David Schmidtz

Affiliation: Center for the Philosophy of Freedom

Title: Kendrick Professor of Philosophy, Eller Chair of Service-Dominant Logic

Type of Affiliation: Faculty

David Schmidtz is editor of Social Philosophy & Policy and Head of the Department of Political Economy & Moral Science  at the University of Arizona.

After graduating from Arizona in 1988, he spent the next three years at Yale as Assistant Professor, then three more as Associate Professor. Since then, he enjoyed three semesters at Bowling Green in Philosophy and the Social Philosophy and Policy Center, a semester as Visiting Professor at McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, and a semester teaching first year property at Florida State College of Law. He was named Phi Beta Kappa National Scholar in 2014.  He was the founding Director of the Arizona Center for Philosophy of Freedom.

Dave has won fundraiser of the year awards from both the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the University.  Dave thanks all those who fund his research, as listed in the Acknowledgements sections of his published essays.  Here are some samples of his work on PROPERTY, MORALITY, CAPITALISM, COMMUNISM, POLITICSENVIRONMENT, EQUALITY, and JUSTICE.


Books Authored by David Schmidtz

Every species has its tools for survival. To say "no man is an island" is to say that without trade, we would live... Read more
Is it rational to be moral? How do rationality and morality fit together with being human? These questions are at the heart... Read more
Extensively revised and expanded in this second edition, Environmental Ethics: What Really Matters, What Really Works... Read more
Using a fusion of philosophical, social scientific, and historical methods, --  A Brief History of Liberty... Read more
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This volume collects thirteen of David Schmidtz's essays on the question of what it takes to live a good life, given... Read more
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What is justice? Questions of justice are questions about what people are due, but what that means in practice depends on... Read more
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The issue of social welfare and individual responsibility has become a topic of international public debate in recent years... Read more
The most widely accepted justification for political authority is that coercive institutions are necessary to provide for... Read more

Books Edited by David Schmidtz

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This collection is devoted to Robert Nozick, one of the dominant philosophical thinkers of our time. Nozick's famous book... more

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Libertarians often bill their theory as an alternative to both the traditional Left and Right.  The Routledge Handbook of... more

Multimedia Textbooks by David Schmidtz


In this book, Cathleen Johnson, Robert Lusch, and David Schmidtz discuss the connections between the ethical, economic, and entrepreneurial dimensions of a life well-lived.

The ethical question is: how do people have to live in order to make the world a better place with them than without...

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What is the difference between a good theory and a bad one?  What makes theorizing worthwhile?  What sort of truth is there for moral theories to track?  What can a theory track well?  Is there “terrain” that is there no point in even trying to track (either because it is not worth tracking or...


In this book, Cathleen Johnson, Robert Lusch, and David Schmidtz discuss the connections between the ethical, economic, and entrepreneurial dimensions of a life well-lived.

The ethical question is: how do people have to live in order to make the world a better place with them than without...

