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  1. Ruth Abbey (forthcoming). Nietzsche and the Invention of Invention. Journal of Nietzsche Studies 15 (Spring):1-14.
    Friedrich Nietzsche is typically seen as a radical critic of the western philosophical tradition. This article considers why this image is so widely accepted. It argues that part of the reason for its acceptance is that Nietzsche paints a picture of himself as the independent, radical innovator in his later writings. If we look at the works of the middle period, we find that by contrast, he repeatedly situates himself within wider traditions and discusses what he has learned from them.
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  2. Ruth Abbey (2013). Christine Overall , Why Have Children? The Ethical Debate . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 33 (1):9-15.
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  3. Ruth Abbey (2013). Elizabeth Brake , Minimizing Marriage: Marriage, Morality and the Law . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 33 (1):9-15.
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  4. Ruth Abbey (ed.) (2013). Feminist Interpretations of John Rawls. Penn State University Press.
     
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  5. Ruth Abbey (2013). Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka , Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 33 (6):446-448.
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  6. Ruth Abbey (2013). Stefan Ramaekers and Judith Suissa , The Claims of Parenting: Reasons, Responsibility and Society . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 33 (1):9-15.
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  7. Ruth Abbey (2012). The Impossibility of Perfection: Aristotle, Feminism, and the Complexities of Ethics, by Michael Slote. [REVIEW] Mind 121 (482):529-532.
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  8. Ruth Abbey (2011). Another Philosopher-Citizen : The Political Philosophy of Charles Taylor. In Catherine H. Zuckert (ed.), Political Philosophy in the Twentieth Century: Authors and Arguments. Cambridge University Press.
    This chapter briefly reviews the link between Charles Taylor's life and work. It then discusses his position on the role of science in understanding human behavior. It concludes by considering the relationship between theory and practice in Taylor's thought.
     
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  9. Ruth Abbey (2011). Monika M. Langer , Nietzsche's Gay Science: Dancing Coherence . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 31 (1):46-48.
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  10. Ruth Abbey (2009). Plus Ça Change: Charles Taylor On Accommodating Quebec's mInority Cultures. Thesis Eleven 99 (1):71-92.
    This article examines the 2008 report of the Quebec Government’s Consultation Commission on Accommodation Practices Related to Cultural Differences which was co-authored by Charles Taylor. Summarizing its main themes, it identifies points of intersection with Taylor’s political thought. Issues of citizen equality, including gender equality, secularism, integration and interculturalism, receive special attention.
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  11. Ruth Abbey & Sarah Hyde (2009). No Country for Older People? Age and the Digital Divide. Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 7 (4):225-242.
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  12. Ruth Abbey (2008). Comparativists and Cosmopolitans on Cross Cultural Conversations. Revista de Filosofía 40 (121):45-64.
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  13. Ruth Abbey (2007). Back Toward a Comprehensive Liberalism? Justice as Fairness, Gender, and Families. Political Theory 35 (1):5 - 28.
    This article examines the attempts by John Rawls in the works published after "Political Liberalism" to engage with some of the feminist responses to his work. Rawls goes a long way toward addressing some of the major feminist-liberal concerns. Yet this has the unintended consequence of pushing justice as fairness in the direction of a more comprehensive, rather than a strictly political, form of liberalism. This does not seem to be a problem peculiar to Rawls: rather, any form of liberalism (...)
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  14. Ruth Abbey (2007). Review of Ian Fraser, Dialectics of the Self: Transcending Charles Taylor. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007 (7).
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  15. Ruth Abbey (2007). Rawlsian Resources for Animal Ethics. Ethics and the Environment 12 (1):1-22.
    : This article considers what contribution the work of John Rawls can make to questions about animal ethics. It argues that there are more normative resources in A Theory of Justice for a concern with animal welfare than some of Rawls's critics acknowledge. However, the move from A Theory of Justice to Political Liberalism sees a depletion of normative resources in Rawlsian thought for addressing animal ethics. The article concludes by endorsing the implication of A Theory of Justice that we (...)
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  16. Ruth Abbey (2006). Book Review: Back to Baczko. [REVIEW] European Journal of Political Theory 5 (3):355-364.
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  17. Ruth Abbey (2006). Turning or Spinning? Charles Taylor's Catholicism: A Reply to Ian Fraser. Contemporary Political Theory 5 (2):163.
  18. Ruth Abbey (2005). Entry for Charles Taylor. In John R. Shook & Richard T. Hull (eds.), The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers. Thoemmes Continuum. 1.
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  19. Ruth Abbey (ed.) (2004). Charles Taylor. Cambridge University Press.
    Charles Taylor is beyond question one of the most distinctive figures in the landscape of contemporary philosophy. In a time of increasing specialization Taylor's ability to contribute to philosophical conversations across a wide spectrum of ideas is distinctive and impressive. These areas include moral theory, theories of subjectivity, political theory, epistemology, hermeneutics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language and aesthetics. His most recent writings have seen him branching into the study of religion. Written by a team of international authorities, this (...)
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  20. Ruth Abbey (2004). Introduction: Timely Meditations in an Untimely Mode—the Thought of Charles Taylor. In , Charles Taylor. Cambridge University Press. 1--28.
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  21. Ruth Abbey (2004). Willing and Nothingness. [REVIEW] New Nietzsche Studies 5 (3-4):220-224.
