Dr Sam ClarkLecturer
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.
- PPR.450 What is Philosophy?
- PPR.312 Seminar in Contemporary Moral Philosophy
- PPR.464 Seminar in Moral, Political, and Social Philosophy
- PHIL100 Introduction to Philosophy (lectures)
PhD Supervision Interests
Moral philosophy, especially well-being, the self, practical rationality.
Political philosophy, especially anarchism, capitalism, utopianism.
Ethics of war.
History of moral and political thought, especially Hobbes, Hume, Mill.
Literary form in philosophy, especially autobiography, dialogue, utopia.
Clark, S. 2015 In: Journal of Applied Philosophy. 13 p.
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.
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.
Capitalism as an Ethical Problem
01/01/2012 → …
The Genres Project
01/01/2012 → …
Autobiography as Ethics
01/01/2010 → …
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