Academic Appointments 2015 – Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Chair
Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor
Strategy, Economics, Ethics, & Public Policy
2011 – 2015 Assistant Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, & Public Policy
2008 – 2011 Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Research
2006 – 2008 Research Fellow, Political Science
Education Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Arizona, 2002 - 2007
Dissertation: The Best Moral Theory Ever: The Merits and Methods of Moral Theory
Committee: David Schmidtz (chair), Mark Timmons, Michael Gill
M.A. Philosophy, University of Arizona, 2005
B.A. Philosophy, University of New Hampshire, December 2001
Economics, Case Western Reserve University, 1997-2000.
Areas of Specialization Political Philosophy, Applied Ethics, Economics and Philosophy
Research interests: commodification, voting ethics, political liberty, democratic theory, civic virtue, commerce and ethics, the intersection of politics, philosophy and economics, political economy, duties of competence and good faith, misuse and abuse of power and influence.
Areas of Competence Normative Ethics, Philosophy of Science, History of Modern Philosophy,
2017 Global Justice as Global Freedom, with Bas van der Vossen, under contract. Oxford University Press.
2016 Against Democracy,Princeton University Press
From the jacket: Most people believe democracy is a uniquely just form of government. They believe people have the right to an equal share of political power. And they believe that political participation is good for us—it empowers us, helps us get what we want, and tends to make us smarter, more virtuous, and more caring for one another. These are some of our most cherished ideas about democracy. But, Jason Brennan says, they are all wrong.
In this trenchant book, Brennan argues that democracy should be judged by its results—and the results are not good enough. Just as defendants have a right to a fair trial, citizens have a right to competent government. But democracy is the rule of the ignorant and the irrational, and it all too often falls short. Furthermore, no one has a fundamental right to any share of political power, and exercising political power does most of us little good. On the contrary, a wide range of social science research shows that political participation and democratic deliberation actually tend to make people worse—more irrational, biased, and mean. Given this grim picture, Brennan argues that a new system of government—epistocracy, the rule of the knowledgeable—may be better than democracy, and that it’s time to experiment and find out.
A challenging critique of democracy and the first sustained defense of the rule of the knowledgeable, Against Democracy is essential reading for scholars and students of politics across the disciplines
2017: Translated into German, Ullstein Buchverlage.
2017: Translated into Italian, LUISS University Press.
2017: Translated into Swedish, Timbro.
2015 Markets without Limits, with Peter Jaworski.Routledge Press.
From the jacket: May you sell your vote? May you sell your kidney? May gay men pay surrogates to bear them children? May spouses pay each other to watch the kids, do the dishes, or have sex? Should we allow the rich to genetically engineer gifted, beautiful children? Should we allow betting markets on terrorist attacks and natural disasters?
Most people shudder at the thought. To put some goods and services for sale offends human dignity. If everything is commodified, then nothing is sacred. The market corrodes our character. Or so most people say.
In Markets without Limits, Jason Brennan and Peter Jaworski give markets a fair hearing. The market does not introduce wrongness where there was not any previously. Thus, the authors claim, the question of what rightfully may be bought and sold has a simple answer: if you may do it for free, you may do it for money. Contrary to the conservative consensus, they claim there are no inherent limits to what can be bought and sold, but only restrictions on how we buy and sell.
2014 Compulsory Voting: For-and-Against, with Lisa Hill. New York: Cambridge University Press.
From the jacket: In many democracies, voter turnout is low and getting lower. If the people choose not to govern themselves, should they be forced to do so? For Jason Brennan, compulsory voting is unjust and a petty violation of citizens' liberty. The median non-voter is less informed and rational, as well as more biased than the median voter. According to Lisa Hill, compulsory voting is a reasonable imposition on personal liberty. Hill points to the discernible benefits of compulsory voting and argues that high turnout elections are more democratically legitimate. The authors - both well-known for their work on voting and civic engagement - debate questions such as: Do citizens have a duty to vote, and is it an enforceable duty? Does compulsory voting violate citizens' liberty? If so, is this sufficient grounds to oppose it? Or is it a justifiable violation? Might it instead promote liberty on the whole? Is low turnout a problem, or a blessing? Does compulsory voting produce better government? Or, might it instead produce worse government? Might it, in fact, have little effect overall on the quality of government?
