Dr. Simon Clarke

Former Program Chair, Associate Professor

Simon R. Clarke specializes in political philosophy and the history of political thought. He studied at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and received his doctorate from Oxford University. Before joining AUA, he taught at the University of Canterbury (NZ) and Asian University for Women (Bangladesh) and has also been a visiting scholar at Princeton University. He is the author of Foundations of Freedom: Welfare-Based Arguments Against Paternalism (Routledge, 2012) as well as articles published in the Journal of Political PhilosophyPolitical StudiesEthical Perspectives, and Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy.

Education, Degree
MA, University of Auckland
DPhil, University of Oxford

Areas of research and teaching specialization
Political Theory, History of Political Thought

Courses currently taught
PSIA300 Western Political Thought
PSIA383 Contemporary Political Philosophy
PSIA385 Global Justice
PSIA201 Political Philosophy

Book: Foundations of Freedom: Welfare-Based Arguments Against Paternalism (New York and Oxford: Routledge 2012).

Recent Articles

  • ‘Mill, Liberty, and Euthanasia’ Philosophy Now, Oct/Nov 2015, p. 12-13.
  • ‘Consequential Neutrality Revivifiedʼ, in Daniel Weinstock and Roberto Merrill (eds.) Political Neutrality: A Re-evaluation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
  • ʻA Trust-Based Argument Against Paternalismʼ, in Pekka Makela and Cynthia Townley, editors, Trust: Analytic and Applied Perspectives (New York: Editions Rodopi, 2013).
  • ʻProphylactic Neutrality, Oppression, and the Reverse Pascalʼs Wagerʼ, Ethical Perspectives, 19/2, 2012, pp. 527-535.

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