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    • No Metaphysics within Physics? 

      Miller, Elizabeth Louise (2014-06-06)
      This dissertation has three parts. In "Quantum Entanglement, Bohmian Mechanics, and Humean Supervenience," I defend David Lewis's metaphysical doctrine of Humean supervenience, and traditional metaphysical reductionism ...
    • The Normativity of Structural Rationality 

      Langlois, David Joseph (2014-10-21)
      Many of us take for granted that rationality requires that we have our attitudes combined only in certain ways. For example, we are required not to hold inconsistent beliefs or intentions and we are required to intend any ...
    • Objectivity and Intersubjectivity in Moral Philosophy 

      Julian, Paul (2017-05-05)
      Many people believe that morality is objective. My dissertation explores whether we have good grounds for this belief, and whether we should find it troubling if we do not. I defend negative answers to both questions. The ...
    • On Perception's Role in Aristotle’s Epistemology 

      Gasser, Marc (2015-04-28)
      Aristotle thinks all our knowledge comes from perception. Yet he doesn't say much about the sense in which our knowledge might be based on or derived from the things we perceive. So what exactly does perception contribute ...
    • Papers on and Around the Access Problem 

      Berry, Sharon Elizabeth (2013-10-18)
      The three papers which make up this dissertation form part of a larger project, which aims to solve the `access problem' for realism about mathematics by providing a clear and plausible example of what a satisfying explanation ...
    • Phenomenal Concepts, Transparency, and the Hard Problems of Consciousness 

      Rahimian, Shantia (2017-05-11)
      The hard problem of consciousness is the problem of explaining why experiences—perceptions, sensations, emotions, and moods—are brain states. My dissertation is motivated by the thought that our current understanding of ...
    • The Power of a Practical Conclusion and Essays in the Economic Analysis of Legal Systems 

      Fernandez, Patricio A (2013-10-18)
      Part One defends the thesis, first advanced by Aristotle, that the conclusion of practical reasoning is an action, and argues for its philosophical significance. Opposition to the thesis rests on a contestable way of ...
    • Practical Cognitivism: An Essay on Normative Judgment 

      Kremm, Douglas Ray (2018-09-06)
      This dissertation aims to recover two key insights that have animated the so-called “non-cognitivist” tradition in ethics – insights that have been continually distorted and obscured through attempts to express them in a ...
    • Rational Reconstruction and the Construction of an Interlocutor 

      Prescott-Couch, Alexander (2015-09-18)
      There has been much recent work in philosophy of science on idealization – the way inaccurate representations can be used to understand a target system. My dissertation concerns a particular sort of idealization that is ...
    • The Self-Body Problem in Descartes and Malebranche 

      Chamberlain, Colin William (2014-10-21)
      Descartes and Malebranche often seem to argue that the self (or I) is identical to an immaterial thinking substance distinct from the body. But there are also many passages where they insist that the body is part of the ...
    • Self-Consciousness in Kant's Moral Philosophy 

      Bondarchuk, James (2018-07-09)
      In the Critique of Practical Reason (1788), Kant declares that our consciousness of the moral law is a “fact of reason,” and that this fact suffices to establish the reality of moral obligation. With this doctrine, Kant ...
    • The Social Constitution of the Body: Bodily Alienation and Bodily Integrity 

      Leboeuf, Celine (2016-05-05)
      My thesis offers an account of the phenomenon of bodily alienation. Bodily alienation marks the failure to realize oneself in one’s bodily activities. I argue that realizing oneself in one’s bodily activities requires the ...
    • Sovereign Sentiments: Conceptions of Self-Control in David Hume, Adam Smith, and Jane Austen 

      Kopajtic, Lauren (2017-05-09)
      The mention of “self-control” calls up certain stock images: Saint Augustine struggling to renounce carnal pleasures; dispassionate Mr. Spock of Star Trek; the dieter faced with tempting desserts. In these stock images ...
    • Species, Humans, and Transformations 

      Lambert, Enoch (2015-08-21)
      Do biological species have essences? The debate over this question in philosophy of biology exhibits fundamental confusion both between and within authors. In What to Salvage from the Species Essentialism Debate, I argue ...
    • The Appraisal of Belief 

      Marcucilli, Paul (2019-08-05)
      Many contemporary epistemologists take their discipline to be a normative enterprise, much like ethics. According to this view, while ethics studies practical norms, normative epistemology studies epistemic norms: facts ...
    • The Authority of Morality and the Recognition of Persons 

      Tarasenko-Struc, Aleksy (2017-09-01)
      My aim in this dissertation is to vindicate morality by addressing the question of how others could have the authority to make claims on us even when we have no special concern for, or thick relationship to, them. My ...
    • the Ethics and Epistemology of Empathy 

      Bailey, Olivia (2018-05-14)
      Empathy is a familiar form of emotionally charged imaginative perspective taking. In this dissertation I offer an account of empathy’s moral importance that emphasizes the special value of its unique epistemic functions. ...
    • Three Studies in the Theory of Function 

      Kwek, Adrian (2013-02-15)
      My dissertation studies three problems that threaten our functional explanatory practices. The first study, The Normativity Problem and Theories of Biological Function, attempts to explain how it is that biological tokens ...
    • Topics in Philosophical Logic 

      Litland, Jon (2012-09-07)
      In “Proof-Theoretic Justification of Logic”, building on work by Dummett and Prawitz, I show how to construct use-based meaning-theories for the logical constants. The assertability-conditional meaning-theory takes the ...
    • Wrongs without Rights 

      Cornell, Nicolas Browne (2014-06-06)
      How do rights relate to moral complaints? What is the relationship between our moral entitlements---the obligations that are owed to us---and the moral complaints that we can make---our claims to have been wronged?