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The Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics supports research exploring ethical issues related to market activity. GISME research activities include:

1) Symposia that explore specific topics in depth,

2) A faculty research workshop in which scholars from around the country present their latest research,

3) An executive speaker series in which CEO’s and high level executives present their views on the ethical issues that face business people in the contemporary marketplace, and

4) A current research workshop in which drafts of new works concerning the ethics of markets are closely examined by invited scholars.


Some Recent Publications by GISME Faculty


John Hasnas, "Does Corporate Moral Agency Entail Corporate Freedom of Speech?" 43 Social Theory and Practice 589 (2017), DOI: 10.5840/soctheorpract20178315

John Hasn/as, "Reflections on Prince, Public Welfare Offenses, American Cyanamid, and the Wisdom of the Common Law" Criminal Law and Philosophy, (2017), DOI 10.1007/s11572-017-9433-x

John Hasnas, "The Problem of Punishment," in Rethinking Punishment in the Era of Mass Incarceration, Routledge (2017)

John Hasnas, "The Phantom Menace of the Responsibility Deficit," in The Moral Responsibility of Firms, Oxford University Press (2017)

Peter M. Jaworski, David Shoemaker. "Me and Mine." Philosophical Studies (2017).

Jason Brennan (with Bas van der Vossen and David Schmidtz), The Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism. New York: Routledge Press

Jason Brennan, "Propaganda about Propaganda" Critical Review

Jason Brennan, "Politics Makes us Dumb and Mean" Emotion Researcher

Jason Brennan, "On Competition in Utopian Capitalism" Moral Philosophy and Politics

Jason Brennan, "Private Governance and the Three Biases of Political Philosophy" Review of Austrian Economics

Jason Brennan, "Corporal Punishment as an Alternative to Incarceration" in Policing and Punishment: Philosophical Problems and Policy Solutions, ed. Chris Surprenant. New York: Routledge Press

Jason Brennan, "The Myths of the Self-Ownership Thesis" with Bas van der Vossen in Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism, ed. Jason Brennan, Bas van der Vossen, and David Schmidtz, New York: Routledge Press.

Jason Brennan, "Murderers at the Ballot Box: On the Permissibiliy of Lying to Bad Voters," in Political Ethics, ed. David Killoren. New York: Routledge Press

Jason Brennan, Review of Steve Patterson, Square One: The Foundations of Knowledge (vanity-published, 2015) in The Philosopher's Magazine

Jason Brennan, Reivew of Deane-Peter Baker, Citizen Killings: Liberalism, State Policy, and Moral Risk (New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2016), in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

Peter Martin Jaworski. "What can be for sale?." The Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism. Ed. Jason Brennan, Bas van der Vossen, David Schmidtz. New York: Routledge, 2017.

William English, "Varieties of Citizenship and the Moral Foundations of Politics" in The Ethics of Citizenship in the 21st Century, David Thunder (Eds): Springer International Publishing (2017) DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-50415-5  

William English, (Febraury 2017) Paying People to Make Healthy Choices. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester. DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0026500
Thomas Mulligan, "Social Choice or Collective Decision-making: What Is Politics All About?”  In What Is Pluralism? The Question of Pluralism in Politics, eds. V. Kaul and I. Salvatore, Routledge.

Thomas Mulligan, "What’s Wrong with Libertarianism? The Meritocratic Diagnosis". In The Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism, eds. J. Brennan, D. Schmidtz, and B. van der Vossen, Routledge.



John Hasnas, "Should Corporations Have the Right to Vote? A Paradox in the Theory of Corporate Moral Agency," is forthcoming in the Journal of Business Ethics this April.

John Hasnas, "Some Noodging about Nudging: Four Questions about Libertarian Paternalism," forthcoming in 15 Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy (2016)

Jason Brennan. Against Democracy. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016.

Jason Brennan. "When May We Kill Government Agents: In Defense of Moral Parity." Social Philosophy and Policy (2016).

Jason Brennan, Peter Jaworski. "In Defense of Commodification." Moral Philosophy and Politics (2016).

Jason Brennan, "Consequences Matter More: In Defense of Instrumentalism about Public versus Private Prisons." Criminal Law and Philosophy (2016).

Jason Brennan, Phillip Magness. "Estimating the Cost of Adjunct Justice: A Case Study in University Business Ethics." Journal of Business Ethics (2016)

Jason Brennan. "A Libertarian Case for Mandatory Vaccination." Journal of Medical Ethics (2016).

Jason Brennan. "Politics Makes Us Dumb and Mean." Emotion Researcher (2016).

Jason Brennan, Peter Jaworski. "I’ll Pay You Ten Bucks Not to Murder Me." Business Ethics Review Journal (2016).

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

Jason Brennan. "The Free Market." Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Ed. William Thompson. : Oxford University Press., 2016

Jason Brennan. "Voting." Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Ed. Edward N Zalta. : Stanford University, 2016.

