BPh Pontifical Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy
Commences every January
The Maryvale course in philosophy allows students to encounter those outstanding figures in the history of philosophy who are also major figures in the history of Catholic thought. These include thinkers such as St Augustine, St Thomas Aquinas, Cardinal Newman and St Edith Stein. Pope John Paul II was himself a philosopher whose work students will be able to study in depth. It is important for students to encounter the great thinkers in a very direct way. To facilitate this, the course lays stress upon reading primary texts of, for example, Plato and Aristotle, as well as other key figures in the development of Western thought. The course also presents the Catholic tradition of philosophy to students as a living, dynamic reality, in critical and constructive dialogue with the other philosophical traditions at work in our contemporary culture. The course aims to equip Catholic students both to understand their faith better and to contribute to the evangelization of the culture in which they live, recognizing that philosophy also helps us to make a reasoned case for the Faith with non-believers in terms of the reason which is natural to us as human beings.
The course is at undergraduate degree level. Within this programme, Maryvale offers a Higher Education Certificate and Diploma in Philosophy and the Catholic Tradition for two and four years study respectively. To suit the needs of students, clerical, religious and lay, there are opportunities to take single modules, or appropriately ordered combinations of modules, from the degree course.
On the Validation/Affiliation status of the philosophy degree course and Maryvale Institute, please see: Recognised UK Degrees
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