Ruth Abbey

Faculty Fellow 2008-2009

Center for Ethics
Ruth Abbey


Ruth Abbey is the John Cardinal O'Hara, C.S.C. Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. Professor Abbey received a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship and a research fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. Her book, Charles Taylor, was selected as one of the 2002 Outstanding Academic Titles by Choice Magazine.



Edited Volumes


  • “Rawlsian Resources for Animal Ethics” Ethics and the Environment Vol. 12, No. 1, Spring 2007.
  • “Back Toward a Comprehensive Liberalism? Justice as Fairness, Gender and Families” Political Theory 2007.
  • “Turning or Spinning? Charles Taylor’s Catholicism” Contemporary Political Theory Vol. 5, No.2, May 2006.
  • “Is Liberalism Now an Essentially Contested Concept?” New Political Science Vol. 27, No. 4, December 2005.
  • “Recognizing Taylor Rightly: A Reply to Morag Patrick” Ethnicities 3 (1), March, 2003,pp. 115-131.
  • “Pluralism in Practice: The Political Thought of Charles Taylor” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy Vol. 5, No. 3 (Autumn 2002).
  • “The Articulated Life: An Interview with Charles Taylor” Reason in Practice Vol. 1, No.3, 2001.
  • “The Chief Inducement? The Idea of Marriage as Friendship” co-authored with Douglas Den Uyl, Journal of Applied Philosophy, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2001.
  • “The Roots of Ressentiment: Nietzsche on Vanity” New Nietzsche Studies Vol. 3, nos. 3 & 4, Summer/Fall, 1999.
  • “Back to the Future: Marriage as Friendship in the thought of Mary Wollstonecraft” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 14, 3, Summer 1999.
  • “Mediocrity versus Meritocracy: Nietzsche’s (Mis)reading of Chamfort: History of Political Thought Volume XIX, No. 3, Autumn 1998.
  • “Nietzsche and the Will to Politics.” co-authored with Fredrick Appel Review of Politics Winter 1998 (January, Vol. 60:1).