I am an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department and the Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy at Chapman University in Orange County, California. I am also an Adjunct Research Associate at Monash University. From 2014-2018, I was a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Philosophy at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

I specialize in political philosophy, normative ethics, and decision/game theory and its applications to ethics and political philosophy. My research focuses on the relation of individual practical rationality to social rules as well as the way those rules are organized into systems of norms and institutions. I am especially interested in how recent work in moral psychology and experimental economics can inform our understanding of how to improve our institutions of self-governance.

Recently I have also been working with my colleague Toby Handfield in philosophy and several collaborators in Economics including Lata Gangadharan, Klaus Abbink, and Erte Xiao on how “bad norms,” such as norms of anti-social punishment and honor codes develop, stabilize, and change. Other collaborators include Gerald Gaus, Julian GarciaDavid Schmidtz, Kevin Vallier, Chris Freiman, and Keith Hankins

I have also written, with Dan Halliday, The Ethics of Capitalism (Oxford University Press), which should be available sometime in 2020. 

I am currently working on a book that develops and defends the idea of the open society as a competitor to traditional theories of liberalism as well as solidaristic alternatives (e.g., populism, nationalism, communitarianism).  This book draws on some of my recent work on the open society which can be found here.

My work has been published in:

  • The American Journal of Political Science 
  • Philosophical Studies
  • The Journal of Politics
  • Nature Communications 
  • Synthese
  • Human Nature
  • The Journal of Moral Philosophy
  • Political Studies
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • Social Philosophy & Policy
  • Ethical Theory and Moral Practice
  • The European Journal of Philosophy
  • The Adam Smith Review
  • several edited volumes.

Some of my recent publications can be found here. I have also written about bargaining theory, the social contract, democratic theory, public reason, egalitarianism, justice, Epicureanism, Adam Smith, and social evolution among other things.

You can contact me at Thrasheriv<at>chapman.edu