Chris Freiman

Chris Freiman

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
College of William and Mary

Christopher Freiman is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the College of William & Mary. His research interests include democratic theory, distributive justice, and immigration. Freiman’s forthcoming book, Unequivocal Justice, criticizes the role of idealization in contemporary political philosophy. His work has appeared in venues such as the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, The Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, and The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy. His website is and he blogs at

Blog Posts

The classical liberal case against nationalist immigration restrictions

If any part of liberalism needs revitalizing, it’s the case for liberalizing immigration. Nationalists on the left and right argue that easing immigration restrictions would make Americans worse off. During the…

Is taxation theft?

I have my doubts about the “taxation is theft” meme making the rounds on my Facebook feed.

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A theory of justice, post-Trump edition

John Rawls famously argues that we should think about principles of justice from behind a “veil of ignorance.” How robust would you like the protection of religious freedom to be…


On Robert Nozick and Liberty

From the IHS Vault: Professor Chris Freiman gives a lecture on the political philosophy of 20th century American philosopher Robert Nozick, including his views on fairness, justice, and equality.

Justice and Private Property

From the IHS Vault: Philosophy professor Chris Freiman discusses the concept of private property, addressing both its critics and its advocates, and how it relates to justice.