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John Ramsey

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy

    Office: HSS 505L

    E-mail: John.Ramsey@iup.edu

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    PhD, University of California, Riverside (2013) 

    BA, Ursinus College (2004) 


    PHIL 122  Contemporary Moral Issues

    PHIL 270  Ethics and the Environment

    Professional Interests

    Chinese Philosophy, Social/Political Philosophy, Ethics, Feminism, Philosophy of Race

    Current Project

    Developing a Confucian theory of social practices and offering a role ethics interpretation of the Mengzi to understand how early Confucians understood social norms and social roles, and how and to what extent they affect our moral commitments and shape our identities.

    Select Publications

    “Confucian Role Ethics and Relational Autonomy in Mengzi,” forthcoming in Philosophy East and West, 66:3 (2016), 903-922.

    “Confucian Role Ethics: A Critical Survey,” Philosophy Compass, 11:5 (2016) 235–245.

    “Mengzi’s Externalist Solution to the Role Dilemma,” Asian Philosophy 25:2 (2015) 188-206.

    “The Role Dilemma in Early Confucianism,” Frontiers of Philosophy in China, 8:3 (2013), 376-87.

    Select Presentations

    “Confucian Social Roles,” 12th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought, University of Chicago, March 2016.

    “Non-Traditional Philosophy 101: Syllabi, Assignments, and Lesson Plans for Putting Asian Texts to Use,” American Philosophical Association – Eastern Division, Washington DC, January 2016.

    “Are the Fruit of Duan of the Same Species? Mengzian Virtues as Heterogeneous” 11th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought, North Central College, May 2015

    “Is Hate Speech Free Speech?” public lecture for the Tuesday Noon Academy, Scripps College, April 2015.