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Ruth Boeker

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Philosophy
Newman Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168124
Email: ruth.boeker@ucd.ie

Biography

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, because I was interested in understanding how Locke links questions of moral accountability with a psychological account of personal identity. More recently I have also worked on Shaftesbury and David Hume. 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 agency and freedom in Scottish Enlightenment Philosophy. 
 
I have published journal articles in Journal of the History of Philosophy, History of Philosophy Quarterly, Hume Studies,  Locke Studies, and Philosophy Compass. You can find more information about my publications on my Academia page and on PhilPapers
 
I want my teaching to be informed by recent developments in pedagogy. I am delighted that I received the 2016 Innovation in Inclusive Curricula Prize of the Australasian Association of Philosophy and I am a member of the American Philosophical Association's Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy (2017¿2020) 

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2018.
Title: JHP Masterclass on Mary Shepherd (sponsored participant)
Year: 2018.
Title: British Society for the History of Philosophy Conference Funding
Year: 2018.
Title: Mind Association Minor Conference Grant
Year: 2018.
Title: Government of Ireland Academic Mobility Grant
Year: 2016.
Title: Innovation in Inclusive Curricula
Year: 2015.
Title: Kristeller-Popkin Travel Fellowship
Year: 2016.
Title: Conference Grant
Year: 2012.
Title: Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy Graduate Award
Year: 2011.
Title: Carnegie Research Grant
Year: 2010.
Title: Carnegie Research Grant
Year: 2010.
Title: Bursary of the Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust
Year: 2008.
Title: Carnegie Scholarship

Associations

Association: Aristotelian Society , Function/Role: Member
Association: American Philosophical Association, Function/Role: Member
Association: Hume Society, Function/Role: Member
Association: British Society for the History of Philosophy, Function/Role: Member
Association: Society for Modern Philosophy, Function/Role: Member
     

