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Professor Ruth Abbey

Department Chair of Social Sciences


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, Philosophy Now: Charles Taylor, The Return of Feminist Liberalism, and Human All too Human: A Critical Introduction and Guide (part of the Edinburgh Guides to Nietzsche Series).

She is the editor of Contemporary Philosophy in Focus: Charles Taylor,  Feminist Interpretations of Rawls, and Cosmopolitan Civility.

She has a PhD from McGill University and prior to coming to Swinburne taught at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Kent at Canterbury. She has also served as the Editor in Chief of The Review of Politics.

Research interests

Political Theory, Liberalism, Feminism, Nietzsche, Animal Ethics

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Political Science - 440800
  • Social Theory - 441005
  • Other Philosophy And Religious Studies - 509900

Teaching areas



Also published as: Abbey, Ruth; Abbey, R.
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