Thomas Brickhouse, PhD

Professor of Philosophy
Department Chair of Philosophy

Thomas Brickhouse


Carnegie 132

Experience/ Background

  • Professor of Philosophy, 1987-present
  • Chair, Department of Philosophy, 1983-1986, 1989-1992, 1997-2001
  • Associate Dean of the College, 1993 to 1996
  • Co-director, Westover Fellows Program (Honors Program), 1987-89
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy, 1978-86 (tenure awarded 1978)
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, 1974-77

Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD Philosophy, Vanderbilt University, 1974
  • MA Philosophy, Vanderbilt University, 1972
  • BA (cum laude), Philosophy and Greek, Washington and Lee University, 1969

Honors and Awards

  • John M. Turner Professor in the Humanities, 2007-2011
  • John Franklin East Professor in the Humanities, 1999-2006
  • The Shirley Rosser Award for Excellence in Teaching, Lynchburg College, 1991.
  • The James A. Huston Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Lynchburg College, 1984, 1990, 1998.
  • Lynchburg College Nominee, “Outstanding Professor Award,” Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, 1990.
  • Lynchburg College Nominee (one of two), Commonwealth of Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award Program, 1990, 1989, and 1988.
  • Machette Award for Excellence in Teaching as Graduate Student, Vanderbilt University, 1972.
  • University Prize for Excellence in Greek, Washington and Lee University, 1966.
  • Past East Professor of the Humanities.

Professional/ Research Interests

  • Ancient Greek Philosophy

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Logic
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Ethics


  • Socratic Moral Psychology, co-authored by N.D. Smith, Cambridge University Press, 2010
  • The Trial and Execution of Socrates—Sources and Controversies, co-edited by N.D. Smith, Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • The Philosophy of Socrates, co-authored by N.D. Smith, Westview Press, 1999.
  • Plato’s Socrates, co-authored by N.D. Smith, Oxford University Press, 1993.
  • Socrates on Trial, co-authored by N.D. Smith, Oxford University Press and Princeton University Press, 1989.
  • Articles, book reviews and conference presentations on Plato and Aristotle.

Professional Associations

  • American Philosophical Association
  • Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology
  • Virginia Philosophical Association