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    Remastering Morals with Aristotle and Confucius.May Sim - 2007 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
    Aristotle and Confucius are pivotal figures in world history; nevertheless, Western and Eastern cultures have in modern times largely abandoned the insights of these masters. Remastering Morals provides a book-length scholarly comparison of the ethics of Aristotle and Confucius. May Sim's comparisons offer fresh interpretations of the central teachings of both men. More than a catalog of similarities and differences, her study brings two great traditions into dialog so that each is able to learn from the other. This is essential (...)
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    From Puzzles to Principles?: Essays on Aristotle's Dialectic.May Sim (ed.) - 1999 - Lexington Books.
    Scholars of classical philosophy have long disputed whether Aristotle was a dialectical thinker. Most agree that Aristotle contrasts dialectical reasoning with demonstrative reasoning, where the former reasons from generally accepted opinions and the latter reasons from the true and primary. Starting with a grasp on truth, demonstration never relinquishes it. Starting with opinion, how could dialectical reasoning ever reach truth, much less the truth about first principles? Is dialectic then an exercise that reiterates the prejudices of one's times and at (...)
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    From Puzzles to Principles?: Essays on Aristotle's Dialectic.May Sim (ed.) - 1999 - Lexington Books.
    In From Puzzles to Principles? May Sim gathers experts to argue both these positions and offer a variety of interpretive possibilities.
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    A Confucian Approach to Human Rights.May Sim - 2004 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 21 (4):337 - 356.
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    Aristotle in the Reconstruction of Confucian Ethics.May Sim - 2001 - International Philosophical Quarterly 41 (4):453-468.
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    The Moral Self in Confucius and Aristotle.May Sim - 2003 - International Philosophical Quarterly 43 (4):439-462.
    My purpose is to argue the following theses: (1) Habituation into virtue, social relations, and paradigmatic persons are central for both Aristotle and Confucius. Both therefore need a notion of self to support them. (2) Aristotle’s individualistic metaphysics cannot account for the thick relations that this requires. (3) The Confucian self, if entirely relationistic, cannot function as a locus of choice and agency; if fully ritualistic, it cannot function as a source of moral norms that might help assess existing social (...)
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    Dewey and confucius: On moral education.May Sim - 2009 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 36 (1):85-105.
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    The Crossroads of Norm and Nature: Essays on Aristotle's Ethics and Metaphysics.May Sim (ed.) - 1995 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    A discussion of the intersections between Aristotle's works: Ethics and Metaphysics. It debates the ways in which - and even the extent to which - the two texts illuminate one another, examine Aristotle's methods and intellectualism and analyse issues of matter, form, potency and art.
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    The Crossroads of Norm and Nature: Essays on Aristotle's Ethics and Metaphysics.May Sim - 1995 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    A discussion of the intersections between Aristotle's works: Ethics and Metaphysics. It debates the ways in which - and even the extent to which - the two texts illuminate one another, examine Aristotle's methods and intellectualism and analyse issues of matter, form, potency and art.
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    Ritual and realism in early chinese science.May Sim - 2002 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 29 (4):495–517.
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    Rethinking Honor with Aristotle and Confucius.May Sim - 2012 - Review of Metaphysics 66 (2):263-280.
    Confucius and Aristotle share the conviction that the virtuous deserves honor. While Aristotle thinks that the completely virtuous person should make claims to the honor he rightly deserves, Confucius maintains that he should be humble and disregard such claims. This radical opposition between Aristotle and Confucius about the good man’s attitude toward honor provides a case for examining the exemplary person for them. The author considers the reasons for their differences by focusing on the following questions: Who accords the honor? (...)
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    From Metaphysics to Ethics: East and West.May Sim - 2015 - Review of Metaphysics 68 (3):615-637.
