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

Day of Study promoted by Interdisciplinary Forum on Anthropology, on monday, february 24, 2020, on the theme Beyond sad passions: moral decisions and educational hope.

Giornata di Studio: Oltre le passioni tristi: decisioni morali e speranza educativa

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The enchanting image of the Christmas crèche, so dear to the Christian people, never ceases to arouse amazement and wonder. The depiction of Jesus’ birth is itself a simple and joyful proclamation of the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God. The nativity scene is like a living Gospel rising up from the pages of sacred Scripture. As we contemplate the Christmas story, we are invited to set out on a spiritual journey, drawn by the humility of the God who became man in order to encounter every man and woman. We come to realize that so great is his love for us that he became one of us, so that we in turn might become one with him.​
(Pope Francis, Apostolic letter Admirabile signum, Decembre 1, 2019)

The Rector and the academic community of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross formulate wishes for a Holy Christmas and a Happy New Year 2020.

Photo: Fabio Beretta

On Monday, Novembre 25, 2019, on the anniversary of St. Catherine of Alexandria, the annual Academic feast of the School of Philosophy was held in honor of the Patron Saint.

After Holy Mass in the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare, the professor Francesco Miano, from the University of Rome Tor Vergata, held the lesson Romano Guardini and the responsibility towards our time.

Festa della Facoltà di Filosofia

On Wednesday, November 13, 2019 (3:00 pm, Aula Álvaro del Portillo), on the initiative of the School of Philosophy, the Day of Study "The personal being in the philosophy of Leonardo Polo" took place.




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