Dr Sam Clark


Research Interests

I work on human well-being and the self, and on various kinds of literary text - utopias, dialogues, autobiographies - which investigate these issues. I am particularly interested in the shape of good lives in time, and in the lives and well-being of soldiers and other ascetics. 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 in the lives of soldiers, on David Hume, and on the ethics of work. I have published a book, Living Without Domination, and articles in journals including Res Publica, Philosophy, Inquiry, Ratio, Hume Studies, and the Journal of Applied Philosophy. I am currently writing a book about autobiography and well-being under the working title Good Lives.

Good work
Clark, S. 10/06/2015 In: Journal of Applied Philosophy. 13 p.
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Mill's Autobiography as literature
Clark, S. 2015 In: The Blackwell companion to John Stuart Mill. Blackwell

Hume's uses of dialogue
Clark, S. 19/09/2013 In: Hume Studies. 39, 1, p. 61-76. 16 p.
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Under the mountain: basic training, individuality, & comradeship
Clark, S. 02/2013 In: Res Publica. 19, 1, p. 67-79. 13 p.
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Pleasure as self-discovery
Clark, S. 09/2012 In: Ratio. 25, 3, p. 260-276. 17 p.
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Love, poetry, & the good life: Mill's autobiography & perfectionist ethics
Clark, S. 12/2010 In: Inquiry. 53, 6, p. 565-578. 14 p.
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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.
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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.
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Society Against Societies: the possibility of transcultural criticism.
Clark, S. 06/2007 In: Res Publica. 13, 2, p. 107-125. 19 p.
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Living Without Domination: the possibility of an anarchist utopia.
Clark, S. 2007 Ashgate. 174 p. ISBN: 9780754654612.