Robert Paul Ramsey (December 10, 1913 – February 29, 1988 ) was an [1 ] American Christian ethicist of the 20th century. He was a Methodist and a native of Mississippi. He graduated from Millsaps College in Mississippi and Yale University. The major portion of his academic career was spent as a tenured professor at Princeton University until the end of his life in 1988.
Paul Ramsey undertook his doctoral studies at Yale where he was mentored by
H. Richard Niebuhr. He subsequently taught [2 ] Christian Ethics at Princeton. He has been credited with re-introducing just war theory into Protestant ethical reflection. His popular text book [3 ] Basic Christian Ethics was reviewed by a young John Rawls. [4 ]
Bibliography [ edit ]
Basic Christian Ethics (1950)
[5 ] War and the Christian Conscience: How Shall Modern War Be Conducted Justly? Durham, North Carolina 1961
Nine Modern Moralists, Prentice Hall, 1962
Deeds and Rules in Christian Ethics, University of America Press 1967.
The Case of the Curious Exception in Gene Outka and Paul Ramsey eds. Norm and context in Christian Ethics, New York 1968.
The Just War: Force and Political Responsibility, New York 1968
The Ethics of Fetal Research, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1975.
Ethics at the Edges of Life
The Patient as Person. Explorations in medical ethics, (3)1973 New Haven, Connecticut
[6 ] The Essential Paul Ramsey
[7 ] Speak Up for Just War or Pacifism. A Critique of the United Methodist Bishops' Pastoral Letter "In Defense of Creation" Pennsylvania State University Press, 1988
Secondary literature [ edit ]
Paul Ramsey's Ethics: The Power of 'Agape' in a Postmodern World (2000) [8 ] Carnahan, Kevin.
Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Ramsey: Idealist and Pragmatic Christians on Politics, Philosophy, Religion, and War (2010)
References [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]
The Birth of Bioethics: Who is Paul Ramsey? (Albert R. Jonsen, 2001 from the preface to the second edition of Paul Ramsey's ground breaking book The Patient as Person)
NYTimes Obituary of Paul Ramsey