Associate Professor, Philosophy
Brian R. Clack, PhD, came to USD in September 2007, having previously taught in Oxford, England. Clack’s research interests lie in the study of Wittgenstein, psychoanalysis and the philosophy of religion.
Ph.D., University of London, Philosophy
M.Sc., University of London, Theoretical Psychoanalytic Studies
B.A., University of London, Religious Studies
Scholarly and Creative Work
Clack’s research has focused predominantly on issues in the philosophy of religion. He is co-author (with Beverley Clack) of The Philosophy of Religion: A Critical Introduction (1998; second edition 2008) and two studies of Wittgenstein’s thinking on religious belief: Wittgenstein, Frazer and Religion (1999) and An Introduction to Wittgenstein’s Philosophy of Religion (1999). Clack has also written a number of articles on Freud’s theory of religion. He is currently working on two projects: a study of Freud’s Civilization and its Discontents; and an investigation into the miraculous.
Clack teaches classes on ethics, philosophy of human nature, and philosophy of God.