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  1. Directed Duties.Simon Căbulea May - 2015 - Philosophy Compass 10 (8):523-532.
    Directed duties are duties that an agent owes to some party – a party who would be wronged if the duty were violated. A ‘direction problem’ asks what it is about a duty in virtue of which it is directed towards one party, if any, rather than another. I discuss three theories of moral direction: control, demand and interest theories. Although none of these theories can be rejected out of hand, all three face serious difficulties.
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  2. Principled Compromise and the Abortion Controversy.Simon Cabulea May - 2005 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 33 (4):317-348.
    I argue against the claim that there are principled as well as pragmatic reasons for compromise in politics, even within the context of reasonable moral disagreements such as the abortion controversy.
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    Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy.Ken Gemes & Simon May (eds.) - 2009 - Oxford University Press.
    The principal aim of this volume is to elucidate what freedom, sovereignty, and autonomy mean for Nietzsche and what philosophical resources he gives us to re ...
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    Nietzsche's Ethics and His War on 'Morality'.Simon May - 1999 - Oxford University Press.
    Nietzsche famously attacked traditional morality, and propounded a controversial ethics of 'life-enhancement'. Simon May presents a radically new view of Nietzsche's thought, which is shown to be both revolutionary and conservative, and to have much to offer us today after the demise of old values and the 'death of God'.
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    Moral Status and the Direction of Duties.Simon Căbulea May - 2012 - Ethics 123 (1):113-128.
    Gopal Sreenivasan’s “hybrid theory” states that a moral duty is directed toward an individual because her interests justify the assignment of control over the duty. An alternative “plain theory” states that the individual’s interests justify the duty itself. I argue that a strong moral status constraint explains Sreenivasan’s instrumentalization objection to a Razian plain theory but that his own model violates this constraint. I suggest how both approaches can be reformulated to satisfy the constraint, and I argue that a reformulated (...)
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  6. Religious Democracy and the Liberal Principle of Legitimacy.Simon Căbulea May - 2009 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 37 (2):135-68.
    I argue against Rawls's claim that the liberal principle of legitimacy would be selected in the original position in addition to a democratic principle. Since a religious democracy could satisfy the democratic principle, the parties in the original position would not exclude it as illegitimate.
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  7. Nietzsche's on the Genealogy of Morality: A Critical Guide.Simon May (ed.) - 2011 - Cambridge University Press.
    On the Genealogy of Morality is Nietzsche's most influential, provocative, and challenging work of ethics. In this volume of newly commissioned essays, fourteen leading philosophers offer fresh insights into many of the work's central questions: How did our dominant values originate and what functions do they really serve? What future does the concept of 'evil' have - and can it be revalued? What sorts of virtues and ideals does Nietzsche advocate, and are they necessarily incompatible with aspirations to democracy and (...)
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  8. Moral Compromise, Civic Friendship, and Political Reconciliation.Simon Căbulea May - 2011 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 14 (5):581-602.
    Instrumentalism about moral compromise in politics appears inconsistent with accepting both the existence of non-instrumental or principled reasons for moral compromise in close personal friendships and a rich ideal of civic friendship. Using a robust conception of political reconciliation during democratic transitions as an example of civic friendship, I argue that all three claims are compatible. Spouses have principled reasons for compromise because they commit to sharing responsibility for their joint success as partners in life, and not because their relationship (...)
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    Nietzsche's Ethics and His War on 'Morality'.Simon May - 1999 - Philosophy 76 (297):464-468.
    Book synopsis: Simon May presents a fresh and wide-ranging critique of Nietzsche's famous attack on traditional morality, and of his controversial ethics of 'life-enhancement'. He reveals Nietzsche as both revolutionary and conservative–as one who repudiates traditional 'moral' conceptions of God, guilt, asceticism, pity, and truthfulness, and yet retains a demanding ethics of discipline, conscience, 'self-creation', generosity, and honesty. In particular, May shows how Nietzsche rejects truthfulness as an unconditional value and yet celebrates it as one of his own highest values, (...)
