Dr. Bryan C. Pilkington, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Bryan C. Pilkington


Bryan C. Pilkington, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Phone: (616) 632-2831


Office: Holmdene 313

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

MA, University of Notre Dame

BA, Franklin and Marshall College


>Download Dr. Pilkington's Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


Fall 2014 Courses   Past Courses
  • PH101 Introduction to Philosophical Thinking
  • PH238 Environmental Philosophy
  • MG 570 Ethics and Social Responsibility of Management
  • PH101 Introduction to Philosophical Thinking
  • PH/PS218 History of Political Thought
  • PH244 Medical Ethics
  • PH315 Ancient Greek and Chinese Philosophy
  • PH398 Contemporary Virtue Theory
  • PH490 Dignity & Its Discontents: Ethical Theories, Concepts, and Applications
  • MG 570 Ethics and Social Responsibility of Management
Areas of Interest
Ethics, Political Philosophy, Bioethics

“On Omissions and Artificial Hydration and Nutrition,” in The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 2014

Book Chapters

“Billy Buck Had No Moral Luck,” in The Red Sox and Philosophy, Michael Macomber ed., Open Court Publishing Company, 2010


A review of George Kateb’s Human Dignity, in The Review of Metaphysics, December, 2012

  • “Comment on Public Reason’s Failure to Provide Reasons to Overcome Oppression,” American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, 2014 (Invited Commenter)
  •  “Intervention in Syria: Moral Implications and Questions,” Understanding Syria Panel, Aquinas College, 2013 (Invited Speaker)
  • “Philosophical Theories, Applications, and Questions,” Healthcare: Poverty and Policy Seminar, University of Notre Dame, 2013 (Invited Speaker)
  • “Concerns about Nobility for the Common Man: Problems for Waldron’s Conception of Dignity,” University of Notre Dame Graduate Research Seminar, 2011
  • “The Dilemma of Conscription,” University of Notre Dame’s Naval Leadership Weekend, 2011 (Invited Speaker)
  • “A Successful Failure: Making the Case for Human Dignity in European and American Bioethics,” University of Notre Dame Medical Ethics Conference, Rome, Italy, 2010 (Invited Speaker)
  • “On Rawls and Reasonableness,” University of Notre Dame, 2006
  • “Omissions and Moral Responsibility,” Franklin and Marshall College, 2005