Clark Wolf

Clark Wolf

  • Professor, Iowa State University
Clark Wolf is Director of Bioethics and Professor of Philosophy at Iowa State University, where he teaches bioethics, sustainable agriculture, philosophy of law, political philosophy, and ethics. He has written on topics in bioethics, science communication, environmental ethics and policy, intergenerational justice, political theory, and philosophy of law. He writes a regular column on ethics and biotechnology for Bioethics in Brief. Recent works include a forthcoming book This Is Political Philosophy, co-written with Alex Tuckness, and papers on intellectual property rights, intergenerational justice and sustainability.


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  • Ph.D., University of Arizona


  • Director of Bioethics

2015. “Patent Fairness and International Justice.” World Intellectual Property Organization Journal. 7(1):62-72

2013. “Intergenerational Distributive Justice.” In J. Gaus and F. D’Agostino, Eds, Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy. Routledge. pp. 467-479. 5. 

2012. “Environmental Ethics, Future Generations, and Environmental Law.” In A. Marmour, ed. Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Law. pp. 397-414.

2009. “Intergenerational Justice, Human Needs, and Climate Policy.” In A. Gosseries and L. Meyer, eds. Intergenerational Justice. Oxford University Press. pp. 347-376.

2008. “Justice and Intergenerational Debt.” Intergenerational Justice Review. Vol. 2. pp. 13-17. (Not peer-reviewed) Reprinted in Keller, D. 2010. Environmental Ethics. Wiley-Blackwell.

2003. “Intergenerational Justice.” In R. Frey and C. Wellman, eds., Blackwell Companion to Applied Ethics. Blackwell. pp. 279-294. 

2002. “Population Growth and Intergenerational Justice.” In D. Schmidtz and E. Willot, eds. Environmental Ethics. Oxford University Press. pp. 267-273. 

1997. “Property Rights, Economic Inequalities, and International Obligations.” In H. LaFollette, Ed., Ethics in Practice. Blackwell Publishers. Pp. 559-570. 

1996. “Markets, Justice, and the Interests of Future Generations.” Ethics and the Environment. 1(2) pp. 153-175.

1996. “Social Choice and Normative Population Theory: A Person-Affecting Solution to Parfit’s Mere-Addition Paradox.” Philosophical Studies. 81(2-3) pp. 263-282. 

1995. “Contemporary Property Rights, Lockean Provisos, and the Interests of Future Generations.” Ethics. 105(4):791-818.