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Research Interests for Ruth W. Grant

Research Interests: Politics and Ethics, Early Modern Political Philosophy

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. She is also the editor of two collections of essays; Naming Evil, Judging Evil and In Search of Goodness. Her most recent book is Strings Attached: Untangling Ethics of Incentives. For further information please visit 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.

Decision Making, Ethics, Research, Humans, Informed Consent, Motivation, Personal Autonomy, Philosophy, Self-interest
Recent Publications
  1. Grant, RW, Incentives and praise compared: the ethics of motivation, International Review of Economics, vol. 66 no. 1 (March, 2019), pp. 17-28 [doi]
  2. Grant, RW, Homo politicus: Reflections on the passions and the interests, Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, vol. 34B (January, 2016), pp. 123-137, Emerald Group Publishing Limited [doi[abs]
  3. Grant, RW; Hertzberg, BR, Locke on Education, in A Companion to Locke (October, 2015), pp. 448-465, JOHN WILEY & SONS INC, ISBN 9781405178150 [doi[abs]
  4. Proctor, AM, Education, in A Companion to Locke, edited by Stuart, M, vol. 13 (March, 2015), pp. 494-495, Informa UK Limited, ISBN 1405178159 [doi[abs]
  5. Grant, RW, Rethinking the ethics of incentives, Journal of Economic Methodology, vol. 22 no. 3 (January, 2015), pp. 354-372, Informa UK Limited, ISSN 1350-178X [doi[abs]

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