Peter M. Jaworski, Jason Brennan. "Klotzes and Glotzes: Semiotics and Embodying Normative Stances." Business Ethics Journal Review 4.2 (2016): 7-14.

Peter M. Jaworski, Jason Brennan. "In Defense of Commodification." Moral Philosophy and Politics (2016).

Peter M. Jaworski, Jason Brennan. "I’ll pay you Ten Bucks not to Murder Me." Business Ethics Journal Review 4.9 (2016): 53-58.

Peter M. Jaworski, Kee En Chong. "Progressivism for me, but not for thee." University of Pennsylvania Constitutional Law Journal Online (2016).

Baviera, Tomás, William English, and Manuel Guillén. "The ‘Logic of Gift’: Inspiring Behavior in Organizations Beyond the Limits of Duty and Exchange." Business Ethics Quarterly 26.02 (2016): 159-180.
William English, "Two Cheers for Nudging." The Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, Vol. 14 (2016): 829. 




Jason Brennan and Peter Jaworski, "In Defense of Commodification" Moral Philosophy and Politics, 2015.

Jason Brennan, "Community, Diversity, and Equality in G.A. Cohen's Socialist Ideal," Analyse & Kritik, 2015.

Jason Brennan and Peter Jaworski, Markets without Limits (Routledge Press, 2015).

Peter Martin Jaworski, Jason Brennan. "If you may do it for free, you may do it for money." Cato Unbound (2015).

Peter Martin Jaworski, Jason Brennan. "Market Architecture: It’s the How, not the What." Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy (2015).

Peter Martin Jaworski, Jason Brennan. "Markets without Symbolic Limits." Ethics 125:1053-1077.




Jason Brennan and Lisa Hall, Compulsory Voting: For-and-Against (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

Jason Brennan, Why Not Capitalism? (Routledge Press, 2014).

Jason Brennan, "How Smart is Democracy? You Can't Answer that A Priori," Critical Review 26:4-30.

John Hasnas, "The Phantom Menace of the Responsibility Deficit," chapter in forthcoming Oxford University Press book, The Moral Responsibility of Firms: For and Against  "Lobbying and Self-defense," 12 Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy 391 (2014)

Peter Martin Jaworski. "An absurd tax on our fellow citizens: The ethics of rent-seeking in the market failures (or self-regulation) approach." Journal of Business Ethics 121.3 (2014): 467-476.

Peter Martin Jaworski, David Faraci. "To Inspect and Make Safe: On the morally responsible liability of property owners." Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (2014).

Peter Martin Jaworski. "Blame the Politicians: A Government Failure Approach to Political Ethics." Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy 12 (2014).



John Hasnas, "Whither Stakeholder Theory?: A Guide for the Perplexed Revisited," 112 Journal of Business Ethics 47 (2013)

John Hasnas, "Teaching Business Ethics: The Principles Approach," 10 Journal of Business Ethics Education 275 (2013)

Jason Brennan, "Is Market Socieity Intrinsically Repugnant?" The Journal of Business Ethics 112: 271-281.

John Hasnas, "A Context for Evaluating Department of Justice Policy on the Prosecution of Business Organizations: Is the Department of Justice Playing in the Right Ballpark?," 51 American Criminal Law Review (2013)

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

John Hasnas, "Is There a Duty to Obey the Law?" 30 Social Philosophy and Policy 450 (2013)

Jason Brennan, "Political Liberty: Who Needs It?" Social Philosophy and Policy 29: 1-27. Reprinted in Matt Zwolinski, ed. Arguing about Political Philosophy (Routledge, 2014).

Peter Martin Jaworski. "In defense of fakes and artistic treason: Why visually-indistinguishable duplicates are as good as the originals." Journal of Value Inquiry (2013).

Peter Martin Jaworski. "Originalism all the way down. Or, the explosion of progressivism." The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence XXVI.2 (2013): 313-340.

Peter Martin Jaworski. "Moving Beyond Market Failure: When the failure is government’s." Business Ethics Journal Review 1.1 (2013): 1-6.



John Hasnas, "Reflections on Corporate Moral Responsibility and the Problem Solving Technique of Alexander the Great," 107 Journal of Business Ethics 183 (2012) (DOI 10.1007/s10551-011-1032-5)

Johns Hasnas, "Is Moral Imagination the Cure for Misapplied Judicial Empathy?: Bandes, Bastiat, and the Quest for Justice," 51 Washburn Law Review 25 (2012)

John Hasnas, "Attempt, Preparation, and Harm: The Case of the Jealous Ex-Husband," 9 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 761 (2012).

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

Jason Brennan, "Why Liberal States Must Accommodate Tax Resistors," Public Affairs Quarterly 26: 141-160.

Jason Brennan, "For-Profit Business as Civic Virtue," The Journal of Business Ethics 106: 313-324.



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