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  10. 10. Douglas Portmore, Commonsense Consequentialism: Wherein Morality Meets Rationality Douglas Portmore, Commonsense Consequentialism: Wherein Morality Meets Rationality (Pp. 179-183). [REVIEW]Henry S. Richardson, Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek, Peter Singer, Karen Jones, Sergio Tenenbaum, Diana Raffman, Simon Căbulea May, Stephen C. Makin & Nancy E. Snow - 2012 - Ethics 123 (1).
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    Why Nietzsche is Still in the Morality Game.Simon May - unknown
    Book synopsis: On the Genealogy of Morality is Nietzsche's most influential, provocative, and challenging work of ethics. In this volume of newly commissioned essays, fourteen leading philosophers offer fresh insights into many of the work's central questions: How did our dominant values originate and what functions do they really serve? What future does the concept of 'evil' have - and can it be revalued? What sorts of virtues and ideals does Nietzsche advocate, and are they necessarily incompatible with aspirations to (...)
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    Exemptions for Conscience.Simon Căbulea May - 2017 - In Cécile Laborde and Aurélia Bardon (ed.), Religion in Liberal Political Philosophy. Oxford, UK: pp. 191-203.
    The Moral Conscience principle claims that a conflict between the demands of a law and the demands of an individual’s sincere moral conscience provides her with a defeasible moral entitlement to an exemption. This chapter argues that this principle is vulnerable to an unfairness objection. There is nothing special about moral conscience that would justify granting an exemption, it claims, that is not shared by a variety of non-moral projects. Thus, there is no principled moral reason for a defeasible entitlement (...)
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    Nihilism and the Free Self.Simon May - 2009 - In Ken Gemes & Simon May (eds.), Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy. Oxford University Press. pp. 89.
    Book synopsis: The principal aim of this volume is to elucidate what freedom, sovereignty, and autonomy mean for Nietzsche and what philosophical resources he gives us to re-think these crucial concepts. A related aim is to examine how Nietzsche connects these concepts to his thoughts about life-affirmation, self-love, promise-making, agency, the 'will to nothingness', and the 'eternal recurrence', as well as to his search for a 'genealogical' understanding of morality. These twelve essays by leading Nietzsche scholars ask such key questions (...)
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    Religious Democracy and the Liberal Principle of Legitimacy.Simonc&Abreve May & Bulea - 2009 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 37 (2):136-170.
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    Is Nietzsche a Life-Affirmer?Simon May - 2016 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 78:211-226.
    The question of how to affirm one's life in view of suffering and loss is central to Nietzsche's philosophy. He shows, I claim, that one can affirm – take joy or find beauty in – one's life as a whole, conceived as necessary in all its elements, while also despising parts of it. Yet he mostly pictures such life-affirmation as achievable only via an atheistic theodicy that relies on a key ambition of the very system of morality that he famously (...)
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    Democratic Legitimacy, Legal Expressivism, and Religious Establishment.Simon Căbulea May - 2012 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 15 (2):219-238.
    I argue that some instances of constitutional religious establishment can be consistent with an expressivist interpretation of democratic legitimacy. Whether official religious endorsements disparage or exclude religious minorities depends on a number of contextual considerations, including the philosophical content of the religion in question, the attitudes of the majority, and the underlying purpose of the official status of the religious doctrine.
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  17. Love: A History.Simon May - 2011 - Yale University Press.
    Love—unconditional, selfless, unchanging, sincere, and totally accepting—is worshipped today as the West's only universal religion. To challenge it is one of our few remaining taboos. In this pathbreaking and superbly written book, philosopher Simon May does just that, dissecting our resilient ruling ideas of love and showing how they are the product of a long and powerful cultural heritage. Tracing over 2,500 years of human thought and history, May shows how our ideal of love developed from its Hebraic and Greek (...)
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    The Two Faces of Justice. [REVIEW]Simon Căbulea May - 2008 - Philosophical Review 117 (3):448-451.
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    Acknowledgements.Simon May - 2017 - In Love: A History. Yale University Press.
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    Address, Interests, and Directed Duties.Simon Căbulea May - 2021 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 38.
