Research

A core tenet of the Freedom Center is to support research and discussion related to ideals of freedom, responsibility, and their realization in institutional form. To this end, the Center supports three journals and their corresponding workshops.

Journals

Faculty Publications

Our faculty are able to spend more time on research and publish more than standard faculty positions because of the Freedom Center's support and focus on research.

 

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Commercial Society

Cathleen Johnson, Robert Lusch, & David Schmidtz
2019
One of the greatest and most joyful challenges of adult life is to develop skills that make the people around us better off with us than without us. Integrity is a key part of that challenge. We are social animals, aiming not simply to trade but to make a place for ourselves in a community. You don’t want to have to pretend that you feel proud of fooling your customers into believing you could be trusted. The ethical question is: how do people have to live in order to make the world a better place with them than without them? The economic question is: what kind of society makes people willing and able to use their talents in a way that is good for them and for the people around them? The entrepreneurial question is: what does it take to show up in the marketplace with something that can take your community to a different level? In this book, the authors discuss the connections between the ethical, economic, and entrepreneurial dimensions of a life well-lived.
Debating Education

Debating Education: Is There a Role for Markets?

David Schmidtz and Harry Brighouse
2019
Debating Education puts two leading scholars in conversation with each other on the subject of education-specifically, what role, if any, markets should play in policy reform. David Schmidtz and Harry Brighouse each advance nuanced arguments and respond to each other, presenting contrasting views on education as a public good. At its heart, Debating Education is concerned with the nature, function, and legitimate scope of voluntary exchange as a form of social relation, and how education raises concerns that are not at issue when it comes to trading relationships between consenting adults. It will appeal to scholars and students of ethics alike, specifically those who study political philosophy, philosophy of education, as well as individuals interested in educational and public policy.
Elements of Justice

Elements of Justice

David Schmidtz
2019
A new Mandarin translation of David Schmidtz 2006 Elements of Justice book. "What is justice? Questions of justice are questions about what people are due, but what that means in practice depends on context. Depending on context, the formal question of what people are due is answered by principles of desert, reciprocity, equality, or need. Justice, thus, is a constellation of elements that exhibit a degree of integration and unity, but the integrity of justice is limited, in a way that is akin to the integrity of a neighborhood rather than that of a building. A theory of justice is a map of that neighborhood." (from the publisher)
Robert Nozick

Robert Nozick

Edited by David Schmidtz
2019
This collection devoted to Robert Nozick edited by David Schmidtz was translated and published in Mardarin Chinese in 2019. "This introductory volume is devoted to Robert Nozick, one of the dominant philosophical thinkers of the current age. Nozick's famous book, Anarchy, State and Utopia (1974), presents the classic defense of the libertarian view that only a minimal state is just. He has made significant contributions to such areas as rational choice theory, ethics, epistemology and philosophy of mind. In addition to philosophers, the book will be of particular interest to professionals and students in political science, law, economics, sociology and psychology." (from the publisher)
Environmental Ethics: What Really Matters, What Really Works

Environmental Ethics: What Really Matters, What Really Works, 3rd Edition

David Schmidtz and Danny Shahar, eds
2018
"Environmental Ethics is the highest quality textbook/collection for foundational environmental ethics courses available. It has all of the foundational views/essays that are core to the discipline, while also offering a good breadth of topical coverage on issues relevant to anyone living on planet earth!"--Lauren Hartzell Nichols, University of Washington
On the Soul: and Other Psychological Works

On the Soul: and Other Psychological Works

Aristotle, translated by Fred D. Miller Jr.
2018
This new translation of De Anima (On the Soul) brings together all of Aristotle's extant and complementary psychological works, and adds as a supplement ancient testimony concerning his lost writings dealing with the soul. The introduction by Fred D. Miller, Jr. explains the central place of the soul in Aristotle's natural science, the unifying themes of his psychological theory, and his continuing relevance for modern philosophy and psychology.
Oxford Handbook of Freedom

Oxford Handbook of Freedom

David Schmidtz and Carmen Pavel (editors)
2018
"We speak of being 'free' to speak our minds, free to go to college, free to move about; we can be cancer-free, debt-free, worry-free, or free from doubt. The concept of freedom (and relatedly the notion of liberty) is ubiquitous but not everyone agrees what the term means, and the philosophical analysis of freedom that has grown over the last two decades has revealed it to be a complex notion whose meaning is dependent on the context. The Oxford Handbook of Freedom will crystallize this work and craft the first wide-ranging analysis of freedom in all its dimensions: legal, cultural, religious, economic, political, and psychological. This volume includes 28 new essays by well regarded philosophers, as well some historians and political theorists, in order to reflect the breadth of the topic.
Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy Volume 4

Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy Volume 4

Edited by David Sobel, Peter Vallentyne, and Steven Wall
2018
OSPP aims to publish some of the best contemporary work in political philosophy and these closely related subfields. This volume features eight papers that address a range of central topics and represent cutting edge work in the field. The three parts of the volume explore legitimacy, egalitarianism, and liberty and coercion.
Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy Volume 3

Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy Volume 3

Steven Wall with David Sobel and Peter Vallentyne (Editors)
2017
This is the third volume of Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy. This volume addresses a range of central topics and represent cutting edge work in the field. The first two parts of the volume deal with equality and justice and state legitimacy, while the final part looks at social issues that are not easily understood in terms of personal morality, yet which need not centrally involve the state.
Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy Volume 2

Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy Volume 2

Steven Wall with David Sobel and Peter Vallentyne (Editors)
2016
This is the second volume of Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy. This volume features eight papers and an introduction. The papers address a range of central topics and represent cutting edge work in the field. They are grouped into three main themes: ideal theory, the moral assessment of states, and issues in social relations.