Dept. of Philosophy

 

The Department of Philosophy is distinguished by its breadth and depth in the traditional areas of philosophical inquiry and the history of philosophy, by its balance of Anglo-American and Continental perspectives, and by the involvement of its faculty in a wide variety of recent developments in the field. This breadth makes possible a considerable number of courses and concentrations.

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  • Lee, Steven Fong-Yi (2019-12-06)
    In this dissertation I argue that truth-conditional semantics for vague predicates, combined with a Bayesian account of statistical inference incorporating knowledge of truth-conditions of utterances, generates false ...

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  • Rokosz, Steven (2019-11-20)
    Philosophers and religious believers have commonly held that suffering is a basic feature of human existence, while responding to this problem in different ways. Philosophers have often tried to mitigate suffering in their ...

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  • Ellis, Addison Clark (2019-07-10)
    The basic aim of this dissertation is to show that epistemic objectivity is only possible through the absolute spontaneity of the understanding. I spell out Kant’s concept of spontaneity as it appears in the Critique, and ...

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  • Swenson, Joseph (2019-02-05)
    My dissertation explores Nietzsche’s claims to originality as a new kind of philosophical psychologist. My argument proceeds through an elaboration and defense of three basic and interrelated interpretive claims about ...

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  • Schaaf, Eric Ryan (2017-12-04)
    My dissertation was motivated by a desire to not only gain clarity in Nietzsche’s manifold use of the notion of sickness, but also to better understand the ideal of health that runs through his writings. Given this goal, ...

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