Thomas Hibbs

Since 2003, Thomas Hibbs has been Dean of the Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethic and Culture at Baylor University, where he teaches in the Great Texts Program, the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, and the graduate program in Philosophy. He is also Director of Baylor in Washington, D.C.  He has been elected president of the American Catholic Philosophical Association for the year 2017.

He received his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Dallas and an M.M.S. and Ph.D. from Notre Dame. He was a tutor at Thomas Aquinas College for three years before moving to Boston College, where he taught for thirteen years and where he was Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy.

In addition to two books on film (Shows About Nothing and Arts of Darkness) and a book co-authored with the contemporary painter, Makoto Fujimura (Soliloquies: Rouault/Fujimura), Hibbs has written three books on Thomas Aquinas: Dialectic and Narrative in Aquinas: An Interpretation of the Summa Contra Gentiles (University of Notre Dame Press, 1995); Virtue’s Splendor: Wisdom, Prudence, and the Human Good (Fordham University Press, 2001); and Aquinas, Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion: Metaphysics and Practice (Indiana University Press, 2007). He wrote the “Introduction” to Augustine’s Enchiridion on Faith, Hope, and Love (Regnery, 1996); edited and wrote an introduction for Aquinas on Human Nature (Hackett , 1999); with John O’Callaghan, edited and wrote the introduction for Recovering Nature: Essays in Natural Philosophy, Metaphysic, and Ethics (University of Notre Dame Press, 1999); and with Peter Candler, edited, Contemporary Thomisms, The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 83 (2009).

He has nearly completed a book on Pascal, tentatively entitled “Wagering on an Ironic God” and is at work on a book on Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ encyclical, and moral and aesthetic ecology.

He has published more than thirty scholarly articles on topics ranging from Thomas Aquinas, Alasdair MacIntyre, and virtue epistemology, to Pascal, natural law and African-American thought.

He has published more than 100 reviews and discussion articles on film, theater, art, and higher education in a variety of venues including First Things, The Dallas Morning News, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New Atlantis, The Wall Street Journal, and National Review.

Called upon regularly to comment on film and popular culture, Hibbs has made more than 100 appearances on radio, including nationally syndicated NPR shows “The Connection,” “On the Media,” and “All Things Considered,” as well as local NPR stations in Boston, MA, Ann Arbor, MI, Dallas, TX, and Rochester, NY.

In 2010, he received the American Maritain Association Scholarly Excellence Award and has just finished a three-year term as a Faculty Mentor for the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program.

His lectures have been protested by nihilists at Boston University and by communists in Palermo, Sicily.