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Dr Sam Clark

Senior Lecturer

Sam Clark

County South

LA1 4YL

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 592449

Office Hours:

I'm not running a regular office hour in summer term, so please email for an appointment.

Research overview

I am a philosopher interested in the self; in good and bad lives it might lead (aka welfare, well-being); 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; pleasure, self-discovery, 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 recent work has been 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, and a book, Good Lives (Oxford University Press 2021).

I am currently writing a book under the working title Subjects of Welfare, which is about the relations between philosophies of the self and philosophies of welfare, and makes use of speculative fiction about alien selves.

PhD supervision

The philosophy of autobiography. The good life/well-being/welfare. The self. The philosophy of war. The philosophy of work and the workplace. Literature and/as philosophy.

Research Interests

I am a philosopher interested in the self; in good and bad lives it might lead (aka welfare, well-being); 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; pleasure, self-discovery, 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 recent work has been 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, and a book, Good Lives (Oxford University Press 2021).

I am currently writing a book under the working title Subjects of Welfare, which is about the relations between philosophies of the self and philosophies of welfare, and makes use of speculative fiction about alien selves.

Current Teaching

Michaelmas 2021:

  • PPR464 Seminar in Moral, Political, and Social Philosophy

Lent 2022:

  • PPR207 Moral philosophy
  • PHIL101 Moral and political philosophy: capitalism as an ethical problem segment (lectures)

My Role

My main role is teaching, researching, and writing philosophy.

I am Lancaster's Academic Lead to the NWCDTP, which distributes funding for PhD study in the arts and humanities in universities in the North West.

I am PPR's Disability rep, which means that I'm a conduit between the department and the university on disability issues, and a point of contact for disabled students and staff. Please get in touch if I can help or direct you to further support.

I convene PHIL101 Moral and Political Philosophy.

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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