Meghan Sullivan

Department of Philosophy


Wilsey Family College Professor of Philosophy; Director of Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study

  • Time and rational planning
  • Love and ethical commitment
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Philosophy as a way of life

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Learn Your Stripes: Studying Thom Browne at Notre Dame

“When you’re here, you feel that you’re in such a safe, enclosed environment,” says the designer and CFDA Chairman Thom Browne over a bowl of honey-blended yogurt and granola, his gray knit vest catching and softening the springtime light. He’s discussing his impression of The University of Notre Dame, both 30 years ago, when he was a student, and today, when he’s back in South Bend, Indiana to partake in a class dedicated to him called “Strong Suits: The Art, Philosophy and Business of Thom Browne.” 

Iris DeMent performs at Notre Dame

In addition to her hour-long concert, DeMent will sit down for a live discussion about her life and music with Meghan Sullivan, a professor of philosophy and director of the Notre Dame Institute of Advanced Study.

Good Samaritans?

Meghan Sullivan is the Wilsey Family College Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame and the director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Advanced Study.

The Right Questions


Virtue ethics, as Notre Dame’s Meghan Sullivan and Paul Blaschko contend, offers a method for reasoning about, and gaining new insights into, these age-old questions.


All IN: The Good Life Method


Meghan Sullivan, Wilsey Family Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame; Co-Author, “The Good Life Method: Reasoning Through the Big Questions of Happiness, Faith and Meaning”. Paul Blaschko, Assistant Teaching Professor of Philosophy,University of Notre Dame; Co-Author, “The Good Life Method: Reasoning Through the Big Questions of Happiness, Faith and Meaning”

Annals of Inquiry: Being in Time

Meghan Sullivan, a philosopher at the University of Notre Dame, contemplates these questions in her book “Time Biases: A Theory of Rational Planning and Personal Persistence.”

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'Pandemic time' can potentially impact emotional health

“Philosophers--for the last, I don't know, 2,400 years--have been more in the business of trying to give people advice about how they should think about time, realizing that some of the ways that we ordinarily experience time are bad,” said Meghan Sullivan, the Wilsey Family College professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and author of the book Time Biases.