Notre Dame Collegiate Fellow
Department of Political Science
College of Arts and Letters
University of Notre Dame
DegreesB.A., Monash University; M.A., Ph.D., McGill University
Research ProfileAbbey researches and teaches in the areas of contemporary political theory, history of political thought, and feminist political thought. She is the author of Nietzsche’s Middle Period (Oxford University Press, 2000) and of Philosophy Now: Charles Taylor (Acumen Press and Princeton University Press), which was selected as one of the 2002 Outstanding Academic Titles by Choice Magazine. She is the editor of Contemporary Philosophy in Focus: Charles Taylor (Cambridge University Press, 2004). Abbey has also written a number of journal articles on topics ranging from contemporary liberalism to conceptions of marriage to animal ethics. She received a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship and a research fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., as well as a number of smaller research grants. Her current research project belongs to the general area of cyberdemocracy; it looks at seniors who are politically active to explore their experience of and relationship to new information and communication technologies.
Books Nietzsche’s Middle Period (Oxford University Press, 2000).
Charles Taylor (Princeton University Press and Acumen Press, UK, 2000).
ed., Contemporary Philosophy in Focus: Charles Taylor (Cambridge University Press, 2004).
Articles “Rawlsian Resources for Animal Ethics” Ethics and the Environment Vol. 12, No. 1, Spring 2007.
“Back Toward a Comprehensive Liberalism? Justice as Fairness, Gender and Families” Political Theory 2007.
“Turning or Spinning? Charles Taylor’s Catholicism” Contemporary Political Theory Vol. 5, No.2, May 2006.
“Is Liberalism Now an Essentially Contested Concept?” New Political Science Vol. 27, No. 4, December 2005.
“Recognizing Taylor Rightly: A Reply to Morag Patrick” Ethnicities 3 (1), March, 2003,pp. 115-131.
“Pluralism in Practice: The Political Thought of Charles Taylor” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy Vol. 5, No. 3 (Autumn 2002).
“The Articulated Life: An Interview with Charles Taylor” Reason in Practice Vol. 1, No.3, 2001.
“The Chief Inducement? The Idea of Marriage as Friendship” co-authored with Douglas Den Uyl, Journal of Applied Philosophy, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2001.
“The Roots of Ressentiment: Nietzsche on Vanity” New Nietzsche Studies Vol. 3, nos. 3& 4, Summer/Fall, 1999.
“Back to the Future: Marriage as Friendship in the thought of Mary Wollstonecraft” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 14, 3, Summer 1999.
“Mediocrity versus Meritocracy: Nietzsche’s (Mis)reading of Chamfort: History of Political Thought Volume XIX, No. 3, Autumn 1998.
“Nietzsche and the Will to Politics.” co-authored with Fredrick Appel Review of Politics Winter 1998 (January, Vol. 60:1).