Faculty Biography

Walter Wright

Walter Wright, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus
Department of Philosophy
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: (508) 793-7415
Email: wwright@clarku.edu

Mr. Wright received an A.B. from Yale University in 1965 and an M.A. and Ph.D. in 1968 and 1971, respectively, from Vanderbilt University. He has been at Clark since 1968 and has three times served as Dean of the College. He is affiliated with the Difficult Dialogues and Peace Studies programs.

Current Research and Teaching

The Science of KnowingMr. Wright's interests span many areas. He has been part of Clark's Difficult Dialogues initiative since 2006. Most recently he has been researching the practice and theory of dialogue from an interdisciplinary perspective. His previous work focused on 18th and 19th century German philosophy (especially Johann Gottlieb Fichte), slippery slope arguments in ethics, and the philosophical study of world religions.

Selected Publications

“The Difficult Dialogues Initiative at Clark University” (with Sarah Buie), in Jossey Bass New Directions for Higher Education No. 152, Winter 2010, Educating for Deliberative Democracy, pp. 27-34.

"Peter Singer and the Lessons of the German Euthanasia Program," Interdisciplinary Studies Journal (Spring/Summer 2001).

"Historical Analogies, Slippery slopes, and the Question of Euthanasia," The Journal of Law Medicine, and Ethics , vol. 28, no. 2 (Summer 2000), pp. 176-186.

"On Reading Fichte's 1804 Wissenschaftslehre," New Perspectives on Fichte, ed. D. Breazeale and T. Rockmore, (New York: Humanities Press 1996).

"The Shadow of Spinoza in Fichte's WL 1804, " Idealistic Studies ", vol. 33:2-3 (Summer-Fall 2003), pp. 161-174.


"The Science of Knowing--J.G. Fichte's 1804 Lectures on the Wissenschaftslehre" translated by Walter E. Wright, State University of New York Press 2005.

Between Tradition and Revolution, Manfred Riedel, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984.

“On Permitting the Destruction of Worthless Human Lives,” Alfred Hoche and Karl Binding (with P. Derr) in Issues in Law and Medicine, Vol. 8, No. 2, Fall 1992.