2014 Why Not Capitalism? New York: Routledge Press.
From the jacket: Most economists believe capitalism is a compromise with selfish human nature. As Adam Smith put it, "It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest." Capitalism works better than socialism, according to this thinking, only because we are not kind and generous enough to make socialism work. If we were saints, we would be socialists.
In Why Not Capitalism?, Jason Brennan attacks this widely held belief, arguing that capitalism would remain the best system even if we were morally perfect. Even in an ideal world, private property and free markets would be the best way to promote mutual cooperation, social justice, harmony, and prosperity. Socialists seek to capture the moral high ground by showing that ideal socialism is morally superior to realistic capitalism. But, Brennan responds, ideal capitalism is superior to ideal socialism, and so capitalism beats socialism at every level.
Clearly, engagingly, and at times provocatively written, Why Not Capitalism? will cause readers of all political persuasions to re-evaluate where they stand vis-à-vis economic priorities and systems—as they exist now and as they might be improved in the future.
2016: Translated into Portuguese, Gradiva Press.
2012 Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
From the jacket: In Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know, Jason Brennan provides a clear, straightforward, yet thorough introduction to libertarian and classical liberal political thought. He reveals the ideas behind this growing political movement and explains how libertarianism offers a third-way alternative to traditional left and right politics. Libertarianism also corrects popular misconceptions. It is not about simple-minded paranoia about government, and libertarians are not out to justify the excesses of Big Business or to protect the interests of the rich and powerful. Rather, libertarianism, especially in its oldest “classical liberal" incarnations and in its newest “bleeding heart” wave, is animated by benevolence and a deep concern for the most vulnerable members of society.
2014: Translated into Turkish, Liberte Publishing.
2013: Translated into Mongolian, NEPKO publishing.
2011 The Ethics of Voting. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
From the jacket:
This provocative book challenges our fundamental assumptions about voting, revealing why it is not a duty for most citizens and why, in fact, many people owe it to the rest of us not to vote. Bad choices at the polls can result in unjust laws, needless wars, and calamitous economic policies. Jason Brennan shows why voters have duties to make informed decisions in the voting booth, to base their decisions on sound evidence for what will create the best possible policies, and to promote the common good rather than their own self-interest. They must vote well—or not vote at all.
2017: Translated into Japanese, Keiso Shobo.
2012: Expanded paperback edition of The Ethics of Voting, with new afterword “How to Vote Well”.
2010 A Brief History of Liberty, with David Schmidtz. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
From the jacket:
Through a fusion of philosophical, social scientific, and historical methods, A Brief History of Libertyprovides a comprehensive, philosophically-informed portrait of the elusive nature of one of our most cherished ideals.
Offers a succinct yet thorough survey of personal freedom
Explores the true meaning of liberty, drawing philosophical lessons about liberty from history
Considers the writings of key historical figures from Socrates and Erasmus to Hobbes, Locke, Marx, and Adam Smith
Combines philosophical rigor with social scientific analysis
Argues that liberty refers to a range of related but specific ideas rather than limiting the concept to one definition
2013: Translated into Italian and reprinted. Torino: IBL Libri.
2017 The Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism, with Bas van der Vossen and David Schmidtz. New York: Routledge, under contract.
2016 “When May We Kill Government Agents?: In Defense of Moral Parity,” Social Philosophy and Policy.
2016 “A Libertarian Case for Mandatory Vaccinations,” Journal of Medical Ethics.
2016 “Estimating the Cost of Adjunct Justice: A Case Study in University Business Ethics,” The Journal of Business Ethics, with Phil Magness.
2016 “Are Adjuncts Exploited?: Some Grounds for Skepticism,” The Journal of Business Ethics, with Phil Magness.
2016 “Klotzes and Glotzes, Semiotics and Embodying Normative Stances,” Business Ethics Review Journal 4: 7-14, with Peter Jaworski.
2016 “I’ll Pay You Ten Bucks Not to Murder Me” Business Ethics Review Journal, with Peter Jaworski.
2015 “Markets without Symbolic Limits,” Ethics 125: 1053-1077.
2015 “Consequences Matter More: In Defense of Instrumentalism about Private versus Public Prisons,” Criminal Law and Philosophy.
