Bryan Pilkington, Ph.D.
Department of Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration
Interprofessional Health Sciences Campus
Dr. Pilkington's research focuses on questions in bioethics, where he is especially interested in conscience, moral responsibility, and the ethics of healthcare practice, and in moral and political philosophy, in particular on the concept of dignity. He lectures on practical ethical challenges in medicine and the practice of healthcare professionals and teaches courses in normative and applied ethics, including courses in ethical theory, bioethics, business ethics, environmental ethics, and political philosophy.
Dr. Pilkington currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy and the Editorial Advisory Boards of HealthCare Ethics Committee Forum and Christian Bioethics. He is a Junior Scholar in Bioethics at the Paul Ramsey Institute, and holds appointments as Associate Professor of Medical Sciences in the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, Adjunct Associate Professor in the College of Nursing, and Affiliated Faculty in the Department of Philosophy.
Prior to joining the Seton Hall community, Dr. Pilkington served as the Director of Academic Programs at Fordham University's Center for Ethics Education, where he directed Fordham's MA program in Ethics and Society, Fordham's minor in Bioethics, and taught classes in Philosophy. Prior to that, Dr. Pilkington was Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Aquinas College, where he served as Chair. Dr. Pilkington is the winner of two Lilly Foundation Faculty Research Partnership Awards, the 2016 Aquinas College Outstanding Teacher Award, a 2015 Aquinas College Outstanding Scholar Recognition Award Nominee, the University of Notre Dame Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, and the John B. Noss Prize in Philosophy from Franklin and Marshall College. He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
- Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Notre Dame.
- M.A., Philosophy University of Notre Dame.
- B.A., Franklin & Marshall College (cum laude and with honors)
- Pilkington, B. and Foley, M. “Safety First: Are Vaccination Mandates for School Children Ethical?” Journal of School Health, forthcoming.
- Pilkington, B., Coleman, C., Nichols, D.B., Campoverde, A. (2022) "Vulnerability and Detention in the Time of COVID: An American Failure," CONFLUENCE Sciences & Humanities, forthcoming.
- Pilkington, B., Teaching Dignity in the Health Professions in Applied Philosophy for Health Professions Education: A Journey Towards Mutual Understanding, Springer, 2022.
- Pilkington, B., Ethics Education in the Health Professions in Applied Philosophy for Health Professions Education: A Journey Towards Mutual Understanding, Springer, 2022.
- Pilkington, B. Considerations of Conscience. HEC Forum 33, 165–174 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10730-021-09457-5
- "Treating or Killing? The Divergent Moral Implications of Cardiac Device Deactivation," Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, forthcoming
- "Are Handbooks Still Useful? Yes and No; it Depends on How You Use Them," HealthCare Ethics Committee Forum, June 2018
- "The Fiftieth Anniversary of Patient as Person: Paul Ramsey's Groundbreaking Approach to Bioethics," Christian Bioethics, August 2018
- "A Market in Human Flesh: Ramsey's Arguments on Organ Sale, 50 years later," Christian Bioethics, August 2018
- "Distinguishing Deference from Deferment: Assisted Suicide is the Wrong Response," Christian Bioethics, March 2018
- "Putting Image into Practice: imago Dei, Dignity, and their Bioethical Import," Christian Bioethics, December 2017
- "Dignity, Health, and Membership: Who Counts as One of Us?" Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 2016
- "Dignity's Transformation: Merit, Equality, and Priority of Coherence over Agreement" in Human Dignity and G.E.M. Anscombe, Neumann University Press, 2016
- "Do No Evil: Unnoticed Assumptions in Accounts of Conscience Protection," HealthCare Ethics Committee Forum, 2015
- "On Omissions and Artificial Hydration and Nutrition," Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 2014