    The article examines rival representatives of both classical Chinese and ancient Greek traditions to show that there is an intimate relation between metaphysics and ethics. More specifically, texts attributed to Laozi and Zisi and texts by Plato and Aristotle are compared with each other on the topic of metaphysics and ethics. If each of these traditions agrees that metaphysics is bound up with ethics, such that reality determines what’s ethical, then examining their accounts can illuminate not only their strengths and (...)
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    Rethinking Virtue Ethics and Social Justice with Aristotle and Confucius.May Sim - 2010 - Asian Philosophy 20 (2):195-213.
    Comparing Aristotle's and Confucius' ethics, where each represents an ethics of virtue, I show that they are not susceptible to some of the frequent charges against them when compared to non-virtue ethical theories like utilitarianism and deontology. These charges are that virtue ethics: (1) lack universal laws; they cannot (a) provide content for actions, and (b) they do not consider actions in the evaluation of morality. (2) Virtue ethics cannot provide the resources for dealing with social justice and human rights (...)
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    Yu, Jiyuan, the ethics of confucius and Aristotle: Mirrors of virtue.May Sim - 2009 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 8 (2):225-232.
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    Harmony and the mean in theNicomachean Ethics and theZhongyong.May Sim - 2004 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 3 (2):253-280.
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    Harmony and the mean in theNicomachean Ethics and theZhongyong.May Sim - 2004 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 3 (2):253-280.
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    Confucian Values and Human Rights.May Sim - 2013 - Review of Metaphysics 67 (1):3-27.
    Rather than attempt to adjudicate between these rivals in the “Asian values”/”Confucian values” debates, I wish to explore if Confucian values can contribute to the promotion of human rights. Instead of relying on prioritizing the communal over the individual which some defenders of ‘Asian values’ have done, which communal values are not that distinct from the more conservative Western communitarians’ emphasis, I inquire into the distinctive characteristics of Confucianism which can be used to justify the kind of human rights proclaimed (...)
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    Confucianism and Transgenerational Grounds for Justice.May Sim - 2023 - The Monist 106 (2):181-193.
    This article explores Mencius’s virtue-oriented ethics and its metaphysical foundation for resources they can provide to transgenerational communities. Mencius’s ethics offers moral norms for human actions that transcend those generations with whom they can interact and impact generations of people in the future. These actions range from the preservation of traditional values to the challenges of climate change, offering grounds for transgenerational justice. Mencius’s account of virtues offers a moral justification for the standards of living that are common to all (...)
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    Colloquium 3 Commentary on Elliott.May Sim - 2021 - Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 36 (1):89-96.
    Jay Elliott considers Aristotle’s view on the voluntariness of virtue and vice in his Nicomachean Ethics III.5 by exploring two rival interpretations. According to Elliott, the libertarian reading emphasizes the freedom that mature agents have to change their characters after rational reflection but neglects the role that upbringing plays in character formation. In contrast, the compatibilist reading stresses the agents’ upbringing in shaping their beliefs and desires. Elliott explains that because compatibilists maintain that agents’ actions stem from their own beliefs (...)
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    Commentary on Francis Coolidge's "The Erotic Origin and Resolution of the Question.May Sim - 2006 - Southwest Philosophy Review 22 (2):111-115.
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    Commentary on Francis Coolidge's.May Sim - 2006 - Southwest Philosophy Review 22 (2):111-115.
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    Commentary on Francis Coolidge's "The Erotic Origin and Resolution of the Question.May Sim - 2006 - Southwest Philosophy Review 22 (2):111-115.
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  23. Confucian perfectionism and resources for liberties.May Sim - 2024 - In James Dominic Rooney & Patrick Zoll (eds.), Beyond Classical Liberalism: Freedom and the Good. New York, NY: Routledge Chapman & Hall.
     
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  24. Ethics and Community in Aristotle.May Sim - 1998 - The Paideia Archive: Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 3:261-268.
    I show that Aristotle’s ethics is determined by his notion of communities which are in turn determined by hundreds of themes in his Topics-sameness and difference, part and whole, better than, etc. These are tools for all dialectical investigations into being and action for they secure definitions and get at essences of things or their aspects. Reflecting structures of being and good, they allow Aristotle to arrive at objective reality and good. Being tools for all investigations into being and values, (...)
