Biography of Dean Thomas S. Hibbs
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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 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 "Divine Irony" and is at work on a book on Nihilism, Beauty, and God, an application of Jacques Maritain’s aesthetic theory to the arts of poetry and painting in the 20th century.
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.
In the past year, he has written four essays: "Post Hoc Exilium: Reflections on Mark Schwehn’s Exiles from Eden," for a Lilly Fellows Conference and planned volume; "The Problem of Justice: Anscombe, Solomon, and Radical Virtue Ethics," for a conference at Notre Dame and planned volume in honor of David Solomon; "Thomas Aquinas on Justice and the Diversity of Goods," as part of a series at Xavier University and planned volume of essays on Justice and Diversity; and "Enduring Longings in a Secular Culture" for a conference at Rhodes College sponsored by the Association of Core Texts and Courses.
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.
Over the past two summers, he has spoken at administrative and faculty retreats at two Jesuit Universities: Loyola University (Chicago) and St. Louis University.
He has given graduation addresses at Cistercian Preparatory in Dallas, TX, Glendale Preparatory in Glendale, AZ, and -- in a highlight of his career -- at his own alma mater, DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, MD.
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.