Michael Waddell

Faculty Profiles

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 

  • PHIL 110: Introductory philosophy
  • PHIL 230: Socrates to scholasticsm
  • PHIL 247: Philosophy of religion
  • PHIL 250: Philosophy and diabilities

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.

Professional Memberships 

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