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Tom Morris, Ph.D.

Tom Morris has become one of the most active public philosophers in the world due to his unusual ability to bring the greatest wisdom of the past into the challenges of the present.

A native of Durham, North Carolina and a Distinguished Alumnus of Durham Academy, Tom was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, which has honored him, along with Michael Jordan, as a recipient of their "Distinguished Young Alumnus Award." He holds a Ph.D. in both Philosophy and Religious Studies from Yale University, as well as other, honorary doctorates in recognition of his public work of bringing practical philosophy back into the cultural mix. Tom served for fifteen years as a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, where he quickly became one of their most popular teachers, in many years having as much as an eigh th of the entire student body in his classes. He is now Chairman of the Morris Institute for Human Values.

Tom is the author of 20 published books. His twelfth book, True Success: A New Philosophy of Excellence, launched him into a new adventure as a public philosopher and adviser to the corporate world. His audiences have included such organizations as Toyota, General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Merrill Lynch, Verizon, IBM, Coca Cola, The US Air Force, Wells Real Estate Funds, International Paper, Price Waterhouse, Target Stores, Mattel, NBC Sports, Business Week Magazine, Bayer, Deloitte and Touche, Federated Investors, Mass Mutual, Prudential, Raymond James, Citi Mortgage, Goldman Sachs, Taco Bell, Campbell Soup, MasterFoods, Minute Maid, The American Heart Association, United Health Group, and The Young President's Organization, to name just as few, as well as many of the largest national and international trade associations.

Tom is also the author of the highly acclaimed and bestselling leadership classic If Aristotle Ran General Motors and the big yellow book, often seen in college dorms nationwide the night before final exams, Philosophy for Dummies. Other more recent books include The Art of Achievement, The Stoic Art of Living and Superheroes and Philosophy, where Superman and Batman finally meet Plato and Aristotle. Tom’s newest bestselling book about life and business is entitled, If Harry Potter Ran General Electric: Leadership Wisdom from the World of the Wizards. It's currently bringing magic into people's lives around the world. His romp through social media is the little book entitled Twisdom (Twitter Wisdom): A Philosopher Ponders Life in 140 Characters or Less, available exclusively through Amazon.com

Tom’s work has been featured, noticed, commented on, or covered by such diverse news outlets and media as CNN, NBC, CNBC, The Learning Channel (TLC), NPR's "Morning Edition," NPR's "Talk of the Nation," the New York Times, Fast Company, the New York Times Magazine, USA Today, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Dallas Morning News, the Washington Post, the Las Vegas Sun, USA Weekly, the Economist, Readers’ Digest, the Globe and Mail, Die Zeit, German Elle, Voce:SA, L'Agefi,ABC.com, The Leaky Cauldron, and many other magazines, newspapers, and websites across the globe.

Tom has also appeared as the philosopher he is in Special Features on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: DVD Collection presented by Lucas Film, and on The Complete Superman Collection DVD, presented by Warner Home Video. You will often see The Sage of Steel wherever wisdom is to be found.

Born Thomas Victor Morris, and known by his students as "TV Morris", he is the first philosopher in history to appear in network TV commercials, where he has served as the national spokesman for Winnie the Pooh, Disney Home Videos. He is also the only card carrying philosopher ever to engage in early morning philosophy with Regis Philbin, on his talk show, and on "The Today Show" with Matt Lauer, among many other national broadcasts. Tom is known for bringing the insights of the great thinkers into the drama of everyday life with high energy and good humor. His message is helping to change lives and revolutionize business practices everywhere.

He just may be the world's happiest philosopher.

Entries by Tom Morris

Harper Lee's Complex Heroes

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 11:06 AM

I was never going to read To Kill a Mockingbird. I escaped it in school, and wrongly thought that it was a dull book about a courtroom trial. I read it this week, and I loved it. It's now one of my favorite books ever. Harper Lee is a master...

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The Unencumbered Life

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 11:31 AM

Are the things we own blessings or burdens? Actually, do we own our stuff at all, or does it own us?

The New York Times ran a wild story this weekend about a French tech entrepreneur living in the U.S. who has had a very unusual mid-life crisis....

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I Wish My Father Was Alive

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 11:57 AM

I wish my father was alive. I lost him decades ago, when he was only about six years older than I am now. As Father's Day approaches later this month, I have some thoughts to share.

I wish my father was alive today, and for many, many reasons, but one...

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Beating ISIS on the Golf Course

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 11:13 AM

This is a true story in every detail. I had a very strange dream the other night. But then, I often do. And they sometimes involve me in a Jack Bauer type counter-terrorism role. The mild mannered philosopher often has to save the day.

This particular dream was a doozy....

