• Artistic expression, aesthetic value and the law 

      Neilson, Jennifer A. (2011-05)
      The aim of this project is to develop a legally relevant theory of artistic value, based on which a judge can reliably determine whether a work has sufficient such value to be granted constitutional protection, even though ...
    • Assertion and belief without knowledge 

      McGlynn, Aidan Neil (2010-12)
      Recent epistemology has been dominated by the knowledge first approach championed by Timothy Williamson and others, and its influence continues to grow, spreading into the philosophy of language, the philosophy of mind, ...
    • Authority and self-knowledge 

      Sevel, Michael Allen (2010-05)
      Philosophers have long thought that practical authority is morally problematic. The most familiar explanation is that exercising authority (for example, by the giving of commands) interferes with a subject’s responsiveness ...
    • The authority of pleasure and pain: moral psychology in Plato's Philebus 

      Evans, Matthew Lyall (2004)
      I interpret, analyze, and defend Plato’s views about the nature and value of pleasure and pain, with special attention to the way he develops these views in the Philebus. The core of Plato’s position, I argue, is that ...
    • Berkeley's realism: an essay in ontology 

      Allen, Stephen Paul (2001)
    • 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 ...
    • Can non-cognitivism account for ethical explanation? 

      Simpson, Christopher Aaron (2014-05)
      In this report I argue that a popular account of the nature of ethical thought and talk -- non-cognitivism -- cannot make sense of our attempts to explain why some things are right or wrong, good or bad, just or unjust. ...
    • Carving intuition at its joints 

      Schukraft, Jason Donald (2017-05)
      Metaphilosophy is the philosophical study of philosophy itself. Metaphilosophers attempt to articulate and evaluate the aim(s) of philosophy, the value(s) of philosophy, and the method(s) of philosophy. One striking feature ...
    • Conditions under which random acquittal is better than acquitting the guilty to avoid convicting the innocent 

      Smith, Graham P., 1967- (2009-05)
      One common approach to managing the inevitable erroneous convictions and erroneous acquittals produced by criminal justice systems is to employ various means (rules and procedures) to decrease the number of erroneous ...
    • A critical analysis of the third circuit's test for due process violations in denials of defense witness immunity requests 

      Krauss, Samuel Fox (2014-05)
      Several Supreme Court cases in the latter half of the 20th Century established a criminal defendant's due process right to put forward an effective defense. To put forward an effective defense, one must be able to introduce ...
    • Critical thinking on a logical fallacy 

      Shim, So Young, 1970- (2011-05)
      Ad hominem argument is an argument that attacks the defender of a claim rather than the claim in dispute. The purpose of my dissertation is to answer the question of whether ad hominem argument is fallacious. I search for ...
    • Cross-temporal relations 

      Johnson, Tristan Shawn (2010-12)
      In this paper I argue that the presentist cannot deal adequately with cross-temporal relations. I look at several attempts to solve the cross-temporal relations objection and find only one that might work. Still I argue ...
    • Cultural kindism : what it is and why we should endorse it 

      Blackman, Reid Diamond (2008-12)
      In this dissertation I argue, first, that an Aristotelian/Kindist approach to ethics is superior to the dominant approach of the 20th Century because it avoids deep meta-ethical puzzles, and second, that we should reject ...
    • Discourse-level information structure and the challenge of metadiscursives 

      Hyska, Megan Alexandra; 0000-0003-3342-6852 (2015-05)
      In Information Structure: Towards an integrated formal theory of pragmatics (2012), Craige Roberts offers a modeling apparatus designed for use in giving a unified analysis of diverse pragmatic phenomena. As part of her ...
    • Divinity and humanity in Aristotle's ethics 

      Green, Jerry, Jr. Dwayne (2016-08)
      Aristotle wrote two major ethical works, the Nicomachean Ethics (NE) and Eudemian Ethics (EE), and the relationship between the two has long been a matter of scholarly controversy. To further complicate things, three ...
    • Does rationalism rest upon reason alone? 

      Tubert, Ariela (2005)
    • Donald Davidson and moral realism 

      Register, Bryan Randall (2006)
      My thesis is that Donald Davidson's approaches in philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, semantics, and metaphysics provide the basis for an attractive version of moral realism. To show the philosophical interest ...
    • Donkey pronouns 

      Chen, Hsiang-Yun, 1979- (2012-08)
      Donkey pronouns seem to defy the conventional categories of referential and anaphoric pronouns and hence cannot be analyzed as variables. An orthodox treatment is that donkey pronouns are semantically equivalent to definite ...
    • The elucidation of poetry : a translation of chapters one through six of Mammaṭa's Kāvyaprakāśa with comments and notes 

      Catlin, Alexander Havemeyer, 1969- (2005-12)
      Jyatsna Mohan's edition of the Kāvyaprakāśa (Nag Publishers, 1995) is transliterated, edited, and translated from Sanskrit into English.