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Justin Tosi
McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University
Washington, DC  20057

E-mail: Justin [dot] Tosi [at] georgetown [dot] edu

Areas of Specialization

Political Philosophy, Normative Ethics, Philosophy of Law

Areas of Competence

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

Academic Appointments

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

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

Book Manuscript

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


"Rethinking the Principle of Fair Play," Pacific Philosophical Quarterly (forthcoming)

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

“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)
  • 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).
Comments on Amanda Greene, “Legitimacy and Political Realism,” Chapel Hill Political Philosophy Workshop, Chapel Hill, NC (March 2016).

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

“How to Secede Fairly,” National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar: Liberty, Equality and Justice, St. Louis, MO (June 2012).

“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).


Teaching Professional Ethics through Experiential Learning, Georgetown University, Washington, DC (June 2017).

Roundtable Participant, Secession and Federalism, Institute for Law and Philosophy, San Diego, CA (September 2012).

Honors and Awards

Hayek Fund for Scholars Travel Grant, 2015
University of Arizona Graduate College Fellow, 2012-2013
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar, 2012
Graduate and Professional Student Council Travel Grant, 2010-2011
Fullinwider Fellow, 2010-2011
Humane Studies Fellow, 2010-2011, 2013-2014
Thomas W. Smith Fellowship, 2008-2010