Philosophical Resources (M.A.)

The M.A. in Philosophical Resources program is undergoing a reimagining and will not be accepting applications for Fall 2020.

The MAPR program in philosophy is designed primarily for Jesuit scholastics, although it is open to others who seek to enhance their philosophical knowledge but do not satisfy the stand-alone MA program’s entrance requirement of 24 undergraduate credits in philosophy. The degree requires 36 hours of course work in philosophy for 12 courses. A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 in coursework. Only six credits of 2.0 (C) will be credited toward the degree. Twelves credits of C eliminate a student from the program.

Course Title Credits
Introductory seminars
PHIL 5005Classical Modern Philosophy3
PHIL 5002Nineteenth Century Philosophy3
Author courses
PHIL 5001Introduction to Plato3
PHIL 5009Introduction to Aristotle3
PHIL 5012Introduction to St. Augustine3
PHIL 5010Introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas3
Ethics courses
PHIL 5003Natural Law Ethics3
PHIL 5114Normative Ethical Theory3
Contemporary Philosophy electives
Two courses with the PGCA, PGCC, or PGOC attribute6
Philosophic Integration seminars 1
PHIL 5098Sem: Philosophic Integration 13
PHIL 5099Sem: Philosophic Integration 23
Language Requirement 2
GERM German II0
or FREN 5090 French for Reading
PHIL 0936Master's Comprehensive Examination-Philosophy0
Total Credits36

The Integration Seminar includes a requirement for a paper that integrates the work done in two courses taken in the program.


Students must demonstrate a reading knowledge of one language other than English, either through graduate reading courses or by taking departmentally administered language exams. Students who satisfy the requirement by taking a graduate reading course must earn a grade of B or higher in the course.

Contemporary Philosophy Courses

Courses in this group have one of the following three attributes: PGCA, PGCC, or PGOC. 

Contemporary Analytical Philosophy (PGCA)

Course Title Credits
PHIL 5114Normative Ethical Theory3
PHIL 5305Confronting Moral Controversy3
PHIL 6410Understanding and Wisdom3
PHIL 6420Expertise3
PHIL 6436Philosophy of Time and Persistence3
PHIL 6440The Epistemology of John Henry Newman3
PHIL 6457Mind-Body Problem3
PHIL 6471Responsibility and Blame3
PHIL 6472Responsibility, Blame, and Forgiveness3
PHIL 6580Virtue Epistemology3
PHIL 6805Topics in Phil of Rel.3
PHIL 7204Wittgenstein and Later Wittgenstein3
PHIL 7215Wittgenstein's 'Philosophical Investigations'3
PHIL 7240Contemporary Metaethics3
PHIL 7340Humility and Arrogance3
PHIL 7350Evidential Undermining3
PHIL 7360Scientific Realism3
PHIL 7465The Emotions3
PHIL 7730Recent Work in Epistemology3
PHIL 7752Divine Providence3
PHIL 7760Dimensions of Political Justice3
PHIL 7857Topics in Contmp Metaphy3

Contemporary Continental Philosophy (PGCC) 

Course Title Credits
PHIL 5051Existentialism and Critical Phenomenology3
PHIL 5075Continental Philosophy and Faith3
PHIL 5250Philosophies of Race3
PHIL 6215French Phil of Education3
PHIL 6630Discourse Ethics3
PHIL 6850Hermeneutics3
PHIL 7031Alienation and Reification3
PHIL 7035Recent Critical Theory3
PHIL 7145Phenomenology and Religious Experience3
PHIL 7153Husserl's Later Thought3
PHIL 7156Husserl and Heidegger3
PHIL 7157Phenomenology3
PHIL 7159Kierkegaard3
PHIL 7161Nietzsche3
PHIL 7164First Philosophy: Nietzsche, Heidegger, and the Presocratics3
PHIL 7203Merleau-Ponty3
PHIL 7229Derrida3
PHIL 7235Husserl's 'Ideas II'3
PHIL 7236The Emotions and Moral Perception3
PHIL 7459Heidegger's Being and Time, Black Notebooks3
PHIL 7580Biopolitics and Necropolitics3
PHIL 7605Philosophical Aesthetics3
PHIL 7664Philosophy of Literature3

 Contemporary Philosophy - Other (PGOC)

Course Title Credits
PHIL 5003Natural Law Ethics3
PHIL 6120Democratic Political Economy3
PHIL 6190Feminist Political Philosophy3
PHIL 6251American Pragmatism3
PHIL 6252American Philosophy3
PHIL 6270Pragmatist Ethics3
PHIL 7210Whitehead3
PHIL 7310Self-Cultivation Philosophies3
PHIL 7675Moral Genealogies3
PHIL 7758Human Dignity3
PHIL 7770Philosophical Bioethics3