Jason Brennan
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Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Chair

Jason Brennan (Ph.D., 2007, University of Arizona) is Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Chair and Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He specializes in politics, philosophy, and economics.

He is the author of In Defense of Openness: Global Justice as Global Freedom (Oxford University Press, 2018), with Bas van der Vossen; Against Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2016); Markets without Limits, with Peter Jaworski (Routledge Press, 2015); Compulsory Voting: For and Against, with Lisa Hill (Cambridge University Press, 2014); Why Not Capitalism? (Routledge Press, 2014); Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2012); The Ethics of Voting (Princeton University Press, 2011); and, with David Schmidtz, A Brief History of Liberty (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). He is co-editor, along with David Schmidtz and Bas Van der Vossen, of the Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism (Routledge, 2017).

He is currently writing Cracks in the Ivory Tower: The Bad Business Ethics of Higher Ed, with Phil Magness, under contract with Oxford University Press. 

His books have been translated fourteen times, into Mandarin, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Turkish, Italian, Greek, Mongolian, and Swedish. Gegen Demokratie (Ullstein, 2017), the German translation of Against Democracy, was #33 on Der Spiegel's bestseller list.

 

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Books Authored by Jason Brennan

Most political debate is superficial. Just turn on cable news. Philosophy is for people who want to understand the deep... Read more
Most people believe democracy is a uniquely just form of government. They believe people have the right to an equal share of... Read more
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May you sell your vote? May you sell your kidney? May gay men pay surrogates to bear them children? May spouses pay each... Read more
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Most economists believe capitalism is a compromise with selfish human nature. As Adam Smith put it, "It is not from the... Read more
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In many democracies, voter turnout is low and getting lower. If the people choose not to govern themselves, should they be... Read more
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In this timely new entry in Oxford's acclaimed series What Everyone Needs to Know®, Brennan offers a nuanced... Read more
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Nothing is more integral to democracy than voting. Most people believe that every citizen has the civic duty or moral... Read more
Using a fusion of philosophical, social scientific, and historical methods, --  A Brief History of Liberty... Read more
 

Books Edited by Jason Brennan

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

Research Papers by Jason Brennan

Title Publication Year Published
Democracy and Freedom Oxford Handbook of Freedom 2017
Klotzes and Glotzes, Semiotics and Embodying Normative Stances Business Ethics Review Journal 2016
I'll Pay You Ten Bucks Not to Murder Me Business Ethics Review Journal 2016
When May We Kill Government Agents?: In Defense of Moral Parity Social Philosophy and Policy 2016
The Ethics and Rationality of Voting Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 2016
A Libertarian Case for Mandatory Vaccinations Journal of Medical Ethics 2016
Do Markets Corrupt? Economics and the Virtues 2016
Estimating the Cost of Adjunct Justice: A Case Study in University Business Ethics Journal of Business Ethics 2016
Are Adjuncts Exploited?: Some Grounds for Skepticism Journal of Business Ethics 2016
Elinor Ostrom's Governing the Commons Oxford Handbook of Classics in Contemporary Political Theory 2016
Community, Diversity, and Equality in G. A. Cohen’s Socialist Ideal Analyse & Kritik 2015
Market Architecture: It’s the How, Not the What Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy 2015
Markets without Symbolic Limits Ethics 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 2015
Epistocracy within Public Reason Democracy in the 21st Century 2015
How Smart is Democracy? You Can't Answer that A Priori Critical Review 2014
Is Market Society Intrinsically Repugnant? Journal of Business Ethics 2014
The Right to Good Faith: How Crony Capitalism Delegitimizes the Administrative State Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy 2013
Epistocracy within Public Reason Democracy in the 21st Century 2013
Conscientious Tax Objection: Why Liberal States Must Accommodate Tax Resistors Public Affairs Quarterly 2012
Classical Liberalism The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy 2012
For-Profit Business as Civic Virtue Journal of Business Ethics 2012
Political Liberty: Who Needs It? Social Philosophy and Policy 2012
The Right to a Competent Electorate Philosophical Quarterly 2011

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Presentations by Jason Brennan

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Signaling Equality? Against Semiotic Arguments for Democracy July 4, 2013 - 3:00pm Canberra Australia
When Citizens Should Not Vote August 23, 2010 - 2:00pm Acton Australia
What If Kant Had Had a Cognitive Theory of the Emotions? September 5, 2005 - 3:00pm Saõ Paulo Brazil
Markets without Symbolic Limits March 18, 2014 - 4:00pm Toronto Canada
Markets without Limits October 14, 2016 - 2:00pm Toronto Canada
Against Democracy April 6, 2017 - 3:00pm Berlin Germany
Against Democracy March 8, 2017 - 6:00pm Sheffield United Kingdom
The Social Contract as an Institutional Framework for Entrepeneurship April 19, 2007 - 4:00pm Oxford United Kingdom
Civic Virtue for Realists June 14, 2017 - 2:00pm Groningen Netherlands
Against Democracy October 18, 2017 - 3:00pm Oslo Norway
The Ethics Project July 14, 2016 - 1:00pm Estoril Portugal
Why Political Philosophy Needs PPE April 27, 2017 - 3:00pm Stockholm Sweden
Against Democracy February 3, 2017 - 5:00pm Lubbock United States
Most Americans Shouldn’t Vote September 20, 2016 - 6:30pm Richmond United States
The Economic and Moral Case for Open Borders March 23, 2016 - 6:30pm Richmond United States
The Ethics of Voting October 24, 2016 - 6:00pm Cambridge United States
The Demographic Objection to Epistocracy January 5, 2017 - 12:00pm Baltimore United States
Most Americans Shouldn’t Vote September 22, 2016 - 6:00pm Kalamazoo United States
Markets without Limits April 4, 2016 - 4:00pm Boulder United States
Markets without Limits September 19, 2016 - 4:00pm Durham United States
Most Americans Shouldn’t Vote November 3, 2016 - 6:00pm Bloomington United States
Against Democracy September 23, 2016 - 2:00pm Colombus United States
Most Americans Should Not Vote October 4, 2016 - 6:00pm College Park United States
Murderers at the Ballot Box: On Lying to Bad Voters April 4, 2016 - 2:00pm Boulder United States
Libertarianism and Social Justice January 18, 2016 - 1:00pm Wellesley United States

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Videos by Jason Brennan

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Against Democracy on the Agenda

Steve Paikin inteviews Jason Brennan about Against Democracy.

Against Democracy, Afterwards, C-SPAN

David Boaz interviews Jason Brennan about Against Democracy.

Jason Brennan on political ignorance at Harvard Institute of Politics

Jason Brennan and others on political ignorance and democracy.

Chris Morris Interviews Jason Brennan

Chris Morris interviews Jason Brennan about his recent work.

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