James Otteson

John T. Ryan Jr. Professor of Business Ethics

Honors Program Faculty Director

July 2, 2020; Jim Otteson (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Mendoza College of Business

James R. Otteson received his B.A. from the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago. He specializes in business ethics, political economy, the history of economic thought, and 18th century moral philosophy. He has taught previously at Wake Forest University, New York University, Yeshiva University, Georgetown University, and the University of Alabama.

His books include Adam Smith’s Marketplace of Life (Cambridge, 2002), Actual Ethics (Cambridge, 2006), Adam Smith (Bloomsbury, 2013), The End of Socialism (Cambridge, 2014), The Essential Adam Smith (Fraser Institute, 2018), and Honorable Business: A Framework for Business in a Just and Humane Society (Oxford, 2019). His most recent books are The Essential David Hume (Fraser, 2021) and Seven Deadly Economic Sins (Cambridge, 2021), and Should Wealth Be Redistributed? A Debate (with Steven McMullen; Routledge, 2023).