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  22. Ruth Abbey (2003-4). Willing and Nothingness: Schopenhauer as Nietzsche's Educator. [REVIEW] New Nietzsche Studies 5 (3/4/1/2):220-224.
  23. Ruth Abbey (2002). Young Karl Does Headstands: A Reply to Daniel Brudney. Political Theory 30 (1):150-155.
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  24. Ruth Abbey (2002). Pluralism in Practice: The Political Thought of Charles Taylor. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 5 (3):98-123.
    This review article outlines some of the major contributions made to political theory by Charles Taylor. It focuses on his relationship to liberalism, his contribution to the understanding of democracy and his analysis of the politics of recognition. Several lines of critique of Taylor's thought on these issues are also explored. Some reflections on Taylor's style of theorising about politics are offered, and the question of whether he is a conservative or critical theorist is examined.
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  25. Ruth Abbey (2001). The Articulated Life. Philosophy of Management 1 (3):3-9.
    Charles Taylor is one of the most prolific and wide-ranging philosophers in the English-speaking world today. He writes with authority in the fields of moral theory, political philosophy, theories of language, the history of western thought, epistemology and hermeneutics. Currently an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at McGill University, he has enjoyed a distinguished academic career which includes being Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at Oxford University. He has also been active and influential in the politics of his native (...)
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  26. Ruth Abbey (2001). The Complete Works of Harriet Taylor Mill (Review). Hypatia 16 (1):94-97.
  27. Ruth Abbey (2001). Book Review: Jo Ellen Jacobs Assistant Edited by Paula Harms Payne. The Complete Works of Harriet Taylor Mill. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998. [REVIEW] Hypatia 16 (1):94-98.
  28. Ruth Abbey & Douglas J. Den Uyl (2001). The Chief Inducement? The Idea of Marriage as Friendship. Journal of Applied Philosophy 18 (1):37–52.
    A combination of social forces has thrown marriage into question in westernised societies at the end of the millennium. This uncertainty creates space for new ways of thinking about marriage. In this context, we examine the idea of marriage as friendship. We trace its genealogy in the work of Mary Wollstonecraft, John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor and then subject it to critical scrutiny using some of Michel de Montaigne’s ideas. We ask how applic- able the ideal of higher friendship (...)
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  29. Ruth Abbey (2000). Nietzsche's Middle Period. Oxford University Press.
    Ruth Abbey presents a close study of Nietzsche's works, Human, All Too Human, Daybreak, and The Gay Science. Although these middle period works tend to be neglected in commentaries on Nietzsche, they repay careful attention. Abbey's commentary brings to light important differences across Nietzsche's oeuvre that have gone unnoticed, filling a serious gap in the literature.
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  30. Ruth Abbey (1999). Back to the Future: Marriage as Friendship in the Thought of Mary Wollstonecraft. Hypatia 14 (3):78-95.
    : If liberal theory is to move forward, it must take the political nature of family relations seriously. The beginnings of such a liberalism appear in Mary Wollstonecraft's work. Wollstonecraft's depiction of the family as a fundamentally political institution extends liberal values into the private sphere by promoting the ideal of marriage as friendship. However, while her model of marriage diminishes arbitrary power in family relations, she seems unable to incorporate enduring sexual relations between married partners.
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  31. Ruth Abbey (1999). Circles, Ladders and Stars: Nietzsche on Friendship. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 2 (4):50-73.
    One of the major purposes of this article is to show that friendship was one of Nietzsche's central concerns and that he shared Aristotle's belief that it takes higher and lower forms. Yet Nietzsche's interest in friendship is overlooked in much of the secondary literature. An important reason for this is that this interest is most evident in the works of his middle period, and these tend to be neglected in commentaries on Nietzsche. In the works of the middle period, (...)
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  32. Ruth Abbey (1999). The Roots of Ressentiment. New Nietzsche Studies 3 (3-4):47-61.
    Despite its centrality for an understanding of Nietzsche's thought, the term ressentiment does not appear in his writings before Beyond Good and Evil. This article argues that the roots of the idea of ressentiment appear in his middle period writings when he discusses vanity [die Eitelkeit].
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  33. Ruth Abbey & Fredrick Appel (1999). Domesticating Nietzsche: A Response to Mark Warren. Political Theory 27 (1):121-125.
  34. Ruth Abbey (1997). Odd Bedfellows: Nietzsche and Mill on Marriage. History of European Ideas 23 (2-4):81-104.
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  35. Ruth Abbey (1996). Beyond Misogyny and Metaphor: Women in Nietzsche's Middle Period. Journal of the History of Philosophy 34 (2):233-256.
    This article proposes a third way of reading Nietzsche's remarks on women, one that goes beyond misogyny and metaphor. Taking the depiction of women in the works of the middle period at face value shows that these works neither entirely demean women nor exclude them from the higher life. Nietzsche's middle period comprises HAH (1879-80, which includes "Assorted Opinions and Maxims" and "The Wanderer and His Shadow"), D (1881) and GS (1882). The works of this period do not disqualify women (...)
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  36. Ruth Abbey (1990). Reviews : Richard Rorty, Contingency, Irony and Solidarity (Cambridge University Press, 1989). Thesis Eleven 25 (1):170-172.
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