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Mission of the School PDF Print E-mail

  1. Offer a reliable and profound philosophical education
  2. Prepare for a rigorous and deep study of theology
  3. Answer the new evangelization and the cultural questions of today's society



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:


  • the capacity to asking questions, beyond answers offered by other sciences
  • a deep love for truth
  • the development of a critical sense and a right ethical discernment
  • the systematic dominance of a philosophical patrimony of unending validity
  • capacity to confront oneself with the most influent cultural current in today's society
  • an adequate preparation for the dialogue
  • a rigorous reasoning
  • capacity to act with wisdom and coherence in the various areas: family, work, counselling, enterprise and politic society


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


Philosophic theology

Philosophy of man

General ethics

Social ethics

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



Job opportunities


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:


  • Philosophical counselling, private or in companies
  • Activities of research and teaching relative to formation
  • Centres of communication, institutions for permanent formation
  • Assistance in planning and managing courses of professional formation
  • Publishing
  • Activities bound to philosophic-scientific divulgation (journalism)
  • Management of libraries
  • Cultural activities that require particular competences in humanistic, philosophical and historical areas
  • Collaboration with social services and in offices who promote cultural activities in the public administration





Deanery of Philosophy

Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum

Via degli Aldobrandeschi, 190

Rome 00163


Tel: +39 06 66 52 79 13

Fax: +39 06 66 52 78 40


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