Geoffrey Brennan
Distinguished Research Professor Co-Director, Duke-UNC Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program

An economist by training, Geoffrey Brennan works actively on issues at the intersection of economics, rationality, and political philosophy. In addition to his position here, which brings him to Chapel Hill for one semester each year, Brennan is a professor at the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. He is Director of the Duke-UNC joint program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). 

Books Authored by Geoffrey Brennan

Norms are a pervasive yet mysterious feature of social life. In Explaining Norms, four philosophers and social scientists... Read more
This groundbreaking book by two distinguished scholars from different disciplines begins by outlining the psychology of... Read more
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The only book on the market to include classical and contemporary readings from key authors in Philosophy, Politics, and... Read more
This collection increases the understanding of how norms work (and fail to work) in aligning people's behavior with the... Read more
In his foreword, Robert D. Tollison identifies the main objective of Geoffrey Brennan and James M. Buchanan’s The... Read more
During a career spanning over thirty years Philip Pettit has made seminal contributions in moral philosophy, political... Read more
Australia Reshaped is the capstone volume in the Reshaping Australian Institutions series. As the summation of all that has... Read more
This book offers a novel approach to the analysis of democracy, and an application of that approach to a variety of... Read more
Commenting on his collaboration with Geoffrey Brennan on The Power to Tax, James M. Buchanan says that the book is “... Read more
Do voters in large scale democracies reliably vote for the electoral outcomes most in their own interest? Much of the... Read more
This volume is a collection of sixteen essays on three general topics: the methodology of economics, the applicability of... Read more

Books Edited by Geoffrey Brennan


This book makes a rational and eloquent case for the closer integration of ethics and economics. It expands upon themes... more


This Festschrift was "presented" in electronic form to Buchanan on the occasion of his eightieth birthday on October 3,... more

Research Papers by Geoffrey Brennan

Title Publicationsort descending Year Published
Voting and Causal Responsibility 2015
On Virtue Economics 2016
The normative purpose of economic ‘science’ International Review of Law and Economics 1981
Pareto Optimal Redistribution: The Case of Malice and Envy Journal of Public Economics 1973
Hume and Smith on Sympathy, Approbation, and Moral Judgment Social Philosophy and Policy
Is there a Duty to Vote? Social Philosophy and Policy 2000
The Reason of Rules The Collected Works for James M. Buchanan 1985
Social Norms, The Invisible Hand, and the Law University of Queensland Law Journal 2013