Research Papers by David Schmidtz

Title Publication Year Published
Voting: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly The Handbook of Philosophy and Public Policy 2018
The Demographic Objection to Epistocracy Res Publica 2018
Can Corrupt Soft Money Improve Corrupt Academia? Free Speech on Campus 2018
Should Employers Pay a Living Wage? Journal of Business Ethics 2018
Moral Parity between State and Non-State Actors Routledge Handbook of Anarchy 2018
Classical Liberalism: Back to the Future The Future of Classical Liberalism 2018
Libertarianism After Nozick Philosophy Compass 2018
Foreign Aid and Global Redistribution: A Critique Ethics: Left and Right 2018
Epistemic Democracy Routledge Handbook of Applied Epistemology 2018
Voting: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly The Handbook of Philosophy and Public Policy 2018
The Myths of the Self-Ownership Thesis The Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism 2017
Realistic Idealism Research Methods in Analytical Political Theory, ed. Adrian Blau 2017
Ethics, Antibiotics, and Public Policy Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy 2017
Democracy and Freedom Oxford Handbook of Freedom 2017
The Myths of the Self-Ownership Thesis The Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism 2017
Estimating the Cost of Adjunct Justice: A Case Study in University Business Ethics Journal of Business Ethics 2016
Can Trust, Reciprocity, and Friendships Survive Contact with the Market? Economics and the Virtues: Building a New Moral Foundation 2016
Are Adjuncts Exploited?: Some Grounds for Skepticism Journal of Business Ethics 2016
Joseph Heath, Morality, Competition and the Firm: The Market Failures Approach to Business Ethics Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 2016
On Virtue Economics 2016
Klotzes and Glotzes, Semiotics and Embodying Normative Stances Business Ethics Review Journal 2016
Elinor Ostrom's Governing the Commons Oxford Handbook of Classics in Contemporary Political Theory 2016
The Ethics and Rationality of Voting Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 2016
When May We Kill Government Agents?: In Defense of Moral Parity Social Philosophy and Policy 2016
I'll Pay You Ten Bucks Not to Murder Me Business Ethics Review Journal 2016
Do Markets Corrupt? Economics and the Virtues 2016
Rent Seeking and the Economics of Corruption Constitutional Political Economy 2016
A Libertarian Case for Mandatory Vaccinations Journal of Medical Ethics 2016
Markets without Symbolic Limits Ethics 2015
On Hillel Steiner’s ‘A Liberal Theory of Exploitation' Ethics 2015
Free Will, Moral Responsibility, and Mental Illness Philosophy and Psychiatry: Problems, Intersections, and New Perspectives 2015
Voting and Causal Responsibility 2015
Public goods and government action Politics, Philosophy and Economics 2015
Consequences Matter More: In Defense of Instrumentalism about Private versus Public Prisons Criminal Law and Philosophy 2015
Epistocracy within Public Reason Democracy in the 21st Century 2015
Crossing a Mesh Theory with a Reasons-Responsive Theory: Unholy Spawn of an Impending Apocalypse or Love Child of a New Dawn Agency, Freedom, and Moral Responsbility 2015
Voting and Causal Responsibility 2015
Two Psychological Defenses of Hobbes's Claim Against the "Fool" Hobbes Studies 2015
What’s Wrong With Factory Farming? Public Health Ethics 2015
In Defense of Commodification Moral Philosophy and Politics 2015
Crossing a Mesh Theory with a Reasons-Responsive Theory: Unholy Spawn of an Impending Apocalypse or Love Child of a New Dawn Agency, Freedom, and Moral Responsbility 2015
Negative Duties, The WTO and the Harm Argument Political Studies 2015
Service Innovation: A Service-Dominant (S-D) Logic Perspective Management Information Systems Quarterly 2015
Community, Diversity, and Equality in G. A. Cohen’s Socialist Ideal Analyse & Kritik 2015
Hume on the Artificial Virtues The Oxford Handbook of Hume 2015
Market Architecture: It’s the How, Not the What Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy 2015