Conference Contributions

Ruth Boeker (2018) Hume and Reid on Sociability. [Oral Presentation], Socialising Minds: Language, Culture, and Human Nature from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment Workshop, Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, , 15-FEB-18 - 16-FEB-18.
Ruth Boeker (2017) Hume and Reid on Promises, Active Powers, and Liberty. [Invited Oral Presentation], Themes from the History of Philosophy Workshop, Trinity College Dublin , 15-DEC-17 - 16-DEC-17.
Ruth Boeker (2017) Shaftesbury on Persons, Personal Identity and Character Development. [Refereed Abstracts], Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, University of Groningen , 18-FEB-17 - 19-MAR-17.
Ruth Boeker (2017) Shaftesbury on Persons, Personal Identity and Character Development. [Refereed Abstracts], British Society for the History of Philosophy Conference, University of Sheffield , 06-APR-17 - 08-APR-17.
Ruth Boeker (2017) The Active Powers of the Human Mind. [Refereed Abstracts], Science in the Scottish Enlightenment Conference, Princeton , 10-MAR-17 - 12-MAR-17.
Ruth Boeker (2017) Locke on Personal Identity, Transitivity, and Divine Justice. [Oral Presentation], Budapest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, Eötvös Loránd University Budapest , 26-OCT-17 - 27-OCT-17.
Ruth Boeker (2017) David Hume and Thomas Reid on Fidelity to Promises and Trust. [Plenary Lecture], Trust, Expertise and Policy Conference, University College Dublin , 31-AUG-17 - 02-SEP-17.
Ruth Boeker (2016) Locke on consciousness. [Invited Oral Presentation], NY/NJ Early Modern Research Seminar, CUNY, John Jay College , 06-APR-16 - 06-APR-16.
Ruth Boeker (2016) Shaftesbury and Hume on the Self, Character and Humanity. [Refereed Abstracts], Personal Identity in the History of Philosophy Conference, University of Melbourne , 05-AUG-16 - 06-AUG-16.
Ruth Boeker (2016) Shaftesbury's Criticism of Locke's Account of Personal Identity: A Return to Virtue. [Refereed Abstracts], Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference, Monash University , 03-JUL-16 - 07-JUL-16.
Ruth Boeker (2016) Shaftesbury on Persons, Personal Identity and Character Development. [Keynote Address], Victorian Postgraduate Philosophy Workshop, University of Melbourne , 28-OCT-16 - 28-OCT-16.
Ruth Boeker (2016) Shaftesbury and Hume on the Self, Character and Humanity. [Refereed Abstracts], Oxford Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, Mansfield College, University of Oxford , 14-MAR-16 - 15-MAR-16.
Ruth Boeker (2016) Catharine Trotter Cockburn on Personal Identity, Consciousness and Sleep. [Refereed Abstracts], Symposium of the International Association of Women Philosophers, Monash University , 07-JUL-16 - 10-JUL-16.
Ruth Boeker (2015) Locke and Hume on Personal Identity: Moral and Religious Differences. [Refereed Abstracts], Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, Radboud University , 23-FEB-15 - 24-FEB-15.
Ruth Boeker (2015) From the Religious Self to the Social Self. [Refereed Abstracts], Rethinking Intellectual History Conference, Sydney Intellectual History Network, University of Sydney , 07-APR-15 - 09-APR-15.
Ruth Boeker (2015) Conceptions of Agency in Scottish Enlightenment Philosophy. [Refereed Abstracts], Rethinking the Enlightenment, Deakin University , 16-DEC-15 - 17-DEC-15.
Ruth Boeker (2015) Locke's Sortal-Dependent Account of Identity. [Invited Oral Presentation], Society for Early Modern Philosophy at Yale, Yale University , 10-FEB-15 - 10-FEB-15.
Ruth Boeker (2015) Locke and the Thesis that Identity is Relative. [Oral Presentation], Mentoring Workshop for Early Career Women in Philosophy, University of Massachusetts Amherst , 14-JUN-15 - 16-JUN-15.
Ruth Boeker (2015) Locke and Hume on Personal Identity: Moral and Religious Differences. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited Speaker Seminar, University of Sydney , 01-APR-15 - 01-APR-15.
Ruth Boeker (2015) Locke and Hume on Personal Identity: Moral and Religious Differences. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited Speaker Seminar, Deakin University , 28-APR-15 - 28-APR-15.
Ruth Boeker (2015) Locke on Personal Identity: A Response to the Problems of his Predecessors. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited Speaker Seminar, University of Graz , 30-JUN-15 - 30-JUN-15.
Ruth Boeker (2015) Locke, Shaftesbury and Hume on Personal Identity: Moral and Religious Differences. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited Speaker Seminar, University of Otago , 30-SEP-15 - 30-SEP-15.
Ruth Boeker (2015) Shaftesbury and Hume on the Self, Character and Humanity. [Oral Presentation], Centre for the History of Emotions Seminar, University of Melbourne , 09-DEC-15 - 09-DEC-15.
Ruth Boeker (2014) Accountability and Personal Identity: Locke's Response to the Problems of his Predecessors. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited Speaker Seminar, Monash University , 10-OCT-14 - 10-OCT-14.
Ruth Boeker (2014) Accountability and Personal Identity: Locke's Response to the Problems of his Predecessors. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited Speaker Seminar, University of Melbourne , 18-SEP-14 - 18-SEP-14.
Ruth Boeker (2014) Accountability and Personal Identity: Locke's Response to the Problems of his Predecessors. [Refereed Abstracts], New York City Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy, Fordham University , 22-MAR-14 - 23-MAR-14.
Ruth Boeker (2014) Accountability and Personal Identity: Locke's Response to the Problems of his Predecessors. [Refereed Abstracts], New England Colloquium in Early Modern Philosophy, Brown University , 09-MAY-14 - 11-MAY-14.
Ruth Boeker (2013) Locke and Hume on Persons and Personal Identity. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association, University of Exeter , 12-JUL-13 - 14-JUL-13.
Ruth Boeker (2013) Locke on Persons and Personal Identity. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited Speaker Seminar, University at Albany, SUNY , 20-SEP-13 - 20-SEP-13.
Ruth Boeker (2013) Accountability and Personal Identity: Locke's Response to the Problems of his Predecessors. [Invited Oral Presentation], Invited Speaker Seminar, Skidmore College, NY , 14-OCT-13 - 14-OCT-13.
Ruth Boeker (2012) Locke on Persons and Personal Identity. [Refereed Abstracts], Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy III, University of Aberdeen , 09-MAY-12 - 10-MAY-12.
Ruth Boeker (2012) Consciousness and Rationality in Locke's Account of Persons and Personal Identity. [Refereed Abstracts], Royal Institute of Philosophy Graduate Conference on 'The Self', University of the West of England , 24-FEB-12 - 24-FEB-12.
Ruth Boeker (2010) Locke on Personal Identity: From the Forensic Term 'Person' to Consciousness. [Invited Oral Presentation], Society for Early Modern Philosophy at Yale, Yale University , 10-SEP-10 - 10-SEP-10.