2015 “In Defense of Commodification,” Moral Philosophy and Politics 2: 357-377, with Peter Jaworski.
2015 “Community, Diversity, and Equality in G. A. Cohen’s Socialist Ideal,” Analyse & Kritik 35: 113-30.
2015 “Market Architecture: It’s the How, Not the What,” Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy 15: 231-250.
2014 “How Smart is Democracy? You Can’t Answer that A Priori,” Critical Review 26: 4-30.
2013 “Is Market Society Intrinsically Repugnant?” The Journal of Business Ethics112: 271-281.
2013 “The Right to Good Faith: How Crony Capitalism Delegitimizes the Administrative State,” Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy 11: 313-334.
2012 “Political Liberty: Who Needs It?” Social Philosophy and Policy 29: 1-27.
Reprinted in Matt Zwolinski, ed., Arguing about Political Philosophy (London: Routledge, 2014.)
2012 “Why Liberal States Must Accommodate Tax Resistors,” Public Affairs Quarterly 26: 141-160.
2012 “For-Profit Business as Civic Virtue,” The Journal of Business Ethics 106: 313-324.
2011 “The Right to a Competent Electorate.” Philosophical Quarterly 61, 700-724.
Reprinted in Tom Lansford, ed., Opposing Viewpoints: Voting Rights (New York: Gale/Cengage2, 2015).
2011 “Condorcet’s Jury Theorem and the Optimum Number of Voters.” Politics 31:2, 55-62.
2010 “Scepticism about Philosophy.” Ratio 23: 1-16.
2009 “Polluting the Polls: When Citizens Should Not Vote.” Australasian Journal of Philosophy87:4, 535-549.
2009 “Tuck on the Rationality of Voting.” Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 3: 1-5.
2008 “Beyond the Bottom Line: The Theoretical Goals of Moral Theorizing.” Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 28: 277-296.
2008 “What if Kant Had Had a Cognitive Theory of the Emotions?” In Valerio Rohden, et al (eds.), Recht und Freiden in der Philosophie Kants: Atken des X. Internationalen Kants-Kongresses (Berlin: De Gruyter), 219-228.
2007 “Modesty without Illusion.” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 75: 111-128.
2007 “Free Will in the Block Universe.” Philosophia 35: 207-217.
2007 “Rawls’s Paradox.” Constitutional Political Economy 18: 287-299.
2005 “Choice and Excellence: A Defense of Millian Individualism.” Social Theory and Practice 31: 483-498.
2004 “Illiberal Liberals.” Review Journal of Political Philosophy 2: 59-103.
Translated into Turkish and reprinted in Liberal Düsünce [The Journal of Liberal Thought] 15 (2010), 61-89.
2017 “Classical Liberalism: Back to the Future,” in The Future of Classical Liberalism, ed. M. Todd Henderson. New York: Cambridge University Press.
2017 “Epistemic Democracy,” in Routledge Handbook of Applied Epistemology, ed. David Coady and James Chase. New York: Routledge Press.
2017 “I’d Rather Be Caned: Why Isn’t Incarceration ‘Cruel and Unusual Punishment’?,” in Against Incarceration, ed. Christopher Surprenant. New York: Routledge Press.
2017 “Murderers at the Ballot Box: On the Permissibility of Lying to Bad Voters,” in Political Ethics, ed. David Killoren. New York: Routledge Press.
2016 “Elinor Ostrom’s Governing the Commons,” in Oxford Handbook of Classics in Contemporary Political Theory, ed. Jacob Levy. New York: Oxford University Press.
2016 “Democracy and Freedom,” in The Oxford Handbook of Freedom, ed. David Schmidtz. New York: Oxford University Press.
2016 “Markets, Commodification, and Virtuous Motivation,” in Economics and the Virtues, ed. Jennifer Baker and Mark White. New York: Oxford University Press.
2013 “Epistocracy within Public Reason,” in Democracy in the Twenty First Century: Problems and Prospects, ed. Ann Cudd and Sally Scholz. Berlin: Springer.
2012 “Classical Liberalism,” with John Tomasi, in The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy, ed. David Estlund. New York: Oxford University Press.
2012 “Resolved, Con: The United States Should Adopt Compulsory Voting,” in Debating Reform: Conflicting Perspectives on How to Fix the American Political System, 2ndEdition, ed. Richard Ellis and Michael Nelson. New York: Sage.
