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Dr Sam Clark

Lecturer

Sam Clark

County South

Lancaster University

Bailrigg

Lancaster LA1 4YL

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 592449

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Research overview

I work on the nature, conditions, and ethical significance of human well-being (aka welfare, 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. I have published a book, Living Without Domination, and articles in journals including Res PublicaPhilosophyInquiryRatio, and Hume Studies.

PhD supervision

Moral philosophy, especially well-being, the self, practical rationality.

Political philosophy, especially anarchism, socialism, utopianism.

Capitalism as an ethical problem.

History of moral and political thought, especially Hobbes, Hume, Mill.

Literary form in philosophy, especially autobiography, dialogue, utopia.

Research Interests

I work on the nature, conditions, and ethical significance of human well-being (aka welfare, 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, PhilosophyInquiry, Ratio, and Hume Studies. I am currently writing a book about autobiography and well-being under the working title Good Lives.

Current Teaching

Michaelmas term 2014: on research leave

Lent 2015:

  • PPR.309 Practical Philosophy: Capitalism as an Ethical Problem
  • PPR.459 Ethics & Governance

Summer 2015:

  • PHIL100 Introduction to Philosophy: Political Philosophy of Capitalism segment

See here for free-to-download audio of various lectures I've given in the last few years.

Additional Information

Other Interests and Hobbies

Apart from philosophy, I enjoy reading poetry and history, listening to jazz and other experimental music, and spending time with my wife Em and son Hal.

  • Forthcoming

    Good work

    Clark, S. 2015 In : Journal of Applied Philosophy.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  • Forthcoming

    Mill's Autobiography as literature

    Clark, S. 2015 The Blackwell companion to John Stuart Mill. Macleod, C. & Miller, D. (eds.). Blackwell

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

  • Published

    Hume's uses of dialogue

    Clark, S. 04/2013 In : Hume Studies. 39, 1, p. 61-76 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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