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  • Griffin, Timothy Lee (1995)
    Descartes' First Meditation presents a serious challenge to the theoretical enterprise of science by raising doubts about our belief that we know truths. The various strategies for refuting the challenge, represented by ...

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  • Kukla, Todd A. (2011-05-25)
    The purpose of Kant’s transcendental deduction in the Critique of Pure Reason is to prove that certain concepts not derived from experience (called categories) apply to and govern the objects of our experience. Kant seeks ...

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  • Morasch, Nathalie (2011-05-25)
    Starting from the fact that people sometimes use the “same” words to talk about a given topic, I want to clarify what word-sameness comes to in those uses. I will adopt an epistemic framework, in which words are primarily ...

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  • Knopp, Richard Alan (1991)
    Chapter One surveys two prominent perspectives, each held by representative philosophers and theologians: a neo-positivist perspective that religious belief (RB) is not rational and a neo-Wittgensteinian perspective that ...

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  • Shea, Brendan P. (2011-08-25)
    Over the past 50 years, there has been a great deal of philosophical interest in laws of nature, perhaps because of the essential role that laws play in the formulation of, and proposed solutions to, a number of perennial ...

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  • Hass, Lawrence Robert (1991)
    Thought about perception finds itself confronting an antinomy: On one hand it would seem perception is the result of causal action--the effect of external objects upon us; on the other hand, there are compelling reasons ...

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  • Scoville, John M. (2011-08-25)
    My dissertation has three main aims. The first is to specify and defend a normative baseline for environmental ethics. By “baseline” I understand a minimum of environmental preservation that corresponds to a minimum of ...

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  • Blackwood, Dennis Michael (1995)
    Egoism is the doctrine that one ought to act only for self-interested reasons. I shall be concerned with the presupposition of egoism: acting only for self-interested reasons is in one's long-term interest. I shall be ...

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  • Hart, James Louis (1989)
    Liberal political philosophy is often accused of being excessively individualistic and of failing to provide an adequate conception of political community. The purpose of this study is to evaluate such criticisms as they ...

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  • Zech, Loren (2012-02-01)
    This is an investigation of the modern concept of disease and an explication of the concept consistent with scientific and medical usage. The core notion involved in the modern concept of disease (taken broadly as pathology) ...

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  • Frame, Richard Olin (1990)
    The claim of this thesis is that the issue of the topological structure of space, in particular its dimensionality and orientability, is crucial to the debate over the ontological status of space. To support this claim I ...

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  • von der Ruhr, Mario Peter Walter (1996)
    This work is intended to shed light on the nature of ritual conduct, both within and without a religious context, by critically examining positivist construals of such conduct and showing them to be inadequate. The discussion ...

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  • Kendrick, Nancy Ellen (1994)
    Many contemporary philosophers of mind regard the Cartesian theory of the mental as the major stumbling block to any viable theory of either mental representation or consciousness. Accordingly, they take part of their task ...

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  • Castleton, Toby (1992)
    In chapter one I argue that determinism is not fatalistic. This implies that free will is compatible with determinism.

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  • McNair, Theodore Fell (1994)
    My aim in writing this dissertation is to develop a version of Kant's universality test that is especially responsive to the particular context of our moral choices. Yet one might fear that if Kantian ethics tries to make ...

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  • Mattlage, Alan Roy (1993)
    This dissertation examines John Rawls's claim that his theory of justice can avoid discussion of "deep metaphysical claims" which communitarians have alleged to be implicit in his theory. It shows that Rawls's Kantian ...

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  • Smith, Lynette Ellen (1996)
    Wittgenstein's Tractatus seems committed to the determinacy of logic in two forms: the logical properties of truth-functionally complex propositions mirror the logical structure of reality, and the logical properties of ...

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  • Reppert, Victor Eugene (1989)
    This dissertation is an examination of the merits of an argument that naturalism is self-stultifying because it is incompatible with the possibility of rational inference. Since naturalists are committed not only to the ...

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  • Lurie, Yotam (1996)
    The historical context of this project is situated at the intersection of post-Kantian European philosophy and American Pragmatism as it concentrates on the works of Friedrich Nietzsche and John Dewey. Nietzsche and Dewey ...

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  • Polite, Brandon E. (2011-01-14)
    This dissertation defends the place of representation in music. Music’s status as a representational art has been hotly debated since the War of the Romantics, which pitted the Weimar progressives (Liszt, Wagner, &co.) ...

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