PRT Qualifying Exam Information and Reading Lists

Qualifying Exam and Dissertation Procedures

Reading Lists:

Qualifying Exam on Aquinas
Etienne Gilson, The Christian Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas
Anselm Min, Paths to the Triune God, pp. 12-50 (Ch. 1)
St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (Westminster, MD: Christian Classics, 1981; originally published 1911, revised 1920, reissued 1948, reprinted 1981)
     I, q.1 (the nature of theology)
        qq. 2-26 (the existence and attributes of God)
        qq. 27-43 (the Trinity)
        qq. 44-49 (creation)
     I-II, qq. 1-5 (ultimate finality of human existence)
            qq. 71-89 (theology of sin)
            qq. 109-114 (theology of grace)
Qualifying Exam on Augustine
The Confessions
On the Trinity
On Free Will
The Spirit and the Letter
On the City of God, Books 11, 12, 14, 19, 22
Period Exams
(1) Modern Philosophical and Religious Thought
       Descartes, Discourse on Method, Meditations on First Philosophy
       Leibniz, Theodicy (main text, without the appendices), Monadology
       Spinoza, Ethics
       Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (abridged Yolton edition)
       Berkeley, Principles of Human Knowledge
       Hume, Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
       Kant, Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals, Religion Within the Limits of Reason Alone
(2) 19th Century Philosophical, Religious, and Theological Thought
       Hegel, Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion (one volume, Hodgson edition)(Introduction, Part I, The Concept of Religion, and Part III, The Consummate Religion)
        Schleiermacher, The Christian Faith (paras. 1-15, 86-100)
        Schelling, Of Human Freedom
        Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity (Eliot translation, Prometheus Books ed.)(preface, 1-73, 126-134, 140-159, 185-231) 
        Kierkegaard, Philosophical Fragments and Concluding Unscientific Postscript (Hong trans., 1992), 1-251, 617-630
        Newman, A Grammar of Assent (the first nine chapters)
        Nietzsche, The Genealogy of Morals
        James, Essays on Pragmatism and “The Will to Believe” (essay)(found in, e.g., The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy)
(3) 20th Century Philosophical, Religious, and Theological Thought
     Whitehead, Adventures of Ideas (Parts III and IV)
     Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations; “Lectures on Religious Belief” in Wittgenstein, Lectures and Conversations on Aesthetics, Psychology, and Religious Belief ed. Cyril Barrett; “Remarks on Frazer’s The Golden Bough,” in Wittgenstein, Philosophical Occasions ed. James Klagge
      Heidgger, Basic Writings (revised ed.) (“Being and Time: Introduction,” “What is Metaphysics?” “On the Essence of Truth,” “The Origin of the Work of Art,” “The Question Concerning Technology”)
      Barth, Church Dogmatics, I/1
      Reinhold Niebuhr, Human Nature and Human Destiny, Volume 2
      Tillich, Systematic Theology, Volume 1
      Rahner, Foundations of Christian Faith, 1-321(first six chapters)

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