About David Schmidtz
David Schmidtz is Kendrick Professor of Philosophy in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Eller Chair of Service-Dominant Logic in the Eller College of Management. He is editor-in-chief of Social Philosophy & Policy. He was founding Head of the Department of Political Economy & Moral Science.
He directs the Arizona Center for Philosophy of Freedom, a University Center housed in the Office of Research, Innovation, and Impact.
You can find his cv in the "Contact Information" box on your right.
Dave sees Ethics as the subject of how we need to live in order to make sure that our community is better off with us than without us. In effect, he aspires to pick up where the Scottish Enlightenment left off, treating Ethics as a subject that begins and ends with observation: specifically, observation of the human condition and of what tends to improve it. So that is to say, when David Hume was trying to "apply experimental methods of reasoning to moral subjects" the social sciences had not yet emerged as separate intellectual siloes. Hume was just doing philosophy, but Hume's philosophy was what we now would call interdisciplinary. He wasn't trying to be interdiscipinary. He was just trying to develop a philosophically comprehensive understanding of the human condition. He wasn't theorizing about what to do. He was theorizing about what works.
Here is a 16 minute digest of his talk in Moscow on "The Return of Ethics." The interviewer is prominent local actor and producer Robert Anthony Peters. (See Robert's short film Tank Man.) The executive producer is Patrick Reasonover. See his film They Say It Can't Be Done.
Here is a 50 minute talk at La Sierra University on Adam Smith.
Here is a suite of 4 x 4 minute videos on equality hosted by the Institute for Humane Studies and the John Templeton Foundation.
Here are some of his main essays: on moral theory, property rights, and on real world distinctions between genuine ideals and mere fantasies. (Building the links now...)
PhD, University of Arizona (Philosophy, 1988)
MA, University of Arizona (Economics, 1987)
MA, University of Arizona (Philosophy, 1985)
BA, University of Saskatchewan (Philosophy, 1983)
B.S., University of Calgary (General Studies, 1982)