James R. Otteson is Professor of Philosophy and Economics at Yeshiva University and former chairman of the department of philosophy at the University of Alabama. He received a B.A. from the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and an A.M. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago.
His most recent book is Adam Smith (Continuum, 2011) and he is the author of the books Adam Smiths Marketplace of Life and Actual Ethics, the latter of which won the 2007 Templeton Enterprise Award. He is also the editor of the books, The Levellers: Overton, Walwyn, and Lilburne (5 vols.) and Adam Smith: Selected Philosophical Writings.