• An analysis of Plato's Meno 

    Duggan, Nicholas James (2015-10-16)
    This thesis offers an analysis of Plato’s Meno, in which the Greek philosopher addresses more directly than in any other dialogue the character of human virtue. Believing that Plato has considerable guidance to offer us ...
  • Ancient and modern approaches to the question of punishment : Hobbes, Kant and Plato 

    Shuster, Arthur (2010-08)
    The modern criminal justice system is experiencing what may be called a moral crisis brought about by a fundamental disagreement regarding the just and humane treatment of criminals and the purpose of punishment. This ...
  • Barack Obama and the rhetoric of a black president 

    Young-Johnson, Connie (2013-12)
    This dissertation analyzes the discourse of Obama’s speeches to argue my thesis that Obama won election by virtue of his rhetorical speechmaking but more specifically, his ability to manage race in those speeches. I define ...
  • Dusting off dirty hands 

    Murphy, Hart Hamilton (2013-05)
    This paper revisits one of the more frequented stops at the crossroads of politics and morality in contemporary ethical theory, Michael Walzer’s essay “Political Action: The Problem of Dirty Hands.” The aim is to provide ...
  • The honor motive in international relations 

    Ofek, Hillel (2013-05)
    Government
  • The person and society Rawls, Maritain, and the concept of personhood in politics 

    Stuart, Kevin Ethridge; 0000-0003-0364-7849 (2015-08)
    John Rawls, a titanic figure in political philosophy in the 20th century, thought he could make politics independent of metaphysics, that he could work up a neutral, coherent, and compelling account of justice free of ...
  • Political ambition and piety in Xenophon's Memorabilia 

    Fallis, Lewis Bartlett (2013-05)
    This thesis analyzes Books III and IV of Xenophon’s Memorabilia. The Memorabilia is Xenophon’s defense of Socrates or the philosophic life against Athens or the political community as such. In Book III, Xenophon presents ...
  • Politics, religion, and philosophy in Al-Farabi's Book of Religion 

    Siddiqi, Ahmed Ali (2014-08)
    This thesis offers an interpretation of Al-Farabi’s Book of Religion, in which the tenth- century philosopher addresses more directly than in any of his other works the relationship between human and divine wisdom. Believing ...
  • Randomness and legitimacy in selecting democratic representatives 

    Parker, Joel Matthew (2011-12)
    The addition of random selection to our arsenal of methods for selecting political officials would enhance performance against norms of representative democracy. I employ historical and analytic methods to explore the ...
  • The Spanish masters : the 16th century presence in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 

    Hensley, Judge Robert (2011-08)
    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted in 1948 as a response to the atrocities of the Second World War. This analysis seeks to trace the influence of three Spanish masters of the 16th century, Las ...
  • Toward an Aristotelian liberalism 

    Sherman, James Arthur (2011-05)
    My dissertation develops and defends a contemporary Aristotelian form of political liberalism. I articulate an Aristotelian interpretation of individual autonomy as excellence in deliberating about ends, and develop a ...
  • Towards a psychology of recognition : a critical analysis of contemporary multicultural counseling competency models 

    Beaulieu, Gregory René (2011-08)
    Since the 1970s multiculturalism has emerged as an important area of scholarship within both academic and applied psychology. Scholars have offered a range of theories to assist psychologists in understanding the ways ...