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 director of USD’s undergraduate program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. I write about the basic income guarantee, exploitation, and the history of libertarian ideas.
Friedrich Hayek is known for his defense of limited government and a free-market economy. But Hayek was also a consistent defender throughout his life of something that looks very much like a Universal Basic Income (UBI). To many, this combination of views will seem paradoxical. This paper argues that both of these commitments flow naturally…
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…
A glowing review of an important new book on the Basic Income, plus a short primer on some of the ethical issues involved pro- and con-.
I spoke with KPBS’s Midday Edition about USD’s new Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy, our upcoming debate on immigration and human rights, and the importance of open dialogue and intellectual diversity in higher education.
My review of Loren Lomasky’s new book, Rights Angles, is now available at Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
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…
What do libertarian philosophers think about the welfare state? Read my new essay, forthcoming in the Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism, to find out.
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has published my almost completely re-written entry on “Exploitation.”
Could Gary Johnson’s Libertarian presidential campaign steal as many votes from Clinton on the left as it dos from Trump on the right? At CNN, I suggest the answer may be “yes.”