2015 Joseph Heath, Morality, Competition and the Firm: The Market Failures Approach to Business Ethics, in Kennedy Institute for Ethics Journal.
2015 Claudio López-Guerra, Democracy and Disenfranchisement (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), in Social Theory and Practice.
2015 William MacAskill, Doing Good Better (New York: Gotham Books, 2015), in The Philosopher’s Magazine.
2013 Gary Chartier, Anarchy and Legal Order: Politics for a Stateless Society (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
2013 Ruth Grant, Strings Attached (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012), in Public Choice 155: 561-3.
2006 “The Experience of Freedom.” Review of C. Fred Alford, Rethinking Freedom (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2005), in Review of Politics 68: 687-9.
2016 “Voting.” In The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed. Edward Zalta.
2016 “The Free Market.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics,ed. William R. Thompson. New York: Oxford University Press.
2015 “Libertarianism.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science, ed. Sandy Baisel. New York: Oxford University Press.
2010 “Liberty and Freedom.” In Political and Civic Leadership, ed. Richard A. Couto (Thousands Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing).
2010 “Liberty.” In The Encyclopedia of Political Theory, ed. Simon Caney (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing), 819-822.
2006 “Marijuana.” In Social Issues in America, ed. James Ciment (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe), 1044-1054.
Op-Eds and Public Outreach Publications
2016 “Epistocracy Defended,” Aeon, September edition.
2016 “Against Democracy,” The National Interest, September edition.
2016, “Can Epistocracy Fix Democracy?,” LA Times, Sunday August 28.
2016 “Politics Makes Us Dumb and Mean,” Emotion Researcher, September edition.
2016 “We Can Blame Old People for Brexit, but We Shouldn’t Take Away Their Votes,” Quartz, July 1.
2016 “The Brexit Vote Has Exposed the Flaws of Referendum Democracy,” Newsweek, June 25.
2016 “What Brexit Voters Forgot on Their Way to the Polls,” Quartz, June 25.
2016 “Pox Populi,” Chronicle Review. June 19.
2016 “Make Sure Elites and the People Keep Each Other in Check,” Zócalo Public Square, June 19.
2016 Political Philosophy: An Introduction. Introductory open-access textbook on political philosophy, published by the Cato Institute.
2015 “What Are the Limits to Markets?,” with Peter Jaworski, lead essay in debate on commodification, Cato Unbound, with Robert Kuttner and Benjamin Barber as respondents.
2015 “Black Markets Kill,” debate on kidney sales with Pedro García Otero, Pan Am Post, Sep. 26.
2015 “Why Do Smart Politicians Say Stupid Things?,” Newsweek, Sep. 6.
2015 “It’s Okay to Have Nice Things,” Aeon. June 12.
2014 “Let 16-Year-Olds Vote.” CNN.com. Sep. 19.
2014 “What the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Says about Capitalism,” Fortune, June 19.
2012 “Against Compulsory Voting.” CostCo Connection, Nov 1.
2012 “Should Voting Be Mandatory? No.” Junior Scholastic, January 2.
2011 “High Turnout Would Be a Disaster.” New York Times, Nov. 7.
2011 “The Ethics of Voting.” The Art of Theory. Summer edition.
2011 “Be a Smart Voter—Canada Needs You.” The Globe and Mail. March 30.
2010 “What Guarantees Liberty?” Consider, with David Schmidtz, debate with Elizabeth Anderson.
2010 “Conceptions of Freedom.” Co-authored with David Schmidtz, lead essay in debate on liberty, Cato Unbound, with Phillip Pettit, John Christman, and Tom Palmer as respondents. Two replies to critics: “Is Liberty an Inherently Social Concept?” (single-authored) and “Reflections on the History and Language of Liberty” (co-authored with Schmidtz.)
2014 “Most Americans Should Not Vote,” California State University, Sacramento, Nov. 3. Keynote address.
2014 “Why Not Capitalism?” College of New Jersey, Oct. 1.
2014 “Markets without Limits,” Western Carolina University, Sep. 25.
2014 “Markets without Limits,” George Mason University, May 1.
2014 “Markets without Symbolic Limits,” University of Toronto, March 18.
