Michael Waddell

Faculty Profiles

Michael Waddell

Michael Waddell

Associate Professor
Edna and George McMahon Aquinas Chair in Philosophy


PhD, University of Notre Dame
MMS, University of Notre Dame
BA, Cornell College

Research Interests 

  • Philosophy and disabilities (especially autism spectrum disorder)
  • Ancient and medieval philosophy
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Philosophy of human nature
  • Ethics

Courses Recently Taught 

  • Gateway to Autistic Experiences (AUST 500)
  • Autism and Humanity (AUST 510)
  • Autism and Ethics (AUST 611)

Professional Experience 

  • Villanova University, faculty, philosophy
  • Augustana University, faculty, philosophy and classics

Creative and Scholarly Work 

  • “Should We Tell Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder That They Have Autism?  A Question for Disputation.” SOPHIA Symposium on “Disability, Civic Responsibility, and Community Friendship,” University of Mississippi, February 26, 2011.
  • “Embodiment, Ensoulment, and Cognitive Disability: Resources from the Writings of Thomas Aquinas.” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 12, 2013.
  • “The Importance of Rapture in the Thought of Aquinas.” Nova et Vetera, English Edition 12, 1. (2014): 255–85.
  • “Faith and Reason in the Wake of Milbank and Pickstock.” International Philosophical Quarterly 48, 3. (2008): 381–96.
  • “Truth or Transcendentals: What Was St. Thomas’s Intention at De Veritate 1.1?” The Thomist 67. (2003): 197–219.
  • “Integrating Beauty: Reflections on the Psychology, Ontology and Etiology of Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae 1.5.4.” The Saint Anselm Journal 8, 1. (2012): 1–18.
  • "Autism and Assisted Suicide."  Journal of Disability and Religion. December 17, 2019.  https://doi.org/10.1080/23312521.2019.1694463

Professional Memberships 

The American Catholic Philosophical Association
The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy