Mendoza School of Business

James Otteson

John T. Ryan Jr. Professor of Business Ethics, Rex and Alice A. Martin Faculty Director of the Notre Dame/Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership; Honors Program Faculty Director
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James R. Otteson received his BA from the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame and his PhD in philosophy from the University of Chicago. He specializes in business ethics, political economy, the history of economic thought, and eighteenth-century moral philosophy. He has taught previously at Wake Forest University, New York University, Yeshiva University, Georgetown University, and the University of Alabama. His books include Adam Smith’s Marketplace of Life (Cambridge, 2002), Actual Ethics (Cambridge, 2006), Adam Smith (Bloomsbury, 2013), The End of Socialism (Cambridge, 2014), The Essential Adam Smith (Fraser Institute, 2018), and Honorable Business: A Framework for Business in a Just and Humane Society (Oxford, 2019). His most recent books are The Essential David Hume (Fraser, 2021) and Seven Deadly Economic Sins (Cambridge, 2021). His forthcoming book is The Ethics of Wealth Redistribution (with Steven McMullen; Routledge, forthcoming in 2022).

Ph D, University of Chicago
MA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
BA, University of Notre Dame

"Why Business?"
"Democracy and People Over Profit", Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy, 18 - Accepted (awaiting publication)

"Opting Out: A Defense of Social Justice", The Independent Review, 24, 2019

"The Misuse of Egalitarianism in Society", The Independent Review, 22, 2017

"The Essential David Hume", Fraser Institute, 2021

"The Ethics of Wealth Redistribution", (With Steven McMullen), Routledge, 2021 - Accepted (awaiting publication)

"Seven Deadly Economic Sins: Obstacles to Prosperity and Happiness Every Citizen Should Know", Cambridge University Press - Accepted (awaiting publication)

"The Essential Adam Smith", Fraser Institute, 2018

"The End of Socialism", Cambridge University Press, 2014

"What Adam Smith Knew", Encounter, 2014

"Adam Smith", Bloomsbury, 2013

"Actual Ethics", Cambridge University Press, 2006

"Adam Smith's Marketplace of Life", Cambridge University Press, 2002

"Honorable Business", Center for the Study of Economic Liberty, Arizona State University, 2021

"The Morality of Markets", Bethel University, 2021

"Two of the Seven Deadly Economic Sins", Cambridge Fest, Cambridge University Press, 2021

"Honorable Business", The Adam Smith Society, 2021

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