Difference - Making in Epistemology Noûs 2014
Prisoner’s Dilemma Experiment 2014
How Smart is Democracy? You Can't Answer that A Priori Critical Review 2014
Review of Hélène Landemore, Democratic Reason Ethics 2014
Race, Genes, and the Ethics of Belief: A review of Nicholas Wade, A Troublesome Inheritance Hastings Center Report 2014
Is Market Society Intrinsically Repugnant? Journal of Business Ethics 2014
Hayek’s Slippery Slope, the Stability of the Mixed Economy and the Dynamics of Rent Seeking Political Studies 2014
What is an Epidemic? Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 2014
Perfectionism, Reasonableness, and Respect Political Theory 2014
A Defense of Compulsory Vaccination HealthCare Ethics Committee Forum 2014
Prisoner’s Dilemma Experiment 2014
Public Goods and Procreation Monash Bioethics Review 2014
The Vacuity of the Political "We" Library of Economics and Liberty 2014
International Justice The Encyclopedia of Political Thought 2014
What virtue ethics can learn from utilitarianism The Cambridge Companion to Utilitarianism 2014
Prisoner’s Dilemma Experiment 2014
Genes, Race, and the Ethics of Belief Hastings Center Report 2014
Epistocracy within Public Reason Democracy in the 21st Century 2013
Political Morality and Constitutional Settlements Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 2013
Social Norms, The Invisible Hand, and the Law University of Queensland Law Journal 2013
Children’s Agency, Interests, and Medical Consent HEC Forum 2013
Better Humans?: Understanding the Enhancement Project Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2013
Self-Government, Market Democracy, and Economic Liberty Social Theory and Practice 2013
Making a Difference in a Deterministic World Philosophical Review 2013
Virtue ethics, happiness, and the good life The Cambridge Companion to Virtue Ethics 2013
On What Matters Journal of Moral Philosophy 2013
On Eating Animals Social Philosophy and Policy 2013
The Right to Good Faith: How Crony Capitalism Delegitimizes the Administrative State Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy 2013
The Manipulation of Choice: Ethics and Libertarian Paternalism The Independent Review 2013
Collective Action and Individual Choice Journal of Medical Ethics 2013
Enforcing Morality Criminal Law and Philosophy 2013
Is It Wrong to Eat Animals? Social Philosophy and Policy 2013
Social Norms, The Invisible Hand, and the Law University of Queensland Law Journal 2013
Backing Away From Equality Criminal Justice Ethics 2012
Cost-Benefit Analysis: An Ethical Critique 2012
Is Obesity a Public Health Problem? Public Health Ethics. 2012
Conscientious Tax Objection: Why Liberal States Must Accommodate Tax Resistors Public Affairs Quarterly 2012
Phronesis and the Virtues Cambridge Companion to Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics 2012
Values in and Duties to the Natural World Ethics and the Environment 2012
Defending Nonhistorical Compatibilism: A Reply to Haji and Cuypers Philosophical Issues 2012
Animal Liberation and Environmental Ethics: Bad Marriage, Quick Divorce Osgoode Hall Law Journal 2012
For-Profit Business as Civic Virtue Journal of Business Ethics 2012
Public Reason and Moral Authoritarianism The Philosophical Quarterly 2012
The Ethics of Respect for Nature 2012
Moral Pluralism and the Environment Environmental Values 2012
Causation and Freedom Journal of Philosophy 2012
Classical Liberalism The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy 2012
Aristotelian Virtue Theory: After the Person-Situation Debate Special issue of International Journal of Philosophical Studies 2012
The Elephant Management Dilemma 2012
Directed Blame and Conversation Blame: Its Nature and Norms 2012
Do We Consume Too Much? The Atlantic 2012
Beyond Humanity? The Ethics of Biomedical Enhancement Bioethics 2012
Rescuing Justice from Equality Social Philosophy and Policy 2012
Political Liberty: Who Needs It? Social Philosophy and Policy 2012
Three Arguments against Prescription Requirements Journal of Medical Ethics 2012
Should Trees Have Legal Standing? Towards Legal Rights for Natural Objects 2012
