Simon Clarke

Welcome to this personal website. I'm a university lecturer and researcher specialising in political philosophy and the history of political thought.


I am an Associate Professor in the Political Science and International Affairs Program at the American University of Armenia

My writing includes work in academic journals, popular magazines, and newspaper columns. 

I have written a book on justifications for individual liberty called Foundations of Freedom: Welfare-Based Arguments Against Paternalismpublished by Routledge. 

My courses include an introductory co

urse in political philosophy and upper-level courses on distributive justice, bioethics, and global justice. Course overviews can be found on the teaching page.

completed my Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and my Doctorate degree at Oxford University. I worked at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and then at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Click on the links to the left to find out more about my work and activities.

Below are two images illustrating political philosophy. First, the frontispiece from 'Leviathan' by Thomas Hobbes (1651) showing the sovereign over-looking the community. While at first sight the image looks authoritarian, notice that the sovereign is made up of individual citizens. Underneath, Lorenzetti's 'Allegory of Good Government' (1389) illustrates the virtues of magnanimity, temperance, and justice.