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Dr Ruth Boeker

Dr

Ruth Boeker

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Philosophy
01 716 8124
University College Dublin, School of Philosophy, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4

BIO

I am Assistant Professor in the UCD School of Philosophy. Prior to moving to Dublin, I held positions at the University of Melbourne (2014-2017), the University at Albany, SUNY (2013-2014), and Bowling Green State University (2012-2013). I received my PhD from the University of St Andrews in 2013. My research focuses on early modern philosophy and lies at the intersection between metaphysics, philosophy of mind and ethics. I have worked extensively of John Locke's account of persons and personal identity. This work has been motivated by my interest in understanding how Locke links questions of moral accountability with a psychological account of personal identity. More recently I have also worked on Shaftesbury, David Hume, and Scottish Enlightenment Philosophy. In my future work I plan to examine contributions of lesser known philosophers to debates about persons and personal identity. Another project will focus on selfhood and self-improvement in early modern philosophy. My book Locke on Persons and Personal Identity is under contract with Oxford University Press. I have published journal articles in Journal of the History of Philosophy, History of Philosophy Quarterly, Hume Studies, Locke Studies, and Philosophy Compass. I am guest editor of a special issue on Agency in Early Modern Philosophy that will appear in the International Journal of Philosophical Studies. I want my teaching to be informed by recent developments in pedagogy. I received the 2016 Innovation in Inclusive Curricula Prize of the Australasian Association of Philosophy, continue to collaborate with colleagues in Australia on philosophical pedagogy, and I am a member of the American Philosophical Association's Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy (2017-2020) My recent publications and works under contract include: BOOK Locke on Persons and Personal Identity, under contract with Oxford University Press. JOURNAL ARTICLES “Shaftesbury on Persons, Personal Identity and Character Development.” Philosophy Compass 13 (2018): e12471. “Locke on Personal Identity: A Response to the Problems of his Predecessors.” Journal of the History of Philosophy 55 (2017): 407–34. “The Role of Appropriation in Locke’s Account of Persons and Personal Identity.” Locke Studies 16 (2016): 3–39. “Locke and Hume on Personal Identity: Moral and Religious Differences.” Hume Studies 41 (2015): 105–35. “The Moral Dimension in Locke’s Account of Persons and Personal Identity.” History of Philosophy Quarterly 31 (2014): 229–47. BOOK CHAPTERS “Locke on Being Self to My Self.” In The Self: A History, Oxford Philosophical Concept Series, edited by Patricia Kitcher. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming. “Active Powers of the Human Mind.” Invited for Scottish Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century, vol. 2, edited by Aaron Garrett and James A. Harris. Oxford University Press, accepted (pending minor revisions). “Locke and William Molyneux.” In The Lockean Mind, edited by Jessica Gordon-Roth and Shelley Weinberg. Routledge, forthcoming. “Locke’s Moral Psychology.” Invited for The Lockean Mind, edited by Jessica Gordon-Roth and Shelley Weinberg. Routledge, under contract.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN APPOINTMENTS

  • Assistant Professor
    University College Dublin, School of Philosophy, Ireland15 Jan 2017

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • Gerry Higgins Lecturer in Philosophy
    University of Melbourne, Australia15 Jun 2014 - 15 Jan 2017
  • Visiting Assistant Professor
    University at Albany, SUNY, United States15 Aug 2013 - 21 May 2014
  • Full-time Instructor
    Bowling Green State University, United States8 Aug 2012 - 10 May 2013

DEGREES

  • MA
    University of St Andrews
  • ML
    University of St Andrews
  • PhD
    University of St Andrews