My research interests are in the philosophical approach to religion and meaning, and on the contribution feminist ideas can make to that investigation. In addition to my degrees in Theology and the History and Philosophy of Religion, I hold an MSc in Psychoanalytic theory. My current research is focused on failure, death and loss, and I recently published a paper on ghosts as a way of engaging with ideas about death. I have held political office as a local councillor in Oxford, and I continue to be interested in the practical application of philosophical ideas. I am also involved in a project on how to have good public conversations about contentious attitudes.
Teaching and supervision
- PHIL5006 Philosophy as a Way of Life;
- PHIL5007 Continental Philosophy of Religion;
- PHIL6004 Thinking in Dark Times.
- I also contribute to the Philosophy module, Human Nature.
I supervise Masters by Research in areas of the ancient philosophical schools, feminist philosophy and theology, and themes in the philosophy of religion, including evil and death.
I am currently supervising PhD students in the areas of anxiety in existential philosophy of religion, feminist interpretations of Goddess mythology, and Methodist studies.
|Thomas Dobson||Training to Teach: Westminster College and the development of Higher Education in the 20th century||Active|
|Richard Fretwell||Religious Freedom in a Post-Christian Age: A critical analysis of liberalism, secularism and human rights through the lens of religious freedom in education in England||Active|
My training is in theology and the philosophy of religion. I am particularly interested in the way in which feminist and psychoanalytic ideas might shape this area. I have published widely in the Philosophy of Religion, including the co-authored (with Brian R Clack) Philosophy of Religion: A Critical Introduction (third edition published in 2019; Feminism, Religion and Practical Reason (2021). I am interested in failure, loss and death, publishing How to be a Failure and Still Live Well with Bloomsbury in 2020. I am currently working on a follow up to this book: How to Think About Death (And Not Freak Out). My most recent publications are on ghosts and the ageing female body.
Clack B, 'The Wisdom of Ghosts'
Religious Studies [online first] (2023)
ISSN: 0034-4125 eISSN: 1469-901XAbstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Clack B, 'Wisdom, Friendship and the Practice of Philosophy'
Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities 25 (1/2) (2020) pp.141-155
ISSN: 0969-725X eISSN: 1469-2899Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Clack B, 'Lived Religion: Rethinking Human Nature in a Neoliberal Age'
International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 79 (4) (2018) pp.355-369
ISSN: 2169-2327 eISSN: 2169-2335Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Clack B, 'On Returning to Church: Practising Religion in a Neoliberal Age'
Modern Believing 57 (3) (2016) pp.229-240
ISSN: 1353-1425 eISSN: 2053-633XAbstract Published here
Clack B J, 'On Returning to Church: Practising Religion in a Neoliberal Age'
Modern Believing 57 (3) (2016)
ISSN: 1353-1425 eISSN: 2053-633XAbstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Clack BJ, 'Beginning Something New'
Sophia 53 (2) (2014) pp.261-273
ISSN: 0038-1527 eISSN: 1873-930XAbstract Published here
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: 1462-317XAbstract Published here
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: 0267-1522Abstract Published here
Clack B, 'Violence and the Maternal in the Marquis de Sade'
Feminist Theology 17 (3) (2009) pp.273-291
ISSN: 0966-7350Abstract Published here
Memberships of professional bodies
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
- In November 2023, I took part in a Symposium on Fragility to be held at the Brother Institute in Geneva.
- ‘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.
- 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)
- 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).