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Clark, Stephen R. L.

Works: 53 works in 342 publications in 3 languages and 15,888 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Performer, Editor, Other
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Most widely held works about Stephen R. L Clark
Most widely held works by Stephen R. L Clark
The political animal : biology, ethics, and politics by Stephen R. L Clark( )

22 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 2,147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

People, as Aristotle said, are political animals. Mainstream political philosophy, however, has largely neglected humankind's animal nature as beings who are naturally equipped, and inclined, to reason and work together, create social bonds and care for their young. Stephen Clark, grounded in biological analysis and traditional ethics, probes into areas ignored in mainstream political theory and argues for the significance of social bonds which bypass or transcend state authority. Understanding the ties that bind us reveals how enormously capable we are in achieving civil order as a species. Stephen Clark advocates that a properly informed political philosophy must take into account the role of women, children, animals, minorities and the domestic virtues at large. Living and comnducting our political lives like the animals we are is a more congenial prospect than is usually supposed
Biology and Christian ethics by Stephen R. L Clark( )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and Chinese and held by 2,123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book mounts a profound enquiry into some of the most pressing questions of our age, by examining the relationship between biological science and Christianity. The history of biological discovery is explored from the point of view of a leading philosopher and ethicist." "What effect should modern biological theory and practice have on Christian understanding of ethics? How much of that theory and practice should Christians endorse? Can Christians, for example, agree that biological changes are not governed by transcendent values, or that there are no clear or essential boundaries between species? To what extent can 'Nature' set our standards? Stephen R.L. Clark takes a reasoned look at biological theory since Darwin and argues that an orthodox Christian philosophy is better able to accommodate the truth of such theory than is the sort of progressive, meliorist interpretation of Christian doctrine which has usually been offered as the properly 'modern' option." "Orthodox Christianity and sensible biological theory alike can agree that we are sinners, that every individual is an end in itself, and that the true values to which we should direct ourselves transcend the needs of survival."--Jacket
Animals and their moral standing by Stephen R. L Clark( )

21 editions published between 1995 and 2006 in English and held by 1,828 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Stephen R.L. Clark is an international authority on animal rights. His major writings over twenty years are now brought together for the first time in one volume as a record of his pioneering work. Over the last decade or more, animal rights has become an issue of genuine and outspoken public concern, following the work of philosophers, scientists and welfarists who have raised awareness of the issue. Renowned for The Moral Status of Animals and The Nature of the Beast, Clark's writings have been central to this debate; this collection traces the development of 'animal rights'. Animals and their Moral Standing tackles issues such as the calculation of costs and benefits; the 'rights' of wild animals, and ecosystems; problems with our understanding of animal behaviour, and the faults of specisism. Written with clarity and insight, these essays are core reading for anyone interested in the debates around animal rights, as well as an invaluable collection for philosophers and scientists."--Jacket
How to live forever : science fiction and philosophy by Stephen R. L Clark( )

16 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in English and held by 1,592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Immortality is a subject which has long been explored by science fiction writers. Stephen R.L. Clark examines the ways in which science fiction writers have imagined it, and what these suggest about our present lives and natures. He shows how fantasy accounts of issues such as resurrection, disembodied survival, reincarnation and devices or drugs for preserving life can be used as a resource for philosophical inquiry. How to Live Forever is a compelling study which introduces students and professional philosophers to the possibilities of using science fiction in their work. It includes extensive suggestions for further reading, both fictional and philosophical
Understanding faith : religious belief and its place in society by Stephen R. L Clark( )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Militant atheists often mirror the worst kind of ignorance and hostility that they condemn in traditional believers. Writing both as a philosopher and an Anglican Christian, Professor Clark explores this initial perception, considering such topics as the alleged openness of 'scientists' compared with the 'dogmatism' of 'believers'; the difficulty of reading 'scripture' outside 'the community of faith' that has selected and elaborated it; the problems of moral realism (and the problem with ab
The moral status of animals by Stephen R. L Clark( Book )

27 editions published between 1977 and 1984 in English and held by 919 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aristotle's man : speculations upon Aristotelian anthropology by Stephen R. L Clark( Book )

27 editions published between 1975 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The nature of the beast, are animals moral? by Stephen R. L Clark( Book )

21 editions published between 1982 and 1987 in English and Spanish and held by 709 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Análisis de los testimonios existentes sobre inteligencia animal. El autor intenta decidir si a las bestias pueden aplicarse conceptos tales como "libertad", "ego" y "obligaciones". Estudia asimismo su conducta sexual, su atención a las sus pautas de dominio
Ancient Mediterranean philosophy : an introduction by Stephen R. L Clark( )

