Faculty, Education Program
Residency Site: Plainfield VT



Gus Lyn-Piluso has been a faculty member at Goddard College since 1990. He is also a Liberal Studies professor in Toronto, Canada. He served as Board President of the John Howard Society of Toronto; a non-profit organization committed to social justice by helping men in conflict with the law. Currently, he is an active member of the International Big History Association and the Canadian and American Humanist Associations.


PhD in Education, The Union Institute
MA in Psychology, Goddard College
BA in Education and Psychology, Goddard College

Areas of Expertise

  • Philosophy of Education
  • Big History
  • Ethics
  • Philosophical Naturalism
  • Humanism

Personal Statement

My main interest has to do with helping students rigorously challenge popular assumptions about education by employing thoughtful methods of research and sound reasoning. This includes understanding the importance of empirical evidence and learning how to distinguish between sound and faulty knowledge claims. I am interested in making use of interdisciplinary insights, taking from history, philosophy, political theory, and social and evolutionary psychology to support and inform the educational process.

I am committed to social justice work in line with John Dewey’s humanism. To this end, I am a member of the national Board of Directors of the Centre for Inquiry of Canada, working to provide education to the public about sceptical, secular, rational and humanistic inquiry. I take seriously the notion that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”.