Dr Sam Clark

Senior Lecturer

Research Interests

I am a philosopher interested in the self; in good and bad lives it might lead (aka welfare, well-being); 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; pleasure, self-discovery, 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 recent work has been philosophy of and through autobiography, and as part of it I have published articles in journals including Inquiry, Ratio, Res Publica, The Journal of Applied Philosophy, and Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, and a book, Good Lives (Oxford University Press 2021).

I am currently writing a book under the working title Subjects of Welfare, which is about the relations between philosophies of the self and philosophies of welfare, and makes use of speculative fiction about alien selves.

Military Lives and Transformative Experiences: Exploring narratives and veterans' well-being
01/10/2017 → 31/03/2020

Soldiers' Ethical Experience
01/05/2013 → …

Capitalism as an Ethical Problem
01/01/2012 → …

The Genres Project
01/01/2012 → …

Autobiography as Ethics
01/01/2010 → …

  • Centre for War and Diplomacy
  • CILHR Centre for International Law and Human Rights