John Hasnas

John Hasnas

Professor of Business
Georgetown University

John Hasnas is a professor of business at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and a professor of law (by courtesy) at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, where he teaches courses in ethics and law. Professor Hasnas is also the executive director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics, whose tripartite mission is to produce high-quality research on matters related to the ethics of market activity, improve ethics pedagogy, and educate the broader, non-academic community about ethical issues related to the functioning of markets.

Professor Hasnas has held previous appointments as associate professor of law at George Mason University School of Law, visiting associate professor of law at Duke University School of Law and the Washington College of Law at American University, and Law and Humanities Fellow at Temple University School of Law. Professor Hasnas has also been a visiting scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics in Washington, DC and the Social Philosophy and Policy Center in Bowling Green, Ohio. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from Lafayette College, his J.D. and Ph.D. in Legal Philosophy from Duke University, and his LL.M. in Legal Education from Temple Law School. His scholarship concerns ethics and white collar crime, jurisprudence, and legal history.

Professor Hasnas is also the author of The Obviousness of Anarchy [pdf] and The Myth of the Rule of Law.

Blog Posts

Donald Trump: The avatar of democracy

In his first month as President, Donald Trump has been the epitome of democracy.

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A paradox in the theory of democracy

It is not easy being a committed democrat when your side loses an election.

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Did the democrat’s hacked emails give voters too much info?

During the primaries, commentators and academics continually decried the fact that voters had too little information about the candidates.

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University athletes punished for bad thoughts

The new trend of university administrators arbitrarily punishing their men’s sports teams is even worse than I thought

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Collective punishment at Harvard University

Collective punishment is unjust. This is the case whether it is employed by governments, corporations, teachers, or parents.

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People hate Hillary Clinton because she is good at her job

As Hayek explained, adherence to principle means that there are some things one will not do to attain one’s ends. Such an individual is at a disadvantage in the winner-take-all process that determines who wields political power.

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Why the Refusal to File Criminal Charges Against Hillary Clinton Is a Good Thing

Over twenty years ago, I published an article that argued that the rule of law was not only a myth, but an extremely dangerous one that causes people “to be…

The Obvious, Costless Way to Solve the Problem of Diversity Among College Professors

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A Little White Lie I Told as a Camp Counselor Explains Political Strategy Perfectly

It would not be remarkable to observe that politicians lie. Many people lie. What is remarkable is that politicians keep telling the same lies over and over again. Few people…

How My Annual Halloween Parade Explains Donald Trump’s Success

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There’s One Perennial Complaint About Democracy. Here’s How to Solve It.

A perennial complaint about democracy in America is that too large a portion of the electorate is poorly informed about important political issues. This is the problem of the ignorant…

Universities Insist on Genetic Diversity While Ignoring Diversity of Viewpoints

For over 40 years, American universities have been working to increase the diversity of their faculties. Now, in response to last fall’s wave of protests from student groups representing people…