Ruth Smith works in the Philosophy and Religion group in the Humanities and Arts Department at WPI, and is also affiliated with Rhetoric and Writing programs. Interests in linguistics have shaped her attention to moral theories and practices as questions of grammar, taken as how we make ways around in the stream of life, yes, fragments of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Simone Weil.
Smith’s courses include Questions of Evil and Good, Rhetorical Theory, and Religions of the East. With close reading and wide discussion, she enjoys thinking with students about human action and awareness, encounters of religions and cultures, and social epistemics of rhetorical practices. Research interests in civil-linguistic agreement and disagreement have prompted student research seminars in identities and places, genocide and trials, law and moral conflict, values, and money.