Brian Robinson

Brian Robinson
Visiting Assistant Professor

Mackinac Hall
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, Michigan 49401
Fax: (616) 331-2601

Office: MAK B3-229




Brian Robinson received his Ph.D. in 2011 from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His dissertation, “Morality and Meaning” explores the relationship between moral psychology and philosophy of language.  He also holds an M.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has publications in The Monist, the Journal of Positive Psychology (forthcoming), and the Journal of Business Ethics. I also have a forthcoming chapter in Springer’s Handbook of Virtue Ethics in Business Management.

Professor Robinson’s primary research interests are in the intersection of language and ethics.  Much of his research relates to the work of Paul Grice on meaning, implicature, and moral psychology. His primary research project is the development of an empirically informed theory of virtue ethics, from which a Gricean theory of communication can be derived. Corresponding with that project,

Professor Robinson is currently a Co-Investigator on a two-year grant to study Intellectual Humility. Intellectual humility is a trait necessary for consistently effective communication of meaning. What is particularly interesting about intellectual humility, is that it is an elusive virtue, in that if someone says they have it, then she or he most likely do not. (Read more about the project at

Professor Robinson also has another ongoing research project in philosophy of action and moral psychology, specifically the folk’s seemingly inconsistent attributions of intentionality, belief, and desire.


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