Mark Sagoff

Mark Sagoff

Distinguished Senior Fellow
George Mason University

Mark Sagoff has worked with the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy since 1979 and as Professor of Philosophy at George Mason University. He has published widely in journals of law, philosophy, and the environment. His most recent books are The Economy of the Earth, 2nd Edition (2008) and Price, Principle, and the Environment (2004). Sagoff was named a Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment in 1991 and awarded a Fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 1998. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Hastings Center. Sagoff has an A.B. from Harvard and a Ph.D. (Philosophy) from Rochester. He has taught at Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Wisconsin (Madison), and Cornell.

Sagoff was most recently Principal Investigator of the projects “Ecological Concepts of Human Identity in Microbiome and Metagenomic Research” (funded by NIH) and “Harms to Nature: A Normative and Conceptual Analysis” (funded by NSF).

Blog Posts

Climate change is not a tragedy of the commons

Because no one can tell a plausible story about market exchange or transaction costs with future generations, no one can show that climate change is an external cost resulting from a market failure.

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