Gregory Clark

Professor of Philosophy

Professor Gregory Clark brings different viewpoints together by fostering interesting experiences and lively discussions. “Philosophy grounds students in important, fundamental, and long-lasting conversations. It also provides models and strategies for thinking about things that are so novel or so profound that we might naturally not know where to begin,” says Professor Clark.

Professor Clark is committed to experiential education and connecting students with different neighborhoods in Chicago, making intentional use of the city through field trips to some of it’s unlikeliest places—an archery range for his zen and archery class, a bicycle repair shop for a course in the Core Curriculum program, a nature center for the philosophy of nature course, and an intentional Christian community for the class with the same name.

Classroom discussions range from topics of faith to the ideas of ancient and modern-day philosophers, but he ultimately is teaching his students how to think about and ask questions.

Recent Publications

Clark, Gregory. "The Art of Sitting Quietly." Traditional Bowhunter Magazine. (December-January, 2013).

Clark, Gregeroy. Zen and Archery. Experiential Learning in the Philosophy Classroom, Edited by Julianna Oxley and Ramona Ilea, with an introduction by Peter Singer. Routledge. 2015.

Clark, Gregory. (Not) War By Other Means: Why Hunting is not War. God, Nimrod, and the World: Exploring Christian Perspectives on Sport Hunting. Eds. Bracy V. Hill II & John B. White. Mercer University Press. 2016.

Clark, Gregory. Vacating the Human Condition: Academics, Hunters, and Animals According to José Ortega y Gasset. Hunting from the Ivory Tower. Eds. David Bruzina and Douglas Higbee. USC Press. 2016.

Popular Courses

  • Zombie Apocalypse
  • Zen and Archery
  • Intentional Christian Community
  • Philosophy of Nature

These courses are experience-based, so they allow us, teachers and students, to engage the material through body and mind.

Inspirations & Interests

Professor Clark specializes in philosophy of nature, 20th-century European philosophy, phenomenology, hermeneutics, and philosophy of time.