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The Truth About Patience. Finally!

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 12:02 PM

For most of my life, patience has been a monumentally aggravating virtue. I like to make things happen. I like to dream it, do it, and then move on to the next thing. I work hard at projects, and pursue them with determination, persistence, and as much creativity as I...

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Emergency Wisdom

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2015 | 1:25 PM

A car in front of me on a major street today caught my attention. It was a white Ford Explorer tricked out with orange stripes like an emergency vehicle. And it also had round reflectors built into the tail gate. Or were they flashing lights? Above the license plate, there...

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Good Grief, Charlie Brown

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 10:10 AM

Recently, I asked readers for some topics they'd like to see me blog on. I got lots of suggestions. I've written on two of them already. Today, I'll tackle a tough one, and briefly: Grief.

Grief is an experience and expression of great value lost. We can grieve the passing...

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My Dean Smith Story

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 10:10 AM

We recently lost one of the great masters of basketball and life, former Tar Heel head coach Dean Smith. I don't get to meet many legends of basketball in my normal life as a philosopher, but I did get to meet him, long ago, and our interaction told me a...

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Hey, Buddy. Shh. Want a Signed Ebook?

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 9:24 PM

When I was a kid, a famous circus came to town. My mother arranged for me to meet The Human Cannonball behind the tent, after his show. I couldn't believe my luck. He was truly impressive, almost a god among men to a young, small town boy like me.
...

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Insult, Offense and Rage

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 11:46 AM

Contrary to apparently widespread opinion, it's not possible to insult, offend, demean, or disparage a great leader, prophet, religion, nation, or individual. It's easy, of course, to insult and enrage lesser people. Many seem prepared to take umbrage at nearly anything. But true greatness is in this distinct way completely...

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Do Unexpected Things Ever Happen for a Reason?

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 12:19 PM

In the Sunday New York Times, Paul Bloom, a Yale professor of psychology, and Konika Banerjee, a graduate student there published an essay with the very large title:

"Does Everything Happen For a Reason?"

And then, with a bold font subtitle, probably supplied by the Times, we read:...

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The Rich Beer of Life

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 9:37 AM

During my first week on campus at Yale for graduate school, long ago and far away, I sat down with a famous theologian, Hans Frei, then Master of Ezra Stiles College, in his office, and at one point in our conversation, he said to me:

Too many people sip the...

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Shocking News About Wisdom

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 11:39 AM

There's some important news to share. I've been blogging recently on my personal philosophy website, TomVMorris.com, about the value and power of wisdom. And, because of something that's pretty astonishing in recent science news, I wanted to highlight an important side of how we can best gain wisdom,...

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How We Treat Others

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 10:48 AM

How we treat others is really in the end how we treat ourselves. Our outer conduct always has inner results.

In a great little passage from Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, the Prince addresses Polonius about some theatrical players who are visiting, and we get this exchange.

Hamlet: Good my lord, will...

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Interview With a Philosopher: The Grand Finale, Part Two

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 7:57 AM

What can death tell us about life? Could it potentially provide important hints and suggestions about who we really are, and what the overall context is in which we exist? These are, oddly, questions we rarely ask, but right now, we have a new opportunity to delve into them. Serious...

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The Power of Old Books

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 5:01 PM

If you read what everyone else is reading, you'll be thinking what everyone else is thinking, and that may lead to your doing what everyone else is doing.

We've all noticed the way best selling books on business or life can change what's on people's minds and their to-do lists....

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The Very Short Tale of the Hare on the Chair

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 11:58 AM

"Where is the hare?"
"Oh, no! On the chair!"
"You swear?"
"Over there!"
"With his nails and his bunny tail bare?"
"You care?"
"Oh yes! Beware! An Impending Nightmare!"
"A rip or a tear?"
"Or worse! We need some small underwear!"
...

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Yo! Yeah, You. Yo!

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 8:44 AM

Things are not always what they appear. Something can seem to be sheer genius to some, and massive stupidity on a monumental scale to others.

You've likely heard the story. Recently, a man named Or Arbel, a 32-year-old app developer from Tel Aviv, Israel, had an idea for a new...

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Interview With a Philosopher -- A Great Book on the Grand Finale

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 10:22 AM

Death gets a lot of bad press, when it gets any at all. But it may be much different, and incredibly more interesting, than we might think.

From the time I was a child, my mother told me of her father's last words, which she had heard at a...

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Success, Failure and Mastery

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 2:02 PM

My barn having burned down
I can now see the moon.

- - Mizuta Masahide

I just read a deep book on success, failure and mastery -- The Rise by Sarah Lewis. It begins with that quote, which I love. My barn has burned down at least...

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