About Me

Hi. I’m a Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego, founder and director of USD’s Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy, and the founder of and frequent contributor to the Bleeding Heart Libertarians blog. I write about the basic income guarantee, exploitation, and the history of libertarian ideas.

Free Speech and Toleration

A commitment to free speech and toleration are among the defining features of modern, liberal democracies. But as a historical matter, these commitments are relatively recent phenomena. And philosophically, neither is as clear-cut or unambiguous as we might assume. Recent controversies involving religious extremism and controversial speakers on college campuses illustrate the difficulties applying these…

New USD Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy

I’m delighted to announce the launch of USD’s Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy! The mission of the center is to promote rigorous scholarship and teaching on the impact of social norms, markets and public policies on human freedom, well-being and justice. The Center held its first event in the Fall of 2016, a debate…