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  1. Confucian Role Ethics: A Critical Survey.John Ramsey - 2016 - Philosophy Compass 11 (5):235-245.
    This article surveys recent scholarship on Confucian role ethics, examines some of its fundamental commitments, and suggests future directions for scholarship. Role ethics interprets early Confucianism as promoting a relational conception of persons and employs this conception to emphasize how a person's roles and relationships are the source of her ethical obligations and ethical growth. While there is much consensus among role ethic scholars, they disagree over the role of theory in further explicating the view and about the metaphysical basis (...)
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    Confucian Role Ethics and Relational Autonomy in the Mengzi.John Ramsey - 2016 - Philosophy East and West 66 (3):903-922.
    This essay examines whether Confucian role ethics offers resources to identify and redress gender inequality and oppression. On its face, Confucian role ethics seems ill suited for this task for two reasons. First, a central tenet of role ethics is that a person is constituted by her roles. Because roles are constituted by norms that govern them, many social roles are, and have been, historically oppressive. Second, discussions of Confucian role ethics tend to avoid talk of autonomy, yet autonomy is (...)
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    Mengzi’s Externalist Solution to the Role Dilemma.John Ramsey - 2015 - Asian Philosophy 25 (2):188-206.
    The role dilemma raises a problem for role ethic interpretations of Confucianism. The dilemma arises from the conflict between the demands and obligations of Humaneness and the demands and obligations of roles one occupies. Favoring the demands of Humaneness undermines a role ethic because roles and role-obligations no longer ground the ethic. However, favoring social role-obligations permits immoral and unjust role-obligations and allows for uncharitable readings of Confucianism.This paper examines how Mengzi resolves the dilemma. I argue that Mengzi’s account of (...)
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  4. The Role Dilemma in Early Confucianism.John Ramsey - 2013 - Frontiers of Philosophy in China 8 (3):376-387.
    Recently, Sean Cordell has raised a problem for Aristotelians who seriously consider social roles: When the demands of the role conflict with the demands of morality, which norms ought one follow? However, this problem, which I call the role dilemma, is not specific to Aristotelians. Classical Confucians face a similar problem. How do Confucians resolve conflicts between the demands of humaneness (ren 仁) and the demands of social roles and the social norms (li 礼) that govern these roles? Confucians who (...)
     
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  5. The Philosophical Challenge From China, Edited by Bruya, Brian: Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2015, Pp. Xxxi + 393, US$45. [REVIEW]John Ramsey - 2016 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 94 (4):820-823.
    Reviews Brian Bruya's edited collection The Philosophical Challenge from China.
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  6. The Science Education Reform Movement: Implications for Social Responsibility.John Ramsey - 1993 - Science Education 77 (2):235-258.
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    Mengzi’s Moral Psychology, Part 1: The Four Moral Sprouts.John Ramsey - 2018 - 1000-Word Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology.
    Mengzi (372–289 BCE), or Mencius, an early Confucian whose thinking is represented in the eponymous Mengzi, argues that human nature is good and that all human beings possess four senses—the feelings of compassion, shame, respect, and the ability to approve and disapprove—which he variously calls “hearts” or “sprouts.” Each sprout may be cultivated into its corresponding virtue of ren, li, yi, or zhi. -/- Here we explore why Mengzi thinks we possess these four hearts and their relation to the cultivated (...)
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    Al-Ghazālī's Dream Argument for Skepticism.John Ramsey - 2020 - 1000-Word Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology.
    Explore's al-Ghazāli's skeptical methodology in Deliverance from Error.
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    "What Is This Thing Called Philosophy of Language?," by Gary Kemp. [REVIEW]John M. Ramsey - 2014 - Teaching Philosophy 37 (2):280-284.
    Reviews Gary Kemp's "What Is This Thing Called Philosophy?
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    The Senate, Mark Antony, and Caesar's Legislative Legacy.John T. Ramsey - 1994 - Classical Quarterly 44 (1):130-145.
    This paper seeks to dispel the notion that Mark Antony and the Senate indulged in a cat-and-mouse game over the control of Caesar's archives in the weeks immediately following the Ides of March. At stake was whether unpublished documents drawn up by Caesar before his death should be ratified and put into force. The belief that the Senate and Antony contended over this issue and that Antony got the upper hand rests primarily on what I hope to show is a (...)
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  11. Addendum to ‘Did Cicero “Proscribe” Marcus Antonius?’.John T. Ramsey - 2021 - Classical Quarterly 71 (1):452-454.
    This note adduces three passages in Seneca the Elder to reinforce a demonstration in CQ 69, 793–8001 that the text of Plin. HN 7.117 has suffered corruption in one of its clauses and requires emendation to restore Pliny's intent. This additional evidence concerns a trope employed by declaimers which could have predisposed a scribe to alter Pliny's text to state that Cicero proscribed Mark Antony. Such a statement has no place in a list of achievements that otherwise all belong to (...)
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  12. Review of Appreciating the Chinese Difference. [REVIEW]John Ramsey - 2018 - China Review International 25:101-104.
    Reviews _Appreciating the Chinese Difference_ edited by Jim Behuniak.
     
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    ‘Beware the Ides of March!’: An Astrological Prediction?John Ramsey - 2000 - Classical Quarterly 50 (2):440-454.
    This paper will examine the circumstances that inspired the famous utterance attributed to the haruspex Spurinna, ‘Beware the Ides of March!'1 Recently the argument has been made that this warning to Caesar was based upon an astrological calculation, rather than on the usual arts of an haruspex who read signs of the future by inspecting the entrails of sacrificial animals or by interpreting bolts of lightning and portents. As intriguing as this astrological theory is, I am convinced that it is (...)