16 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although the Greeks were responsible for the first systematic philosophy of which we have any record, they were not alone in the Mediterranean world and were happy to draw inspiration from other traditions; traditions that are now largely neglected by philosophers and scholars. This book tells the story of 'Greek Philosophy', paying due attention to its historical context and the contributions made by Egyptians, Hebrews, Persians and even barbarians from northern Europe. Stephen Clark provides a narrative history of the philosophical traditions that took shape over several centuries in the Mediterranean world and offers a comprehensive survey of this crucial period in the history of philosophy. The book includes a thorough historical and philosophical overview of all the key thinkers, events and ideas that characterized the period and explores in detail central themes such as the contest of gods and giants, the contrast between the reality and appearance, and the idea of the philosopher. Ideal for undergraduate students, this concise and accessible book provides a comprehensive guide to a fascinating period in the history of philosophy
From Athens to Jerusalem : the love of wisdom and the love of God by Stephen R. L Clark( Book )

13 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mysteries of religion : an introduction to philosophy through religion by Stephen R. L Clark( Book )

13 editions published between 1985 and 2017 in English and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Civil peace and sacred order by Stephen R. L Clark( Book )

11 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is an ambitious and challenging restatement of traditional political philosophy. The first of a three-volume series, Limits and Renewals, the book is concerned with the nature of political society, particularly with the errors and faulty arguments that have been used to support a "liberal modernist" view of the state and our political system. Clark argues that political modernism, which is determinedly secular and untraditional, has been a destructive influence on religion and our understanding of community living. In order to secure a decent social order, he contends, we must rediscover our allegiance to a sacred order that is represented by, for example, family loyalties, a respect for tradition, and attention to the wider interests of the global and historical community." -
A parliament of souls by Stephen R. L Clark( Book )

14 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this volume the author restates a traditional philosophy of mind, drawing on philosophical and poetical resources often neglected in modern and post-modern thought, and emphasizing the moral and political implications of differing philosophies of mind and value
Plotinus : myth, metaphor, and philosophical practice by Stephen R. L Clark( Book )

10 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plotinus, the Roman philosopher (c. 204-270 CE) who is widely regarded as the founder of Neoplatonism, was also the creator of numerous myths, images, and metaphors. They have influenced both secular philosophers and Christian and Muslim theologians, but have frequently been dismissed by modern scholars as merely ornamental. In this book, distinguished philosopher Stephen R.L. Clark shows that they form a vital set of spiritual exercises by which individuals can achieve one of Plotinus's most important goals: self-transformation through contemplation. Clark examines a variety of Plotinus's myths and metaphors within the cultural and philosophical context of his time, asking probing questions about their contemplative effects. What is it, for example, to 'think away the spatiality" of material things? What state of mind is Plotinus recommending when he speaks of love, or drunkenness, or nakedness? What star-like consciousness is intended when he declares that we were once stars or are stars eternally? What does it mean to say that the soul goes around God? And how are we supposed to "bring the god in us back to the god in all"? Through these rich images and structures, Clark casts Plotinus as a philosopher deeply concerned with philosophy as a way of life
God's world and the great awakening by Stephen R. L Clark( Book )

7 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Late antique epistemology : other ways to truth( Book )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Late Antique Epistemology explores the techniques used by late antique philosophers to discuss truth. Non-rational ways to discover truth, or to reform the soul, have usually been thought inferior to the philosophically approved techniques of rational argument, suitable for the less philosophically inclined, for children, savages or the uneducated. Religious rituals, oracles, erotic passion, madness may all have served to waken courage or remind us of realities obscured by everyday concerns. What is unusual in the late antique classical philosophers is that these techniques were reckoned as reliable as reasoned argument, or better still. Late twentieth century commentators have offered psychological explanations of this turn, but only recently had it been accepted that there might also have been philosophical explanations, and that the later antique philosophers were not necessarily deluded."--Jacket
God, religion and reality by Stephen R. L Clark( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2017 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this engaging study Professor Clark sets out to show that there are good philosophical reasons for theism, and Christian theism in particular. He travels the breadth of our intellectual engagement with the world, from ethics to scientific knowledge, and his journey is vigorously argued, fresh, lively and readable. He explores the assumptions which underpin our philosophical and everyday thinking alike, examines the construction of the arguments used to support them, and tests the sturdiness and the makeup of their props and foundations."--Jacket
Money, obedience, and affection : essays on Berkeley's moral and political thought( Book )

9 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How to think about the earth by Stephen R. L Clark( Book )

10 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

G.K. Chesterton : thinking backward, looking forward by Stephen R. L Clark( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The political animal : biology, ethics, and politics
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Clark, Stephen

Clark, Stephen R.

Clark, Stephen R. 1945-

Clark, Stephen R. L.

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Clark, Stephen R. L. (Richard Lyster), 1945-

Clark, Stephen Richard Lyster.

Clark, Stephen Richard Lyster 1945-

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Stephen R. L. Clark British philosopher

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Stephen R. L. Clark filósofo británico

Stephen R. L. Clark filosofo britannico

クラーク, スティーブン・R.・L.

English (287)

Spanish (2)

Chinese (1)

Biology and Christian ethicsAnimals and their moral standingHow to live forever : science fiction and philosophyUnderstanding faith : religious belief and its place in societyThe nature of the beast, are animals moral?A parliament of soulsGod's world and the great awakeningLate antique epistemology : other ways to truth