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Dr Sam Clark

Senior Lecturer

Sam Clark

County South

LA1 4YL

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 592449

Office Hours:

I am almost always easiest to contact by email, but I am also available for online meetings 12-1 on Mondays and 12-1 on Wednesdays during term time. Click here to book.

Research overview

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 book Good Lives, which is about autobiography, narrative, self-knowledge, and the good life, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2021.

PhD supervision

The philosophy of autobiography. The good life. The self. The philosophy of war. The philosophy of work and the workplace. Literary form in philosophy.

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 InquiryRatioRes PublicaThe Journal of Applied Philosophy, and Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. My book Good Lives will be published by Oxford University Press in 2021.

Current Teaching

Michaelmas 2020:

  • PPR464 Seminar in Moral, Political, and Social Philosophy

Lent 2021:

  • PPR207 Moral philosophy

Summer 2021:

  • PHIL100 Introduction to Philosophy: Death, the Good Life, and the Self (lectures)

My Role

I am PPR's Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies, which means that I have overall responsibility for our MA and PGCert programmes.

External Roles

I am Lancaster philosophy's representative to the AHRC-funded North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership, which funds postgraduate study in philosophy. See http://www.nwcdtp.ac.uk/, and if you're considering applying, please get in touch.

Other Interests and Hobbies

I like cats, jazz, science fiction, and the Lake District.

Career Details

I did an undergraduate degree in philosophy at York (1996), the BPhil at Queen's College Oxford (2000), and a PhD in political philosophy at York (2004). Before starting my current job at Lancaster in 2007, I taught at the universities of York, Leeds, and Glasgow.

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  • MANCEPT

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  • Work in Utopia

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

  • Dialogues in Philosophy

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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