David Schmidtz

Title: Kendrick Professor of Philosophy, Eller Chair of Service-Dominant Logic

Type of Affiliation: Faculty

David Schmidtz is Kendrick Professor of Philosophy (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences) and Eller Chair of Service-Dominant Logic (College of Management) at the University of Arizona. He is editor of Social Philosophy & Policy and is the Freedom Center's founding director.  

After graduating from Arizona in 1988, he spent the next three years at Yale as Assistant Professor, then three more as Associate Professor. Along the way, he enjoyed a year at Chapel Hill as a Yale Morse Fellow, another year at Kansas State while on sabbatical from Yale, and three semesters in Bowling Green in Philosophy and at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center.  Most recently, he has been Visiting Professor at McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, and now holds continuing appointments as Visiting Professor of Political Economy at King's College London, and as Distinguished Fellow in Philosophy, Politics, and Economic at George Mason University. He was named Phi Beta Kappa National Scholar in 2014. Dave taught first year property at Florida State College of Law in fall 2007.  Click for introductory material on some philosophical issues in the law of PROPERTY. Click for introductory material on philosophical approaches to ETHICSVALUE theory, or theorizing about JUSTICE.

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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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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...


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...

Research Papers by David Schmidtz

Title Publication Year Published
Realistic Idealism Research Methods in Analytical Political Theory, ed. Adrian Blau 2017
On Satz, Why Some Things Should Not Be For Sale Journal of Philosophy 2011
The Trolley Problem as a Problem for Libertarians Utilitas 2007
0n political economy (Corruption) Performance and Progress 2016
0n moral theory: Adam Smith Princeton Handbook of Adam Smith 2016
0n Moral Theory: Peter Singer Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics 2016
0n Property (when original appropriation solves a problem) Social Philosophy and Policy 1994
0n humanly rational choice (how we choose goals) Ethics 1994
0n humanly rational choice (and why we don't maximize) Journal of Philosophy 1992
0n humanly rational choice (why we care about others) Social Philosophy and Policy 1993
Rediscovering the Moral Sciences Austrian Review of Economics 2017
0n Rawls and Nozick Social Philosophy and Policy 2005
0n Justice (and deserving) Political Theory 2002
Political Economy: F. A. Hayek Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 1999
An Empirical Disconfirmation of Neoclassical Economic Theory Supreme Court Economic Review 2015
0n Property (when communal property solves a problem) UC Davis Law Review 2003
0n Property (legal history) Oxford History of Political Philosophy 2015
0n Property (as a social experiment) European Liberal Forum 2009
Political Economy: Diminishing Marginal Utility Person, Polis, Planet 2008
0n humanly rational choice (Newcomb's Problem) Midwest Studies in Philosophy 2004
The Meanings of Life Robert Nozick 2002
Moral Theory: Priority of the Right Rational Choice and Moral Agency 2010
Why Be Rational? Rational Choice and Moral Agency 1995
0n Justice (and guarantees) Social Philosophy and Policy 1997
Natural Enemies Environmental Ethics 2000
Are All Species Equal? Journal of Applied Philosophy 2000
Nonideal Theory: What It Is and What it Needs to Be Ethics 2011
Experimental Philosophy: Theory On the Reliability of Economic Models 1995
Free Will As a Political Problem from Brief History of Liberty 2011
0n Justice (and equality) Social Philosophy and Policy 2002
The Language of Ethics Creating Wealth: 2010
When Preservationism Doesn’t Preserve Environmental Values 1997
Islands In a Sea of Obligation Law & Philosophy 2000
When Justice Matters Ethics 2007
A Place for Cost-Benefit Analysis Nous (Philosophical Issues) 2001
Experimental Philosophy: Practice Public Choice 1989
Justifying the State Ethics 1990
Steiner's Essay on Rights Canadian Journal of Philosophy 1996
Review of Serena Olsaretti's Liberty, Desert, and the Market Philosophical Review 1999
Philosophical Logic (Parsons on the Liar Paradox) Erkenntnis 1990
Philosophy of Law (Deterrence & Criminal Attempts) Canadian Journal of Philosophy 1987

Presentations by David Schmidtz

Title Datesort ascending City Country
Public Choice As Political Philosophy October 6, 2016 - 4:00pm Fairfax United States
Reasonable Idealism: Essays on Person, Polis, Planet February 6, 2016 - 5:00pm Wuhan China
"The Return of Ethics" January 15, 2016 - 7:00pm Moscow Russia
Schools, Plumbers, & Justice November 1, 2013 (All day) Louvain-la-Neuve Belgium
Ideal For Real: Realistic Hopes for American Politics October 17, 2012 (All day) Ithaca United States
Western Theories of Justice July 1, 2012 (All day) Istanbul Turkey
Adam Smith on Freedom March 1, 2012 (All day) Prague Czech Republic
Property and Justice March 1, 2012 (All day) Bratislava Slovakia
Hayek Against Justice November 1, 2011 (All day) Washington United States
A Brief History of Property Rights September 10, 2011 (All day) Bucharest Romania
Respect for Everything June 1, 2010 (All day) Oslo Norway
Functional Property, Real Justice May 1, 2010 (All day) Ankara Turkey
The Right to Distribute January 1, 2010 (All day) London United Kingdom
Functional Property, Real Justice November 9, 2009 (All day) Berlin Germany
Lectures on A Brief History of Liberty August 1, 2009 (All day) Canberra Australia
What Teachers Owe Students October 1, 2008 (All day) Stanford United States
Lectures on A Brief History of Liberty June 1, 2008 (All day) Kfar Blum Israel
Lectures on A Brief History of Liberty March 1, 2008 (All day) Los Angeles United States
Lectures on A Brief History of Liberty April 1, 2007 (All day) Cambridge United Kingdom
The Institution of Property August 1, 2005 (All day) Santiago Chile
Lectures on Elements of Justice October 1, 2004 (All day) Singapore Malaysia
Lectures on Elements of Justice October 1, 2004 (All day) Guatemala City Guatemala
Lectures on Elements of Justice October 1, 2004 (All day) Guatemala City Guatemala
Course on Elements of Justice July 1, 2004 (All day) Almaty Kazakhstan
Lectures on Elements of Justice May 1, 2004 (All day) Providence United States


Videos by David Schmidtz


Colloquium Series: May 15, 2012

David Schmidtz from the University of Arizona Freedom Center. Tom and Vi Zapara from the School of Business at La Sierra University.

David Schmidtz's Doctoral Students

Name Current Post Topic Year
Sameer Bajaj PhD Candidate Liberalism 2017
Dan Shahar University of Arizona The Ecology of Right Action 2016
John Thrasher Monash University Social Contract 2013
Daniel Silvermint University of Connecticut Oppression 2012
Chris Freiman William & Mary Moral Theory & Psychology 2010
Chris Brown National U of Singapore Kantian Virtue 2008
Matt Bedke University of British Columbia Normativity 2007
Jason Brennan Georgetown University Moral Theorizing 2007
Cara Nine University College Cork Morality of Borders 2005
Matt Zwolinksi University of San Diego Separateness of Persons 2003
Rhonda Smith Air Force Academy Self-respect 1999
Steve Scalet University of Baltimore Liberal Justice 1999
Linda Radzik Texas A&M University Normativity 1997
Lainie Ross University of Chicago Justice for Children 1996
Walter Glannon University of Calgary Free will 1995