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
  226 Mendoza College of Business
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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). He has three books forthcoming: Seven Deadly Economic Sins (Cambridge, forthcoming in 2021); The Essential David Hume (Fraser Institute, forthcoming in 2021); and 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

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

"Honorable Business: A Framework for Business in a Just and Humane Society", Oxford University Press, 2019

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

"Actual Ethics", Cambridge University Press, 2006

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