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Justin Clark’s research concentrates on ancient theories of virtue, as well as various problems in moral psychology. His dissertation focused primarily on the theory of virtue in early Plato and the moral psychology of Plato’s “dialogues of definition.” Clark is a proponent of virtue ethics as a viable alternative to deontological and consequentialist theories.

In addition to classes related to his research, he enjoys teaching environmental ethics, social and political philosophy, aesthetics, and the philosophy of religion.

Recent Courses Taught

Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Philosophy
Ancient Philosophy
Environmental Ethics
Virtue Ethics


Research Interests

Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy, Ethical Theory

Select Publications

  • “Socrates, the ‘What is F-ness?’ Question, and the Priority of Definition” Archive Für Geschichte der Philosophie (forthcoming, 2021)
  • “Socratic Inquiry and the ‘What is F?’ Question” European Journal of Philosophy, 26(4),1324-1342 (2019)
  • “Knowledge and Temperance in Plato’s CharmidesPacific Philosophical Quarterly, 19 (4), 763-789, (2018)
  • “Eudaimonistic Virtue Ethics and Self-Effacement,” Journal of Value Inquiry, 50 (3) 507-524 (2016)
  • “Socrates, the Primary Question, and the Unity of Virtue,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 45(4), 445-470 (2015)
  • “The Strength of Knowledge in Plato's Protagoras" Ancient Philosophy, 32(2), 237-255 (2012)

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., Western Michigan University
B.A., University of Iowa

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