Why study at DSPT?
The Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology (DSPT) is a historic Dominican institution in Berkeley, California. We engage in a rare dialogue of ancient, medieval, and modern wisdom, seeking to renew the relationship between philosophy and theology in order to transform the contemporary world.
As Catholics, Dominicans firmly support the validity of both reason and faith. At DSPT, we believe that both philosophy and theology–each a worthwhile discipline in its own right–ultimately lead to a unified symphony of Truth.
Because of this conviction, we invite people of any philosophical or religious stance to study the Classical philosophical and Catholic theological traditions with us. Whether seeking to understand on human reason’s own terms, or to reflect with the light of divine faith, students cooperate in a journey from the heart of human nature: the pursuit of wisdom.
“The study of philosophy is not that we may know what men have thought, but what the truth of things is.”
— St. Thomas Aquinas, 13th-century Dominican friar
DSPT has a small school atmosphere with the resources of a large institution. In addition to world-class libraries at the Graduate Theological Union and UC Berkeley, DSPT students can also enroll in select classes at the GTU and UC Berkeley to fulfill required coursework and supplement their areas of interest.
Our faculty are united in their commitment to the Thomistic vision of integrating philosophy and theology. They instill in their students an ability to recognize fundamental theological and philosophical principles and guide them into original insights that unite faith and reason.
The structure of DSPT’s academic programs are systematic and historical, forming students to reason rigorously and think creatively. Students are trained to recognize and integrate fundamental principles in any field of inquiry and synthesize these principles across disciplines.