Jason Brennan
Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Chair
Current Post: 
Georgetown University
Moral Theorizing

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. Starting in Spring 2018, concurrent with his position at Georgetown, he will be Research Professor at the University of Arizona's Freedom Center and Department of Political Economy and Moral Science. He specializes in politics, philosophy, and economics.

He is the author of nine books: When All Else Fails: In Defense of Uncivil Disobedience (Princeton University Press, 2018); In Defense of Openness: Why Global Freedom Is the Humane Solution to Global Poverty (Oxford University Press, 2018), with Bas van der Vossen; Against Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2016); Markets without Limits, with Peter Jaworski (Routledge Press, 2016); 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 A Brief History of Liberty (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), with David Schmidtz. 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; publication expected 2019.

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



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
Through a fusion of philosophical, social scientific, and historical methods, A Brief History of Liberty provides... 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 Publicationsort descending Year Published
Polluting the Polls: When Citizens Should Not Vote Australasian Journal of Philosophy 2009
Community, Diversity, and Equality in G. A. Cohen’s Socialist Ideal Analyse & Kritik 2015
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
Rawls’s Paradox Constitutional Political Economy 2007
Consequences Matter More: In Defense of Instrumentalism about Private versus Public Prisons Criminal Law and Philosophy 2015
How Smart is Democracy? You Can't Answer that A Priori Critical Review 2014
Epistocracy within Public Reason Democracy in the 21st Century 2013
Epistocracy within Public Reason Democracy in the 21st Century 2015
Do Markets Corrupt? Economics and the Virtues 2016
Dominating Nature Environmental Values 2007
Markets without Symbolic Limits Ethics 2015
Foreign Aid and Global Redistribution: A Critique Ethics: Left and Right 2018
The Right to Good Faith: How Crony Capitalism Delegitimizes the Administrative State Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy 2013
Market Architecture: It’s the How, Not the What Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy 2015
Should Employers Pay a Living Wage? Journal of Business Ethics 2018
Are Adjuncts Exploited?: Some Grounds for Skepticism Journal of Business Ethics 2016
For-Profit Business as Civic Virtue Journal of Business Ethics 2012
Is Market Society Intrinsically Repugnant? Journal of Business Ethics 2014
Estimating the Cost of Adjunct Justice: A Case Study in University Business Ethics Journal of Business Ethics 2016
Tuck on the Rationality of Voting Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 2009
A Libertarian Case for Mandatory Vaccinations Journal of Medical Ethics 2016
In Defense of Commodification Moral Philosophy and Politics 2015
Elinor Ostrom's Governing the Commons Oxford Handbook of Classics in Contemporary Political Theory 2016
Democracy and Freedom Oxford Handbook of Freedom 2017


Presentations by Jason Brennan

Title Date City Country
Against Democracy April 6, 2017 - 3:00pm Berlin Germany
Against Democracy February 3, 2017 - 5:00pm Lubbock United States
Against Democracy October 18, 2017 - 3:00pm Oslo Norway
Against Democracy September 23, 2016 - 2:00pm Colombus United States
Against Democracy March 8, 2017 - 6:00pm Sheffield United Kingdom
Against Democracy October 24, 2017 - 4:00pm Hanover United States
Against Democracy March 23, 2017 - 3:00pm Omaha United States
Author Meets Critics: Against Democracy January 3, 2018 - 1:00pm Savannah United States
Civic Virtue for Realists June 14, 2017 - 2:00pm Groningen Netherlands
Cracks in the Ivory Tower April 28, 2018 - 2:00pm Boulder United States
Do Employers Owe a Living Wage? March 16, 2017 - 10:00am New Orleans United States
How to Vote Well and Why Most People Don't October 20, 2016 - 6:00pm Conway United States
Libertarianism and Social Justice January 16, 2017 - 9:30am Wellesley United States
Libertarianism and Social Justice January 18, 2016 - 1:00pm Wellesley United States
Markets without Limits April 4, 2016 - 4:00pm Boulder United States
Markets without Limits September 19, 2016 - 4:00pm Durham United States
Markets without Limits May 5, 2016 - 4:00pm Hanover United States
Markets without Limits October 14, 2016 - 2:00pm Toronto Canada
Markets without Symbolic Limits March 18, 2014 - 4:00pm Toronto Canada
Most Americans Should Not Vote October 4, 2016 - 6:00pm College Park United States
Most Americans Shouldn’t Vote September 20, 2016 - 6:30pm Richmond United States
Most Americans Shouldn’t Vote September 22, 2016 - 6:00pm Kalamazoo United States
Most Americans Shouldn’t Vote November 3, 2016 - 6:00pm Bloomington United States
Murderers at the Ballot Box: On Lying to Bad Voters April 4, 2016 - 2:00pm Boulder United States
Political Representation for Democratic Realists March 15, 2018 - 3:30pm New Orleans United States


Videos by Jason Brennan


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.