Associate Professor of Philosophy
University of San Diego
Matt Zwolinski is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego. He is also a co-director of USD’s Institute for Law and Philosophy, a member of the editorial board of Business Ethics Quarterly, and a blogger for Bleeding Heart Libertarians.
Professor Zwolinski states that his research interests are generally in the intersection of ethics, law, and economics, with two specific areas of focus. The first involves the proper understanding and normative status of liberty and political libertarianism. The second has to do with the nature and moral significance of exploitation for individual ethics and political institutions.
Professor Zwolinski is currently writing a book entitled Exploitation, Capitalism, and the State, in which he explores the idea of exploitation and its relevance for the moral evaluation of both certain forms of market exchange (such as sweatshops and price gouging) and political activities or structures (such as rent-seeking and the modern bureaucratic state). Zwolinski is also writing a brief history of libertarianism with John Tomasi of Brown University, for Princeton University Press.
William Graham Sumner Part 4 – Charity, Liberty, and Social Justice
Zwolinski concludes his series on William Graham Sumner with the question of how we ought to help the poorest among us.Learn More...
William Graham Sumner Part 2—The Rejection of Social Darwinism
Not only is the charge of Sumner being a social Darwinist unfair, but it characterizes his views as nearly the opposite of what they actually were.Learn More...
William Graham Sumner Part 1 – Laissez-Faire and Social Darwinism
William Graham Sumner often gets unfairly labeled a social Darwinist. In this first post in a new series, Zwolinski tries to nail down just what “social Darwinism” means.Learn More...