These digital collections include theses, dissertations, and faculty publications from the Department of Philosophy. Also included is a collection of works by Rolston Holmes III, a philosopher who is a University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Colorado State University, known for his contributions to environmental ethics and the relationship between science and religion.

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  • Review, Patti Clayton, Connection on the Ice 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Clayton uses the rescue in October 1998 of two whales at Barrow, Alaska "one of the most remarkable animal rescues in history," as a window into the human relation to nature, our "connection," as she puts it "a microcosm ...
  • Radical enhancement as a moral status de-enhancer 

    Author(s):Gray, Jesse
    Date Submitted:2020
    Human enhancement has worried many thinkers. Some have focused on the potential harms that may befall us, should we walk the path of enhancement. One such harm may be that enhancements serve to undermine our unique human ...
  • Q&A with Holmes Rolston: Life persists in the midst of its perpetual perishing 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-; Dodge, Jeff
    Life persists in the midst of its perpetual perishing. The coronavirus brings novel experience of staying apart and keeping life safe together when finding a pasqueflower blooming at Easter. This minute critter has played ...
  • Earth Charter facing the Anthropocene epoch, The 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    We are living in a time of "great peril and great promise" "as never before in history" (Earth Charter). The way forward according to contemporary Anthropocene enthusiasts is quite opposite from the sustainable biosphere ...
  • Ecological citizen!? 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    An ecological citizen is a citizen who is also ecological. But let's be more precise. Can you be a citizen of an ecology? Citizens belong to nation-states, and need a passport to leave and re-enter. You can't be a citizen ...
  • On the concept of freedom: freedom's relation to ethics and an application of a Collingwoodian framework 

    Author(s):Stoncius, Alec
    Date Submitted:2019
    In this project, I will begin by exploring the conceptual relations to the concept of free will, namely the relation of ethics. I will argue that any conception of normative ethics is dependent on a conception of free will ...
  • Exploitation of power and the exclusion of other knowers 

    Author(s):Hannum, Dane Shade Brusuelas
    Date Submitted:2019
    I argue that the relatively dominant political cultural and economic order of a given period produces, as a structural feature, relatively dominant epistemic frameworks that exclude certain methods of knowing. These methods ...
  • Trail log - 2019 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Summary: March: "bomb cyclone," heavy snow. April: Pasqueflowers on Good Friday; June: Templeton Annual Meeting in Nassau. July: International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) Annual Meeting in H. J. Andrews ...
  • In the name of beauty 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-; Brady, Emily
    There is beauty in nature. Is anything there ugly? Those who claim a "positive aesthetics" find that, although there is local ugliness, in a more comprehensive view, such ugliness becomes beautiful also. The rotting carcass ...
  • Rejection and truth-value gaps 

    Author(s):Johnson, Fred
    A theorem due to Shoesmith and Smiley that axiomatizes two-valued multiple-conclusion logics is extended to partial logics.
  • Models for modal syllogisms 

    Author(s):Johnson, Fred
  • Parry syllogisms 

    Author(s):Johnson, Fred
    Parry discusses an extension of Aristotle's syllogistic that uses four nontraditional quantifiers. We show that his conjectured decision procedure for validity for the extended syllogistic is correct even if syllogisms ...
  • Counting functions 

    Author(s):Johnson, Fred
    Counting functions are shown to be closed under composition.
  • Copi's method of deduction 

    Author(s):Johnson, Frederick A.
  • Rolston, Holmes: who's who in America 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
  • What to pack for the hero's journey: an examination of some concepts relating to heroic figures 

    Author(s):Brown, Robert
    Date Submitted:2019
    Heroes are a concept that has existed in almost every culture and period of human history. The contemporary era is no exception, with one example being the incredibly popular and lucrative industry of comic book superheroes. ...
  • Othering of pets: Palmer, Plumwood, and pet technology ethics, The 

    Author(s):Forrest, Marielle
    Date Submitted:2019
    In Chapter 1, I explore some of the central theories in the field of animal ethics, those by: Peter Singer, Tom Regan, Martha Nussbaum, and Clare Palmer. I also examine the views of Stephen Budiansky and Gary Francione in ...
  • Eventuality-based interval semantics and Free Logic: what if there, like, is no future, man? 

    Author(s):Smith, Nathan L.
    Date Submitted:2019
    Future contingent propositions have famously been a source of trouble for philosophers and logicians committed to any variety of indeterminism on which facts about the future are not yet fixed. One possible answer to the ...
  • Redeeming a cruciform nature 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Christopher Southgate recognizes that the natural world is both ambiguous, mixing goods and bads, and dramatically creative. Life is lived in green pastures and in the valley of the shadow of death. Perhaps this is the ...
  • Umweltethik und der mensch: über intrinsische werte in der natur, Die 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Although much of the urgency for conserving biodiversity arises from our duties to other humans, with nature instrumental to what humans have at stake in their environments, a deeper environmental ethics recognizes intrinsic ...

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