Anthony A. Bryson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Director of the CORE Christian Liberal Arts Curriculum

(602) 489-5300 x2180
[email protected]


Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Iowa
Mst., Philosophical Theology, University of Oxford
M.A., Philosophy, University of Iowa
B.A., Philosophy, Arizona State University


Before coming to ACU, Dr. Bryson taught philosophy for 9 years at South Central College in southern Minnesota.  During his 9th and (thankfully) final Minnesota winter, Dr. Bryson was hired in January 2016 by ACU as an Associate Professor and Director of the CORE – ACU’s liberal arts curriculum. Dr. Bryson passionately shares the University’s vision of reclaiming the liberal arts in a Christian context. Dedicated to collaboration and classroom excellence, he oversees both new curriculum development and CORE implementation and administration. Dr. Bryson lives in north Phoenix with his wife Kacy (married 2004) and their two sons Ethan and Emry. In his so-called “free-time” he likes to play the piano, compose music, and fret.  His philosophical research focuses on issues in epistemology and philosophy of religion.


2012 “The View from the Armchair: A Critique of Kornblith’s Methodological Naturalism” with David Alexander, Essays in Philosophy: Vol. 13: Iss. 1, Article 10.    

2015 “Calvinism, Self-Attestation, and Apathy toward Arguments from Evil” In Calvinism and the Problem of Evil (ed.) David Alexander and Dan Johnson, Wipf and Stock Publishers.


“Divine Command Theory and the Intentionality Problem” Ethics and Religion (Evangelical Philosophical Society): San Francisco, CA, November 2011

“Internalizing Plantinga: How to be an Internalist about Proper Function” God, Mind, and Knowledge: The British Society for the Philosophy of Religion, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, September 14 – 16, 2011

“The Intentionality Problem for Divine Command Theory” Values and Virtues (Society of Christian Philosophers): Hope College, Michigan, February 24 – 26, 2011

“Internalizing Plantinga: How to be an Internalist about Proper Function” Plantinga’s Philosophy (Evangelical Philosophical Society): Atlanta, Georgia, November 17 – 19, 2010

“A Critique of BonJour’s Anti-Foundationalist Argument” Jacobsen Graduate Forum, University of Iowa, March 2006

“Explaining the Epistemological Divide” Midsouth Philosophy Conference, University of Memphis, February 2006

“Comments on Giovanni Mion’s ‘The Whorf Hypothesis: Conceptual and Empirical Issues’” Midsouth Philosophy Conference, University of Memphis, February 2006

“Explaining the Epistemological Divide” Iowa Philosophical Society, Simpson College, November 2005

“An Appeal to Epistemologists” Jacobsen Graduate Forum, University of Iowa, March 2005

Other Presentations

“Is It All Relative?”
Catholic Newmann Center, Minnesota State University, March 2014

“Is Faith Reasonable? The Implications of Externalism for Religious Belief”
South Central College, March 22, 2012

“The Ethics of Leadership”
Guest Speaker on Ethics and Leadership for the Leadership Academy at South Central College, January 2011


Fellowship, University of Iowa, 2002 – 2003
Summer Fellowship, University of Iowa, 2006
Teaching Assistantship, University of Iowa, Fall 2003 to Spring 2006
Received Master’s degree with 4.05 GPA
Nominated by University of Iowa philosophy faculty for university wide teaching award, March 2006
Full Academic Scholarship, Arizona State University, 2001 – 2002
Graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University (3.96 GPA)
Nominated to be supplemental instructor by Arizona State University Philosophy Faculty, August 2001