Jason Brennan

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Jason Brennan
Jason F. Brennan

1979 (age 44–45)
Alma materUniversity of Arizona
Era21st-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
Arizona School liberalism
InstitutionsGeorgetown University
Main interests
Political philosophy · Applied ethics · Democratic theory Libertarianism
Notable ideas
Ethics of voting

Jason F. Brennan (born 1979) is an American philosopher and business professor. He is the Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.[1]

Brennan writes about democratic theory, the ethics of voting, competence and power, freedom, and the moral foundations of commercial society.[2] His work focuses on the intersection of normative political philosophy and the empirical social sciences, especially on questions about voter behavior, pathologies of democracy, and the consequences of freedom. He argues that most citizens have a moral obligation not to vote.[3]

Early life[edit]

Brennan grew up in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, and Hudson, New Hampshire. He attended Case Western Reserve University and the University of New Hampshire as an undergraduate. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Arizona under the direction of David Schmidtz. From 2006 to 2011, he was a research fellow at the Political Theory Project, and later assistant professor of philosophy at Brown University.[2]


  • A Brief History of Liberty, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, with David Schmidtz
  • The Ethics of Voting, Princeton University Press, 2011
  • Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know, Oxford University Press, 2012
  • Compulsory Voting: For and Against, Cambridge University Press, 2014, with Lisa Hill
  • Why Not Capitalism?, Routledge, 2014
  • Markets without Limits, Routledge, 2015, with Peter Jaworski
  • Political Philosophy: An Introduction, Cato Institute, 2016
  • Against Democracy, Princeton University Press, 2016
  • In Defense of Openness: Why Global Freedom Is the Humane Solution to Global Poverty, Oxford University Press, 2018, with Bas van der Vossen
  • When All Else Fails: The Ethics of Resistance to State Injustice, Princeton University Press, 2018
  • Cracks in the Ivory Tower, Oxford University Press, 2019, with Phil Magness
  • Injustice for All. How Financial Incentives Corrupted and Can Fix the US Criminal Justice System, Routledge, 2019, with Chris W. Surprenant
  • Good Work If You Can Get It: How to Succeed in Academia, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020
  • Why It's OK to Want to Be Rich, Routledge, 2020
  • Business Ethics for Better Behavior, Oxford University Press, 2021, with William English, John Hasnas and Peter Jaworski
  • Debating Democracy, Oxford University Press, 2021, with Hélène Landemore
  • Democracy: A Guided Tour, Oxford University Press, 2023

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Faculty". gufaculty360.georgetown.edu. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Jason Brennan". explore.georgetown.edu. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  3. ^ Brennan, Jason (2012). The Ethics of Voting. ISBN 978-0-691-15444-2.

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