Constitutional Neutrality among Economic Policies 2012
Elinor Ostrom’s life and work 2012
On Satz, Why Some Things Should Not Be For Sale Journal of Philosophy 2011
Public Health and Public Goods Public Health Ethics 2011
The Consequences of Radical Reform: The French Revolution American Economic Review 2011
The Constitution of Nondomination Social Philosophy and Policy 2011
The Right to a Competent Electorate Philosophical Quarterly 2011
Polycentricity: From Polanyi to Ostrom, and Beyond Governance 2011
Condorcet’s Jury Theorem and the Optimum Number of Voters Politics 2011
Neo-vouchers: The Emergence of Tuition Tax Credits for Private Schooling Educational Review 2011
Moral Responsibility, Manipulation Arguments, and History: Assessing the Resilience of Nonhistorical Compatibilism Journal of Ethics 2011
What Can we learn from Portuguese Drug Decriminalization?” BRIT. J. CRIMINOL 2010
Rising Plague: The Global Threat from Antibiotics-Resistant Bacteria American Journal of Bioethics 2010
Alternative Agents for Humanitarian Intervention Journal of Global Ethics 2010
Kaldor-Hicks Coercion, Coasian Bargaining, and the State 2010
Beyond Markets and States: Polycentric Governance of Complex Economic Systems American Economic Review 2010
Combating Resistance: The Case for a Global Antibiotics Treaty Public Health Ethics 2010
Neutralism for Perfectionists: The Case of Restricted State Neutrality Ethics 2010
Did France Cause the Great Depression NBER WORKING PAPER SERIES 2010
Embodiment and Self-Ownership Social Philosophy and Policy 2010
Sentiments and spectators: Adam Smith’s theory of moral judgment The Adam Smith Review 2010
The Virtue of Simplicity Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 2010
Scepticism about Philosophy Ratio 2010
Game Theory and Ethics 2010
Water Externalities: Tragedy of the Common Canal 2009
Polluting the Polls: When Citizens Should Not Vote Australasian Journal of Philosophy 2009
Tuck on the Rationality of Voting Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 2009
Who is the Invader? Alien Species, Property Rights and Police Power Social Philosophy and Policy 2009
History, politics, and claims of man-made global warming Social Philosophy and Policy 2009
Polluting the Polls: When Citizens Should Not Vote Australasian Journal of Philosophy 2009
Polluting the Polls: When Citizens Should Not Vote Australasian Journal of Philosophy 2009
Polluting the Polls: When Citizens Should Not Vote Australasian Journal of Philosophy 2009
Critical Thinking and Legal Culture Perspectives in Moral Science 2009
Understanding the Precautionary Principle and its Threat to Human Welfare Social Philosophy and Policy 2009
Is There a Right to Health Care? A Companion to Bioethics, Second Edition 2009
Water Externalities: Tragedy of the Common Canal 2009
Welfare, Autonomy, and Contractual Freedom Theoretical Foundations of Law and Economics 2009
A Polycentric Approach for Coping with Climate Change World Bank 2009
Do Global Warming and Climate Change Represent a Serious Threat to Our Welfare and Environment Social Philosophy and Policy 2009
Organ Transplantation From Birth to Death and Bench to Clinic: The Hastings Center Bioethics Briefing Book for Journalists, Policymakers, and Campaigns 2008
Frankfurt's argument against alternative possibilities: Looking beyond the examples Noûs 2008
Trade Protection and the U.S. Economy: Examining the Evidence Trade Policy Analysis 2008
Beyond the Bottom Line: The Theoretical Goals of Moral Theorizing Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 2008
That “Ought” Does Not Imply “Right”: Why It Matters for Virtue Ethics The Southern Journal of Philosophy 2008
What if Kant Had Had a Cognitive Theory of the Emotions? Recht und Freiden in der Philosophie Kants 2008
Internal Reasons and the Ought-Implies-Can Principle Philosophical Forum 2008
A Hard-line Reply to Pereboom's Four-Case Manipulation Argument Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 2008
Personal Identity and Practical Reason Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review 2008
