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: The Ethics of Resistance to State Injustice (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
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 Publication Year Publishedsort ascending
Foreign Aid and Global Redistribution: A Critique Ethics: Left and Right 2018
Should Employers Pay a Living Wage? Journal of Business Ethics 2018
Voting: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly The Handbook of Philosophy and Public Policy 2018
Libertarianism After Nozick Philosophy Compass 2018
Voting: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly The Handbook of Philosophy and Public Policy 2018
Classical Liberalism: Back to the Future The Future of Classical Liberalism 2018
The Demographic Objection to Epistocracy Res Publica 2018
Epistemic Democracy Routledge Handbook of Applied Epistemology 2018
Moral Parity between State and Non-State Actors Routledge Handbook of Anarchy 2018
Why Caning Beats Incarceration Policing and Punishment: Philosophical Problems and Policy Solutions 2017
The Myths of the Self-Ownership Thesis The Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism 2017
On Competition in Utopian Capitalism Moral Philosophy and Politics 2017
Propaganda about Propaganda Critical Review 2017
Democracy and Freedom Oxford Handbook of Freedom 2017
Propaganda about Propaganda Critical Review 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
Elinor Ostrom's Governing the Commons Oxford Handbook of Classics in Contemporary Political Theory 2016
Are Adjuncts Exploited?: Some Grounds for Skepticism Journal of Business Ethics 2016
Community, Diversity, and Equality in G. A. Cohen’s Socialist Ideal Analyse & Kritik 2015


Presentations by Jason Brennan

Title Datesort ascending City Country
Cracks in the Ivory Tower April 28, 2018 - 2:00pm Boulder United States
Political Representation for Democratic Realists March 15, 2018 - 3:30pm New Orleans United States
Author Meets Critics: Against Democracy January 3, 2018 - 1:00pm Savannah United States
Against Democracy December 13, 2017 - 12:00pm Hamburg Germany
Vigilante Justices: What Judges Should Do in Response to Unjust Law December 11, 2017 - 6:00pm Hamburg Germany
Against Democracy December 1, 2017 - 4:00pm Bloomington United States
Against Democracy November 17, 2017 - 4:00pm Portland United States
Why Not Capitalism? November 7, 2017 - 4:00pm Boise United States
Against Democracy October 24, 2017 - 4:00pm Hanover United States
Markets without Limits October 19, 2017 - 4:00pm Oslo Norway
Against Democracy October 18, 2017 - 3:00pm Oslo Norway
Against Democracy September 28, 2017 - 4:00pm Huntington United States
Against Democracy September 21, 2017 - 5:00pm Princeton United States
Against Democracy September 15, 2017 - 4:00am Utretch Netherlands
Potsdam M100 Sanssouci Colloquium Keynote September 14, 2017 - 12:00pm Potsdam Germany
Civic Virtue for Realists June 14, 2017 - 2:00pm Groningen Netherlands
Moral Sciences Workshop May 24, 2017 - 4:00am Tucson United States
Against Democracy April 28, 2017 - 4:00pm Stockholm Sweden
Why Political Philosophy Needs PPE April 27, 2017 - 3:00pm Stockholm Sweden
Why Not Epistocracy? April 10, 2017 - 8:00am Lahaina United States
Against Democracy April 6, 2017 - 3:00pm Berlin Germany
Against Democracy March 23, 2017 - 3:00pm Omaha United States
Political Representation for Realists March 16, 2017 - 1:00pm New Orleans United States
Do Employers Owe a Living Wage? March 16, 2017 - 10:00am New Orleans United States
Against Democracy March 8, 2017 - 6:00pm Sheffield United Kingdom


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.