Assoc. Prof. Simon Clarke
Module Leader
Office 226 - Building G

Simon 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 the British University in Egypt, he taught at the University of Canterbury (NZ), Asian University for Women (Bangladesh) and American University of Armenia. He 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 Philosophy, Political Studies, Ethical Perspectives, and Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy.


D.Phil. in Politics, Oxford University, 2001. 

M.A. in Political Studies), University of Auckland, 1997.

B.A./B.Com. in Political Studies and Economics, University of Auckland, 1994.

Research Interests
  • Freedom and Equality
  • Distributive Justice
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Paternalism
  • Bioethics
Journal Articles
Clarke, S. (2021). The Case Against Mandatory Vaccination. CPLB Dilemmas #7. 
Clarke, S.(2020). Voluntary Euthanasia: For and Against. Scoop.
Clarke, S. (2018). Was the revolution justified? EVN Report.

Clarke, S. R. (2012). Prophylactic Neutrality, Oppression, and the Reverse Pascal's Wager.

Conference Papers

ʻWould Mandatory Vaccination be a Violation of Individual Rights?' Meeting on Ethics and Political Philosophy at the University of Minho (Braga, Portugal), June 2016.

ʻCommentator on ‘Self-Sovereignty, Paternalism, and Perfectionism’ by Peter de Marneffe, Perfectionism in Public Health Workshop, Munster, March 2016.

Chapters in Books

Clarke, S. (2014). Consequential neutrality revivified. In Political neutrality (pp. 109-121). Palgrave Macmillan, London.

Clarke, S. (2013). A Trust-Based Argument against Paternalism. In Trust (pp. 53-75). Brill Rodopi.


Clarke, S. R. (2012). Foundations of Freedom: Welfare-based Arguments Against Paternalism (Vol. 41). Routledge.

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Modules Taught
Non- Western Political Thought