies, including teaching and learning strategies: quaestio, lectio, disputatio, repetitio; conducting seminars, group discussions, research activities; using film, theater, and audio-visual materials in the classroom; preparing and evaluating written and oral examinations.
PH 266 S
A study of denotation and connotation of terms, the categorical proposition, immediate inference by eduction and opposition, mediate inference, the categorical and hypothetical syllogisms, fallacies, predicables, induction, argument by analogy, science, and hypothesis.
PH 267 S
A philosophical study of the human person taking as its point of departure a historical study of the body and soul problem in Western thought from pre-historic myth to modern phenomenology, existentialism and positivism. A study of the impact of modern psychological theory on the problem of free will and determinism.
PH 268 S
SURVEY OF MODERN PHILOSOPHY
A study of 16th to 19th century philosophy. A survey of the works and thoughts of Descartes, Hume, Kant, and Hegel.
PH 269 S
A course on historical and systematic approaches to teaching Ethics in the undergraduate level.
PH 270 S
SURVEY OF CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY
A study of post-Hegelian Philosophy, Marxism, Existentialism Phenomenology, Language in Philosophy.
PH 271 S
A course on a variety of philosophical approaches to social reality; personalism, phenomenology, critical theory, transcendental Thomism. Special attention is given to the pedagogy of a course on social philosophy (analysis of newspapers, exposure trips, discussion groups, etc). Topics include “civil society”, “solidarity”.
METHODS OF RESEARCH
A course on drawing up and using bibliographies, textual criticisms, viewing the philosopher from within his or her cultural context and in the context of the actual historical problems he or she is trying to answer. The intellectual temperament of a philosopher, to a certain extent, dictates the method of research into his or her thought.
ADVANCED REFLEXIVE METAPHYSICS
Pre-requisite: undergraduate metaphysics
A study of historical and systematic approaches to the “really real” (to ontos on). The main figures in the history of metaphysics is evaluated in terms of their reflexivity, comprehensiveness, and dynamism.
THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE
Pre-requisite: undergraduate epistemology
A study of the roles played by tradition, language, and interpretation in the event of human understanding.
PHILOSOPHY OF BEING HUMAN
A study of the historical and systematic approaches to the meaning of being human.
PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
A critical examination of the human experience of religion. It presents arguments and counter arguments for the existence of God. The course is highlighted by a Phenomenology and Metaphysics of Hope.
A study of the philosophical basis of today’s atheism, including an inquiry into the background, main trends, and particular orientations.
CONTEMPORARY CRISIS OF REASON
A discussion on the tension between the classical ideals of reason and the challenges of modern scientific forms of rationality. Social issues are discussed within the context of the problems brought about by
the problem of relativism in a globalizing world.
PHILOSOPHY OF WORK
A study of human collaboration in transforming nature’s finality. It considers the changes modern technology has brought about in man and nature, and the problems these changes pose concerning the meaning and value of being human.
PHILOSOPHY OF THE STATE
A study of the human as a political being. A reflection on the nature of political reality in its immanent finality, its value for man. A discussion on the three major political problems of our time: confrontation of two or more moral systems brought about by modern communications technologies, the conflict between the ethos of the community and the requirements of modern scientific technology, the need for a different conception of the state due to closer interdependence among nations and the challenges posed by a global civil society.
CONTEMPORARY ETHICAL PROBLEMS
A historical and systematic approach to the issues of violence, ecology, gender, and human rights.
A study of the basic writings of phenomenologists from Husserl to Ricoeur. But especially, the use of phenomenology in philosophy and interdisciplinarity.
PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY
A study of the cyclic and vectorial viewpoint of man as historical being, and the meaning of the vectorial viewpoint in the Philippines as a society in transition.
PHILOSOPHY OF SOCIETY
A study of the phenomenology of social existence: the Aspects of Human Co-existence; Ambiguity of Social Structures: family, education, historical communities, economic-scientific-technological structures, the state; Social Ethics: praxis and contemplation; Right, Law and the Value of Ownership; and the Role of Civil Societies in Social Transformation.
HISTORY OF ANCIENT INDIAN THOUGHT
A survey of Ancient Indian thought: the Isha and Chandogya Upanishads, the Gita, the Shankara.
HISTORY OF IDEAS: EASTERN II (CHINESE PHILOSOPHY)
A survey of Ancient Chinese thought including a meditative study of the classical texts in translation: The Four Books (The Great Learning, The Doctrine of the Mean, The Analects Of Confucius, the Work of Mencius) as well as the Tao Te Ching and the writings of Chuang Tzu.
An introductory course on the thought, methodology, and contemporary relevance of the major figures in medieval philosophy, with emphasis on Augustine, Anselm, Bonaventure and Aquinas. A study of original texts, complemented by major commentaries.
A study of St. Thomas’ philosophical thoughts about the world, man, and God. Initial attention is given to his intellectual formation especially his contact with Platonic and Aristotelian thoughts.
A study of Aristotle’s work.
HISTORY OF MODERN INDIAN/CHINESE THOUGHT
A study of the historical development of modern Indian/Chinese thought.
A study of Plato’s work.
A study of St. Augustine’s philosophical doctrine.
A study of Kant’s works.
A study of Scheler’s works.
A study of Ricoeur’s works.
PHILOSOPHY OF WOMAN
A course divided into three parts. The first part tackles different philosophies towards women by such philosophers as John Stuart Mill and Simone de Beauvoir.
The second part is an analysis of feminist literature. The third part is an analysis of contemporary feminism represented by Irigaray and Kristeva.
