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Dr Ruth Boeker


Ruth Boeker

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


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 character development in eighteenth century 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)


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


  • 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


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