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Dr Sam Clark


Sam Clark

Lancaster University

County South



Tel: +44 1524 592449

Office Hours:

Michaelmas 2016: Mondays 2-3 pm and Tuesdays 2-3pm

PhD supervision

The philosophy of autobiography. Value theory. The self. The ethics of war. The philosophy of David Hume. The philosophy of John Stuart Mill. Literary form in philosophy.

Research Interests

I trained as a moral and political philosopher, and in that guise I have published a number of articles and a book, Living Without Domination. My more recent work is in the philosophy of autobiography, which I understand as a way of connecting questions about the good, selfhood, narrative, self-knowledge, the first person, life in time, experience, and the uses of literary form. I am particularly interested in the lives and autobiographies of ascetics—soldiers, monks, hermits, solo travellers—as ways of addressing these questions. As part of this work I have published articles in journals including Inquiry, Ratio, Res 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

Michaelmas 2016:

  • PPR.450 What is Philosophy?
  • PPR.312 Seminar in Contemporary Moral Philosophy

Lent 2016:

  • On research leave

Summer 2016:

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