Dr Sam Clark


Research Interests

I work on the nature, conditions, and ethical significance of human well-being (aka welfare, prudential value, the good life), 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, and on David Hume. I have published a book, Living Without Domination, and articles in journals including Res Publica, Philosophy, Inquiry, Ratio, and Hume Studies. I am currently writing a book about autobiography and well-being under the working title Good Lives.

Good work
Clark, S. 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. 04/2013 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.