David Schmidtz

Affiliation: Center for the Philosophy of Freedom

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

Type of Affiliation: Faculty

David Schmidtz is editor of Social Philosophy & Policy and Head of the Department of Political Economy & Moral Science  at the University of Arizona.

After graduating from Arizona in 1988, he spent the next three years at Yale as Assistant Professor, then three more as Associate Professor. Since then, he enjoyed three semesters at Bowling Green in Philosophy and the Social Philosophy and Policy Center, a semester as Visiting Professor at McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, and a semester teaching first year property at Florida State College of Law. He was named Phi Beta Kappa National Scholar in 2014.  He was the founding Director of the Arizona Center for Philosophy of Freedom.

Dave has won fundraiser of the year awards from both the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the University.  Dave thanks all those who fund his research, as listed in the Acknowledgements sections of his published essays.  Here are some samples of his work on PROPERTY, MORALITY, CAPITALISM, COMMUNISM, POLITICSENVIRONMENT, EQUALITY, and JUSTICE.


Research Papers by David Schmidtz

Title Publication Year Published
Can Corrupt Soft Money Improve Corrupt Academia? Free Speech on Campus 2018
Should Employers Pay a Living Wage? Journal of Business Ethics 2018
Moral Parity between State and Non-State Actors Routledge Handbook of Anarchy 2018
Classical Liberalism: Back to the Future The Future of Classical Liberalism 2018
Libertarianism After Nozick Philosophy Compass 2018
Foreign Aid and Global Redistribution: A Critique Ethics: Left and Right 2018
Epistemic Democracy Routledge Handbook of Applied Epistemology 2018
Voting: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly The Handbook of Philosophy and Public Policy 2018
Voting: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly The Handbook of Philosophy and Public Policy 2018
The Demographic Objection to Epistocracy Res Publica 2018
The Myths of the Self-Ownership Thesis The Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism 2017
The Myths of the Self-Ownership Thesis The Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism 2017
What virtue ethics can learn from utilitarianism The Cambridge Companion to Utilitarianism 2014
Virtue ethics, happiness, and the good life The Cambridge Companion to Virtue Ethics 2013
Aristotelian Virtue Theory: After the Person-Situation Debate Special issue of International Journal of Philosophical Studies 2012
Phronesis and the Virtues Cambridge Companion to Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics 2012
Embodiment and Self-Ownership Social Philosophy and Policy 2010
Water Externalities: Tragedy of the Common Canal 2009
Water Externalities: Tragedy of the Common Canal 2009
That “Ought” Does Not Imply “Right”: Why It Matters for Virtue Ethics The Southern Journal of Philosophy 2008

Doctoral Students

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