Comps: why I’m not blogging much this week

You may have noticed that blogging has been light for the past week or so. Today, Thursday, and Friday I’ll be undergoing the baptism of fire known as “Ph.D. comprehensive exams.”

This test is a beast. Three days at four hours each day. Please offer up a prayer for me. I’m pretty stressed at the moment.

I’m responsible for any question from the following texts. Everything below is fair game:

  • Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae I.1-13, 75-89, I-II. 90-97, De ente et essentia
  • Aristotle (6 books) Categories, Posterior Analytics, Physics I-IV, On the Soul, Metaphysics, Nicomachean Ethics
  • Augustine: Confessions, City of God
  • Bernard of Clairvaux: On the Necessity of Loving God
  • Holy Bible
  • Council of Trent: On Justification
  • Dante: Divina Commedia
  • Descartes: Meditations  Discourse
  • Dostoevski: Brothers Karamazov
  • Hegel, Philosophy of Spirit, Phenomenology of Spirit
  • Heidegger: Being and Time
  • Henri Bergson, “An Introduction to Metaphysics”
  • Homer: Iliad
  • David Hume, An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
  • Edmund Husserl, Cartesian Meditations
  • John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism
  • Immanuel Kant: Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics and Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals
  • Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling, Concluding Unscientific Postscript
  • Gottfried Leibniz, Discourse on Metaphysics 
  • John Locke, Essay Covering Human Understanding
  • Luther: Freedom of a Christian
  • Machiavelli: The Prince
  • J.H. Newman: Essay on the Development of Doctrine
  • Friedrich Nietzsche: Genealogy of Morals
  • Parmenides, On Nature
  • Plato, (6 books) Republic, Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Symposium, Parmenides
  • Rousseau: Discourse on the Sciences and Arts and
  • Shakespeare: Hamlet, Tempest, King Lear
  • Vergil: Aeneid
  • Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, Philosophical Investigations

Thank you all ahead of time for your prayers. I know that many of you are already praying. Deo gratias!


I will also being praying for all the intentions of everyone who prayed for me. Thank you all.

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  • Farmer’s City Wife

    Sheesh, I’m so glad I bailed when I did :) . You deserve to be in the program, you’re a real scholar and you’ll smoke ‘em :-D . I’ll be praying for you and all the UDers this week!

  • Sean

    That’s an eclectic reading list. Do you get to choose certain areas of study or is that the reading list for all of the grad students. For Fordham we had a universal reading list (pre-socratics to Nietzsche). Comps were definitely killer, but they definitely helped my teaching, at least the prep for them did. I’ll definitely send a prayer up for you.

  • Sean

    That’s an eclectic reading list. Do you get to choose certain areas of study or is that the reading list for all of the grad students. For Fordham we had a universal reading list (pre-socratics to Nietzsche). Comps were definitely killer, but they definitely helped my teaching, at least the prep for them did. I’ll definitely send a prayer up for you.

  • Sean

    That’s an eclectic reading list. Do you get to choose certain areas of study or is that the reading list for all of the grad students? For Fordham we had a universal reading list (pre-socratics to Nietzsche). Comps were definitely killer, but they definitely helped my teaching, at least the prep for them did. I’ll definitely send a prayer up for you.

  • sean

    Sorry, ipad handled that oddly and multi-posted.

  • Taylor Marshall

    It’s the reading list for all Ph.D. candidates with a supplement philosophy
    specific texts. I didn’t get to pick them.
    How do you like the iPad?
    Godspeed,
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  • David Cassidy

    The reward will be worth all the work. “Run to Roar!”

  • Warren Anderson

    May God provide you with every grace necessary to complete the comps and excel!

    Saint Thomas Aquinas and St. Bonaventure – pray for Taylor!

  • Annette Heidmann

    God’s blessings upon you as you take these exams.  You are in my prayers!

  • Pat

    Ok, will pray that you ace it!

  • Elizabeth

    That’s quite a list!!  Three, one each day, would be enough I would think.  I will include you in my rosary prayers today and tomorrow, and maybe Saturday….for a full recovery! (St Joseph of Cupertino is a patron saint of students. God granted him the grace to be asked in his exams only the questions he could answer, I’ll send up a few prayers to him too). I’m going to add a few of the books to my reading list.  I’m currently trying to read some of the great books: The Iliad and the Divine Comedy for instance.  It’s nice to be able to read them without any pressure.

  • Taylor Marshall

    Thank you for all the prayers!!!
    May God richly reward you for your kindness!
    ad Jesum per Mariam,
    taylor