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Ruth W. Grant, Professor Emerita of Political Science and Professor of Philosophy    editRuth W. Grant

Ruth Grant is a Professor of Political Science at Duke University, specializing in political theory with a particular interest in early modern philosophy and political ethics. She is the author of John Locke's Liberalism and of Hypocrisy and Integrity: Machiavelli, Rousseau and the Ethics of Politics.  Her most recent book is Strings Attached: Untangling the Ethics of Incentives. She is also the editor of two collections of essays; Naming Evil, Judging Evil and In Search of Goodness. Her work originally focused on the historical study of liberal thought and has moved increasingly toward contemporary ethics. Her articles have appeared in a variety of journals including APSR, Political Theory, Journal of Politics, and Politics and Society. She has received fellowship awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Center, and the Russell Sage Foundation, and a teaching award from Duke University.

Office Location: 140 Science Drive, 293 Gross H, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 660-4316
Fax:  (919) 660-4330
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Web Page: https://duke.box.com/s/moainec7gj5mfliwmxqqag4mncsxbopg

Education:
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1984
M.A., University of Chicago, 1975
B.A., University of Chicago, 1971

Specialties:
Political Theory

Research Interests: Politics and Ethics
Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, specializes in political theory with particular interest in early modern philosophy and political ethics. She is the author of two books: John Locke's Liberalism, and Hypocrisy and Integrity: Machiavelli, Rousseau and the Ethics of Politics. She has published articles in major journals in political science, law, and education as well as in Economics and Philosophy and The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. She has received fellowship awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Humanities Center. She is currently working on an edited volume called "Speak No Evil: Moral Judgment in the Modern Age" and on a project on the ethics of incentives.

Areas of Interest:
History of political philosophy
Early modern philosophy
Ethics

Teaching (Spring 2019):
  • ETHICS 101D.001, Challenges living ethical life Synopsis
    West Duke 101, MW 10:05 AM-10:55 AM
  • ETHICS 101D.01D, Challenges living ethical life Synopsis
    West Duke 101, Th 10:05 AM-10:55 AM
  • ETHICS 101D.02D, Challenges living ethical life Synopsis
    West Duke 101, F 10:05 AM-10:55 AM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)
  • Grant, RW. "Incentives and praise compared: the ethics of motivation." International Review of Economics (April, 2018): 1-12. [doi]
  • Grant, RW. "Homo politicus: Reflections on the passions and the interests." Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology 34B (January, 2016): 123-137. [doi]  [abs]
  • Grant, RW; Hertzberg, BR. "Locke on Education." A Companion to Locke. JOHN WILEY & SONS INC, 2015. 448-465. [doi]  [abs]
  • Proctor, AM. "Education." A Companion to Locke. Ed. Stuart, M. 13Informa UK Limited, 2015. 494-495. [doi]  [abs]
  • Grant, RW. "Rethinking the ethics of incentives." Journal of Economic Methodology 22.3 (January, 2015): 354-372. [doi]  [abs]

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