Gunderson specializes in ethics, bioethics and human rights. For the past two
decades he has been interested in areas where health care, civil liberties and philosophy
overlap. He is currently working on human rights, especially as they apply to issues in
health care. Gunderson regularly teaches courses on ethics, human rights, and bioethics. 

Gunderson is the DeWitt Wallace Professor of Philosophy at Macalester College. 

EDUCATION: B.A., Macalester College; M.A., Ph.D., Cornell University; J.D., University of

Journal Articles


Human Rights and the Virtue of Democratic Civility, Social Philosophy Today (2013)


Does the Human Right to Health Lack Content?, Social Philosophy Today (2011)


Genetic Engineering and the Consent of Future Persons, Journal of Evolution and Technology (2008)



AIDS: Testing and Privacy (with David Mayo and Frank Rhame) (1989)

Contributions to Books

The Duty to Care: Democratic Equality and Responsibility for End-of-Life Health Care, Justice, Luck & Responsibility in Health Care: Philosophical Background and Ethical Implications for End-of-Life Care (2013)

The Role of Autonomy in Choosing Physician-Aid-in-Dying (with Tom Preston and David Mayo), Physician-Assisted Dying: The Case for Palliative Care and Patient Choice (2004)

Coverage of Complementary Health Care: Case Commentary, Ethical Challenges in Managed Care: A Casebook (1999)


Stoic Principles and Deep Ecology, Philosophy and Ecology (1999)


Human Rights, Human Interests, and the Role of Law, The Iowa Philosophical Society (2010)

Human Rights, Justice, and the Alleviation of Global Poverty, 27th International Social Philosophy Conference: Poverty, Markets, and Justice, sponsored by the North American Society for Social Philosophy (2010)