Jason Brennan

Jason Brennan is the Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family 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 fourteen books, including Cracks in the Ivory Tower: The Moral Mess of Education, with Phil Magness (Oxford University Press, 2019), 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, with Bas van der Vossen (Oxford University Press, 2018), Against Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2016), and, with Peter Jaworski, Markets without Limits (Routledge Press, 2016). He also is co-editor, along with David Schmidtz and Bas Van der Vossen, of the Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism (2017). He edits the “Political Philosophy for the Real World” series for Routledge Press. As of February 2019, he has five books under contract.

With GISME, Jason designed The Ethics Project, a semester-long project for students to "thinking of something good, and do it." As a graded assignment in their ethics courses, Georgetown students must explain what they decided to do with their funding (if they chose to take it at all), why they thought it was worth doing, and demonstrate that they actually added value to the world. They must describe the problems they ran into along the way, how they resolved those problems, and what they learned from the project. The Ethics Project requires students think and act like entrepreneurs, and to bear the responsibility for their decisions. The Ethics Project presents students with real-world challenges and real-world consequences of their own making. Jason is also a lecturer at GISME's annual Workshop on Teaching Professional Business Ethics.

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Published Works


Why It's OK to Want to Be Rich (Routledge Press, 2020). 

Good Work if You Can Get It: How to Succeed in Academia (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020). 

Injustice for All: How Financial Incentives Corrupted and Can Fix the US Criminal Justice System (Routledge Press, 2020) (with Chris Surprenant)

Cracks in the Ivory Tower: The Bad Business Ethics of Higher Ed (Oxford University Press, 2019)(with Philip Magness)

When All Else Fails: Resistance, Violence, and State Injustice (Princeton University Press, 2018).

In Defense of Openness: Global Justice as Global Freedom (Oxford University Press, 2018). (with Bas van der Vossen) 

Against Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2016).

Markets Without Limits (Routledge, 2015). (with Peter Jaworski) 

Compulsory Voting: For-and-Against (Cambridge University Press, 2014). (with Lisa Hill) 

Why Not Capitalism? (Routledge, 2014).

Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2012).

The Ethics of Voting (Princeton University Press, 2011).

A Brief History of Liberty (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). (with David Schmidtz) 



with Christopher Surprenant, and Eric Winsberg, “How Government Leaders Violated Their Epistemic Duties During the SARS-CoV-2-Crisis,” Kennedy Institute of Ethics     Journal (2020)

“Democracy as Uninformed Non-Consent” Journal of Applied Philosophy 36: 205-211. (2020)

“Gen Eds; Sucker U” in Bob Fischer, ed, College Ethics (New York: Oxford University Press, 2020).

“Does Public Reason Liberalism Rest on a Mistake? Democracy’s Doxastic and Epistemic Problems,” in Michael Hannon and Elizabeth Edenberg, eds. Political        Epistemology. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2020).

“How Market Society Affects Character,” in Juergen von Hagen, ed. Markets and Virtues (Leipzig: Evangelische Verlaganstalt, 2020).


"Giving Epistocracy a Fair Hearing," Inquiry.

"Should Employers Pay a Living wage?" Journal of Business Ethics, 157: 15-26. 

 "Democracy as Uninformed Non-Consent," Journal of Applied Philosophy 36: 205-211. 

with David Schmidtz, “Commerce and Progress” in David Schmidtz, Cathleen Johnson, and Robert Lusch, eds., Commercial Society: A Primer on Ethics and   Economics (Boulder: Rowman and Littlefield, 2019).

“Moral Parity between State and Non-State Actors,” in Gary Chartier and Chad van Schoedlandt, eds. The Routledge Handbook of Anarchy. (New York: Routledge    Press, 2019).


"Libertarianism After Nozick," Philosophy Compass. Online first.

"Does The Demographic Objection to Epistocracy Succeed?" Res Publica 24 (2018), 53-71.

"A Libertarian Case for Mandatory Vaccinations," Journal of Medical Ethics 44 (2018), 37-43.

"Estimating the Cost of Adjunct Justice: A Case Study in University Business Ethics," The Journal of Business Ethics 148 (2018), 155-168. (with Phil Magness)

"Private Governance and the Three Biases of Political Philosophy," Review of Austrian Economics 31:2 (2018), 235-243.


"If You Can Reply for Money, You Can Reply for Free," Journal of Value Inquiry 51 (2017), 655-661. (with Peter Jaworski)

"Should Employers Pay a Living Wage?," Journal of Business Ethics (2017). Online first.

"Propaganda about Propaganda," Critical Review 29 (2017), 34-48.

"On Competition in Utopian Capitalism," Moral Philosophy and Politics 4:1 (2017)

"Consequences Matter More: In Defense of Instrumentalism about Private versus Public Prisons," Criminal Law and Philosophy 11 (2017), 801-815.


"Are Adjuncts Exploited?: Some Grounds for Skepticism," The Journal of Business Ethics (2016). Online first. (with Phil Magness) 

"Klotzes and Glotzes,  Semiotics and Embodying Normative Stances," Business Ethics Journal Review 4 (2016), 7-14 (with Peter Jaworski)

"I'll Pay You Ten Bucks Not to Murder Me," Business Ethics Journal Review  4:9 (2016), 53-58. (with Peter Jaworski)


"Markets without Symbolic Limits," Ethics 125 (2015), 1053-1077.

"In Defense of Commodification," Moral Philosophy and Politics 2 (2015), 357-377. (with Peter Jaworski) 

"Community, Diversity, and Equality in G. A. Cohen’s Socialist Ideal," Analyse & Kritik 35 (2015), 113-30.

"Market Architecture: It’s the How, Not the What," Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy 15 (2015), 231-250. (with Peter Jaworski) 


"How Smart is Democracy? You Can't Answer that A Priori," Critical Review 26 (2014), 33-58.

"Controversial Ethics as a Foundation for Controversial Political Theory," Studies in Emergent Order 7 (2014), 299-306.


"Is Market Society Intrinsically Repugnant?" The Journal of Business Ethics 112 (2013), 271-281.

"The Right to Good Faith: How Crony Capitalism Delegitimizes the Administrative State," Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy 11 (2013), 313-334.


"Political Liberty: Who Needs It?" Social Philosophy and Policy 29 (2012), 1-27. Reprinted in Matt Zwolinski, ed., Arguing about Political Philosophy (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 (2012), 313-324.


"The Right to a Competent Electorate," Philosophical Quarterly 61 (2011), 700-724.

"Condorcet’s Jury Theorem and the Optimum Number of Voters," Politics 31:2 (2011), 55-62.


"Scepticism about Philosophy," Ratio 23 (2010), 1-16.