Dr Sam ClarkLecturer
I am interested in the self; in good and bad lives it might lead; in its reflexive powers and practices; in the roles of experience, reflection, and institutions in its development and success; and in how to do philosophy so as to advance our understanding of these issues.
These interests have lead me to think, write, and teach about capitalism and anarchism; utopias, dialogues, and autobiographies; well-being, pleasure, and self-realization; self-knowledge, self-interpretation, and self-command; the lives and experiences of monks, soldiers, hermits, and solo travellers; and the transformative effects of work and war.
My current work is philosophy of and through autobiography, and as part of it I have published articles in journals including Inquiry, Ratio, Res Publica, and The Journal of Applied Philosophy, and in the Blackwell Companion to John Stuart Mill. I am currently writing a book about autobiography, narrative, and self-realization, under the working title Good Lives.
Summer 2017: PHIL100 Introduction to Philosophy: Death, the Good Life, and the Self (lectures)
I am Lancaster philosophy's representative to the AHRC-funded North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership, which funds postgraduate study in philosophy. If you're considering applying, please get in touch.
I did an undergraduate degree in philosophy at York (1996), the BPhil at Queen's College Oxford (2000), and a PhD in political philosophy at York (2004). Before starting my current job at Lancaster in 2007, I taught at the universities of York, Leeds, and Glasgow.
PhD Supervision Interests
The philosophy of autobiography. Value theory. The self. The philosophy of war. The philosophy of David Hume. The philosophy of John Stuart Mill. Literary form in philosophy.
Mill's Autobiography as literature
Clark, S. 12/2016 In: A companion to Mill. Wiley-Blackwell p. 45-58. ISBN: 978118736524.
Living without domination: the possibility of an anarchist utopia
Clark, S.J.A. 2016 Routledge. ISBN: 9781138275942.
Ethical decision making: eight perspectives on workplace dilemmas
Clark, S.J.A. 08/2015 CIPD Publishing.
Clark, S. 10/06/2015 In: Journal of Applied Philosophy. 13 p.
Hume's uses of dialogue
Clark, S. 19/09/2013 In: Hume Studies. 39, 1, p. 61-76. 16 p.
Under the mountain: basic training, individuality, & comradeship
Clark, S. 02/2013 In: Res Publica. 19, 1, p. 67-79. 13 p.
Pleasure as self-discovery
Clark, S. 09/2012 In: Ratio. 25, 3, p. 260-276. 17 p.
Love, poetry, & the good life: Mill's autobiography & perfectionist ethics
Clark, S. 12/2010 In: Inquiry. 53, 6, p. 565-578. 14 p.
Kicking against the pricks : anarchist perfectionism and the conditions of independence.
Clark, S. 10/2010 In: Anarchism and Moral Philosophy. Palgrave Macmillan 256 p. ISBN: 978-0230580664.
No abiding city : Hume, naturalism, & toleration.
Clark, S. 01/2009 In: Philosophy. 84, 1, p. 75-94. 20 p.
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.
Society Against Societies: the possibility of transcultural criticism.
Clark, S. 06/2007 In: Res Publica. 13, 2, p. 107-125. 19 p.
Living Without Domination: the possibility of an anarchist utopia.
Clark, S. 2007 Ashgate. 174 p. ISBN: 9780754654612.
Soldiers' Ethical Experience
01/05/2013 → …
Capitalism as an Ethical Problem
01/01/2012 → …
The Genres Project
01/01/2012 → …
Autobiography as Ethics
01/01/2010 → …
Participation in workshop, seminar, course
Work in Utopia
Dialogues in Philosophy
Participation in conference
Civic Health: public talks on living well together 4: Living Well Within Limits
Civic Health: public talks on living well together 3: Solidarity, Vulnerability, & Civic Health
Civic Health: public talks on living well together 2: Good Work
Civic Health: public talks on living well together 1: Civic Health & Civic Vitality