Dr. David Schmidtz (Center for Philosophy of Freedom at the University of Arizona, United States)

Dr. David Schmidtz ( is Kendrick Professor of Philosophy, and Eller Chair of Service-Dominant Logic, at the University of Arizona. He founded the Center for Philosophy of Freedom in 2010, and Arizona has been ranked as the world’s #1 graduate program in political philosophy since 2011. (Dave’s nineteen former doctoral students all went on to faculty positions. They published articles in Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Review, and Ethics. Oxford, Cambridge, Blackwell, and Princeton published their books.)

Dave was founding Head of the Department of Political Economy & Moral Science, and is editor in chief of Social Philosophy & Policy, which by circulation is the largest philosophy journal in the English-speaking world. In 2020, his book Debating Education (co-authored with Harry Brighouse) was published by Oxford, while his textbook Commercial Society: A Primer on Ethics & Economics (co-authored with Cathleen Johnson and Robert Lusch) was published by Rowman & Littlefield. In recent months, his work has been discussed in venues such as Atlantic Monthly and New Yorker Magazine. He was a Phi Beta Kappa National Scholar in 2015, and has been tapped to be honored as the Association for Private Enterprise Education’s Adam Smith Scholar for 2020. Many scholars claim to have written a hundred articles in their careers, but David’s work has been reprinted over a hundred times in anthologies, textbooks, and translations (15 languages in all).  Most essays are never even cited; it is a rare honor to be reprinted.