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Faculty: Ruth E. Groenhout

Ruth E. Groenhout, Professor, Department Chair, Philosophy

Hiemenga Hall 352

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Educational Background

PhD, University of Notre Dame, 1993
BA, Calvin College, 1985


  • Fundamental Questions in Philosophy (153)
  • Ethics (205)
  • Justice and the Common Good (207)
  • Philosophy of Gender (211)
  • Health Care Ethics (212)
  • Philosophical Anthropology (375)
  • Ethical Theory (365)
  • Philosophy Topics: Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations (396)

Research Interests

Bioethics, Feminist Theory, Ethical Theory


BioethicsBioethics: A Reformed Look at Life and Death Choices (Grand Rapids: Faith Alive, 2009).

Transforming CareTransforming Care: A Christian Vision of Nursing Practice, with Mary Molewyck Doornbos and Kendra Hotz (Eerdmans, 2005).

Connected LivesConnected Lives: Human Nature and an Ethics of Care (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004).

Philosophy, Feminism, and FaithPhilosophy, Feminism, and Faith with Marya Bower (Indiana University Press, 2003).

Recent Publications/Presentations

"The 'Brain Drain' Problem: Migrating Medical Professionals and Global Heath Care" International Journal for Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 5.1 (2012): 1-24.

"The Difference Difference Makes: Public Health and the Complexities of Racial and Ethnic Research” Feminist Bioethics: At the Centre, on the Margins, Laurel Baldwin-Ragaven, Petya Fitzpatrick, and Jackie Leach Scully, eds. (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).

"The Love of God the Father: Agape and Masculinity” in Visions of Agape, Craig Boyd, ed. (Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishers, 2008): 47-60.

"Environmental Rights or Responsibilities" conference on Social Justice and Human Rights, Emmanuel College of Victoria University, the University of Toronto (April 2012).

"Evidence-Based Practice and an Ethics of Care" St Andrews University Philosophy Club (April 2011).

"The 'Brain Drain' Problem: Migrating Medical Professionals and Global Health Care", 8th International Congress of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, Singapore (July 2010).

"Ethics of Care: A Brief Introduction", American Consulate, Guangzhou; Sun Yat Sen University, Guangzhou China (April 2010).

Worldview Lectures, 2009-2010, Justice and Care in Medicine: "Justice and Care," "Medicine and Technology," "Medical Technology at the Margins of Life," "Universal Health Care," "Ethics and Medical Technology," "Global Human Rights and Health Care," University of Western Ontario; McMaster University; Waterloo University; Emmanuel College; University of Toronto; Michigan State University; East China Normal University, Shanghai; Sichuan University, Chengdu; Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan; Guangzhou University Research Center for Human Rights, Guangzhou; L'Abri, Switzerland (2009-2010).

"Power and Evidence: A Feminist Analysis of Evidence based Practice” presented at FAB Biennial conference: “Voice, Power, and Responsibility in Health Care,” Rijeka, Croatia (September 2008).

"B(e)aring Autonomy: A Feminist Critique” at conference: Thinking With(Out) Borders: International Political Theory in the 21st Century, St Andrews, Scotland (June 2008).

"Bioethics and the Social Structures of Medicine” Week-long seminar presented at East China Normal University, Shanghai, China (March 2008).




Additional information

Ruth Groenhout was a member of the Community of Fellows at the Centre  for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs, University of St Andrews, Scotland from February to April 2011.

with Hume

Visiting Hume in Scotland