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.


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
Propaganda about Propaganda Critical Review 2017
The Myths of the Self-Ownership Thesis The Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism 2017
Propaganda about Propaganda Critical Review 2017
Propaganda about Propaganda Critical Review 2017
Why Caning Beats Incarceration Policing and Punishment: Philosophical Problems and Policy Solutions 2017
Democracy and Freedom Oxford Handbook of Freedom 2017
On Competition in Utopian Capitalism Moral Philosophy and Politics 2017
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
Joseph Heath, Morality, Competition and the Firm: The Market Failures Approach to Business Ethics Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 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
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
I'll Pay You Ten Bucks Not to Murder Me Business Ethics Review Journal 2016
Do Markets Corrupt? Economics and the Virtues 2016
A Libertarian Case for Mandatory Vaccinations Journal of Medical Ethics 2016
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
In Defense of Commodification Moral Philosophy and Politics 2015
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
Against Mandatory Voting Debating Reform: Conflicting Perspectives on How to Fix the American Political System 2014
Is Market Society Intrinsically Repugnant? Journal of Business Ethics 2014
Controversial Ethics as a Foundation for Controversial Political Theory Studies in Emergent Order 2014
How Smart is Democracy? You Can't Answer that A Priori Critical Review 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
For-Profit Business as Civic Virtue Journal of Business Ethics 2012
Classical Liberalism The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy 2012
Political Liberty: Who Needs It? Social Philosophy and Policy 2012
Conscientious Tax Objection: Why Liberal States Must Accommodate Tax Resistors Public Affairs Quarterly 2012
The Right to a Competent Electorate Philosophical Quarterly 2011
Condorcet’s Jury Theorem and the Optimum Number of Voters Politics 2011
Liberty and Freedom Political and Civic Leadership 2010
Liberty The Encyclopedia of Political Theory 2010
Scepticism about Philosophy Ratio 2010
Water Externalities: Tragedy of the Common Canal 2009
Water Externalities: Tragedy of the Common Canal 2009
Tuck on the Rationality of Voting Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 2009
Beyond the Bottom Line: The Theoretical Goals of Moral Theorizing Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 2008
What if Kant Had Had a Cognitive Theory of the Emotions? Recht und Freiden in der Philosophie Kants 2008
Rawls’s Paradox Constitutional Political Economy 2007
Modesty without Illusion Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 2007
Free Will in the Block Universe Philosophia 2007
Dominating Nature Environmental Values 2007
Marijuana Social Issues in America 2006
Choice and Excellence: A Defense of Millian Individualism Social Theory and Practice 2005
Illiberal Liberals: Why 'High Liberalism' Is Not a Liberal View Review Journal of Political Philosophy 2004

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 Chair
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