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Justin Tosi
Department of Philosophy
Box 43092
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409-3092

E-mail: justin.tosi [at]

Areas of Specialization

Political Philosophy, Normative Ethics, Philosophy of Law

Areas of Competence

Applied Ethics, History of Moral and Political Philosophy, Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE)

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University, Department of Philosophy (2018 - )

Junior Faculty Fellow, Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics, Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business (2017 - 2018)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer, Freedom and Flourishing Project, University of Michigan, Department of Philosophy (2015 - 2017)


Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Arizona, 2015

M.A. Political Science, Arizona State University, 2007

B.A. (with high distinction), Philosophy and Politics, University of Virginia, 2005


Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk (forthcoming, Oxford University Press; with Brandon Warmke)

Book Manuscript

Why It’s OK to Mind Your Own Business (under contract with Routledge for their series “Why It’s OK: The Ethics of How We Live”; with Brandon Warmke)


“Relational Sufficientarianism and Basic Income,” in The Future of Work, Technology, and Basic Income, ed. Michael Cholbi and Michael Weber. Routledge (forthcoming).

"Rethinking the Principle of Fair Play," Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 99:4, 2018, pp. 612-631.

Review of Douglas J. Den Uyl and Douglas B. Rasmussen, The Perfectionist Turn: From Metanorms to Metaethics. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, Oct. 2017.

"A Fair Play Account of Legitimate Political Authority," Legal Theory 23:1, 2017, pp. 55-67.

"Playing Fair and Following the Rules," Journal of Moral Philosophy 14:2, 2017, pp. 134-141.

"The Possibility of a Fair Play Account of Legitimacy," Ratio 30:1, 2017, pp. 88-99.

"Moral Grandstanding," Philosophy & Public Affairs 44:3, 2016, pp. 197-217. (with Brandon Warmke)

"Punishment and Forgiveness" in Routledge Handbook of Criminal Justice Ethics, ed. Jonathan Jacobs and Jonathan Jackson. Routledge, 2016, pp. 203-216. (with Brandon Warmke)

"David Foster Wallace on the Good Life" in Freedom and the Self: Essays in the Philosophy of David Foster Wallace, ed. Steven Cahn and Maureen Eckert. Columbia University Press, 2015, pp. 133-168. (with Nathan Ballantyne)

Review of Matt Matravers, Responsibility and JusticeJournal of Politics 71:4, 2009, pp. 1600-1602.

"Anticipating the Political and Ethical Challenges of Human Nanotechnologies" in Nanoethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Nanotechnology, ed. Fritz Allhoff, Patrick Lin, James Moor, John Weckert. Wiley, 2007, pp. 185-197. (with David Guston and John Parsi)

Selected Presentations

“Moral Grandstanding as a Threat to Free Expression,” AAUP Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education, Arlington, VA (June 2018).

“How to Secede Fairly”

  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX (January 2018).
  • 78th Annual Meeting of the Virginia Philosophical Association, Farmville, VA (October 2017).
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar: Liberty, Equality and Justice, St. Louis, MO (June 2012).
“Relational Sufficientarianism,” The Future of Work, Technology and a Basic Income, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH (April 2017).

“Rethinking the Principle of Fair Play”

  • New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM (February 2017).
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (November 2015).

“Moral Grandstanding in Politics”

  • University of Maryland, College Park, MD (January 2017).
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (January 2017).
“Moral Grandstanding,” (with Brandon Warmke)
  • Marymount University, Arlington, VA (March 2018).
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (February 2016).
  • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL (October 2015; presented in absentia).
  • 2015 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Vancouver, BC (April 2015).
  • 2015 Meeting of the North Carolina Philosophical Society, Raleigh, NC (February 2015; presented in absentia).

“Locke as Proto-Fair Play Theorist,” University of Richmond, Richmond, VA (October 2015).

“Rescuing the Right to Rule”
  • University of Richmond, Richmond, VA (July 2012).
  • Association of Legal and Social Philosophy 2011 Annual Conference, Coventry, UK (July 2011).
“Enough Is Enough: A Defense of Sufficiency,” Brave New World 2011, Manchester, UK (June 2011).