An introductory course to the study of classical Buddhism. Focus is on the Buddhist classic: The Dhammapada and the historical development of Buddhism – Theravada, Mahayana, Ch’an, Tibetan, and Zen Buddhism.
A philosophical treatment of a topic of particular interest relating to various dimensions of human existence and the history of ideas. Topics include Theory and Practice of Non-Violence, Modern Jewish Thought, Physics and Philosophy, Hermeneutics and Contemporary Literary Theory, Gnostic Thought.
A seminar on a particular problem in systematic philosophy. Topics include The Mind-Body Problem, Alternative Logic, The Notion of Christian Philosophy, Evolution, Dialectic and Analogy, The History of the Transcendental Ego.
A study of the philosophical system of Plotinus and those whom he influenced.
A study of Peirce’s works.
A study of Kierkegaard’s works.
A study of Marcel’s works.
A study of Sartre’s works.
A study of Heidegger’s works.
TEILHARD DE CHARDIN
A study of Teilhard’s works.
A study of the main themes of the phenomenological philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty in The Phenomenology of Perception.
A study of Hegel’s thoughts.
A study of Marx’s works.
A study of Aurobindo’s works.
PHILOSOPHY OF ART
An introduction to basic and traditional concerns of aesthetics: aesthetic judgment, aesthetic appreciation, taste, the role of genius, the artistic process, the (im)possibility of universal judgments and the role of culture and class background in art criticism.
PROBLEM OF GOD IN EXISTENTIALIST LITERATURE
A reading seminar on selected works concerned with the problem of God in 19th and 20th century existentialist writers like Kierkegaard, Dostoyevsky, Nietzsche, Camus, and Sartre.
SEMINAR IN TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
A study of the logic and attitude of the Socratic method, and the practices of education as inspired by Whitehead’s Aims of Education.
PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE
A study of the 20th century development of analytic philosophy of language from its beginnings in Russell and
Wittgenstein. Three major periods are distinguished and evaluated: the Logical Atomism of Russell and Wittgenstein, the Logical Positivism of the Vienna Circle, and Ordinary Language Philosophy. The latter is studied most intensively and its impact on contemporary thought in numerous areas is explored and evaluated.
WITTGENSTEIN’S MATURE PHILOSOPHY: MEANING AS USE
A study of Wittgenstein’s later works.
PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
A study of the mode of knowing which is modern science.
An analysis of pathological distortions in social life from the perspective of repression and communicative rationality. As a mode of social analysis, it aims to emancipate human beings from social structures that alienate them from freedom and rationality.
HOBBES AND ROUSSEAU
A study of the works of Hobbes and Rousseau.
A study of Foucault’s works.
A study of von Hildebrand’s works.
A study of Levinas’s works.
A study of Derrida’s works.
A study of Gadamer’s works.
An evaluation of post-modernism as a contemporary intellectual movement in philosophy.
PHILOSOPHY AND FILM
A study of film as a way of introducing philosophical ideas and philosophical perspectives in the analysis of films.
A study of the social and ethical responsibilities of business in the contemporary world. The various dimensions of business ethics: stakeholders, whistle blowing, codes of conduct are discussed.
PHILOSOPHY AND LITERATURE
A philosophical reflection on literary texts and literary interpretation of philosophical texts.
A study of contemporary approaches to art and the critical position of art in contemporary philosophy and culture with an introduction to modern and post-modern perspectives.
A study of Arendt’s works.
A study of Nietzsche’s works.
FOUNDATIONS OF MORAL DELIBERATION
A study of the ground and norm of morality as embodied in the history of philosophy; Aristotle, St. Thomas, Kant, Scheler; and a study of processes of moral deliberation and prudential judgment.
A discussion on the moral presuppositions of human discourse, labor and relations of power. The dialectical formation of the social ethos by drives and instincts, on the one hand, and the provision of guidance and direction of the latter by human freedom and intelligence, on the other hand is discussed from metaphysical and anthropological perspectives.
An analysis of basic political concepts and their applications to current issues: technocracy, consumerism, mass movements, the state and civil society.
A study of Cynics, Stoics, and Epicurians.
RESEARCH SEMINAR IN PHILOSOPHY
A course on the formulation of a dissertation proposal and review of related literature. A detailed outline and thesis statement of the student’s dissertation are expected at the end of the course.
PHILOSOPHY OF THE HUMAN PERSON
An introduction to historical and systematic approaches to understanding the human being as a person.
ADVANCED THEORIES IN ETHICS
A discussion on the contemporary traditions of moral philosophy. The basic principles of morality and the question of ultimate foundations: conscience, natural law, self-determination, the transcendent, are applied to concrete cases that include sexuality, marriage and the family, social justice, politics, and the environment.
A mentoring course wherein a student is assigned to assist in the research program of a senior professor and is expected to produce a publishable paper.
A one-semester teaching assistantship program wherein the student may be assigned to assist a senior professor in handling a class. Main responsibilities include preparing the syllabus, planning student-centered activities, facilitating group discussions, proctoring examinations, correcting papers, and conducting lectures from time to time, in agreement with a senior professor. A course on Teaching Philosophy may be taken by current faculty members and Teaching Assistants of the Philosophy Department in lieu of the Teaching Apprenticeship Program.
ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY
Courses that deal with ideas from the Ancient Period until the Renaissance, including the pre-modern traditions of Asia and Europe.
MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY
Courses and seminars on the major thinkers and philosophical movements from Descartes until the present.
ETHICS, SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
Normative, methodological, and descriptive approaches to the problems of morality, society, economy, and politics.
CULTURE, ART, RELIGION, AND SCIENCE
Philosophical discourses on the natural and humanistic sciences as they affect contemporary local and global cultural circles.