Robin S. Dillon, Ph.D.
Lehigh University Philosophy - Robin S. Dillon
Professor Emeritus
Ethics; Feminist Philosophy; Kant

My academic interests are in ethics and feminist philosophy. My research focuses on self-respect, seeking to understand what it is, why it matters morally whether and how we respect ourselves, and what the connections are between self-respect and respect for and from other people. I am currently working on a book on arrogance and self-respect, having published several papers and encyclopedia articles on the subject.  I work in the intersection of virtue ethics, moral psychology, political philosophy, and feminist ethics, and look to Kant and Aristotle for insight and inspiration. I regularly teach a first-year seminar on self-respect, as well as various courses in ethics (ethical theory, contemporary ethics, global ethics) and in social and political philosophy. In addition, I teach a course on feminist theory and one on the philosophy of sex and gender, which are cross-listed with the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, with which I has been involved for many years, including seven as Program Director. After serving as Philosophy Department Chairperson for 6 years, I was appointed in 2017 as the inaugural director of the Lehigh University Center for Ethics, which is launching in spring 2018.  Beyond Lehigh, I recently stepped down after 6 years as the President of the international Society for Analytical Feminism.


Recent Publications

  • Criticism and Compassion: The Ethics and Politics of Claudia Card, ed. Robin S. Dillon and Armen Marsoobian (Blackwell, 2018)
Journal issue
  • "Criticism and Compassion: The Ethics and Politics of Claudia Card", ed. Robin S. Dillon and Armen Marsoobian; special issue of Metaphilosophy, October 2016.
Recent Articles
  • “Self-Respect, Arrogance, and Power: A Feminist Perspective,” (forthcoming) Respect for Persons, ed. Richard Dean and Oliver Sensen (Oxford University Press)
  • “Feminist Approaches to Virtue Ethics,” (2018) Oxford Handbook of Virtue, ed. Nancy Snow (Oxford University Press)
  • “Feminist Virtue Ethics,” (2017), in Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy, ed. Ann Garry, Serene Khader and Alison Stone (Routledge)
  • “Self-Respect and Humility in Kant and Hill,” (2015) in Reason, Value, and Respect: Kantian Themes from the Philosophy of Thomas E. Hill, Jr., ed. Mark Timmons and Robert Johnson (Oxford University Press), pp. 42-69.
  • “Arrogance,” (2013) International Encyclopedia of Ethics, ed. Hugh LaFollette (Wiley-Blackwell), print and online
  • “Self-Respect and Self-Esteem,” (2013) International Encyclopedia of Ethics, ed. Hugh LaFollette (Wiley Blackwell), print and online
  • “Critical Character Theory: Toward a Feminist Theory of ‘Vice’” in Out From the Shadow, ed. Sharon Crasnow and Anita Superson (Oxford University Press, 2012)