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    26. Economic Goods, Common Goods, and the Good Life.May Sim - 2015 - In Roger T. Ames Peter D. Hershock (ed.), Value and Values: Economics and Justice in an Age of Global Interdependence. University of Hawaii Press. pp. 441-459.
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    From Rites to Rights.May Sim - 2007 - Southwest Philosophy Review 23 (1):1-15.
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    From Rites to Rights.May Sim - 2007 - Southwest Philosophy Review 23 (1):1-15.
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    Introduction: American pragmatism and chinese philosophy.May Sim - 2009 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 36 (1):3-8.
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    Nature and Value in Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics.May Sim - 1992 - Southwest Philosophy Review 8 (1):85-98.
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    Rival Confucian Rights: Left or Right Confucianism?May Sim - 2011 - International Philosophical Quarterly 51 (1):5-22.
    Commentators who find in Confucianism the resources for cross-cultural dialogues about human rights frequently tend to be divided in their emphases on liberal or conservative aspects of this tradition. Those who pursue individuality, even autonomy, in Confucianism, I call liberals. Those who stress collectivity or harmony in Confucianism I call conservatives. Despite these rival paths in appropriating Confucianism for human rights, I show that both liberal and conservative characterizations, properly understood, are present in this tradition. Corresponding to each group’s stress (...)
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    Self-Determination and the Metaphysics of Human Nature in Aristotle and Mencius.May Sim - 2023 - In Yang Xiao & Kim-Chong Chong (eds.), Dao Companion to the Philosophy of Mencius. Springer. pp. 635-649.
    If self-determination enables one to know truths and rule oneself, then it’s central to metaphysics and ethics because metaphysics concerns truths, and ethics grasps good actions requiring self-rule. Aristotle and Mencius agree about the relation between metaphysics and ethics. Nevertheless, closer examination shows differences in their conceptions of the self, how it knows truths, the nature of truth, and the effectiveness of the wise/virtuous on the world. Given the significance of self-determination to theory and practice, comparing Mencius’s and Aristotle’s views (...)
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    Senses of Being in Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics.May Sim - 1993 - Southwest Philosophy Review 9 (1):123-133.
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    The Aristotelian Tradition of Virtues in European Philosophy.May Sim - 1994 - Southwest Philosophy Review 10 (1):209-217.
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    The Becoming of Aristotelian Virtues.May Sim - 1995 - Southwest Philosophy Review 11 (1):101-109.
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    The Divided Line and United Psychê in Plato’s Republic.May Sim - 2008 - Southwest Philosophy Review 24 (2):87-100.
  36. Review of Roger Ames's Confucian Role Ethics. [REVIEW]May Sim - 2012 - Frontiers of Philosophy in China 7 (4):616-621.
     
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    Aristotle in Outline. [REVIEW]May Sim - 1997 - Ancient Philosophy 17 (1):230-234.
  38. Book Review. [REVIEW]May Sim - 2009 - Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 8:225-232.
     
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    Socrates on the Many and the Few. [REVIEW]May Sim - 2004 - Review of Metaphysics 57 (4):826-827.
  40. Socrates on the Many and the Few: A Companion to Plato’s Politeia. Part I Books I-V. [REVIEW]May Sim - 2004 - Review of Metaphysics 57 (4):826-827.
    A prologue translates and discusses 341b7–344d3 of Plato’s Seventh Letter. Traditional readings have not made clear why Socrates must act as “midwife” who leads people to discover for themselves the natures of things. Beets argues that truth is ineffable; it is, however, already present but dormant in the mind. Those two points combined require Socratic midwifery. The significance of Socrates’ “divine guide” has also been left dark. Beets argues that Socrates’ daimon provides infallible access to this ineffable and perfect truth. (...)
     
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