2014 “Competence and the Right to Rule,” Public Choice Society, Charleston, SC, Mar. 6.
2014 “Why Not Capitalism?” American Philosophical Association, Society for Business Ethics, Central Division, Chicago, IL, Feb. 28.
2014 Series of talks, Wellesley College, Jan 20-21.
2013 “Why Not Capitalism?” American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Baltimore, MD, Dec. 29. Invited symposium on capitalism and social justice.
2013 “Why Not Capitalism?” Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, Dec 16.
2013 “Why Not Capitalism?” University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, Nov. 21.
2013 “Why Not Capitalism?” University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, Oct. 25.
2013 “On the Rationality of Law.” Duke University, Sep. 19.
2013 “How Smart Is Democracy? Against A Priori Answers.” American Political Science Association. Symposium on Democratic Reason. Chicago, IL, Aug. 30.
2013 “The Demographic Argument for Compulsory Voting.” American Political Science Association. Chicago, IL. Aug 30.
2013 “The Ethics of Rent Seeking.” Society for Business Ethics, Aug. 9.
2013 “The Ethics Consulting Project.” Society for Business Ethics. Aug 9.
2013 “Signaling Equality? Against Semiotic Arguments for Democracy.” Conference on Problems of Democracy. Charles Sturt University/CAPPE/Australian National University. Canberra, ACT, Australia. July 4-5.
2013 “Why Political Philosophy Goes Off Course,” Conference on Markets, Justice, and the Law, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University, May 31.
2013 Critic in Author Meets Critics session on John Tomasi’s Free Market Fairness, American Philosophical Association. San Francisco, CA. March 26.
2013 “The Ethics Project.” Aspen Undergraduate Business Consortium meeting, March 11.
2013 “The Ethics of Rent Seeking.” George Washington University School of Business. Feb. 27.
2013 “Against Compulsory Voting.” Georgia State University, Feb. 22.
2013 “Business Activity as an Expression of Civic Virtue.” James Madison University, Feb. 4.
2013 Series of talks on Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know. Wellesley College, Jan. 21-22.
2012 “Business Activity as an Expression of Civic Virtue.” Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. Dec. 7
2012 “The Right to Good Faith: How Crony Capitalism Delegitimizes Democratic Government.” Conference on the Government Bailouts and Crony Capitalism. Georgetown University. November 30.
2012 “When Citizens May Assassinate Democratic Officials?” UNC Greensboro, November 12.
2012 “Why Open Borders Are Morally Imperative,” UNC Greensboro, November 12.
2012 “Epistocracy within Public Reason.” International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy. Baltimore, MD. October 26.
2012 “Most Americans Shouldn’t Vote.” Hampden-Sydney College. October 18.
2012 “Most Americans Shouldn’t Vote.” University of Richmond. October 11.
2012 “The Ethics Project” Society for Business Ethics Annual Meeting. Boston, MA. August 5.
2012 Invited panel on The Ethics of Voting, Association of Private Enterprise Education, April 2.
2012 Series of lectures on The Ethics of Voting, Rhodes College, February 24-26.
2012 Comments on David Sobel’s “Backing Away from Self-Ownership.” Arizona Current Research Workshop. University of Arizona. Tucson, AZ. January 4.
2011 Book forum on The Ethics of Voting, with commentary by Bryan Caplan, CATO Institute, July 21.
2011 “Political Liberty: Who Needs It?” Linfield College, OR, May 5.
2010 “Civic Virtue without Politics.” Georgetown University, Washington, DC, Nov 16.
2010 “Political Liberty: Who Needs It?” Social Philosophy and Policy Center, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, Nov. 5.
2010 “Political Liberty: Who Needs It?” University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, Sep 29.
2010 “When Citizens Should Not Vote.” Australian National University, Research School of the Social Sciences. Canberra, Australia. August 23.
2010 “Responsible Voting.” Center for American Studies conference on civic virtue, Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA, Feb. 4. Expected to be published in an anthology later.
2010 “Does Empirical Psychology Vindicate Utilitarianism?” American Philosophical Association, Central Division, Chicago, IL, Feb. 18.
2009 “Civic Virtue without Politics.” New England Political Science Association, Portland, ME, May 8.
