Matthew D. Walz, Ph.D.

Matthew Walz was born in New York, but grew up mostly in Ohio. He completed undergraduate studies at Christendom College in Virginia, double-majoring in philosophy and theology and graduating as the valedictorian of the class of 1995. He did graduate studies in the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC). There he earned a doctorate in philosophy by completing a dissertation on Thomas Aquinas' understanding of free will.

Matthew has been teaching at the college level since 1998. As a graduate student, he taught for two years at The Catholic University of America. Then he began teaching at Thomas Aquinas College (Santa Paula, CA), where he remained for eight years. Since 2008 he has served as a professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Dallas (Irving, TX). In addition, since the summer of 2012, he has served has Director of Intellectual Formation at Holy Trinity Seminary (Irving, TX). His research and writing focus primarily on medieval philosophy, ancient philosophy, and philosophical anthropology. Besides Aquinas, his favorite philosophical authors include Aristotle, Augustine, Boethius, Anselm, and Bonaventure.

Matthew has been married since 2000 to his lovely wife Teresa, and thus far they have been blessed with eight children (two boys and six girls) who keep them busy, of course, but also joyful and grateful to God for His multitudinous gifts.

Areas of Expertise

Medieval philosophy
Ancient philosophy
Philosophical anthropology

Recent Courses

IPS 8326: Augustine and Aquinas
PHI 6335: Aquinas’s Anthropology
PHI 6331: Bonaventure
PHI 6331: Metaphysical Texts of Thomas Aquinas
PHI 6322: Anselm
PHI 6320: Plotinus
PHI 4360/THEO 5303: DR/Aquinas on Man
PHI 4360: DR/Aquinas on the One God
PHI 4351: The Thought of John Paul II
PHI 4341: Senior Seminar
PHI 4338/5305: Philosophy of Religion
PHI 4337/5307: Philosophy of God
PHI 4141: Senior Thesis
PHI 3351: Junior Seminar
PHI 3346: Contemporary Philosophical Approaches
PHI 3326/5301: Medieval Philosophy
PHI 3311: Philosophy of Being
PHI 2323: Human Person
PHI 1301: Philosophy and the Ethical Life
PHL 4342: Senior Thesis
PHL 4341: Senior Seminar
PHL 3305: Logic
PHL 3305: Logic and Nature
PHL 3306: Nature and Knowledge

Selected Publications

“At the Heart of Atheism: Aquinas on the Two Basic Objections to a God’s Existence,” in: Bridging Divides, Crossing Borders, Community Building: The Human Voice in Core Texts and the Liberal Arts, eds. T. Hoang and D. Nuckols (ACTC Publications, forthcoming).

“From Monasticism to Scholasticism: Reflections on Anselm and Aquinas,” in: Selected Papers from the Twenty-First Annual Conference of the Association of Core Texts and Courses (forthcoming).

“Education as Intellectual Healing: Pedagogical Dimension of Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy,” in: Selected Papers from the Twentieth Annual Conference of the Association of Core Texts and Courses (forthcoming).

Foreword to Wayne Hankey, Aquinas’s Neoplatonism in the Summa theologiae on God: A Short Introduction (South Bend: St. Augustine’s Press, 2019).

“Synthesizing Aquinas and Newman on Religion,” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion (2019): 1-26; https://doi.org/10.1007/s11153-019-09708-z.

“Boethius, Christianity, and the Limits of Stoicism,” Perspectives in Religious Studies 45 (2018), 407-25.

“Boethius and Stoicism,” in: The Routledge Handbook of the Stoic Tradition, ed. J. Sellars (London: Routledge, 2016): 70-84.

“Augustine’s Modification of Liberal Education: Reflections on De doctrina Christiana,” Arts of Liberty 1 (2013): 51-97.

Translation, with commentary, of Anselm of Canterbury, Proslogion (including Gaunilo’s objections and Anselm’s reply) (South Bend: St. Augustine’s Press, 2013).

“Stoicism as Anesthesia: Philosophy’s ‘Gentler Remedies’ in Boethius’s Consolation,” International Philosophical Quarterly 51 (2011): 501-19.

“An Erotic Pattern of Thinking in Anselm’s Proslogion,” Quaestiones Disputatae 2 (2011): 126-45.

“The ‘Logic’ of Faith Seeking Understanding: A Propaedeutic for Anselm’s Proslogion,” Dionysius 28 (2010): 131-66.

“What is a Power of the Soul?  Aquinas’s Answer,” Sapientia 60 (2006): 319-48.

“The Opening of On Interpretation: Toward a More Literal Reading,” Phronesis 51 (2006): 230-51.

“Theological and Philosophical Dependencies in Bonaventure’s Argument Against an Eternal World,” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 97 (1998): 75-98.

Reviews

Review of P. Kreeft, Summa Philosophica (South Bend: St. Augustine’s Press, 2012), in: Review of Metaphysics 67 (2013): 171-73.

Review of K. Pritzl (ed.), Truth: Studies of a Robust Presence (Washington: The Catholic University of America Press, 2009), in: Quaestiones Disputatae 1 (2011): 288-301.

Review of S. Visser and T. Williams, Anselm (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), in: American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 84 (2010): 837-41.

Review of A. Mele, Motivation and Agency (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), in: Review of Metaphysics 57 (2004): 856-58.

Awards & Honors

Matthew D. Walz, Ph.D., was named the 2016 Haggar Fellow.