Ruth Sample

Ruth Sample

Department Chair , Philosophy
Phone: (603) 862-3074
Office: Philosophy, Hamilton Smith Hall Rm 249S, Durham, NH 03824

Courses Taught

  • PHIL 430W: Ethics and Society
  • PHIL 436W: Social & Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 440A: Honors/Who Are You?
  • PHIL 530: Ethics
  • PHIL 580: Modern Phil Descartes to Kant
  • PHIL 780: Special Topics


  • Ph.D., Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
  • Ph.D., Art, University of Pittsburgh
  • B.A., Philosophy, Oberlin College

Research Interests

  • Early Modern philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Feminism
  • Social and political philosophy

Selected Publications

  • Sample, R. (2017). "What Is Wrong With Price-Gouging in the Drug Market?". In M. Deveaux, & V. Panitch (Eds.), Exploitation From Practice To Theory. Studies in Social and Global J.

  • Sample, R. (2016). Exploitation and Consequentialism. The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 54(S1), 66-91. doi:10.1111/sjp.12190

  • Sample, R. (2012). “Autism and The Extreme Male Brain". In J. Anderson, & S. Cushing (Eds.), The Philosophy of Autism. Rowman and Littlefield.

  • Sample, R. J. (2005). The paradox of wealth and poverty: Mapping the ethical dilemmas of global development. ETHICS, 116(1), 238-242. doi:10.1086/454381

  • Sample, R. J., Mills, C. W., & Sterba, J. P. (2004). Philosophy The Big Questions. Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Sample, R. J. (2003). Gender in the mirror: Cultural imagery and women's agency.. ETHICS, 113(3), 708-711. doi:10.1086/345635

  • Sample, R. J. (2003). Exploitation what it is and why it's wrong. Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc.

  • Sample, R. (2002). Why Feminist Contractarianism?. Journal of Social Philosophy, 33(2), 257-281. doi:10.1111/0047-2786.00008

  • Sample, R. (1998). Libertarian Rights and Welfare Rights. Social Theory and Practice, 24(3), 393-418. doi:10.5840/soctheorpract199824310

  • Sample, R. (1995). Lacan, Kant, and Sade. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, 26(1), 5-16. doi:10.1080/00071773.1995.11007084

  • Most Cited Publications