Areas of expertise: Friedrich Nietzsche; Charles Taylor; feminist political thought; liberal political thought; animal ethics
Ruth Abbey is a political theorist with research and teaching interests focusing on Friedrich Nietzsche, Charles Taylor, feminist political thought, liberal political thought, and animal ethics. She is the interim director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. As director of one of the 7 international academic units within the Keough School, she is a member of the Keough School’s Leadership Council.
Abbey 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 also has written several journal articles on issues including contemporary liberalism, conceptions of marriage, animal ethics, and cyberdemocracy.
Abbey 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.