    Rowan Cruft offers an addressive account of directed duties and claim-rights. He claims that the direction of a duty is constituted by two requirements of address between the parties: the right holder must conceive of the action as `to be done to me’ and the duty bearer must conceive of it as to be ‘done to you’. Cruft also argues against accounts of direction and claim-rights that reduce the relation between the parties to nonrelational facts. One such reductive account is (...)
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    Bibliography.Simon May - 2017 - In Love: A History. Yale University Press. pp. 279-284.
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    Bohman on Domination and Epistemic Injustice.Simon Căbulea May - 2012 - Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 8 (1):7-12.
    James Bohman proposes a republican conception of epistemic injustice as an alternative to Miranda Fricker’s virtue theoretical account. The key element in Bohman’s approach is the concept of domination, one of the central concepts in republican political theory more generally. He claims that all cases of epistemic injustice involve forms of domination, and that institutional mechanisms of non-domination are accordingly necessary to remedy epistemic injustice. I agree with Bohman that there are important connections between domination and epistemic injustice. Nevertheless, I (...)
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    Contents.Simon May - 2017 - In Love: A History. Yale University Press.
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    Compromise.Simon Căbulea May - 2013 - In Hugh LaFollette (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Hoboken, NJ, USA:
    Compromise is an inescapable part of human coexistence, from the mundane choices of domestic life to the grand stage of world politics. Notwithstanding its ubiquity, compromise raises a number of philosophical puzzles. One kind of problem is conceptual: what is compromise, and how might it differ from similar social phenomena, such as consensus and bargaining? A second kind of problem concerns the murky ethics of compromise, particularly on matters of moral significance. Compromise may have a salutary role in facilitating cooperation, (...)
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    Contempt, Futility, and Exemption.Simon Căbulea May - 2018 - In Kevin Vallier & Michael Weber (eds.), Religious Exemptions. New York, NY, USA: pp. 59-73.
    Exemptions from laws of general application are sometimes granted on the basis of an individual’s unwillingness to comply with the law. Most such volitional exemptions involve a conflict between the law and the demands of an individual’s religious or secular moral convictions. I argue here that a limited number of volitional exemptions can be justified on the basis of a futility principle. When otherwise morally permissible penalties for violating the law cannot be expected to induce the compliance of an intransigent (...)
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  26. Compromise in Negotiation.Simon Căbulea May - 2018 - In Jack Knight (ed.), Compromise: NOMOS LIX. New York, NY, USA: pp. 150-166.
    Since compromise is the paradigmatic feature of negotiation, we should expect contemporary negotiation theory to be able to explain its place in dispute resolution. In her contribution to this volume, Amy Cohen argues that orthodox accounts of negotiation—in particular, the model of "principled negotiation" developed by Roger Fisher and William Ury—fail in this task. I argue that the principled negotiation model can accommodate the forms of compromise Cohen identifies. However, two types of error must be avoided. The first type of (...)
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    Democracy and Moral Conflict. [REVIEW]Simon Căbulea May - 2011 - Ethics 121 (3):685-90.
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    Desires, Interests, and Claim-Rights.Simon Căbulea May - 2017 - In Mark McBride (ed.), New Essays on the Nature of Rights. Oxford, UK: pp. 85-98.
    Leif Wenar’s kind-desire theory states that an individual holds a claim-right against an agent only because she has reason to desire, as a member of a particular social or natural kind, that the agent fulfil his duty. He argues that the kind-desire theory is superior to the interest theory of claim-rights, which states that an individual holds a claim-right against an agent only because his duty is in some manner beneficial to her. I compare the merits of the kind-desire theory (...)
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    Frontmatter.Simon May - 2017 - In Love: A History. Yale University Press.
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    3. From Physical Desire to Paradise: Plato.Simon May - 2017 - In Love: A History. Yale University Press. pp. 38-55.
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    Index.Simon May - 2017 - In Love: A History. Yale University Press. pp. 285-298.
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  32. Introduction.Simon May - 2009 - In Ken Gemes & Simon May (eds.), Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy. Oxford University Press.
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    Interactive Justice and Democratic Authority.Simon Căbulea May - 2019 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 22 (4):459-465.
