|Mission of the School|
1. A systematic philosophical formation
Academic activities of the School aim to promote the scientific research and the organic study of philosophic disciplines, in order that students may acquire:
To reach the proposed purpose, the School commits itself to:
Cultivate an authentic metaphysic philosophy (Fides et ratio, n. 83)
"I noticed that metaphysics gave me a new vision of the world, a deeper penetration of reality [...]. With metaphysics and philosophy I found the key to understanding and penetrating of the world. I would say a deeper, ultimate penetration." (John Paul II)
Not only teach history of philosophy but to actually do philosophy and culture
Present the philosophical topics in a structured, organic and complete way
Know the principles of the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas in fruitful dialogue with the current culture
Pay special attention to the connection between philosophy and bioethics, philosophy and the economic and political world
Teach to think, analyze, argue and express oneself clearly
2. Preparation for the study of theology
"It is necessary therefore that the mind of the believer acquire a natural, consistent and true knowledge of created realities - the world and man himself - which are also the object of divine Revelation. Still more, reason must be able to articulate this knowledge in concept and argument." (Fides et ratio, n. 66)
To approach the study of theology, philosophy offers a series of essential instruments like respect for the truth of things, trust in reason, formation of a good rational discipline and development of the capacity of dialogue.
To reach this goal the Athenaeum offers a modern structure, equipped with the most advanced technologies and didactic instrumentations and a specialized library. Also it organizes many scientific events that can brag about the participation of consolidated exponents with international prestige, activated in collaboration with the Schools of theology and bioethics.
All this in an environment that favours the fertile harmony between academic and spiritual life, as well as love for the pope and adherence to the teachings of the Church.
3. Answer to the new evangelization and to cultural questions of today's society
"I have myself emphasized several times the importance of this philosophical formation for those who one day, in their pastoral life, will have to address the aspirations of the contemporary world and understand the causes of certain behaviour in order to respond in appropriate ways." (Fides et ratio n. 60)
The Athenaeum offers the philosophy students the possibility to interact with other programs that concern important areas of pastoral and cultural life.
In didactics professors connect the various subjects with the most important current problems.
Academic life is rich of activities, numerous congresses and conferences promoted by the School of Philosophy, Theology and Bioethics, by the Università Europea di Roma and the Dipartimento Master.
The students of Licentiate can integrate their studies with the Master in Science and Faith, organized under the auspice of the Pontifical Counsel for Culture (inside the project STOQ sponsored by the Templeton Foundation)
Program of studies
Bachelor (Ph.B.) (2 years/4semesters):
dedicated to the systematic study of fundamental philosophical subjects.
Licentiate (Ph.L.) (2 years/4semesters):
offers the possibility to realize a personal synthesis, to amplify notably ones philosophical culture and illuminate the most important philosophical uneasiness.
The students can choose from 4 specializations: metaphysic-theological, anthropologic-ethical, epistemological-scientific, philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Since the Licentiate is a Licentia docendi, the student is stimulated to perfect not only the comprehension of the subject, but also his capacity of teaching. This includes oral and written expression, as well as the dialogue with the contemporary culture.
Doctorate (Ph.D.) (2 years):
during the program of the Doctorate the students writes, defends and publishes a thesis, under the guidance of a professor of the School, with which he contributes to philosophic research.
Beyond the ecclesiastic titles, the students can request a certificate, relative to the accomplished way in terms of universitarian formative credits (CFU).
Requirements for registration
Document of pre-universitarian studies
For all students not belonging to the European Community: permit of stay (tourist visa is not enough)
For ecclesiastics the authorization of ones prior or religious superior is requested.
For laics a letter of presentation from an ecclesiastic authority is requested. If the homeland of a student does not belong to the Schengen Treaty, the letter must be signed by the bishop of the domicile diocese.
For priests or clergyman who do not reside in a college or boarding school is requested a yearly certificate of extra collegiality (released by the Vicariate of Rome)
Fundamental subjects of the Bachelor
Introduction to philosophical research and reflection
Theory of knowledge
Philosophy of science
Philosophy of nature
History of ancient philosophy
History of medieval philosophy
Phenomenology and philosophy of religion
Philosophy of man
History of modern philosophy
History of contemporary philosophy
Philosophy of culture
Final essay of the first course
Global exam at the end of the course
Thanks to the acquired formation, the students will be able to insert themselves successfully in theological studies as well as in the business world. Lay students will be able to carry out functions of high responsibility in following areas:
Deanery of Philosophy
Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum
Via degli Aldobrandeschi, 190
Tel: +39 06 66 52 79 13
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