Bas van der Vossen

Associate Professor of Philosophy at Chapman University (California)

Resident at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
May 2018

Research topic at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
»Independence and the Economic Liberties«

Project outline:
Many critics of market economies argue that protecting private property rights and economic liberties will lead to oppression and subjection. In particular, poor workers or the unemployed will end up being oppressed by their employers or the wealthy. At the same time, early defenders of the market touted the liberation of the working class as among its main virtues. In this research project, I investigate the relation between these liberties and oppression. I ask under what conditions markets might problematically subject people to the wills of others, and when they might offer them a meaningful kind of freedom. Questions include: How might independence may be undercut by market power, and protected by its absence? Are entrepreneurial rights important or dangerous to protecting people in developing societies? And what kind of independence do we have reason to protect in a market society? (Bas van der Vossen)

Funding of the stay:
»Justitia Amplificata. Rethinking Justice − Applied and Global«

Scholarly profile of Bas van der Vossen

Bas van der Vossen is Associate Professor in Philosophy at the Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy, and the Philosophy Department at Chapman University. He is also an Associate Editor of Social Philosophy and Policy.

Please find more information about Bas van der Vossen here.

Main areas of research:
Political Philosophy, Global Justice, Philosophy of Law, Latin American Philosophy

Selected publications:
  1. (with Jason Brennan) Toward a More Open World: Global Justice as Global Freedom, Oxford: Oxford University Press, (forthcoming).
  2. (with Fernando Tesón) Debating Humanitarian Intervention, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.
  3. (Eds. with David Schmidtz and Jason Brennan) The Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism, London: Routledge Press, 2017.
  4. »Imposing Duties and Original Appropriation«, in: Journal of Political Philosophy 23, 2015, 64-85.
  5. »In Defense of the Ivory Tower: Why Philosophers Should Stay Out of Politics«, in: Philosophical Psychology 28, 2015, 1045-1063.