    I raise two critical points about Emanuela Ceva’s theory of interactive justice. First, I argue the value of individual dignity is insufficient in itself to establish principles of interactive justice, but that the lacuna can be filled by an account of democratic authority. Second, I argue that realising interactive justice in political conflict management is better understood as a form of quasi-pure proceduralism rather than intrinsic proceduralism. This is because the moral quality of a decision procedure can be an essential (...)
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    14. Love as Affirmation of Life: Nietzsche.Simon May - 2017 - In Love: A History. Yale University Press. pp. 188-198.
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    16. Love as Terror and Tedium: Proust.Simon May - 2017 - In Love: A History. Yale University Press. pp. 215-234.
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    6. Love as the Supreme Virtue: Christianity.Simon May - 2017 - In Love: A History. Yale University Press. pp. 81-94.
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    11. Love as Enlightened Romanticism: Rousseau.Simon May - 2017 - In Love: A History. Yale University Press. pp. 152-164.
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    12. Love as Religion: Schlegel and Novalis.Simon May - 2017 - In Love: A History. Yale University Press. pp. 165-175.
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    15. Love as a History of Loss: Freud.Simon May - 2017 - In Love: A History. Yale University Press. pp. 199-214.
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    4. Love as Perfect Friendship: Aristotle.Simon May - 2017 - In Love: A History. Yale University Press. pp. 56-68.
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    5. Love as Sexual Desire: Lucretius and Ovid.Simon May - 2017 - In Love: A History. Yale University Press. pp. 69-80.
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    10. Love as Joyful Understanding of the Whole: Spinoza.Simon May - 2017 - In Love: A History. Yale University Press. pp. 143-151.
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    13. Love as the Urge to Procreate: Schopenhauer.Simon May - 2017 - In Love: A History. Yale University Press. pp. 176-187.
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  44. Love: A New Understanding of an Ancient Emotion.Simon May - 2019 - Oup Usa.
    Simon May develops a radically new understanding of love as the emotion we feel towards those we experience as grounding our life--as offering us a promise of home--in a world that we supremely value. He also proposes that the child is supplanting the romantic partner as the supreme object of love.
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    Love: A Secret History.Simon May - 2011 - Yale University Press.
    Love plays God -- The foundation of Western love : Hebrew scripture -- From physical desire to paradise : Plato -- Love as perfect friendship : Aristotle -- Love as sexual desire : Lucretius and Ovid -- Love as the supreme virtue : Christianity -- Why Christian love isn't unconditional -- Women on top : love and the troubadours -- How human nature became loveable : from the high Middle Ages to the Renaissance -- Love as joyful understanding of the (...)
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    Liberal Feminism and the Ethics of Polygamy.Simon Căbulea May - 2012 - In Daniela Cutas & Sarah Chan (eds.), Families - Beyond the Nuclear Ideal. Bloomsbury Academic.
    I distinguish two ways that a cultural practice may be inherently objectionable. I reject the claim that polygamy is inherently "vicious" because asymmetric marriages are inevitably inegalitarian. I argue that there is good reason to think polygamy is inherently "bankrupt" insofar as a cultural ideal of asymmetric marriage presupposes stereotypical gender roles.
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    Liberal Neutrality and Civil Marriage.Simon Căbulea May - 2016 - In Elizabeth Brake (ed.), After Marriage: Rethinking Marital Relationships. New York, NY, USA: pp. 9-28.
    A powerful objection to civil marriage claims that it violates the principle of liberal neutrality because the institution implies state endorsement of matrimony as an ideal type of personal relationship. The chapter argues that this neutrality objection is cogent only if certain empirical conditions fail to be met. These conditions concern both the nature and the effects of the social norms that stipulate the intentions and beliefs necessary for good faith entrance into marriage. In certain circumstances, the presumptively permanent nature (...)
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    1. Love Plays God.Simon May - 2017 - In Love: A History. Yale University Press. pp. 1-13.
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    17. Love Reconsidered.Simon May - 2017 - In Love: A History. Yale University Press. pp. 235-256.
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    Notes.Simon May - 2017 - In Love: A History. Yale University Press. pp. 257-278.
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