International Jesuit Philosophy:

European Jesuits in Philosophy (JESPHIL)

JESPHIL is a group of European Jesuit Philosophers who meet every two years to make a philosophical contribution to the study of problems of current importance, and to support the role of philosophy within Jesuit formation. The group encourages networking and cooperation between institutions, and studies the philosophical aspects of important questions related to the mission of Jesuits in Europe, in collaboration with the President of the European Jesuit Provincials.

Munich School of Philosophy

Munich School of Philosophy (Hochschule fur Philosophie Munchen) is a small Jesuit university in Munich, Germany founded in 1925. In the German-speaking countries it is the only institution of higher education exclusively specialized in the study of philosophy. For more information, visit the English Wikipedia page or the German Wikipedia page.

University of Innsbruck Department of Christian Philosophy

The Department of Christian Philosophy belongs to the School of Theology at the University of Innsbruck and offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in philosophy. Among the strengths of the department are classical and modern metaphysics, scholastic philosophy, epistemology, analytic philosophy of religion and ethics.

Catholic University of Portugal, Braga

The Faculty of Philosophy at Braga, directed by the Society of Jesus and the oldest Faculty at the Catholic University of Portugal, finds itself in the “Mission” that St. Ignatius puts forward in Part IV of the Constitutions: “The aim which the Society of Jesus directly seeks is to aid its own members and their neighbors to attain the ultimate end for which they were created. To achieve this purpose, in addition to the example of one’s own life, learning and a method of expounding it are also necessary. Therefore, after the proper foundation of abnegation of themselves is seen to be present in those who were admitted and also the required progress in virtues, it will be necessary to provide for the edifice of their learning and the manner of employing it, that these may be aids toward better knowledge and service of God, our creator and Lord. Toward achieving this purpose, the Society takes charge of the colleges and also of some universities.” Adapting this “Mission” to modern times, we might say that the Faculty of Philosophy finds its purpose in the development of its students’ abilities. It currently offers degrees in Philosophy, Classics, Portuguese Literature and Linguistics, Psychology, and more.

Centre Sèvres, Paris

The Faculty of Philosophy at Centre Sevres-Paris has been granted permission by the Holy See to confer canonical degrees at the bachelors, masters (licenciate) and doctoral levels. Due to an agreement between the French Republic and the Holy See, these degrees are recognized as equivalent to their French counterparts. The Faculty of Philosophy offers a solid basis in the history of philosophy and the fundamental questions that can be found therein. The Faculty of Philosophy has particular strengths in: History of Philosophy; especially in the Ancient, Patristic, Modern and Contemporary periods; Moral and Social Philosophy; and Mysticism and Philosophy of Religion. In addition, courses are offered in the social sciences and within specialized departments of the Centre Sevres in the areas of aesthetics, public ethics and biomedical ethics. Our pedagogy emphasizes thorough familiarity with the works of major thinkers. It calls attention to the historical roots of major philosophical themes concerning man and society, as well as their impact on contemporary culture and their spiritual value.

Faculty of Philosophy of the Society of Jesus (FFDI), Zagreb

The Faculty of Philosophy of the Society of Jesus (FFDI) is an institution of higher education which was founded, and whose Statute was approved, by the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education in Seminaries and Institutes of Study (Congregazione per l’Educazione Cattolica dei Seminari e degli Istituti di Studi) through a decree dated July 31st, 1989. By virtue of that decision FFDI was, in terms of canon law, fully elevated to equal status with the Faculty of Theology in Zagreb, the Faculty of Theology in Split, and the Faculty of Theology in Dakovo. FFDI belongs to the Croatian Province of the Society of Jesus, which provides the dean, the vice-dean, and a large number of teachers, besides ensuring the necessary conditions for its work. FFDI in its structure and functions is governed according to the existing general canon law of the Catholic Church, and in particular by the Apostolic Constitution Sapientia Christiana and its regulations, the Statutes approved by the Congregation for Catholic Education in Seminaries and Institutes of Study, along with regulations issued by the Faculty itself and the legal regulations of the Croatian state and academic authorities. The Faculty of Philosophy of the Society of Jesus continues its own centuries-long tradition of having established itself along the formal university standards of the Society of Jesus, by offering courses in philosophy and teaching philosophy in Zagreb. The Faculty delivers its instruction in two scientific fields (philosophy and religious studies), works on its own premises (the faculty building and the library), holds approved programs and validly issued permanent licenses, hosts teachers, enjoys a great interest from students, and is equipped with computer technology and other necessary equipment.

