School of Philosophy


Understanding in context, in the heart of Rome

The School of Philosophy promotes contextual mediation between the fields of learning, between different cultures, and between reason and faith. With openness to theology, the School favors the understanding of the metaphysical dimension of truth and of the anthropological and historical, cultural context.


We offer the foundations for understanding the crucial issues, whether current or perennial, to address the questions posed by scientific discovery and cultural change. The philosophical thought of Saint Thomas Aquinas, read in the light of the encyclical Fides et Ratio, roots our common tradition.

Our teaching style develops capability for critical thought, methodological accuracy, and intellectual responsibility:

  • Systematic and organic formation in the fundamental areas of Philosophy;
  • Direct contact with authors and their great philosophical works;
  • Deepening appreciation for the metaphysical and anthropological dimensions of the classical tradition.

In a context:

  • Of study and collaboration between professors and students: with an individualized tutorial approach and a dedicated teacher to guide each student;
  • With a library among the most complete for the study of Philosophy;
  • Universal, characterized by closeness to the See of Peter;
  • Open to the needs of local Churches, with a diverse community of students coming from the whole world.


In evidenza

Academic celebration of the Feast of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Patron Saint of the Faculty of Philosophy, will be held on Friday, November 25th, 2016 at 9:30 am. There will be a Mass in the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare followed by the keynote address at 10:45 am entitled "Philosophical theology and intellectus fidei", by Rev. Prof. Serge-Thomas Bonino, OP (Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas), Aula Álvaro del Portillo.

The Holy Cross will be hosting the Conference on The male-female relationship within an integral ecology. The conference is being offered by the journalist and writer Fabrice Hadjadj and will be held on Friday, November 25th, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the conference room Alvaro del Portillo.

This conference falls within the larger Expert Meeting at the University entitled Integral ecology of the man-woman relationship: the relational perspective, and is organised by the ROR Group (Ricerca di Ontologia Relazionale) from the 24th to the 25th of November.

Find out more about ROR Group


STOQ Research Project: “Nature, Science, and Metaphysics”
Anscombe’s “Philosophy of Nature”
Dr. Nicholas J. Teh (University of Cambridge, University of Notre Dame)
Thursday, March 17, 2016 – 3:00 p.m. – Aula Benedetto XVI

Locandina (pdf) (Contact stoq [at] pusc [dot] it  to receive the Seminar Abstract)


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