Dr. Bernard Prusak
Professor of Philosophy and Director of the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility
Kings College

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Dr. Bernard Prusak is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA. He was educated at Williams College; Exeter College, Oxford University; and Boston University, where he took his Ph.D. in philosophy. He then taught humanities and social sciences for three years in the Core Curriculum at Boston University and for seven years in the Center for Liberal Education at Villanova University, from which he moved to King’s in fall of 2012 in order to found the McGowan Center.

Dr. Prusak’s research focuses in moral and political philosophy. He has published widely in scholarly journals on such topics as parental obligations and children’s rights, conscience, war, religious liberty, and the moral limits of markets; he also writes frequently for Commonweal magazine, where he worked as an editorial assistant before graduate school. He was an officer of the American Catholic Philosophical Association from 2009 to 2012 and has served on the editorial boards of Public Affairs Quarterly and Expositions: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, for which he edits the forum “Ethics in Focus.” He is a member of the steering committee of the Catholic Social Teaching Research and Learning Initiative, a collaboration of faculty and administrators from eleven Catholic colleges and universities across the United States, and he has been guest editor of three issues of the Journal of Catholic Higher Education. He also serves on the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Ethics Committee and the Ethics Advisory Council for Geisinger’s MyCode Community Health Initiative.

Dr. Prusak’s book Parental Obligations and Bioethics: The Duties of a Creator appeared fall 2013 in the series Annals of Bioethics published by Routledge. (Click here for David Archard’s review in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, here for Jake Earl’s review in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, here for Jason Eberl’s review in Expositions, and here for Jean Kazez’s assessment on her blog “In Living Color.”) His book Catholic Moral Philosophy in Practice and Theory: An Introduction was published by Paulist Press in March 2016. (Click here for Brent Gordon’s review in Reading Religion and here for Bruno Niederbacher’s review in The Way [pages 118-120].)

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