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    • Acting From Thought About Action 

      Fix, Jeremy D. (2016-08-25)
      Human action is unique. It is metaphysically unique because we can act self-consciously. It is normatively unique because we are subject to prudential, moral, and rational standards in action, whereas other agents are not. ...
    • Aristotle on the Epistemic Role of Passion 

      Marechal, Patricia (2018-05-12)
      What are the passions? And what, if anything, do they have to do with our intellectual lives? I argue that, according to Aristotle, the passions are complex states that carry information about the value things have. More ...
    • Belief and Ameliorative Epistemology 

      McWilliams, Emily (2016-08-29)
      My dissertation is in three parts. In “Evidentialism and Belief Polarization,” I consider the epistemic import of a belief revision process known as belief polarization, in which exposure to a mixed batch of evidence ...
    • The Commonwealth as Agent: Group Action, the Common Good, and the General Will 

      Schofield, Paul C. (2013-09-18)
      In this dissertation, I argue for a Rousseauvian vision of an ideal society: one in which the people constitute a group agent, unified under a collective will, willing action that constitutes the common good. Most have ...
    • Conceptualism and Objectivity in Locke's Account of Natural Kinds 

      Kuklok, Allison Sara (2013-10-18)
      Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding is considered by many to be the locus classicus of a number of influential arguments for conventionalism, according to which there are no objective, privileged ways of classifying ...
    • Counsel and Command: An Address-Dependent Account of Authority 

      Glaeser, Micha Bernhard (2016-09-14)
      In this dissertation I develop an account of the concept of authority and the distinction between theoretical and practical authority in terms of their proper forms of interpersonal address. I then exploit the difference ...
    • Dependence on Persons and Dependence on Things in Rousseau's Social, Psychological, and Aesthetic Theory 

      Davies, Byron (2018-03-02)
      Jean-Jacques Rousseau is often associated with a certain political form of relating to another as a person, where a person is seen as a locus of enforceable demands. Nevertheless, as I argue in this dissertation, Rousseau ...
    • Duties of Rescue: a Moderate Account 

      Nishimoto, Craig Takeshi (2013-10-18)
      This dissertation clarifies a challenge present in Peter Singer's famine-relief argument and offers a new account of our moral duties of rescue. The challenge, in essence, is to differentiate two classes of idealized ...
    • Essays on Biological Individuality 

      Booth, Austin Greeley (2014-10-21)
      Much of biology, especially evolutionary theory, makes assumptions about the individuality of living things. A population, for example, is made up of individuals. Those individuals sometimes reproduce, creating new ...
    • Formal Analyticity 

      Soysal, Zeynep (2017-05-12)
      This dissertation consists of three papers that together serve to defend a notion of analyticity for formal languages: A sentence (or rule of inference) of a formal language is formally analytic if understanding the sentence ...
    • Global Institutions and Relations among Non-Co-Citizens 

      Song, Jiewuh (2013-08-14)
      A common criticism of global institutions is that their rules disproportionately favor the political and economic interests of powerful states over those of weaker states. This dissertation consists of three essays that ...
    • Informal Political Representation: Normative and Conceptual Foundations 

      Salkin, Wendy (2018-05-11)
      It is possible that, as you read this, there is someone out there standing in for you, speaking in your voice, acting in your stead, making agreements on your behalf, or conceding a point you might not have wanted them to. ...
    • Intellectual Property Rights and Institutions: A Pluralist Account 

      Kenneally, Michael Edward (2014-06-06)
      Debates over intellectual property's justifications tend to treat natural rights and utilitarian accounts as competitors, but they should be seen as complements instead. Lockean and Kantian theories of intellectual property ...
    • Into Question: An Account of Inquiry 

      Davidson, Lauren (2018-01-09)
      Inquiry is central to our lives as knowers. From the quotidian ‘where did I leave my keys’ to the most momentous of research questions, we update our beliefs via inquiries large and small every day. Plausibly then, we ...
    • Kant's Science of the Moral World and Moral Objectivity 

      Palatnik, Nataliya (2015-08-28)
      Kant’s Science of the Moral World and Moral Objectivity Abstract Critics of Kant's moral philosophy often object that it cannot account for moral requirements that are both genuinely objective and contentful. Notwithstanding ...
    • Knowledge in Action 

      Ozaltun, Eylem (2013-08-12)
      It is widely acknowledged that an agent is doing A intentionally only if she knows she is doing A. It has proved difficult, however, to reconcile two natural thoughts about this knowledge. On the one hand, the agent seems ...
    • Loving, Valuing, Regretting, and Being Oneself 

      Na'aman, Oded (2015-06-24)
      A meaningful life involves loving people and valuing things. We typically love our spouses, parents, children, siblings, and friends, and value our projects, activities, causes, and ideals. In virtue of such attachments, ...
    • 'Making People Happy, Not Making Happy People': A Defense of the Asymmetry Intuition in Population Ethics 

      Frick, Johann David (2014-10-21)
      This dissertation provides a defense of the normative intuition known as the Procreation Asymmetry, according to which there is a strong moral reason not to create a life that will foreseeably not be worth living, but there ...
    • Matters of Life and Death 

      Rabenberg, Michael (2018-05-10)
      This dissertation comprises three chapters, each of which is concerned with a normative topic having to do with death. Chapter 1, “Against Deprivationism,” is concerned with the deprivationist thesis that a person’s death ...
    • 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 ...