Dr. Narveson was educated at the University of Chicago (B.A. in Political Science, 1955, and in Philosophy, 1956); and earned his PhD at Harvard (1961) with a year at Oxford (1959-60) on a travelling Fellowship. He has taught at the University of New Hampshire, U.S.A., 1961-3, after which he taught at the University of Waterloo. He was Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins (1967), Stanford (1968), and Calgary (1976), and was a Visiting Research Scholar at the Center for Philosophy and Public Affairs at Bowling Green State University, Ohio (Fall 1990). He taught at the University of Waterloo until his retirement in 2004 (and has continued in part-time teaching since). In 2006, Jan was designated a Distinguished Professor Emeritus. He is or has been also on the editorial boards of many journals, such as Ethics, Social Philosophy and Policy, Journal of Social Philosophy, International Journal of Applied Philosophy, Philosophy Research Archives, The Journal of Value Inquiry, the Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Dialogue, and Public Affairs Quarterly, and serves or has served as referee for many other journals and for several University presses. He frequently presents papers, talks, and commentaries at workshops, conferences, and colloquia around North America, in the United Kingdom, and occasionally elsewhere.

Dr. Narveson’s publications include: Morality and Utility, The Libertarian Idea, Moral Matters, Political Correctness – For and Against, Respecting People in Theory and Practice, You and The State, This is Ethical Theory, and Is Liberty Compatible with Equality?