Ruth Abbey



Regular Faculty - Professor


Political Theory


B.A., Monash University

M.A. McGill University

Ph.D., McGill University

Research and Teaching Interests

Nietzsche, Charles Taylor, Feminist Political Thought, Liberal Political Thought, the Internet and Politics.


Ruth Abbey is a political theorist with research and teaching interests in the areas of Friedrich Nietzsche, Charles Taylor, Feminist Political Thought, Liberal Political Thought, and Animal Ethics. She  is the author of Nietzsche's Middle Period (Oxford University Press); Philosophy Now: Charles Taylor (Acumen Publishing and Princeton University Press); The Return of Feminist Liberalism (Acumen Publishing and McGill Queens University Press). She is the editor of Contemporary Philosophy in Focus: Charles Taylor (Cambridge University Press) and Feminist Interpretations of Rawls (Penn State University Press). She has also written a number of journal articles, ranging from topics such as contemporary liberalism, to conceptions of marriage, to animal ethics, to cyberdemocracy. She has been the recipient of a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship and Research fellowships at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study and the Murphy Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs.


Office Hours

Spring Semester: Tuesday and Thursday, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm, and by appointment

Contact Information

Office: 115 Hesburgh Center
Phone: 574-631-6084
Fax: 574-631-4405

Mailing Address

Department of Political Science
217 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556


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