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Professor Thomas Williams, Ph.D.

Professor Thomas Williams
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Notre Dame
I got interested in philosophy as a teenager because of religious questions—questions about how to make sense of the things I believed…I quickly became attracted to medieval philosophers because their questions were my questions.
Dr. Thomas Williams is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of South Florida. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. Professor Williams's research interests are in medieval philosophy, theology, and the philosophy of religion, with a focus on Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, and Duns Scotus. Before joining the faculty at the University of South Florida, he taught at Creighton University and the University of Iowa, where he received a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Award in 2005. Professor Williams was the Alvin Plantinga Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at Notre Dame from 2005 to 2006. He is the coauthor of Anselm, a volume in the Great Medieval Thinkers series from Oxford University Press, and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Duns Scotus and Thomas Aquinas: Disputed Questions on the Virtues. His translations include Augustine's On Free Choice of the Will and Anselm: Basic Writings. Professor Williams also has contributed essays to many publications including Modern Theology, Philosophy and Literature, and Faith and Philosophy. He serves on the editorial board of Studies in the History of Ethics.
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"Professor Williams is brilliant.  I've never heard a more in-depth discussion of Augustine's thought and I have read much regarding Augustine in the past."

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7 Courses and Sets

  1. Reason & Faith: Philosophy in the Middle Ages

    Reason & Faith: Philosophy in the Middle Ages

    Thomas Williams
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    For 1,000 years, Westerners thought reason and faith went hand-in-hand as they searched for answers to the profound questions of life. The best minds of the age engaged in a common struggle with transcendent issues, employing reason in the service of faith. Professor Thomas Williams, award-winning educator and expert in medieval philosophy, takes you through the key texts of the period and introduces you to such...
  2. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History Collection

    36 Revolutionary Figures of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    Alexander the Great. Jesus. Darwin. Churchill. These are just a few of the revolutionary individuals who have transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History is a unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog—one that takes you across time and around the globe to offer piercing insights into some of history’s most transformative figures.
  3. No Excuses: Existentialism; Th Set

    No Excuses: Existentialism; Th

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,219.65 Starting at $1,219.65 $2,394.65 $1,219.65$2,394.65
    It took 3,000 years for the ideas of Western philosophy to reach maturity. With these seven in-depth courses, however, you can encompass its broad scope in a matter of weeks. Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition focuses on the long intellectual debate about the nature of the self, the authority of experience, the right way to live life, and more, while Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Edition...
  4. (Set) Reason and Faith: Philosophy in the Middle Ages & Philosophy of Religion  Set

    (Set) Reason and Faith: Philosophy in the Middle Ages & Philosophy of Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Explore the intriguing relationship between philosophy and religion in this two-course set that sheds new light on some of the world's most provocative questions. In Reason and Faith: Philosophy in the Middle Ages, follow the efforts of thinkers like Augustine and Ockham as they illuminate the scope of Christian doctrine using philosophical tools inherited from the ancient Greeks. Then, in Philosophy of Religion,...
  5. (Set) Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition & Reason and Faith: Philosophy in the Middle Ages  Set

    (Set) Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition & Reason and Faith: Philosophy in the Middle Ages

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Ponder some of the most intriguing questions in the historical interaction between religion and philosophy with this two-course set. Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition leads you on a fascinating journey that will help you understand the more than 300-year-long debate about the nature of religious faith and its compatibility with reason. Then, in Reason and Faith:...
  6. (Set) Great Minds of the Medieval World & Reason & Faith Set

    (Set) Great Minds of the Medieval World & Reason & Faith

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
  7. (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World Set

    (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $539.90 $399.90$539.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Start by exploring 36 revolutionary figures that have changed the course of history. Then, dive into 36 books that have played a central role in shaping our culture – from entertaining and instructing to shaping our social mores.