Committees

Committee : American Philosophical Association's Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy
Committee : Study Abroad Committee, UCD College of Social Sciences and Law
Committee : PhD Scholarship Committee
Committee : Organiser of Invited Speaker Seminar, School of Philosophy
Committee : Internationalisation Committee, College of the Social Sciences and Law
Committee : Library Committee, School of Philosophy

Employment

Employer: University of Melbourne
Position: Gerry Higgins Lecturer in Philosophy
Employer: University at Albany
Position: Visiting Assistant Professor
Employer: Bowling Green State University
Position: Full-time Instructor

Education

Year 2007 Institution: University of St Andrews
Qualification: MA Subject:
Year 2008 Institution: University of St Andrews
Qualification: ML Subject: Master of Letters Philosophy
Year 2013 Institution: University of St Andrews
Qualification: PhD Subject:
     

Journals Edited

International Journal Of Philosophical Studies: Editorial Board member.
 

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Ruth Boeker (2013) 'John Locke: Identity, Persons, and Personal Identity' In: Duncan Pritchard (eds). Oxford Bibliographies. New York: Oxford University Press. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Ruth Boeker (2017) 'Locke on Personal Identity: A Response to the Problems of His Predecessors'. Journal of the History of Philosophy, 55 (3):407-434. [Details]
Ruth Boeker (2017) 'Shaftesbury on Persons, Personal Identity, and Character Development'. Philosophy Compass, early view :1-12. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Ruth Boeker (2016) 'The Role of Appropriation in Locke's Account of Persons and Personal Identity'. Locke Studies, 16 :3-39. [Details]
Ruth Boeker (2015) 'Locke and Hume on Personal Identity: Moral and Religious Differences'. Hume Studies, 41 (2):105-135. [Details]
Ruth Boeker (2014) 'The Moral Dimension in Locke's Account of Persons and Personal Identity'. History of Philosophy Quarterly, 31 (3):229-247. Available Online [Details]

Other Journals

Ruth Boeker (2017) 'Consciousness in Locke by Shelley Weinberg (review)' Journal of the History of Philosophy 55 (1) :164-165. [DOI] [Details]
Ruth Boeker (2013) 'Review of Galen Strawson, Locke on Personal Identity: Consciousness and Concernment' British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (4) :803-806. [Details]

Conference Publications

Ruth Boeker (2016) Shaftesbury and Hume on the Self, Character and Humanity International Hume Society Conference University of Sydney, , 19-JUL-16 - 23-JUL-16 [Details]
                                                                                                                                       

Research

Research Interests

Early Modern Philosophy (especially John Locke and his contemporaries), Scottish Enlightenment Philosophy, History of Ethics, Personal Identity, Agency.

In future work I plan to engage with works by women philosophers of the early modern period, including but not restricted to Catharine Trotter Cockburn, Damaris Masham, Mary Astell and Mary Shepherd. 

I would be delighted to supervise research project on early modern philosophy and other topics related to my research interests.  

Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Academic Mobility
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-18 / 30-APR-19
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Agency in Early Modern Philosophy Workshop
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-18 / 30-SEP-19
   

Teaching

 

Modules Coordinated

201700   PHIL41410     Philosophy: Personal Identity inEarlyModPh
201700   PHIL20520     Philosophy: Mind&World in Early ModernPhil
201700   PHIL30490     Philosophy: History of Ethics