Jason Brennan

Jason Brennan
Jason Brennan is the Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Chair and associate professor of strategy, economics, ethics, and public policy at the McDonough School of Business. He specializes in political philosophy and applied ethics. He is the author of Against Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2016), Markets Without Limits, with Peter Jaworkski (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 currently writing, with Bas Van der Vossen, Global Justice as Global Freedom: Why Global Libertarianism is the Humane Solution to World Poverty, under contract with Oxford University Press. He also is co-editor, along with David Schmidtz and Bas Van der Vossen, of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism.

Recent publications


Cracks in the Ivory Tower: The Bad Business Ethics of Higher Ed, with Philip Magness, under contract, Oxford University Press.


When All Else Fails: Resistance, Violence, and State Injustice, Princeton University Press.

In Defense of Openness: Global Justice as Global Freedom, with Bas van der Vossen, Oxford University Press.

“Libertarianism After Nozick,” Philosophy Compass

“The Demographic Objection to Epistocracy,” Res Publica

“Libertarianism After Nozick,” Philosophy Compas

“If You Can Reply for Money, You Can Reply for Free,” Journal of Value Inquiry, with Peter Jaworski.


“Should Employers Pay a Living Wage?,” Journal of Business Ethics.

“Propaganda about Propaganda,” Critical Review.

“On Competition in Utopian Capitalism,” Moral Philosophy and Politics.

 “Private Governance and the Three Biases of Political Philosophy,” Review of Austrian Economics.


Markets Without Limits (with Peter Jaworski) (Routledge Press).

Against Democracy (Princeton University Press).

 “A Libertarian Case for Mandatory Vaccinations,” Journal of Medical Ethics, online first edition: doi:10.1136/medethics-2016-103486.

 “Estimating the Cost of Adjunct Justice: A Case Study in University Business Ethics,” The Journal of Business Ethics, with Phil Magness, doi:10.1007/s10551-016-3013-1.

 “Are Adjuncts Exploited?: Some Grounds for Skepticism,” The Journal of Business Ethics, with Phil Magness, doi:10.1007/s10551-016-3322-4

  “Klotzes and Glotzes,  Semiotics and Embodying Normative Stances,” Business Ethics Review Journal 4: 7-14, with Peter Jaworski.

 “I’ll Pay You Ten Bucks Not to Murder Me” Business Ethics Review Journal, with Peter Jaworski.


“Markets without Symbolic Limits,” Ethics 125: 1053-1077.

“Consequences Matter More: In Defense of Instrumentalism about Private versus Public Prisons,” Criminal Law and Philosophy, doi:10.1007/s11572-015-9385-y.

“In Defense of Commodification,” Moral Philosophy and Politics 2: 357-377, with Peter Jaworski.

“Community, Diversity, and Equality in G. A. Cohen’s Socialist Ideal,” Analyse & Kritik 35: 113-30.

“Market Architecture: It’s the How, Not the What,” Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy 15: 231-250.


Compulsory Voting: For-and-Against (with Lisa Hill) (New York: Cambridge University Press).

Why Not Capitalism? (New York: Routledge Press).

“How Smart is Democracy? You Can’t Answer that A Priori,” Critical Review 26: 4-30.

“Controversial Ethics as a Foundation for Controversial Political Theory,” Studies in Emergent Order 7: 299-306.


“Is Market Society Intrinsically Repugnant?” The Journal of Business Ethics 112: 271-281.

“The Right to Good Faith: How Crony Capitalism Delegitimizes the Administrative State,” Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy 11: 313-334.


Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

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.)

“Why Liberal States Must Accommodate Tax Resistors,” Public Affairs Quarterly 26: 141-160.

“For-Profit Business as Civic Virtue,” The Journal of Business Ethics 106: 313-324.


The Ethics of Voting (Princeton: Princeton University Press).

“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).

“Condorcet’s Jury Theorem and the Optimum Number of Voters.” Politics 31:2, 55-62.


A Brief History of Liberty (with David Schmidtz) (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell).

“Scepticism about Philosophy.” Ratio 23: 1-16.