Aaron James
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Aaron James

I'm a philosophy professor (details below) who thinks, writes, and teaches in ethics and political philosophy.

I mainly write for academics (in professional journals and in a recent book on fairness in the global economy). I have plans for a book on social practices and global justice, and grander intellectual ambitions, for the long haul, that run across my research areas of moral theory, political philosophy, and the foundations of ethics.

All of this can be strenuous, so I've also begun to dabble in popular writing, in hopes of contributing to public life in more direct and (if I'm lucky) more entertaining ways. I wrote a book about assholes. I've got ideas for a book about surfing and what it shows about the human condition, how to live, and capitalism. (I've been an avid surfer since my early teens, so a book about surfing and philosophy would join my life's two more central preoccupations.)

Academic details: Ph.D. in Philosophy, Harvard University; Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of California, Irvine; awarded the Burkhardt Fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies, spending the 2009-10 academic year at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Visiting Professor at NYU for Fall 2013.

Photo credit: James Hammack

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    • Assholes

    • A Theory
    • By: Aaron James
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 159
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 138
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 138

    In the spirit of the mega-selling On Bullshit, philosopher Aaron James presents a theory of the asshole that is both intellectually provocative and existentially necessary....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not sure what I expected…

    • By Kirsten on 11-13-12

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Surfing with Sartre

    • An Aquatic Inquiry into a Life of Meaning
    • By: Aaron James
    • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    An audiobook that uses the experience and the ethos of surfing to explore key concepts in philosophy....

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump

    • By: Aaron James
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    In this brisk and trenchant inquiry into the phenomenon that is Donald Trump, James places the man firmly in the typology of the asshole....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • GREAT!

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-20-16

    Regular price: $10.50

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