Jason Brennan

Jason F. Brennan
Alma mater University of Arizona
Website jasonfbrennan.com
Era 21st-century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Analytic
Institutions Georgetown University
Main interests
Political philosophy · Applied ethics · Democratic theory
Notable ideas
Ethics of voting

Jason F. Brennan is the Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Associate Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business and Associate Professor of Philosophy 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] He has been called "one of the world’s leading academic experts on voting and political knowledge".[3]

He is known for advocating "bleeding-heart libertarianism,"[4] a political philosophy that combines the libertarian emphasis on economic and civil liberties with an emphasis on social justice.

Early life

Brennan grew up in Tewksbury, MA, and Hudson, NH. Brennan 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 2006–2011, he was a research fellow in political science, and then Assistant Professor of Philosophy, at Brown University.[2]


Brennan is the author of Markets without Limits, (Routledge), with philosopher Peter Martin Jaworski, Compulsory Voting: For and Against (Cambridge University Press), with political scientist Lisa Hill, Why Not Capitalism (Routledge), 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).

His new book Against Democracy (Princeton University Press)[5] was published in August 2016, while Global Justice as Global Freedom (Oxford University Press) with Bas van der Vossen is forthcoming.

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.

Brennan has appeared on the Fox Business Network show Stossel, Q&A with C-SPAN's Brian Lamb, PBS, The Mark News, and Al Jazeera English.

Books and monographs

As author or co-author


See also


  1. Appearances on C-SPAN
  2. 1 2 3 "Jason Brennan". explore.georgetown.edu. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  3. Somin, Ilya. "Brexit, "Regrexit," and the impact of political ignorance". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  4. "Jason Brennan". Open Borders. 2014-02-18. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  5. "Brennan, J.: Against Democracy (eBook and Hardcover).". press.princeton.edu. Retrieved 2016-07-16.

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