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Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

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Our programs integrate philosophy and theology to apply the wisdom of these traditions today.

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We study the questions that matter in the tradition of Saint Thomas Aquinas.

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Pursuing the truth as a community and dialoguing with the culture are essential elements of our education.

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Highlights

Almost There - Help Us Reach Our Goal!

From now until Dec 31, help DSPT raise $100,000 & have your gift matched. New donors, alumni and students - your gifts will be double matched. Please tell your friends & family - thank you!!

Announcing the Next President of DSPT

The Board of Members of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley is pleased to announce that Father Peter Rogers, OP, has been named President of the School, effective July 1, 2015.

Video & Papers from God, Reason and Reality Symposium

A symposium on "God, Reason and Reality", a collection of articles edited by Anselm Ramelow, OP, with Ed Feser as a guest speaker and Michael Dodds, OP, one of the contributors, discussing questions of the existence and nature of God.

Have Yourself a Grumpy Little Christmas- Advent Reflection

I suppose you've all heard of Dr. Seuss' Grinch who stole Christmas. What was his problem? His heart? His shoes? Just innate nastiness? —Or did he perhaps just find the joy of the Christmas season itself a little bit too much for him?

NEW VIDEOS: Why Philosophy is Important for Theology

We asked various philosophers & theologians why philosophy matters & why it is important for theology. Watch our brief videos to hear John Searle, Linda Zagzebski, Ed Feser, John O'Callaghan, Fred Freddoso and others.

Dominican Education

We must engage the philosophical and theological tradition on its own terms: the great philosophers and theologians held that there is truth, that the truth can be known and, further, that the pursuit of truth is the highest human vocation.

Sharing the Fruits of Our Contemplation

Michele Johnson, high school theology teacher: "My greatest joy is to teach Christian morality. I guide students to explore the questions that are the most fundamental to who they are. That is my Dominican education at work."

College of Fellows

To engage culture effectively, we must be conversant not only with the traditional disciplines of philosophy & theology but also with contemporary issues in secular society. The College of Fellows assists us in this important work & in mentoring students.

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Meet our professors and learn about our classes, concentrations and programs to see what makes us unique. Do you have questions? Would you like to sit in on a class? Contact us to get more information or plan a visit.

Faculty spotlight

Margarita Vega

"I hope students at DSPT get both a global view to provide context for philosophical problems and a microscopic lens to dissect particular topics. By the end of their program, I expect students to be knowledgeable about how the philosophical tradition relates to contemporary research and to feel competent to continue the philosophical discussion with a personal contribution."

Hilary Martin, OP

"I enjoy conversation. I believe that honest and intelligent dialogue between professor and student, and students among themselves, is the best form of communication and sets down the deepest roots. I enjoy lecturing, but always in combination with discussion. Through teaching, I hope to stir up enthusiasm for inquiry and deepen the critical judgments in my students."

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2 Degrees with 1 Thesis

At DSPT, you can earn two Masters degrees (MA Philosophy/MA Theology) with the completion of a single thesis. Several concentrations are available, including Thomistic Studies and Religion & the Arts.

Systematic and Philosophical Theology

Our concentration in Systematic and Philosophical Theology emphasizes the need for theology to be pursued in its traditional Roman Catholic - and particularly Thomistic - roots, as well as in an ecumenical spirit.

Philosophy for Theology Class

Specialized according to the DSPT approach of integrated study, this course offers a nuts and bolts survey of watershed moments in the history of Western thought, providing the foundational knowledge and vocabulary for any further theological study.

History of Christianity Class

Never before have the first 1100 years of Christianity been narrated quite like this. Distinguished historian Fr. Augustine Thompson, OP, brings his renowned lecturing skills to the podium with tales of intrigue, blood, miracles, and controversy.

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