Dr. Michael Waldstein, Ave Maria University, presented a paper on “Three Kinds of Personalism: The Philosophical Underpinnings of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.” Dr Waldstein compares the personalism of Kant, Scheler and John Paul II in light of the text fromGaudium et spes, 24.3
Waldstein has served as the Max Seckler Professor of Theology at Ave Maria University since 2008. He was an associate professor at the University of Notre Dame from 1988 to 1996. He served as the founding president of the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria, where he also held the position of St. Francis of Assisi Professor of New Testament (1996-2008).
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Thomas Aquinas College, a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Dallas, an S.S.L. from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, and a Th.D. from Harvard University in New Testament. His published works include a critical edition of the four Coptic manuscripts of the Gnostic Secret Book of John and a new translation of John Paul II’s Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body as well as articles on the Gospel of John, Gnosticism, St. Thomas Aquinas, John Paul II and Hans Urs von Balthasar.