May Sim

May Sim
Associate Professor

Smith 522
(508) 793-2508
Fall Office Hours: Wednesday 12-1 & Friday 12-2:00; Tuesday 11-2 & by appointments

Research Interests: Ancient Philosophy (especially Aristotle), Asian Philosophy (especially Confucius), metaphysics, ethics and human rights

May Sim received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. Her dissertation, Aristotle’s Understanding of Form and Universals, was directed by Alasdair C. MacIntyre. She is the contributing editor of The Crossroads of Norm and Nature: Essays on Aristotle's Ethics and Metaphysics (1995) and From Puzzles to Principles?: Essays on Aristotle’s Dialectic (1999). Her most recent book, Remastering Morals with Aristotle and Confucius, Cambridge University Press (2007), is a comparison of the ethical life in Aristotle and Confucius. She is currently working on a booklength account of human rights from the Confucian perspective. She was the President of the Southwestern Philosophical Society (2006), the director of Asian Studies at Holy Cross, and the current director of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy (BACAP 37th Annual Program 2014-2015).  She is also the current President of the Metaphysical Society of America (Click here for 2013 Call For Papers; click here for the 64th Annual Meeting of the MSA Local Arrangements; click here for the 64th Annual Conference Program.)

Selected publications
Aristotle in the Reconstruction of Confucian Ethics,” International Philosophical Quarterly , Vol. XLI, no. 4, Issue 164 (December 2001) pp. 453-468
“Ritual and Realism in Early Chinese Science,” Journal of Chinese Philosophy, no. 4, Vol. 29, (December 2002) pp. 501-523
“The Moral Self in Confucius and Aristotle,” International Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 43, no. 4, Issue 172 (December 2003) pp. 439-462
“Harmony and the Mean in the Nicomachean Ethics and the Zhongyong, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, Vol. 3, no. 2 (2004) pp. 253-280
“Categories and Commensurability in Confucius and Aristotle: A Response to MacIntyre,” in Categories: Historical and Systematic Essays, M. Gorman and J. Sanford, eds. Catholic University of America Press, (2004) pp. 58-77

“A Confucian Approach to Human Rights,” History of Philosophy Quarterly, Volume 21, Number 4, (October 2004), pp. 337-356
“Virtue Oriented Politics: Confucius and Aristotle,” in Aristotle’s Politics Today, Lenn E. Goodman and Robert Talisse, eds. SUNY Press (October 2007), pp. 53-75
“Dewey and Confucius: On Moral Education,” Journal of Chinese Philosophy: Special Issue on Chinese Philosophy and American Philosophy, Volume 36, Issue 1 (2009), pp. 85-105 (See also the Introduction of this issue, “American Pragmatism and Early Chinese Philosophy,” pp. 3-8) 

Yu Jiyuan, The Ethics of Confucius and Aristotle: Mirrors of Virtue, (book review) Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, Vol. 8, no. 2 (2009) pp. 225-232 
Response to Ni,” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, Vol. 8, no. 3 (2009) pp. 321-326 (This is a response to Ni's review of Remastering Morals with Aristotle and Confucius

"Rethinking Virtue Ethics and Social Justice with Aristotle and Confucius," Asian Philosophy, Vol. 20, no. 2 (2010) pp. 195-213
From Metaphysics to Environmental Ethics: Aristotle or Zhu Xi?” in Democracy, Ecological Integrity and International Law, eds. Ron Engel, Laura Westra & Klaus Bosselmann (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010) 
“Rival Confucian Rights: Left or Right Confucianism?” International Philosophical Quarterly, (March 2011)

“Is the Liezi an Encheiridion?” in Riding the Wind with Liezi: New Essays on the Daoist ClassicRonnie Littlejohn Jeffrey Dippmann, eds. SUNY Press (2011) 
 “The Question of Being, Non-Being, and ‘Creation Ex Nihilo’ in Chinese Philosophy,” in The Ultimate Why Question: Why is There Anything at All Rather Than Nothing Whatsoever?, John F. Wippel, ed. (CUA Press 2011)
Being and Unity in the Ethics and Metaphyscis of Aristotle and Liezi,” in How Should One Live? Comparing Ethics in Ancient China & Greco-Roman Antiquity, edited by Richard King and Dennis Schilling (de Gruyter, 2011)
“The Divided Line and the United Psychê in Plato’s Republic” in Companion to Ancient Ethics, J. Hardy and G. Rudebusch, eds. (Vandenhoeck 2011)
"Rethinking Honor with Aristotle and Confucius," Review of Metaphysics 66 (Dec. 2012):263-280
"Confucian Values and Human Rights," Review of Metaphysics (forthcoming, 2013)