Recent Submissions

  • Climate justice and feasibility 

    Author(s):Hunter, Taylor
    Date Issued:2021
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    The primary motivation for this Thesis is to understand whether it is in fact feasible for rich countries, like the United States, to fulfill their humanitarian obligations through an international climate treaty. And if ...
  • Metaphysical answer to the appropriateness question in aesthetics, A 

    Author(s):LaRose, Gabriella
    Date Issued:2021
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    The aim of this project is to give a new, descriptive answer to the appropriateness question in aesthetics. The appropriateness question asks how is it appropriate for ethical value to affect aesthetic value in aesthetic ...
  • Temporal elements of emotional identification with film characters, The 

    Author(s):McCormick, Stephanie
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    I argue that the subjective experience of time passing, felt duration, is a crucial element in the emotional and immersive experience of narrative films. First, I review multiple theories of emotional identification to ...
  • Rationally-rooted responsibility toward nonhuman animals, A 

    Author(s):Webber, Matthew J.
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    How should humans treat nonhuman animals? One answer to this question arises from the belief that humans are superior to nonhuman animals, thereby giving humans a right to treat nonhuman animals however humans desire. In ...
  • Seeing beyond design: exploring non-engineering functions of technology in engineering ethics 

    Author(s):Hoeffner, Jacob
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    The purpose of this paper is to draw a distinction between the function of technology in engineering contexts and non-engineering contexts. The first two sections identify and elaborate this distinction; the final portion ...
  • Value theory in environmental ethics and economics 

    Author(s):Williams, Allison
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    The need for an environmental ethic is clear. Many in environmental ethics claim that an environmental ethic ought to be based on the intrinsic and/or non-anthropocentric value of nature, without consensus on a clear ...
  • Radical enhancement as a moral status de-enhancer 

    Author(s):Gray, Jesse
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    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 ...
  • On the concept of freedom: freedom's relation to ethics and an application of a Collingwoodian framework 

    Author(s):Stoncius, Alec
    Date Issued:2019
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    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 Issued:2019
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    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 ...
  • What to pack for the hero's journey: an examination of some concepts relating to heroic figures 

    Author(s):Brown, Robert
    Date Issued:2019
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    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 Issued:2019
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    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 Issued:2019
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    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 ...
  • Universe works on a math equation that never even ever really even ends in the end: Charles Sanders Peirce's Evolutionary Metaphysics and the Law of Large Numbers, The 

    Author(s):Jarrott, Joshua
    Date Issued:2018
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    Recent work on Charles Sanders Peirce's evolutionary cosmology and scientific metaphysics has revealed a tension between two accounts Peirce gives of the laws of nature. Andrew Reynolds points out that Peirce seems to have ...
  • Complexity of the mind: rejecting modularity on the basis of cognitive penetration and cognitive phenomenology, The 

    Author(s):Hershberger, Joelle
    Date Issued:2018
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    Historically, cognitive scientists and philosophers have accepted a theory of the mind known as modularity, whereby individual thought processes are completely separate and insulated from one another—meaning that cognitions ...
  • Immigration ethics: creating flourishing, just, and sustainable societies in a world of limits 

    Author(s):Phillips, Addison
    Date Issued:2018
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    Most political liberals and academics hold that the proper ethical stance on immigration is one of expansive policies or even open borders. It is assumed that it is unjust to limit the movement of humans who are merely ...
  • Upayā-kauśala as the pragmatic justification of Madhyamaka ethical claims 

    Author(s):Quist, Andrew
    Date Issued:2018
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    Madhyamaka Buddhism is typically characterized as a particularly thoroughgoing form of anti-foundationalism. This leads to difficulties when trying to justify knowledge claims as well as ethical claims, especially in the ...
  • Defense of Buddhist virtue ethics, A 

    Author(s):Hamblin, Jack
    Date Issued:2018
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    In Chapter 1, I describe necessary dimensions of Buddhist ethics. I comment on and argue for the inclusion of the four noble truths, meditation, the four immeasurable virtues, and regulating emotion. In Chapter 2, I establish ...
  • Pragmatic fulfillment view and evaluations of meaning in life, The 

    Author(s):Krause, Nicholas
    Date Issued:2018
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    Susan Wolf developed her well-known Fitting Fulfillment View in the hope of avoiding some of the pitfalls of a purely subjective approach to understanding meaning in life. In doing so, Wolf built in an objective criterion ...
  • From Pyrrhonism to Madhyamaka: paradoxical solutions to skeptical problems 

    Author(s):Williams, Stephen G.
    Date Issued:2018
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    Skepticism as a philosophical school of thought is best embodied by Greek Pyrrhonism and Indian Madhyamaka. Between these two schools, however, Pyrrhonism is bogged down on issues that Madhyamaka is not. For Greek Pyrrhonism, ...
  • Respect for patient autonomy in veterinary medicine: a relational approach 

    Author(s):Reyes-Illg, Gwendolen
    Date Issued:2017
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    This thesis considers the prospects for including respect for patient autonomy as a value in veterinary medical ethics. Chapter One considers why philosophers have traditionally denied autonomy to animals and why this is ...

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