2009 “Civic Virtue without Politics.” Invited symposium on civic virtue, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, Vancouver, BC, April 8.
2009 “Civic Virtue without Politics.” Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 3.
2008 “Fighting over ‘Freedom’.” Invited panel on freedom, New England Political Science Association, Providence, RI, April 24.
2008 Invited participant, roundtable on Private Property, Taxation, and Justice, Program in Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, March 12-14.
2008 “Pluralism about Moral Theories.” Current Research Workshop, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, January 4.
2007 “The Social Contract as an Institutional Framework for Entrepreneurship.” Invited talk, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, April 19.
2007 “Positive Liberty and Economic Freedom.” Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, March 2.
2007 “Philosophical Dissensus.” University of Maryland, College Park, MD, February 9.
2007 “Philosophical Dissensus.” College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, February 2.
2007 “Modesty without Illusion.” College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, February 2.
2007 “Philosophical Dissensus.” Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, January 26.
2006 “Theory Multiplism.” University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, October 20.
2006 “On Behalf of Moral Principles.” American Philosophical Association,Pacific Division (colloquium paper), Portland, OR, March 24.
2005 “What If Kant Had Had a Cognitive Theory of the Emotions?” 10th International Kant Congress, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, September 5.
2005 “The Vices of the Virtues of Ignorance.” International Society for Utilitarian Studies, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, August 11.
2005 “Free Will in the Block Universe.” Society for Exact Philosophy, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, May 20.
2005 “Rawls' Paradox.” North Texas Philosophical Association, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, April 23
Television, Radio, Video, Interviews, Blogging 2016 Matt Townsend Show, XM 143, on epistocracy, Sep. 29.
2016 Elle interview on the ethics of voting, Sep. edition.
2016 Philosophy Talk interview on the ethics of voting, Sep.
2016 Vice interview on the ethics of voting, August 29.
2016 WGBH Radio on epistocracy, August 25.
2016 Newstalk Radio on epistocracy and pathologies of democracy, August 15.
2016 NPR, “To the Point,” July 28, on voting one’s conscience.
2016 NPR, “Take Two,” July 28, on the ethics of voting.
2016 CBC Radio, “The Current,” June 29, on Brexit.
2016 Online lecture series on introduction to political philosophy, eleven twenty-minute sessions, available at Libertarianism.org/Cato Institute.
2016 Discussion of Why Not Capitalism?, Rose Unplugged, AM 1250.
2014 Discussions of the Ethics of Voting, NPR, Wisconsin Public Radio “To the Best of Our Knowledge,” and the Armstrong and Getty Show (various stations throughout California), various dates in late October.
2014 Bloggingheads.TV discussion on Why Not Capitalism? with Will Wilkinson.
2013Stossel, Fox Business, interview about social justice, Nov. 20.
2013 Debate about compulsory voting, Southern California Public Radio, Sep. 16.
2013 Interview about The Ethics of Voting, Perspectives with Elaina Goldstein, AM 790 Providence, Mar. 17.
2013 Interview about Libertarianism, Greg Kino Program, Adrenaline Radio, AM 1680 Los Angeles, Jan. 28.
2013 Q&Awith Brian Lamb, C-SPAN, one-hour interview on Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know, Jan. 13.
2012 HuffPost Live, on non-voters and motivations behind voter abstention. Nov. 4.
2012 The Stream, Al Jazeera, debate and discussion of effects of third party voting and abstention. October 24.
2012 NPR, interview on the pros and cons of campaign finance reform and mandatory disclosure.
2012 Toronto Star/Mark News TV debate on compulsory voting with Liberal Party of Canada former president Alfred Apps.
2011 New Books in Philosophy, interviewed by Robert Talisse.
2011 “Religion and Public Reason,” Philosophy TV discussion with Kevin Vallier.
2011 PBS, Need to Know, interview about The Ethics of Voting.
2011 CBC, The Sunday Edition, with Michael Enright, interview on The Ethics of Voting. Broadcasted March 27.
2011 Interviews with Vanity Fair Italia and EsquireRussia on voting ethics.
2010 “The Moral Meaning of Christmas?” Philosophy TV videocast.
2010 “Political Liberty: Who Needs It?/The Epistemic Argument for Hedonism,” Philosophy TV discussion with Neil Sinhabubu.
