AUT - Ruth Irwin


Dr Ruth Irwin

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Senior Lecturer in Ethics, Centre for Business Interdisciplinary Studies

Phone: +64 (0)9 921 9999 ext 6465



  •  PhD Glasgow University
  •  MA. (Hons) Auckland University
  •  BA. Auckland University in History and Women's Studies

Teaching Areas:

  • Ethics
  • Climate Change and Society
  • Political Theory of the Environment
  • Educational Philosophy and Policy
  • Feminist Theory
  • Continental Philosophy

Current Research Projects:

Ruth is currently writing on Heidegger, Deleuze and Guattari, climate change, political theory, globalisation, neoliberalism, ethics and science and technology. She is also writing on art, modernity, philosophy, culture and Romanticism. She is co-writing several articles and books with Professor Michael Peters (Illinois), Dr Leo Elshof (Arcadia, Canada) and Dr Bruce Hucker (Auckland). She is also writing another monograph (as yet untitled) comparing Heidegger and Deleuze and Guattari on philosophy of technology and the State in the context of climate change.


Irwin, Ruth (forthcoming) “From Environmental Education to Education for Sustainability” in Martin Thrupp and Ruth Irwin (ed.s), Labour and Education: Perspectives on New Zealand Education Policy since 1999, Hamilton: NZCER.
Irwin, Ruth (2010) “Climate Change and Heidegger’s Philosophy of Science” in Essays in Philosophy 11(1), article four. ISNN 1526-0569
Irwin, Ruth (ed.) (2010) “Reflections on Modern Climate Change and Finitude” in Climate Change and Philosophy; Transformational Possibilities, London: Continuum.
Irwin, Ruth (2008) Heidegger, Politics, and Climate Change, London: Continuum.
Irwin, Ruth (2008) “Education for Sustainable Development versus Environmental Education: emergence of the new trope for Neoliberal consumerism” in (ed.s) Michael Peters and Edgar Gonzalez-Gaudiano, Handbook for Environmental Education, Sense.
Irwin, Ruth (2007) “The Neoliberal State, Environmental Pragmatism and its Discontents” in Journal of Environmental Politics, 16 (4), 643-658.
Irwin, Ruth and Nesta Devine (2005) “Autonomy, agency and education: He tangata, he tangata, he tangata” in Educational Philosophy and Theory, 37(3) Michael Peters and Paul Smeyers (eds.) pp. 317-331. Most substantive contribution.
Irwin, Ruth (2005) “The Technology Environment; subjectivity, language, and machine” in International Journal of Technology and Design Education, John Dakers and Marc de Vries (ed.s) Kluwer, 15(2) pp. 99-110
Marshall, J.D., and Irwin, R. (2003) “From Colonialism to Globalisation; Performativity in New Zealand Education,” in P. Smeyers and M. Depaepe (ed.s) in Beyond Empiricism: On Criteria for Educational Research; Studia Paedagogica, Leuven: Leuven University Press, pp. 65-80, IBSN 90 5867325 1. Text based on my research.
Irwin, Ruth (2003) “Heidegger and Nietzsche: Nihilism and the Question of Value in relation to Education” in Gert Biesta (ed.) Studies in Philosophy of Education, 22 (3-4), 227-244.

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