Dr Sam Clark


Research Interests

I trained as a moral and political philosopher, and in that guise I have published a number of articles and a book, Living Without Domination. My more recent work is in the philosophy of autobiography, which I understand as a way of connecting questions about the good, selfhood, narrative, self-knowledge, the first person, life in time, experience, and the uses of literary form. I am particularly interested in the lives and autobiographies of ascetics—soldiers, monks, hermits, solo travellers—as ways of addressing these questions. As part of this work 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.

Ethical decision making: eight perspectives on workplace dilemmas
Clark, S.J.A. 08/2015 CIPD Publishing.
Commissioned report

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.