James R. Otteson is the John T. Ryan Jr. Professor of Business Ethics, University of Notre Dame and former Thomas W. Smith Presidential Chair in Business Ethics, Professor of Economics, and Executive Director of the Eudaimonia Institute at Wake Forest University. He has also formerly taught at Yeshiva University, University of Alabama, and Georgetown University.
He received his B.A. from the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame, M.A. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and A.M. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago.
He is the author of the books, The End of Socialism, Honorable Business: A Framework for Business in a Just and Humane Society, Seven Deadly Economic Sins: Obstacles to Prosperity and Happiness Every Citizen Should Know, Adam Smith, Adam Smiths Marketplace of Life, The Essential Adam Smith, What Adam Smith Knew: Moral Lessons on Capitalism from Its Greatest Champion and Fiercest Opponents 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.