Annette Bryson's work focuses primarily on issues in metaethics. Her research interests also include questions in normative and applied ethics as well as in metaphysics and the philosophy of language.
She earned a PhD in 2017 from the University of Michigan with a dissertation in metaethics supervised by Allan Gibbard and Sarah Buss. She has also studied at the University of Geneva, where she pursued questions related to ancient Greek philosophy under the direction of Jonathan Barnes; at the Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a master’s degree in the history of ideas, writing a thesis on Descartes under the direction of Stephen F. Barker; and at the University of Colorado.
At Notre Dame, she will continue her study of a cluster of positions committed to what she labels “non-inflationary normative realism." She will explore the relationships among different versions of non-inflationary realism—particularly the question of what is at issue between quasi-realist expressivism and other nearby approaches—as a means of clarifying the commitments essential to this general view. And she will treat a broadly theistic notion of truth as a useful way of making sense of distinctions among some seemingly very similar metaethical stances within the non-inflationary realist camp. In particular, proceeding from the assumption that differing conceptions of truth lie at the root of some of these differences, she will explore the role that might be played by an understanding of truth as “what God knows” in clarifying them. She will also continue to consider questions regarding the relationship between quasi-realist expressivism and moral fictionalism.