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Thomas O. Buford Collection: Biography
Thomas O. Buford
Thomas O. Buford
Photograph from 1970 Bonhomie

Thomas Buford is the Louis G. Forgione Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Furman University where he has taught since 1969. He received his BA from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, his Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his PhD. in Philosophy from Boston University. At Furman he taught courses in Introduction to Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and Logic and his published works include Personal Philosophy, the Art of Living (1984), In Search of a Calling (1995), and Personalism Revisited (2002). He has also edited books in fields ranging from Philosophy to New Testament Studies. Buford's research interests include metaphysics, epistomology, and philosophy of education. He founded the Personalist Forum and co-founded the International Conference on Persons. Beyond his academic interests Buford is a certified flight instructor and played cello in the Hendersonville, NC symphony orchestra for 25 years.