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    Mengzi’s Moral Psychology, Part 2: The Cultivation Analogy.John Ramsey - 2018 - 1000-Word Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology.
    We explore the central analogy behind Mengzi’s view of ethical cultivation. -/- Philosophers sometimes ask what makes a person’s life worthwhile or what conditions make for a good life. Mengzi’s answer involves cultivating our innate moral senses into fully ripened virtues of ren (humaneness), yi (rightness), li (propriety), and zhi (wisdom). This cultivation neither is individualistic nor can it happen in isolation: it requires a lifetime of meaningful interactions with other people. In short, one’s ethical cultivation is interdependent with other (...)
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    Wisdom, Agency, and the Role of Reasons in Mengzi.John Ramsey - 2015 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 42 (3-4):300-317.
    I examine the role moral reasons play in the Mengzi and their relationship to Mengzi's conception of wisdom. Some commentators have argued that agency in early Chinese thought is best characterized as performance based rather than deliberation based. I propose that Mengzi's conception of agency is both performative and deliberative because he understands wisdom as a sort of expert decision making. Consequently, Mengzi relies on moral reasons of two sorts. First, duan-reasons are reasons to act so as to overcome internal (...)
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    Asconius (R.G.) Lewis (Ed., Trans.) Asconius. Commentaries on Speeches by Cicero. Revised by Jill Harries, John Richardson, Christopher Smith and Catherine Steel. Pp. Xxiv + 358. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. Cased, £65 (Paper, £25). ISBN: 978-0-19-929052-9 (978-0-19-929053-6 Pbk). [REVIEW]John Ramsey - 2008 - The Classical Review 58 (2):456-.
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    The Senate, Mark Antony, and Caesar's Legislative Legacy.John T. Ramsey - 1994 - Classical Quarterly 44 (01):130-.
    This paper seeks to dispel the notion that Mark Antony and the Senate indulged in a cat-and-mouse game over the control of Caesar's archives in the weeks immediately following the Ides of March. At stake was whether unpublished documents drawn up by Caesar before his death should be ratified and put into force. The belief that the Senate and Antony contended over this issue and that Antony got the upper hand rests primarily on what I hope to show is a (...)
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    The Philippics Stevenson, Wilson Cicero's Philippics. History, Rhetoric and Ideology. Pp. X + 374. Auckland: Polygraphia Ltd, for the Prudentia Editorial Board, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Auckland, 2008. Paper, NZ$80. ISBN: 978-1-877332-56-2. [REVIEW]John T. Ramsey - 2011 - The Classical Review 61 (1):109-112.
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    Talk of the Weather L. Taub: Ancient Meteorology . Pp. Xiv + 271, Ills. London and New York: Routledge, 2003. Paper. ISBN: 0-415-16196-7 (0-415-16195-9 Hbk). [REVIEW]John T. Ramsey - 2005 - The Classical Review 55 (01):188-.
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    Self-Realization Through Confucian Learning: A Contemporary Reconstruction of Xunzi’s Ethics. By Siufu Tang. [REVIEW]John Ramsey - 2019 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 46 (3-4):253-256.
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    Did Julius Caesar Temporarily Banish Mark Antony From His Inner Circle?John T. Ramsey - 2004 - Classical Quarterly 54 (1):161-173.
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    'Beware the Ides of March!': An Astrological Prediction?John T. Ramsey - 2000 - Classical Quarterly 50 (02):440-.
    This paper will examine the circumstances that inspired the famous utterance attributed to the haruspex Spurinna, ‘Beware the Ides of March!'1 Recently the argument has been made that this warning to Caesar was based upon an astrological calculation, rather than on the usual arts of an haruspex who read signs of the future by inspecting the entrails of sacrificial animals or by interpreting bolts of lightning and portents . As intriguing as this astrological theory is, I am convinced that it (...)
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    Did Cicero ‘Proscribe’ Marcus Antonius?John T. Ramsey - 2019 - Classical Quarterly 69 (2):793-800.
    Pliny's celebration of Cicero's consular achievements contains a striking anomaly, namely the assertion that Cicero proscribed Marcus Antonius. That statement turns Cicero, the victim of Antonius’ murderous vendetta, into the one who wielded the executioner's axe, and it abruptly shifts the focus of the passage from 63 to 43 b.c. Two slight corrections to the Latin text can eliminate the intrusion of the proscriptions by substituting a reference to the control Cicero exercised in 63 over Gaius Antonius, his consular colleague (...)
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    Talk of the Weather. [REVIEW]John T. Ramsey - 2005 - The Classical Review 55 (1):188-189.
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    The Elder Seneca, Controversiae 2.1.1: Sub Domino Sectore.John T. Ramsey - 2004 - Classical Quarterly 54 (1):307-310.
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    The Recovery Of More Ennius From A Misinformed Ciceronian Scholiast.John T. Ramsey - 2014 - Classical Quarterly 64 (1):160-165.
    The aim of this paper is to propose a new and more satisfactory context for a fragment from one of Ennius’ tragedies preserved in Cicero and discussed by a late scholiast on the Ciceronian passage. It will be shown that the scholiast, or more likely the source upon which he drew, had in front of him a bit more of the Ennian passage than the partial line preserved in Cicero and that the scholiast drew a false conclusion concerning the identity (...)
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    Asconius P. 60 (Clark),† Prima Pars: The Trial and Conviction of C. Manilius in 65 BC.John T. Ramsey - 1985 - American Journal of Philology 106 (3):367.
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