Heythrop College, London

Heythrop was established in 1614 in Louvain by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) for the study of philosophy and theology. Since 1970, it has been a College of the University of London, while retaining a modern Catholic ethos, and offers an educational experience that respects all faiths and perspectives. Why study philosophy at Heythrop? Well, you will be located in a fashionable and attractive part of London yet studying in a peaceful setting 200 yards from Kensington High Street with its excellent transport links. More important, you will be part of the prestigious University of London, one of the most highly rated universities in the world and the one with the largest philosophy faculty in Britain. You will share in being involved with a vibrant, rapidly growing and friendly department with high academic standards which is almost unique in offering individual tuition. Heythrop has more than eleven full-time philosophy staff with many more part-time staff. The department has particular research strengths in: philosophy of religion; philosophy of mind and psychology, especially agency, imagination, intentionality, perception, psychoanalysis, and rationality; aesthetics, especially fiction and imagination; metaphysics, especially metaphysics of mind, natural kinds, and necessity.

Ignatianum, Krakow

Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow is a Catholic school of university standing run by Jesuits which is officially recognized by state authorities. It consists of two faculties: The Faculty of Philosophy and The Faculty of Education. Both faculties are entitled to confer the degree of magister. The Faculty of Philosophy also has the right to confer the degree of doctor. The Faculty of Philosophy offers philosophy, cultural studies and psychology. The Faculty of Education offers pedagogy, political studies, social work and administration and public policy. There are programs for full-time studies as well as extramural ones. Educational offerings at both faculties also include a number of postgraduate studies. The operating policies of Ignatianum are defined in an agreement between the Government of the Republic of Poland and the Conference of Bishops of Poland from July 1st 1999. The shortened name of Jesuit University--Ignatianum--refers to the jubilees celebrated by Jesuits: the 500th anniversary of the birth of the order's founder, St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1991) and 450 years of the existence of the Society of Jesus (1540-1990).

Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome

The Gregorian is an Ecclesiastical, Pontifical and Jesuit University. Rooted in the Ignatian spirit, it aims to form men and women from every culture in such a way that they can find God wherever they will live (in all things). Each, according to his or her vocation, is called to bring the world to God so that God will be known by all people in their own language and tradition. As a University, it seeks excellence in teaching, personal reflection, and research, offering to its students a harmonic synthesis between human knowledge and the light of faith according to the appropriate method for each academic discipline. Being aware of the interrelationship between science and the continuing evolution of knowledge, it fosters an interdisciplinary approach in its methods of research and the updating of the university community through the new tools of communication for distance learning. As an Ecclesiastical University, it is composed of diverse Faculties and Institutes established by the Holy See and confers by this authority canonical academic degrees. Its primary purpose is to form students with particular care for the office of priesthood, to instruct in the sacred sciences, to prepare some for ecclesiastical offices and for apostolic works. Besides theology, offerings include canon law, philosophy, Church history and other human sciences, in an attempt always to probe more deeply into the mystery of God who reveals himself and his salvation, realized in Christ, in human situations, in history, and in the Church. At the same time, with faithfulness to the Magisterial Church, it faces profound new challenges that come from an ever-changing world pervaded by non-belief and injustice. As a Pontifical University, it collaborates closely with the Petrine ministry by cultivating unity of faith with respect to the diversity of cultures that distinguishes the Church in its many local settings. In the heritage of its long Christian tradition, it seeks the common roots that allow the true faith to illuminate the plurality of existing situations in today's world as it is moving toward social and economic globalization. As a Jesuit University, and thus animated by the Ignatian spirit, it is characterized by its availability for service to the Holy See. Its pedagogy, rooted in the personal and professional relationship between professors and students, insists more on the assimilation of wisdom than on the multiplication of knowledge. It promotes an interdisciplinary approach that gives students an integral formation. It offers the student a mentoring relationship aimed at the development of his or her personality, at greater inner freedom and at accepting personal responsibility. With creative fidelity, it accepts and communicates the ecclesial values that are hallmarks of the Society of Jesus as imperative in God's plan for humanity: the social sense of a faith that works for peace, truth and justice; dialogue with the world of culture and science; the promotion of Christian unity and interreligious dialogue; and the value and dignity of each person and of creation itself.