Justice as Fairness Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 2008
The Moral Limits of Markets: The Case of Human Organs Meeting of the Aristotelian Society held at Senate House, University of London 2008
Dominating Nature Environmental Values 2007
Climate Change Justice SSRN Electronic Journal 2007
Rawls’s Paradox Constitutional Political Economy 2007
The Trolley Problem as a Problem for Libertarians Utilitas 2007
Ethics and Drug Resistance Bioethics 2007
Pluralism and the Moral Grounds of Liberal Theory Social Theory and Practice 2007
Monetary Calculation and the Extension of Social Cooperation Into Anonymity The Journal of Private Enterprise 2007
Modesty without Illusion Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 2007
Democracy and Equality Philosophical Quarterly 2007
Free Will in the Block Universe Philosophia 2007
Modesty without Illusion Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 2007
Collective Responsibility and an Agent Meaning Theory Midwest Studies in Philosophy 2006
Unintended Consequences 1, Good Intentions 0 Library of Economics and Liberty 2006
A Core Precautionary Principle Journal of Political Philosophy 2006
The Morality of Killing Human Embryos Ethics and Political Philosophy Commons 2006
Risk and Decision Making Markets, Games, and Strategic Behavior 2006
The People's Romance: Why People Love Government Independent Review 2005
Everybody Loves Mikey Library of Economics and Liberty 2005
Common Property in Anarcho-Capitalism Journal of Libertarian Studies 2005
Choice and Excellence: A Defense of Millian Individualism Social Theory and Practice 2005
Democracy is a Means, Not an End Library of Economics and Liberty 2005
A Conversation with Jagdish Bhagwati on Indian Politics, Globalization, Socialism, Entrepreneurship, and African Aid Indian Journal of Economics and Business 2005
Market-Based Environmentalism and the Free Market: They’re Not the Same The Independant Review 2005
Market-Based Environmentalism and the Free Market: Substitutes or Complements The Independent Review 2005
Illiberal Liberals: Why 'High Liberalism' Is Not a Liberal View Review Journal of Political Philosophy 2004
Polanyi and the History of Capitalism Critical Review 2004
Herd Protection as a Public Good Bioethics 2004
Compatibilism 2004
Responsibility and Globally Manipulated Agents Philosophical Topics 2004
America’s Unjust Drug War The New Prohibition 2004
Assume Anarchy Finance & Development 2004
The Great Transformation in Understanding Polanyi: Reply to Hejeebu and McCloskey Critical Review 2004
Should Law Professors Teach Public Choice Theory? Symposium: Law and Economics and Legal 2004
Dialectical Delicacies in the Debate About Freedom and Alternative Possibilities Journal of Philosophy 2004
Politics without Romance Policy 2003
Consequentialism Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 2003
Liberty, Markets and Environmental Values: A Hayekian Defence of Free Market Environmentalism The Independent Review 2003
Competition as Discovery Process Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics 2002
Libertarianism Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 2002
Constructivist and Ecological Rationality in Economics 2002
Social Ecology versus Deep Ecology Green Perspectives: Newsletter of the Green Program Project 2002
Should physicians be gatekeepers of medical resources? Journal of Medical Ethics 2001
Money for Research Participation American Journal of Bioethics 2001
Self-Defeating Symbolism in Politics Journal of Philosophy 2001
How to Cure Health Care Hover Digest 2001
The Economics of Drug Prohibition and Drug Legalization Social Research [Internet] 2001
The Fiction of "Undue Inducement" The American Journal of Bioethics 2001
The Impact of Legalized Abortion on Crime Quarterly Journal of Economics 2001
Environmental Markets versus Environmental Deliberation: A Hayekian Critique of Green Political Economy New Political Economy 2001
Kaldor-Hicks Efficiency and the Problem of Central Planning The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics 2001
