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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

Can We Get It Right?

(11) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

We've lost sight of what makes our time in the world important, and our lives matter. It's about time to address the matter, and see the truth.

One day, years ago, my wife...

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Austin, Abraham and Happiness, South by Southwest

(3) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 8:19 AM

I may have just met the happiest man in Texas. I was in Austin for a talk at the University of Texas, right before this year's South by Southwest festival was to begin, and my driver for two days was an Ethiopian gentleman named Abraham, which seems to me appropriate,...

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Strength Training Our Memories

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 11:00 AM

This morning, the thought popped into my head, "I'm here for a reason." And, these days, that's an unusual affirmation for a modern philosopher to have spike into his consciousness, unless it comes, like mine did, two seconds before such an additional word as, "Coffee." I was standing at the...

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The Seahawk Bounce of Super Bowl Success

(2) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 12:36 PM

Why was there such a blowout in this year's Super Bowl? What can we learn from it? A few friends have asked me to comment on this. And I think the great philosophers may have an explanation.

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and his many players who were formerly unappreciated...

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Inner Balance

(1) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 9:53 AM

When we think about life balance, we most often think right away of activities, people, places, and time. We ignore what's most important of all. We start asking questions like: Are we spending too much time at work and not at home, or too much time with others and not...

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The Top Three Things Leaders Do To Differentiate Themselves

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 4:07 PM

My wife and I were invited to a dinner last night that some great financial advisors hold, now and then, for entrepreneurs, business owners, and CEOs who live in our area. About three hours before we were due to sit down to the meal, one of the hosts sent me...

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Perfect Balance Is Not an Option

(7) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 8:19 AM

We need some new truth about an old issue.

Most people suffer needlessly from a complete misconception about what life balance is.

I was asked not long ago to give a talk on life and work balance. I've been serving business groups as a philosopher and public speaker for...

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Improvising a Heroic Life: Whoever You Are, and Whatever You Do

(2) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 12:46 PM

We need to understand more deeply and appreciate more fully the heroic path that's available to us in our work and lives, day to day.

The American clothier Brooks Brothers just sent its customers a remarkable email in which jazz great Wynton Marsalis was interviewed about his work and...

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The Proximity Principle: Innovation, Face-to-Face

(3) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 6:13 PM

Sometimes, simple things can have amazing results.

The best instigators of creative innovation have understood a simple, fundamental principle. Bring together a group of well disposed, talented, diverse and yet, in some ways, like-minded people -- between two and twenty, ideally -- put them in an environment where they can...

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The Philosopher King of Reality TV

(9) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 11:06 AM

I've been watching too much reality TV. Well, maybe you have too. And I just had a dream the other night that, as a public philosopher, I was hosting a new show. Then, I realized that if it was a hit, I could have a huge new empire of reality...

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Insult, Offense and Rage: What Muslims and Americans Need to Know

(5) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 3:25 PM

Contrary to widespread opinion, it's not actually possible to insult, offend, demean or disparage a great prophet, religion, nation or individual.

Of course, public events of late seem to soundly demonstrate the opposite. The well-publicized outbreak of demonstrations and violence in so many countries in recent days that has been...

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Interview With a Philosopher: A Conversation With Keith Wyma and Tobin Senefeld on Goldman Sachs

(2) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 2:45 PM

If Aristotle ran Goldman Sachs, what sort of press do you think the company would be getting these days? How would employees, past and present, describe their culture?

I recently had the chance to read a terrific new book manuscript on what ethics really means for Wall Street and all...

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The Gift of Uncertainty

(15) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 7:10 AM

Many people have told me recently that the most unsettling thing about the world right now is the amount and degree of uncertainty we all face in so many ways. A thick fog surrounds us and keeps us from having any clear view of what's next.

Politics has become its...

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Barbeque Wisdom: My Pulled Pork Epiphany at Southern Soul

(5) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 11:46 AM

"Der Mensch ist, was er ißt."
Pop Translation: "You are what you eat."
- Ludwig A. Feuerbach

To a southerner, heaven is walking into a famous barbeque restaurant, breathing in all the amazing aromas coming from multiple outdoor wood-fired meat smokers, and then, after ordering a big plate...

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Interview With a Philosopher: Aristotle and Wittgenstein Walk Into a Bar -- Philosophy and Addiction

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 5:03 PM

We're in a sense continuing our discussions of philosophy and beverages that bring a buzz. We've covered the bitter and frothy brews, coffee and beer. Now it's time to look at the buzz itself when it goes bad, and too far. Today, after a nice, long summer vacation, I'm talking...

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Interview With a Philosopher: Lou Marinoff -- Part Two

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2011 | 3:07 PM

Today I'm continuing a conversation with Lou Marinoff, Professor and Chair of Philosophy at The City College of New York, and founding President of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association. He's also the internationally bestselling author of Plato Not Prozac, among other books, and an advisor to world leaders.

Tom:...

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Interview With a Philosopher: Lou Marinoff -- Part One

(2) Comments | Posted July 20, 2011 | 3:50 PM

Today I'm talking with Lou Marinoff, Professor and Chair of Philosophy at The City College of New York, and founding President of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association. He's the internationally bestselling author of Plato Not Prozac, among other books. Lou has also worked with global think-tanks such as...

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The Surprising Task of Getting Your Child Ready for College

(3) Comments | Posted June 23, 2011 | 2:07 PM

I want to talk today to parents who've recently attended a child's high school, upper school, or prep school graduation and are just a couple of months from taking or sending that child off to college. You may have heard a graduation talk on that grand day directed to your...

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Interview with a Philosopher: On Beer and Thought

(3) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 6:00 AM

Beer and philosophy are often found together. In a previous interview, we looked at the relationship between coffee and philosophy. But there are two kinds of brew associated with deep thought. Poet A.E. Houseman wrote, "Oh many a peer of England brews Livelier liquor than the Muse, And malt does...

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Decisions About College -- and Life -- Right Now

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2011 | 12:22 PM

Today I want to address directly a group of readers across the nation who are caught up in a most difficult moment of choice. But what I want to say speaks to all the toughest decisions we ever make.

Most people think the month of April starts with the silly...

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