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Dr Sam Clark

Dr Sam Clark

Lecturer

County South
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YL


Tel: +44 1524 592449
Office hours: In Summer term 2014, my office hour is Tuesday, 3-4pm.

Affiliations

CILHR Centre for International Law and Human Rights

I work on the nature, conditions, and political significance of human flourishing (aka well-being, welfare, the good life), and on various kinds of text - utopias, dialogues, autobiographies - which investigate these issues. I am particularly interested in capitalism's relation to human flourishing. Within these broad concerns, I have written on anarchist utopianism, on John Stuart Mill, on the roles of pleasure in good lives, on friendship and comradeship, and on David Hume. I am currently writing on capitalism and on the shape of a successful human life over time.

PhD Supervision Interests

Moral philosophy, especially value theory, human nature, human flourishing, the self.

Political philosophy, especially anarchism, socialism, utopianism.

Capitalism.

History of moral and political thought, especially Hobbes, Hume, Godwin, Mill, Kropotkin.

Literary form in philosophy, especially autobiography, dialogue, utopia.

Research Interests

I work on the nature, conditions, and political significance of human flourishing (aka well-being, welfare, the good life), and on various kinds of text - utopias, dialogues, autobiographies - which investigate these issues. I am particularly interested in capitalism's relation to human flourishing. I have published a book, Living Without Domination, and articles in journals including Res Publica, PhilosophyInquiry, and Ratio.

Current Teaching

Michaelmas term 2013:

  • PPR.202 Ethics
  • PPR.450 What is Philosophy?

Lent 2014:

  • PPR.309 Practical Philosophy: Capitalism as an Ethical Problem
  • PPR.459 Ethics & Governance

Summer 2014:

  • PHIL100 Introduction to Philosophy: Political Philosophy of Capitalism segment

See here for free-to-download audio of various lectures I've given in the last few years.

Office Hours

In Summer term 2014, my office hour is Tuesday, 3-4pm.

Additional Information

Convenor, Part I studies in Philosophy.

To first-year philosophy students: most of your questions are answered on the PHIL100 Moodle page. If yours isn't, post a question on the forum, email me, or drop into my office hours.

Other Interests and Hobbies

Apart from philosophy, I enjoy reading poetry and history, listening to jazz and other experimental music, and spending time with my wife Em and son Hal.

In Press

Hume's uses of dialogue

Clark, S. 2014 In: Hume Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2013

Under the mountain: basic training, individuality, & comradeship

Clark, S. 02/2013 In: Res Publica. 19, 1, p. 67-79 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2012

Pleasure as self-discovery

Clark, S. 09/2012 In: Ratio. 25, 3, p. 260-276 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2010

Love, poetry, & the good life: Mill's autobiography & perfectionist ethics

Clark, S. 12/2010 In: Inquiry. 53, 6, p. 565-578 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Kicking against the pricks: anarchist perfectionism and the conditions of independence.

Clark, S. 10/2010 Anarchism and Moral Philosophy. Franks, B. & Wilson, M. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, 256 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2009

No abiding city: Hume, naturalism, & toleration.

Clark, S. 01/2009 In: Philosophy. 84, 1, p. 75-94 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2008

Anarchism and the myth of the primitive.

Clark, S. 07/2008 In: Studies in Social and Political Thought. 15 (ne, p. 6-25 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

Society Against Societies: the possibility of transcultural criticism.

Clark, S. 06/2007 In: Res Publica. 13, 2, p. 107-125 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Living Without Domination: the possibility of an anarchist utopia.

Clark, S. 2007 Ashgate. 174 p. (Ashgate new critical thinking in philosophy).

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

  • The Genres Project

    01/01/2012 →
    Throughout the history of philosophy as an academic discipline, scholars have tended to focus almost exclusively on the content or meaning of philosophical works, with very little attention to the for ... Read more»
  • Autobiography as Ethics

    01/01/2010 →
    Autobiographies enact a distinctive and valuable form of ethical reflection: the autobiographer steps back from the immediate and quotidian; considers how she has come to have her individual attitudes ... Read more»
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