Dr Sam Clark


Research Interests

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: see https://goodlivesbook.wordpress.com/

A point of connection?: Wellbeing, the veteran identity and older adults
Brewster, L., McWade, B., Clark, S.J.A. 3/03/2020 In: Ageing and Society. 22 p.
Journal article

A point of connection?: Well-being, the veteran identity and older adults
Brewster, L., McWade, B., Clark, S. 22/01/2020 In: Ageing and Society.
Journal article

Rationalism about Autobiography
Clark, S.J.A. 16/11/2019 In: Narrative and Self-Understanding. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan p. 53-73. 21 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Philosophical Taxonomies of Well-Being
Clark, S.J.A. 15/05/2018 In: Routledge Handbook on Well-Being. London : Routledge 8 p. ISBN: 9781138850101.

Narrative, Self-Realization, and the Shape of a Life
Clark, S.J.A. 14/04/2018 In: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. 21, 2, p. 371-385. 15 p.
Journal article

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.
Commissioned report

Good work
Clark, S. 10/06/2015 In: Journal of Applied Philosophy. 13 p.
Journal article

Hume's uses of dialogue
Clark, S. 19/09/2013 In: Hume Studies. 39, 1, p. 61-76. 16 p.
Journal article

Under the mountain: basic training, individuality, & comradeship
Clark, S. 02/2013 In: Res Publica. 19, 1, p. 67-79. 13 p.
Journal article

Pleasure as self-discovery
Clark, S. 09/2012 In: Ratio. 25, 3, p. 260-276. 17 p.
Journal article

Love, poetry, & the good life: Mill's autobiography & perfectionist ethics
Clark, S. 12/2010 In: Inquiry. 53, 6, p. 565-578. 14 p.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

Society Against Societies: the possibility of transcultural criticism.
Clark, S. 06/2007 In: Res Publica. 13, 2, p. 107-125. 19 p.
Journal article

Living Without Domination: the possibility of an anarchist utopia.
Clark, S. 2007 Ashgate. 174 p. ISBN: 9780754654612.