The Spontaneous Evolution of Commercial Law Southern Economic Journal 2001
Marriage, Sex and Babies Princeton University Press 2000
Is there a Duty to Vote? Social Philosophy and Policy 2000
Developing Country Influence in Global Environmental Negotiations Environmental Politics 2000
The Moral Significance of the Therapy-Enhancement Distinction Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 2000
The Costs of Tragedy: Some Moral Limits of Cost-Benefit Analysis 2000
The Reproving of Karl Polanyi Critical Review 1999
Coping with Tragedies of the Commons Annual Review of Political Science 1999
Citizens' Juries and Valuing the Environment Environmental Politics 1999
The Challenge of Antibiotic Resistance Scientific American Archive Online 1998
The Possibility of Social Choice Economic Sciences 1998
The New Institutional Economics American Economic Review 1998
The Limits of Evil and the Role of Moral Address: A Defense of Strawsonian Compatibilism Journal of Ethics 1998
Taking Money for Bodily Services The Journal of Legal Studies 1998
An Introduction to Applicable Game Theory Journal of Economic Perspectives 1997
Entrepreneurial Discovery and the Competitive Market Process Journal of Economic Literature 1997
The Justification of Physician-Assisted Deaths Indiana Law Review 1996
Foundations for Environmental Political Economy: The Search for Homo-Ecologicus New Political Economy 1996
A Defense of Abortion Intervention and Reflection: Basic Issues in Medical Ethics 1996
Dying at the Right Time Ethics in Practice 1996
Ending Footbinding and Infibulation: A Convention Account American Sociological Review 1996
Libertarian Rights within Pluralistic Consequentialism Analyse & Kritik 1995
Sustainable Development, Capital Substitution and Economic Humility: A Response to Beckerman Environmental Values 1995
Sustainable Development: Is it a Useful Concept? Environmental Values 1994
Economic Performance Through Time The American Economic Review 1994
Ecofeminism: Towards Global Justice and Planetary Health Society and Nature 1993
Economic Way of Looking at Behavior The Journal of Political Economy 1993
Public Goods The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics 1993
Social Ecology, Deep Ecology and Liberalism Critical Review 1993
Of Markets and Morals: The Case for Organ Sales MOUNT SINAI JOURNAL OF MEDICINE 1993
Against the Right to Die Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 1992
Carbon rights and economic development Critical Review 1992
Debt, Deflation, and the Great Depression, and the Gold Standard 1991
Is Women’s Labor a Commodity? Philosophy & Public Affairs 1990
The Power and Promise of Ecological Feminism Environmental Ethics 1990
Why Abortion is Immoral Journal of Philosophy 1989
All Animals Are Equal Animal Rights and Human Obligations 1989
Has Government Any Role in Money? Money in Historical Perspective 1987
The Reason of Rules The Collected Works for James M. Buchanan 1985
The Right to a Decent Minimum of Health Care Philosophy & Public Affairs 1984
The normative purpose of economic ‘science’ International Review of Law and Economics 1981
Efficiency, Utility, and Wealth Maximization Hofstra Law Review 1980
Towards an Ecological Society 1980
Property Rights and Natural Resource Management Literature of Liberty 1979
Market and other Allocation Systems in History: The Challenge of Karl Polanyi Journal of European Economic History 1977
Public Choice: A Survey Journal of Economic Literature 1976
Hansen and Public Policy The Quarterly Journal of Economics 1976
Pareto Optimal Redistribution: The Case of Malice and Envy Journal of Public Economics 1973
On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion The Monist 1973
Abortion and Infanticide Philosophy and Public Affairs 1972
Famine, Affluence, and Morality Philosophy & Public Affairs, 1972
Dynamic Models of Segregation The Journal of Mathematical Sociology 1971
The Tragedy of the Commons Science 1968
The Role of Monetary Policy The American Economic Review 1968
Social Choice and Individual Values 1963
A Cash-Balance Interpretation of Depression Southern Economic Journal 1956
