Thomas Hibbs

Thomas Hibbs
Rayzor Professor of Philosophy, Dean Emeritus
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Brief Bio: Thomas Hibbs

Thomas Hibbs is currently J. Newton Rayzor Sr. Professor of Philosophy at Baylor where he is also Dean Emeritus, having served 16 years as Dean of the Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethic and Culture.  Hibbs has a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and served as tutor at Thomas Aquinas College, Full Professor and Department Chair of Philosophy at Boston College, and President of the University of Dallas. At Baylor, Hibbs has also served as Director of Baylor in Washington, D.C.


Hibbs works in the areas of medieval philosophy, especially Thomas Aquinas, contemporary virtue ethics, and aesthetics. He has taught widely in interdisciplinary core programs at Boston College and Baylor. 


Hibbs has published more than thirty scholarly articles and seven books, the most recent of which is Wagering on an Ironic God: Pascal on Philosophy and Faith (Baylor University Press, 2017).  He is currently working on a book on Catholic aesthetics that is under contract with the University of Notre Dame Press. 


Hibbs is a Fellow of the Institute of Human Ecology at Catholic University, where he had a sabbatical in Fall of 2018. 


He is a regular speaker for the Thomistic Institute, for which he led a graduate student seminar on Justice in Aquinas in summer of 2021. 


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.  He also has two books on film and philosophy.


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.


He received the American Maritain Association Scholarly Excellence Award (2010).


He was a Faculty Mentor for the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program (2013-2016).


He has served as President of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (2017).


He has spoken at administrative and faculty retreats at St. Thomas in St. Paul, Anderson College, Loyola University (Chicago), St. Louis University, Baylor University, and DeMatha Catholic High School.


He is a proud member of the DeMatha Catholic High School Hall of Fame.


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