Thomas Williams is Professor of Catholic Studies and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of South Florida. He earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University in 1988 and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 1994. Before coming to USF he taught at the University of Iowa, where he received the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Collegiate Teaching Award in 2005. He was Alvin Plantinga Fellow in the Center for Philosophy of Religion at Notre Dame in 2005-06.
Dr Williams's research interests are in medieval philosophy and theology (especially Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, and Duns Scotus) and the philosophy of religion. He recently revised the widely-used anthology Philosophy in the Middle Ages, originally edited by Arthur Hyman and James J. Walsh, for Hackett Publishing Company (2010). Other recent work includes several contributions to edited volumes — "Duns Scotus," Blackwell Companion to the Philosophy of Action (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010); "Human Freedom and Agency," Oxford Handbook of Thomas Aquinas (Oxford U P, 2011); "The Franciscans," Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics (Oxford U P, 2013); "Anselm: Free Will and Moral Responsibility," Key Debates in Medieval Philosophy (Routledge, forthcoming); "Hermeneutics and Reading Scripture," Cambridge Companion to Augustine, 2nd ed. (Cambridge U P, forthcoming); "Anselm on Evil," The History of Evil in the Middle Ages, (Acumen, forthcoming) — and an article on the response of American High Churchmen to the Oxford Movement (Anglican and Episcopal History, 2012). Current projects include a translation of Augustine's Confessions, a translation of and commentary on Thomas Aquinas's Treatise on Happiness and Treatise on Human Action (co-authored with Christina van Dyke of Calvin College), and John Duns Scotus: Readings in Ethics, for which he recently received a $138,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Dr Williams co-authored Anselm (Great Medieval Thinkers, Oxford U P, 2009), edited The Cambridge Companion to Duns Scotus (2003) and Thomas Aquinas: Disputed Questions on the Virtues (2005), and translated Augustine's On Free Choice of the Will (1993) and Anselm: Basic Writings (2007). He has contributed essays to the Cambridge Companions to Augustine, Anselm, Abelard, and Medieval Philosophy, and to the Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy. His articles have appeared in journals such as Anglican Theological Review, Modern Theology, Philosophy and Literature, Apeiron, Faith and Philosophy, Journal of the History of Philosophy, and Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie. He is a subject editor for medieval philosophy for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. In 2007 he recorded a course, Reason and Faith: Philosophy in the Middle Ages, for The Teaching Company.
He serves as an assisting priest at St Mark's Episcopal Church in Tampa and sings in the chamber choir of the Cathedral Church of St Peter in St Petersburg.