Uncertainty, Evolution, and Economic Theory The Journal of Political Economy 1950
The Use of Knowledge in Society American Economic Review 1945
The Economic Organization of a P.O.W. Camp Economica 1945
“The Principle of Planning and the Institution of Laissez Faire American Economic Review 1932
The Principle of Planning and the Institution of Laissez Faire The American Economic Review 1932
The Instability of Capitalism The Economic Journal 1928
On the Origin of Money The Economic Journal 1892
Natural and Artificial Social Order 1850
Agrarian Justice 1797
Of the Division of Labor Library of Economics and Liberty 1776
On Justice and Property 1739
Why People are Irrational about Politics
Of Property
Hume and Smith on Sympathy, Approbation, and Moral Judgment Social Philosophy and Policy
Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism and Moral Opportunity Costs Polity
Rule Utilitarianism and Euthanasia Ethics in Practice
Market Failures
Hume and Smith on Sympathy, Approbation, and Moral Judgment Social Philosophy and Policy
Paternalism Morality and the Law
Modeling the Individual for Constitutional Choice Constitutional Political Economy
The Irrelevance of the Impossibility of Pure Libertarianism Journal of Philosophy
Why Should We Restrict Immigration Cato Journal
Questions About Some Uses of Genetic Engineering Biomedical Ethics Readings
The Irrelevance of the Impossibility of Pure Libertarianism Journal of Philosophy
0n political economy (Corruption) Performance and Progress 2016
0n moral theory: Adam Smith Princeton Handbook of Adam Smith 2016
0n Moral Theory: Peter Singer Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics 2016
0n Property (when original appropriation solves a problem) Social Philosophy and Policy 1994
Humanly rational choice 2 (how we choose goals) Ethics 1994
Humanly rational choice 1 (why we don't maximize) Journal of Philosophy 1992
Humanly rational choice 3 (why we care about others) Social Philosophy and Policy 1993
Rediscovering the Moral Sciences Austrian Review of Economics 2017
0n Rawls and Nozick Social Philosophy and Policy 2005
0n Justice (and deserving) Political Theory 2002
Political Economy: F. A. Hayek Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 1999
An Empirical Disconfirmation of Neoclassical Economic Theory Supreme Court Economic Review 2015
0n Property (when communal property solves a problem) UC Davis Law Review 2003
0n Property (legal history) Oxford History of Political Philosophy 2015
0n Property (as a social experiment) European Liberal Forum 2009
Political Economy: Diminishing Marginal Utility Person, Polis, Planet 2008
Humanly rational choice 4 (on the nature and limits of decision theory) Midwest Studies in Philosophy 2004
The Meanings of Life Robert Nozick 2002
What Is Justice? Elements of Justice 2005
Moral Theory: Priority of the Right Rational Choice and Moral Agency 2010
Why Be Rational? Rational Choice and Moral Agency 1995
0n Justice (and guarantees) Social Philosophy and Policy 1997
Natural Enemies Environmental Ethics 2000
Are All Species Equal? Journal of Applied Philosophy 2000
Nonideal Theory: What It Is and What it Needs to Be Ethics 2011
Experimental Philosophy: Theory On the Reliability of Economic Models 1995
Free Will As a Political Problem from Brief History of Liberty 2011
0n Justice (and equality) Social Philosophy and Policy 2002
The Language of Ethics Creating Wealth: 2010
When Preservationism Doesn’t Preserve Environmental Values 1997
Islands In a Sea of Obligation Law & Philosophy 2000
When Justice Matters Ethics 2007
Respect for Nature Environmental Ethics 2012
A Place for Cost-Benefit Analysis Nous (Philosophical Issues) 2001
Experimental Philosophy: Practice Public Choice 1989
Justifying the State Ethics 1990
Steiner's Essay on Rights Canadian Journal of Philosophy 1996
Review of Serena Olsaretti's Liberty, Desert, and the Market Philosophical Review 1999
Philosophical Logic (Parsons on the Liar Paradox) Erkenntnis 1990
Philosophy of Law (Deterrence & Criminal Attempts) Canadian Journal of Philosophy 1987

