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  • Professor Bev Clack

    Professor in the Philosophy of Religion

    School of History, Philosophy and Culture

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


    Phone number: +44 (0)1865 488495

    Email: bclack@brookes.ac.uk


    Professor in the Philosophy of Religion. Main research interests involve applying feminist ideas to the philosophy of religion, and considering the uses of psychoanalysis for a contemporary philosophy. Currently working on the themes of failure and loss. Also interested in the possibility of developing a philosophy of religion that engages with practical politics.


    • Essentials in the Philosophy of Religion
    • Continental Philosophy of Religion
    • Religion, Philosophy and the Body


    • PhD supervision in the areas of contemporary theology, philosophy of religion (including relationship with feminism and psychoanalysis), and gender.

    Philosophy of religion, and particularly feminist approaches to the subject. Also the relationship between psychoanalytic theory and philosophy of religion.

    Co-organiser of interdisciplinary seminar series 2014-15 on 'Success in the Neoliberal Life Cycle: Alternative Perspectives on a Dominant Paradigm.'

    Currently writing on failure and loss.

    Journal articles

    • Clack B J, 'On Returning to Church: Practising Religion in a Neoliberal Age'
      Modern Believing 57 (3) (2016)
      ISSN: 1353-1425 eISSN: 1353-1425
      Abstract Website
    • Clack B J, ''Beginning Something New''
      Sophia - International Journal of Philosophy and Traditions 53 (2) (2014) pp.261-273
      ISSN: 0038-1527 eISSN: 0038-1527
      Abstract Website
    • Clack B, 'What difference does it make? Philosophical perspectives on the nature of well-being and the role of educational practice'
      Research Papers in Education 27 (4) (2012) pp.497-512
      ISSN: 0267-1522 eISSN: 0267-1522
      Abstract Website
    • Clack B, 'Philosophy of religion in an age of austerity: towards a socially engaged philosophy for the well-lived life'
      Political Theology 13 (2) (2012) pp.167-182
      ISSN: 1462-317X eISSN: 1462-317X
      Abstract Website
    • Clack B, 'Violence and the Maternal in the Marquis de Sade'
      Feminist Theology 17 (3) (2009) pp.273-291
      ISSN: 0966-7350 eISSN: 0966-7350
      Abstract Website

    Book chapters

    • Clack B J, 'Constructing Death as a Form of Failure' in Immortality and the Philosophy of Death, Rowman and Littlefield (2016)
      ISBN: 978-1-78348-384-6
    • Clack B, 'Play, psychoanalysis and feminist philosophy of religion' in Moral Powers, Fragile Beliefs: Essays in Moral and Religious Philosophy, Continuum (2011)
      ISBN: 9781441140319
      Abstract Website



    Recent conference papers

    • ‘Constructing Death as a Form of Failure: Addressing Mortality in a Neo-Liberal Age’    for Inaugural Conference for the International Association for the Philosophy of Death and Dying, Pomona College, Claremont, USA, November 2014.
    • ‘Loss and Waste: On Uncertainty and the Acceptance of Limits,’ Philosophy and         Psychoanalysis in Dialogue Conference [sponsored by the Institute of      Psychoanalysis and the Institute of Philosophy], Heythrop College, London, October 2014.
    • ‘Feminism and Religion,’ Inaugural Lecture for International Gender Studies Centre,    Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, October 2014.
    • 'Feminism, Evil and a Philosophy of Transformation,' Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia, July 2014
    • 'Being Human: Religion and Superstition in Psychoanalytic Philosophy of Religion', Royal Institute of Philosophy Conference, Oxford Brookes University, June 2010.

    Academic Qualifications

    • BA Honours Degree (First Class) from Westminster College Oxford (1986)
    • PhD in the History and Philosophy of Religion from King’s College London on the Suffering of God in the work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1991)
    • MSc (Distinction) in Theoretical Psychoanalytical Studies from UCL (2006)

    Previous employment

    • Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at University of Surrey Roehampton (1990-2002)
    • Joined Brookes in 2002 as Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    • Promoted to Reader in Theology, Philosophy and Culture in 2004
    • Promoted to Professor in Philosophy of Religion in 2009

    Before becoming an academic, Bev worked in the Press Office of the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Centre in London (1989). She is currently City Councillor for St Clements, Oxford (Labour and Co-operative Party) (2012-2016).