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Dr Sam Clark


Sam Clark

Lancaster University

County South



Tel: +44 1524 592449

Office Hours:

Summer 2017: Tuesdays 3-4pm and Wednesdays 11-12noon.

PhD supervision

The philosophy of autobiography. Value theory. The self. The philosophy of war. The philosophy of David Hume. The philosophy of John Stuart Mill. 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 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.

Current Teaching

Summer 2017: PHIL100 Introduction to Philosophy: Death, the Good Life, and the Self (lectures)

External Roles

I am Lancaster philosophy's representative to the AHRC-funded North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership, which funds postgraduate study in philosophy. If you're considering applying, please get in touch.

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 our children Hal and Ursula.

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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  • Dialogues in Philosophy

    Activity: Conference participationParticipation in conference

  • Work in Utopia

    Activity: Public engagement and outreachPublic lecture/debate/seminar


    Activity: Conference participationParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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