• Building nothing out of something 

    Wright, Briggs Marvin (2011-05)
    The notion of absence is pervasive throughout and central to human language and thought. Such thought and talk is often taken quite seriously. Much has been done to motivate treating absences as genuine entities, things ...
  • Departing From Frankfurt: moral responsibility and alternative possibilities 

    Palmer, David William (2009-12)
    One of the most significant questions in ethics is this: under what conditions are people morally responsible for what they do? Assuming that people can only be praised or blamed for actions they perform of their own free ...
  • Grounding, physicalism, and the explanatory gap 

    Blaesi, Zachary Alan; 0000-0002-2547-4566 (2017-05)
    Contemporary metaphysics is marked by a revived interest in the notion of ground. Some philosophers have even suggested that this is the notion needed to best formulate physicalism---the view that the mental is “nothing ...
  • Groups : a semantic and metaphysical examination 

    Ritchie, Katherine Claire (2013-05)
    Since the linguistic turn, many have taken semantics to guide metaphysics. By examining semantic theories proposed by philosophers and linguists, I argue that the semantics of a true theory in a natural language can serve ...
  • Hierarchies of Brain and Being: Abraham Maslow and the Origins of The Hierarchy of Needs in German Brain Science 

    Coonan, Daniel J (2016-05)
    I tell the history of how a theory–that humans have a hierarchy of needs–emerged in 1943 from larger conflicts over the study of the brain and the human being. A stoic, yet passionate neurologist Kurt Goldstein who fled ...
  • The intellectual given 

    Bengson, John Thomas Steele (2010-05)
    Some things we know just by thinking about them: for example, that identity is transitive, that three are more than two, that wantonly torturing innocents is wrong, and other propositions which simply strike us as true ...
  • The intimate pulse of reality : sciences of description in fiction and philosophy, 1870-1920 

    Brilmyer, Sarah Pearl (2014-08)
    This dissertation tracks a series of literary interventions into scientific debates of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, showing how the realist novel generated new techniques of description in response ...
  • Is physicalism "really" true?: an empirical argument against the universal construal of physicalism 

    Smith, Paul H., 1952- (2009-12)
    Physicalism as universally construed is the thesis that everything in the world is either physical or a consequence of physical facts. Certain consequences of physicalism for free will, religion, and so on make it unpalatable ...
  • Is, was, will, might 

    Baia, Alex (2012-05)
    My guiding question is this: how does what is metaphysically differ from what was, will be, or might have been? The first half of the dissertation concerns ontology: are the apparent disputes over the existence of merely ...
  • Making a change : Aristotle on poiêsis, kinêsis and energeia 

    Chen, Fei-Ting, 1974- (2011-05)
    I examine the relation between the action of producing a change (kinêsis) in something else and the action of exercising one’s nature or craft (energeia). I call for the distinction between kinêsis and energeia by arguing ...
  • A new defense of realism 

    Mantegani, Nicholas Buckley (2012-08)
    In this dissertation, I defend the claim that realism – that is, a theory committed to an ontology of universals and particulars – is a more viable theory than any of the others adopted in order solve to the problem of ...
  • On fictionalism in Aristotle's philosophy of mathematics 

    Cho, Young Kee, 1971- (2009-08)
    The aim of this dissertation is to show that Aristotle’s ontology cannot provide a model for mathematics. To show this, I argue that (i) mathematical objects must be seen as fictional entities in the light of Aristotle’s ...
  • Reason unbound : a neo-rationalist manifesto 

    Amijee, Fatema (2017-05)
    The Principle of Sufficient Reason (PSR) holds that everything has an explanation. My dissertation defends the PSR—a principle that many take to be a prime tenet of the rationalist metaphysics of Leibniz and Spinoza—from ...
  • Reduction, ontology and the limits of convention 

    Pickel, Bryan William (2010-12)
    It is widely agreed that ontological reduction is possible, that the ontology of one theory can be shown to be nothing over and above the ontology of a distinct theory. However, it is also widely agreed that one assesses ...
  • Why people don't matter and what to do about that 

    Galgon, Jake David; 0000-0001-5276-4940 (2017-05-04)
    Reductionism about personal identity is the view that facts about personal identity reduce to lower-level facts about things like psychological or physical connectedness. In this dissertation, I give arguments for reductionism ...