Jason Brennan
Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Chair

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. He specializes in politics, philosophy, and economics.

He is the author of Against Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2016), Markets without Limits, with Peter Jaworski (Routledge Press, 2015), 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, with David Schmidtz, A Brief History of Liberty (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).

He is currently writing Global Justice as Global Freedom, with Bas van der Vossen, under contract with Oxford University Press, as well as Cracks in the Ivory Tower: The Bad Business Ethics of Higher Ed, with Phil Magness, also under contract with Oxford University Press. He is co-editor, along with David Schmidtz and Bas Van der Vossen, of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism.



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
Using a fusion of philosophical, social scientific, and historical methods, --  A Brief History of Liberty... Read more

Research Papers by Jason Brennan

Title Publication Year Publishedsort ascending
Propaganda about Propaganda Critical Review 2017
Murderers at the Ballot Box: When Politicians May Lie to Bad Voters Ethics in Politics: The Rights and Obligations of Individual Political Agents 2017
Why Caning Beats Incarceration Policing and Punishment: Philosophical Problems and Policy Solutions 2017
On Competition in Utopian Capitalism Moral Philosophy and Politics 2017
Democracy and Freedom Oxford Handbook of Freedom 2017
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
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
Consequences Matter More: In Defense of Instrumentalism about Private versus Public Prisons Criminal Law and Philosophy 2015
In Defense of Commodification Moral Philosophy and Politics 2015
Epistocracy within Public Reason Democracy in the 21st Century 2015
Community, Diversity, and Equality in G. A. Cohen’s Socialist Ideal Analyse & Kritik 2015
Market Architecture: It’s the How, Not the What Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy 2015
Markets without Symbolic Limits Ethics 2015
Is Market Society Intrinsically Repugnant? Journal of Business Ethics 2014
Against Mandatory Voting Debating Reform: Conflicting Perspectives on How to Fix the American Political System 2014
How Smart is Democracy? You Can't Answer that A Priori Critical Review 2014
Controversial Ethics as a Foundation for Controversial Political Theory Studies in Emergent Order 2014
The Right to Good Faith: How Crony Capitalism Delegitimizes the Administrative State Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy 2013


Presentations by Jason Brennan

Title Datesort ascending City Country
Against Democracy October 18, 2017 - 3:00pm Oslo Norway
We're Bad at Politics and Politics Is Bad for Us June 14, 2017 - 2:00pm Groningen Netherlands
Against Democracy April 27, 2017 - 3:00pm Stockholm Sweden
Against Democracy April 6, 2017 - 3:00pm Berlin Germany
Against Democracy March 23, 2017 - 3:00pm Omaha 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
Against Democracy February 3, 2017 - 5:00pm Lubbock United States
Libertarianism and Social Justice January 16, 2017 - 9:30am Wellesley United States
The Demographic Objection to Epistocracy January 5, 2017 - 12:00pm Baltimore United States
Most Americans Shouldn’t Vote November 3, 2016 - 6:00pm Bloomington United States
The Ethics of Voting October 24, 2016 - 6:00pm Cambridge United States
How to Vote Well and Why Most People Don't October 20, 2016 - 6:00pm Conway United States
The Ethics of Voting, October 18, 2016 - 6:00pm Newport News United States
Markets without Limits October 14, 2016 - 2:00pm Toronto Canada
Most Americans Should Not Vote October 4, 2016 - 6:00pm College Park United States
The Ethics of Voting September 29, 2016 - 6:00pm Moraga United States
Against Democracy September 23, 2016 - 2:00pm Colombus United States
Most Americans Shouldn’t Vote September 22, 2016 - 6:00pm Kalamazoo United States
Most Americans Shouldn’t Vote September 20, 2016 - 6:30pm Richmond United States
Markets without Limits September 19, 2016 - 4:00pm Durham United States
The Ethics Project July 14, 2016 - 1:00pm Estoril Portugal
Markets without Limits May 5, 2016 - 4:00pm Hanover United States
Markets without Limits April 4, 2016 - 4:00pm Boulder United States
Murderers at the Ballot Box: On Lying to Bad Voters April 4, 2016 - 2:00pm Boulder United States


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.