Dr Stephen Clarke

Recent Journal Articles

Clarke, S. (forthcoming). ‘Straight out of Durkheim? Haidt's Neo-Durkheimian Account of Religion and the Cognitive Science of Religion’, Sophia.

Clarke, S. (2018). ‘Miracles, Scarce Resources and Fairness’, American Journal of Bioethics, 18, (5), pp. 65-66.

Clarke, S. (2017). ‘A Prospect Theory Approach to Understanding Conservatism’, Philosophia, 45, (2), pp. 551-568.

Clarke, S. (2017). ‘Conscientious Objection in Healthcare: New Directions’. Editorial for Special Issue on Conscientious Objections’, Journal of Medical Ethics, 43 (4), p. 191.

Clarke, S. (2017). ‘Conscientious Objection in Healthcare, Referral and the Military Analogy’, Journal of Medical Ethics, 43 (4), pp. 218-221.

Clarke, S., Giubilini, A. and Walker, M. (2017). ‘Conscientious Objection to Vaccination’, Bioethics, 31, (3), pp. 155-161.

Clarke, S. (2017). ‘Two Concepts of Conscience and their Implications for Conscience-based Refusal in Healthcare’, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 26 (1), pp. 97-108.

Clarke, S. (2016). ‘The Reversal Test, Status Quo Bias and Opposition to Human Cognitive Enhancement’, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 46 (3), pp. 369-386.

Clarke, S. (2016). ‘A Brave New World: Understanding the Ethics of Human Enhancement’, AQ: Australian Quarterly, , 87, 4, pp. 3-7. Reprinted in AQ: Australian Quarterly, best of 2016 edition, , pp. 29-34.

Clarke, S. (2016). ‘Charlie Hebdo and Sacred Values’, The Critique, January 7.

Clarke, S. (2015). ‘Apocalypse Soon: ISIS and the Justification of Religious Violence’, The Philosophers’ Magazine, 71, pp. 37-43.

Giubilini, A. and Clarke, S. (2015). ‘Stop Wishing. Start Doing! Motivational Enhancement is Already in Use’, AJOB Neuroscience, 6 (1), pp. 29-31.

Sheehan, M., et al. (2014). ‘Position Statement on Ethics, Equipoise and Research on Charged Particle Radiation Therapy’, Journal of Medical Ethics, 40, pp. 572-575. Co-authored with Mark Sheehan and twenty-six other authors. 

Clarke, S. and Walsh, A. (2013). ‘Imperialism, Progress, Developmental Teleology and Interdisciplinary Unification’, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 27 (3), pp. 343-353.

Clarke, S. (2013). ‘When They Believe in Miracles’, Journal of Medical Ethics, 39 (3), pp. 582-583.

Clarke, S. (2013). ‘Intuitions as Evidence, Philosophical Expertise and the Developmental Challenge’, Philosophical Papers, 42 (2), pp. 175-207.

Clarke, S. (2013). ‘The Neuroscience of Decision Making and Our Standards for Assessing Competence to Consent’, Neuroethics, 6 (1), pp. 189-196.

Recent Books and Chapters


Clarke, S. (2014). The Justification of Religious Violence, Malden MA, Wiley-Blackwell, pp. xii & 259. Arabic translation forthcoming in 2018: Cairo, Hindawi.


Clarke, S. (forthcoming). ‘Extremism: Operation Rescue, the Army of God, and the Nashville Declaration of Conscience’, in Ethics and the Contemporary World, edited by David Edmonds, London: Routledge.

Clarke, S. (forthcoming). ‘Violence and Religion’, in A Companion to Atheism and Philosophy, edited by Graham Oppy, Malden MA: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 693-718.

Clarke, S. (2018). ‘A Religious Conception of Evil’, in Moral Evil in Practical Ethics, edited by Shlomit Harrosh and Roger Crisp, London: Routledge, pp. 30-55.

Clarke, S. (2016). ‘Buchanan and the Conservative Argument against Human Enhancement from Biological and Social Harmony’, in The Ethics of Human Enhancement: Understanding the Debate, edited by Steve Clarke, Julian Savulescu, C. A. J. Coady, Alberto Giubilini and Sagar Sanyal, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 211-224.

Clarke, S. (2016). ‘Homeopathy – An Undiluted Proposal’, in Philosophers Take on the World, edited by David Edmonds, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 39-41.

Clarke, S. (2015). ‘Idealization, Abstraction and Ideal Types’, in the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Edition, edited by J. D. Wright, Oxford, Elsevier, 2nd Ed. Vol. 11, pp. 516-520. Revised and updated version of [1] below.

Clarke, S. (2013). ‘The Precautionary Principle and the Dual Use Dilemma’, in On the Dual Uses of Science and Ethics: Principles, Practices, and Prospects, edited by Brian Rappert and Michael J. Selgelid, Canberra, ANU E-Press, pp. 221-231.

Clarke, S., Powell, R. and Savulescu, J. (2013). ‘Religion, Intolerance and Conflict: Practical Implications for Ethics and Social Policy’, in Religion, Intolerance and Conflict: A Scientific and Conceptual Investigation, edited by Steve Clarke, Russell Powell and Julian Savulescu, Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp. 266-272.

Powell, R. and Clarke, S. (2013). ‘Religion, Tolerance and Intolerance: Views from Across the Disciplines’, in Religion, Intolerance and Conflict: A Scientific and Conceptual Investigation, edited by Steve Clarke, Russell Powell and Julian Savulescu, Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp. 1-35.

Clarke, S. (2012). ‘Coercion, Consequence and Salvation’, in Scientific Approaches to the Philosophy of Religion, edited by Yujin Nagasawa, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 205-223.