Books Authored by David Schmidtz

Every species has its tools for survival. To say "no man is an island" is to say that without trade, we would live... Read more
Is it rational to be moral? How do rationality and morality fit together with being human? These questions are at the heart... Read more
Extensively revised and expanded in this second edition, Environmental Ethics: What Really Matters, What Really Works... Read more
Using a fusion of philosophical, social scientific, and historical methods, --  A Brief History of Liberty... Read more
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This volume collects thirteen of David Schmidtz's essays on the question of what it takes to live a good life, given... Read more
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What is justice? Questions of justice are questions about what people are due, but what that means in practice depends on... Read more
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The issue of social welfare and individual responsibility has become a topic of international public debate in recent years... Read more
The most widely accepted justification for political authority is that coercive institutions are necessary to provide for... Read more

Books Edited by David Schmidtz

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This collection is devoted to Robert Nozick, one of the dominant philosophical thinkers of our time. Nozick's famous... more

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Book Reviews by David Schmidtz

Review Title Publication Year
Why Some Things Should Not Be For Sale

I met Robert Nozick once, in December 1999, after my talk on the meaning of life at Boston University. Over dinner, Nozick said he wanted me to understand his rejection of libertarianism.  His...

Journal of Philosophy 2011
Liberty, Desert, and the Market

Serena Olsaretti observes socialism in retreat. After a century of large-scale central planning, we now take the relative efficiency of markets as given. Do markets occupy the moral high ground...

The Philosophical Review 2007

Multimedia Textbooks by David Schmidtz


In this book, Cathleen Johnson, Robert Lusch, and David Schmidtz discuss the connections between the ethical, economic, and entrepreneurial dimensions of a life well-lived.

The ethical question is: how do people have to live in order to make the world a better place with them than without...

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What is the difference between a good theory and a bad one?  What makes theorizing worthwhile?  What sort of truth is there for moral theories to track?  What can a theory track well?  Is there “terrain” that is there no point in even trying to track (either because it is not worth tracking or...