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Dr Sam Clark


Sam Clark

Lancaster University

County South



Tel: +44 1524 592449

Office Hours:

Summer term 2016: Wednesdays, 1130-1.

PhD supervision

Ethics, especially well-being.

The self.

Political philosophy, especially anarchism, capitalism, utopianism.

Ethics of war.

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

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

Research Interests

I work on human well-being and the self, 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, on David Hume, and on the ethics of work. I have published a book, Living Without Domination, and articles in journals including Res Publica, PhilosophyInquiry, RatioHume Studies, and the Journal of Applied Philosophy. I am currently writing a book about autobiography and well-being under the working title Good Lives.

Current Teaching

Michaelmas 2015:

  • PPR.450 What is Philosophy?

Lent 2016:

  • PPR.312 Seminar in Contemporary Moral Philosophy
  • PPR.464 Seminar in Moral, Political, and Social Philosophy

Summer 2016:

  • PHIL100 Introduction to Philosophy (lectures)

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 our children Hal and Ursula.

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