2009 Bloggingheads.TV discussion on civic virtue with Richard Dagger.
2008 Radio Netherlands Interview on “Polluting the Polls.” October 30.
2008 The Guardian Politics interview on “When Citizens Should Not Vote”.
2008 Bloggingheads.TV discussion on “In Defense of Not Voting”, with Will Wilkinson.
Contributor to Princeton University Press, Oxford University Press, Blackwell’s …and Philosophy Bleeding Heart Libertarians, Public Reason, PEA Soup, and Foundation for Economic Education blogs.
Teaching Experience * Indicates a new course I created or helped to create.
Georgetown University: Gordon Shannon, Alexander McCobin
Tulane University: Tom Mulligan
Graduate Level, at Georgetown University
Principled Leadership, Moral Decision-Making (with John Hasnas)
MBA Tutorials, at Georgetown University
Economic Growth, Stability, and Openness; Leadership and Perceptions of Corporate Debt in Emerging Markets
Undergraduate Level, at Georgetown University
*Ethics and Entrepreneurship (first year seminar), *The Moral Foundations of Market Society (introductory lecture), Social Responsibilities of Business (senior capstone)
Graduate Level, at Brown University
*Civic Virtue and the Duties of Citizens (Seminar).
Undergraduate Level, at Brown University
Moral Philosophy (Mid-level lecture), *History of Moral Philosophy: The British Moralists (Advanced Lecture/Seminar), *Prosperity: The Ethics and Economics of Wealth Creation (Advanced Lecture), with John Tomasi (political science) and Mark Koyama (economics), Reason and Religion (Introductory Lecture), *Environmental Ethics (Mid-level Lecture), Moral Philosophy (Mid-Level Lecture), *Freedom (First Year Seminar), *Moral Metatheory (Senior Research Seminar).
Independent Studies and Tutorials Supervised, at Brown University
Citizens of Faith and Public Reason (Bachelor’s Thesis), Self-interest and Morality (Bachelor’s Thesis), Social Contract Theories, Constructivism in Metaethics and Political Theory, Voting Ethics, Green Political Liberalism (Bachelor’s Thesis, as second reader), Political Economy
Undergraduate Level, at the University of Arizona
Philosophy of Freedom (Upper Level Lecture), Business Ethics (Upper Level Lecture), Philosophy of Freedom (Upper Level Lecture), Ancient Philosophy (Mid-Level Lecture).
Courses Assisted, at the University of Arizona
Introductory Philosophy of Science, with Shaughan Lavine; Introductory Philosophy of Mind, with David Chalmers; Introductory Metaphysics, with Laurie Paul.
Professional Activities and Service Project Editor, Social Philosophy and Policy
Category Editor, Government and Democracy, philpapers.org
Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Routledge Press, Princeton University Press, Stanford University Press, Cornell University Press, Palgrave-MacMillan, Continuum/Bloomsbury Press
Swiss Science Foundation, Israeli Science Foundation
Canadian Philosophical Association, KU Leuven
Ethics; Mind; Nous; American Political Science Review; The Australasian Journal of Philosophy:Philosophical Studies; Philosophical Quarterly; Philosophers’ Imprint; American Journal of Political Science; The Journal of Political Philosophy; Ratio; Canadian Journal of Philosophy; Politics, Philosophy, and Economics; British Journal of Political Science; The Journal of Politics; Rationality and Society; Social Theory and Practice; Political Studies; Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, The Journal of Medical Ethics; The Journal of Value Inquiry; The Journal of Ethics; The Journal of Moral Philosophy; Episteme; Public Affairs Quarterly; Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal; The Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy; The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy; Politics; Social Science Quarterly; Contemporary Political Theory; The European Journal of Political Theory; Environmental Politics; The Independent Review; Business Ethics Quarterly; The Journal of Business Ethics; Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy; European Journal of Analytic Philosophy;Democratization; Ethical Perspectives;The Journal of Markets and Morality; The Journal of Philosophical Research; The Journal of the American Philosophical Association; Laws, Ethics, and Philosophy Departmental and University Service Chairperson, Designing the Future(s) Advisory Committee (Overseeing development of experimental pedagogy at Georgetown) 2016-present.
Faculty Director, First Year Seminar Program, McDonough School of Business, 2014-present.