Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy

The Ph.D. in Philosophy program aims to prepare men and women for competence in research and teaching philosophy beyond the master’s level. It is designed to develop scholarly expertise in the field of Philosophy so that creative critical thinking is enhanced in the pursuit of wisdom.

A master’s thesis is required for admission to the doctoral program.

 

Curriculum 

 

REQUIRED COURSES - 9 units

PHILO 392    Research Seminar in Philosophy          3 units

PHILO 301     Philosophy of the Human Person         3 units

PHILO 302     Advanced Theories in Ethics                3 units

A student with insufficient background in Philosophy may be required to take additional courses from the M.A. programs.

 

FIELD OF CONCENTRATION COURSES            18 units          

Student chooses one specific field of concentration from the following:

A.    Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

B.    Modern and Contemporary Philosophy

C.    Ethics, Social, and Political Philosophy

D.    Culture, Art, Religion, and Science

and enrolls in three courses from among the courses offered under the chosen field of concentration.     

 

A.   PH 310.xx ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY         

Plato                                   3 units

Aristotle                              3 units

Augustine                           3 units

Aquinas                              3 units

Nicholas of Cusa                3 units

Ancient Chinese Thought   3 units

 

B.    PH 320.xx MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY

Phenomenology                 3 units

Hermeneutics                     3 units

Seminar on Modern Philosophy             3 units

Seminar in Contemporary Philosophy    3 units

Seminar on Pragmatism    3 units

Kant                                 3 units    

Hegel                               3 units

Husserl                             3 units

Marcel                              3 units

Merleau-Ponty                  3 units

Nietzsche                         3 units

Heidegger                        3 units

Wittgenstein                     3 units

Scheler                            3 units

Ricoeur                            3 units

Blondel                            3 units

Foucault                          3 units

Levinas                           3 units

Arendt                             3 units

Derrida                            3 units

Gadamer                         3 units

Habermas                       3 units

Simon Weil                      3 units

    

C. PH 330.xx ETHICS, SOCIAL, AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

Social Philosophy                       3 units

Contemporary Ethical Issues     3 units

Marx and Marxism                      3 units

Political Philosophy                     3 units

Contemporary Social Issues       3 units

Philosophy of Nature                   3 units

Philosophy of Ecology               3 units

Business Ethics                          3 units

Bioethics                                    3 units

Gender Issues in Philosophy     3 units

Philosophy of Law                      3 units

Seminar in Moral Deliberation    3 units

Seminar in Theories of Social Transformation     3 units

 

D. PH 340.xx CULTURE, ART, RELIGION, AND SCIENCE

Philosophical Perspectives                3 units

Philosophy of Art                               3 units

Philosophy of Religion                       3 units

Buddhist Thought                              3 units

Islamic Thought                                 3 units

Japanese Philosophy                        3 units

Modern Chinese Philosophy              3 units

Modern Indian Philosophy                  3 units

Seminar on Filipino Philosophy          3 units

Seminar on Process Philosophy        3 units

Critical Theory                                    3 units

Philosophy and Literature                  3 units

Philosophy of Science                       3 units

 

Plus: One course from each of the other three fields with the approval of the Academic Adviser

 

ELECTIVES - 6 units          

Any two PhD level courses from the Philosophy Department or other departments with the approval of the Academic Adviser.

 

RESEARCH APPRENTICESHIP - 3 units

PHILO 397.1    Research Apprenticeship    3 units 

 

PRACTICUM - 3 units

PHILO 397    Practicum                            3 units

 

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT          

The candidate for the doctoral degree is expected to have a reading knowledge of one language, other than English or Filipino, in which significant philosophical writing had been done. The language proficiency certification, as may be approved by the Department, is to be submitted to the Registrar as a pre-requisite for graduation.

 

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATIONS

PHILO 396        Comprehensive Examinations

 

DISSERTATION WRITING AND ORAL DEFENSE - 12 units*           

PHILO 399.1   Dissertation 1          
PHILO 399.2   Dissertation 2
PHILO 399.4   Oral Defense

* The units for the dissertation are credited after the student passes the oral defense and submits the final revised copy of the dissertation.