Joseph Heath

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  • BA, McGill University
  • MA, Northwestern University
  • PhD, Northwestern University

Joseph Heath’s research interests include social and political philosophy, business ethics, moral philosophy, and distributive justice.

Research Interests:

Political Philosophy, Economics and Philosophy, Critical Social Theory, Business Ethics



  • Following the Rules (Oxford)
  • Filthy Lucre (Harper Collins)
  • Communicative Action and Rational Choice (MIT Press)
  • The Efficient Society (Penguin)
  • (with Andrew Potter) The Rebel Sell (Harper Collins)
  • Enlightenment 2.0
  • Morality, Competition, and the Firm (Oxford)
  • The Machinery of Government (Oxford)
  • Philosophical Foundations of Climate Change Policy (Oxford)
  • Ethics for Capitalists (Friesen)


Selected Papers

  • “The Benefits of Cooperation,” Philosophy and Public Affairs, 34 (2006)
  • “Dworkin’s Auction,” Politics, Philosophy and Economics, 3 (2005)
  • “The Transcendental Necessity of Morality,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 67 (2003)
  • “The Structure of Hip Consumerism,” Philosophy and Social Criticism, 27 (2001)
  • “Foundationalism and Practical Reason,” Mind 106 (1997)
  • “Is Language a Game?” Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 26 (1996)
  • “The Structure of Intergenerational Cooperation,” Philosophy and Public Affairs, 41:1 (2013)
  • “Three Normative Models of the Welfare State,” Public Reason, 3 (2011)
  • “Three Evolutionary Precursors to Morality,” Dialogue, 48 (2009)

Visit Joseph Heath’s publications on the Philosophy Faculty Bookshelf.

A more complete list of Joseph Heath’s publications can be found on Google Scholar.


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