Presentations by David Schmidtz

Title Datesort ascending City Country
Elements of Justice December 18, 2017 - 4:00pm Seoul South Korea
Saving the Elephants November 16, 2017 - 3:00pm Urbana Champaign United States
Markets in Education November 15, 2017 - 1:00pm Springfield United States
Markets in Education November 3, 2017 - 2:00pm Stockholm Sweden
Public Choice As Political Philosophy October 6, 2016 - 4:00pm Fairfax United States
It Is A Beautiful Theory June 6, 2016 - 4:00am London United Kingdom
Reasonable Idealism: Essays on Person, Polis, Planet February 6, 2016 - 5:00pm Wuhan China
Scholars’ Convocation April 29, 2015 (All day) Grinnell United States
The Pretense of Consent February 19, 2015 (All day) Chapel Hill United States
What Teachers Owe Students February 18, 2015 (All day) Chapel Hill United States
Markets in Education February 5, 2015 (All day) San Diego United States
Oxford Handbook of Freedom October 9, 2014 (All day) Tucson United States
Schools, Plumbers, & Justice November 1, 2013 (All day) Louvain-la-Neuve Belgium
Ideal For Real: Realistic Hopes for American Politics October 17, 2012 (All day) Ithaca United States
Western Theories of Justice July 1, 2012 (All day) Istanbul Turkey
Adam Smith: La Sierra University May 15, 2012 (All day) Riverside United States
Adam Smith on Freedom March 1, 2012 (All day) Prague Czech Republic
Property and Justice March 1, 2012 (All day) Bratislava Slovakia
Hayek Against Justice November 1, 2011 (All day) Washington United States
A Brief History of Property Rights September 10, 2011 (All day) Bucharest Romania
Respect for Everything June 1, 2010 (All day) Oslo Norway
Functional Property, Real Justice May 1, 2010 (All day) Ankara Turkey
The Right to Distribute January 1, 2010 (All day) London United Kingdom
Functional Property, Real Justice November 9, 2009 (All day) Berlin Germany
Lectures on A Brief History of Liberty August 1, 2009 (All day) Canberra Australia


Videos by David Schmidtz


Colloquium Series: May 15, 2012

David Schmidtz from the University of Arizona Freedom Center. Tom and Vi Zapara from the School of Business at La Sierra University.

David Schmidtz on Preparing for the Academic Job Market (Part 1)

David Schmidtz, a philosopher at the University of Arizona, speaks to graduate students about the academic job market.
YouTube Channel: UA Freedom Center

David Schmidtz on Preparing for the Academic Job Market (Part 2)

David Schmidtz, a philosopher at the University of Arizona, speaks to graduate students about the academic job market.
YouTube Channel: UA Freedom Center

Adam Smith on Freedom

David Schmidtz is Kendrick Professor of Philosophy, joint Professor of Economics, founding director of Arizona's Freedom Center, and editor of Social Philosophy and Policy. He works mainly in...

Doctoral Students

Name Current Post Topic Year
Sameer Bajaj
PhD Candidate
PhD Candidate
Liberalism 2017
Matt Bedke
University of British Columbia
Normativity 2007
Jason Brennan
Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Professor
Georgetown University
Moral Theorizing 2007
Chris Brown
National U of Singapore
Kantian Virtue 2008
Chris Freiman
William & Mary
Moral Theory & Psychology 2010
Walter Glannon
Canada Research Chair
University of Calgary
Free will 1995
Cara Nine
University College Cork
Morality of Borders 2005
Linda Radzik
Associate Professor
Texas A&M University
Normativity 1997
Gregory Robson
PhD Candidate
PhD Candidate
Justice 2017
Lainie Ross
University of Chicago
Justice for Children 1996
Steve Scalet
University of Baltimore
Liberal Justice 1999
Dan Shahar
Doctoral Candidate
University of Arizona
The Ecology of Right Action 2016
Daniel Silvermint
University of Connecticut
Oppression 2012
Rhonda Smith
Air Force Academy
Self-respect 1999
John Thrasher
Monash University
Social Contract 2013