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  • Absences as causes: a defense of negative causation 

    Hartsock, Michael D., 1979- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2010)
    In this dissertation, I confront the issue of negative causation, (i.e., causation by or of absences). I investigate the causal status of absences with regard to particular philosophical concerns and argue that absences ...
  • Amoralists, inverted commas, and the puzzle of moral internalism : an essay in experimental metaethics 

    Shields, Kenneth Wesley, 1982- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    The central question addressed in this dissertation is whether one must have some degree of motivation to comply with their moral evaluation in order to count as genuinely making a sincere moral judgment. Those that view ...
  • An analysis of the State 

    Tomhave, Alan (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2008)
    What the state is remains far from clear in political philosophy. However, the state is also a key concept at work in many discussions in political philosophy. For example, there is a debate about anarchism, the question ...
  • Aristotle on happiness: a comparison with Confucius 

    Chang, Lily, 1975- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2006)
    In the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle defines the highest good for humankind in terms of happiness. The nature of happiness includes intellectual activity, virtuous activity, and friendship; and certain external goods are ...
  • Attending to our work: a framework for understanding and evaluating the division of labor 

    Thomas, Anthony E., 1979- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    The division of labor is a pervasive and long-standing feature of human life. Yet there is little consensus--either in philosophy or in other disciplines--regarding its status. Using a contemporary evaluation provided by ...
  • Bounded rationality in games of strategy 

    Sperry-Taylor, Ashton T. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2011)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Traditional game theory predicts behavior contrary to how real people actually behave. And what traditional game theory prescribes as the rational thing ...
  • Choice, ownership and responsibility 

    Liu, Xiaofei (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2012)
    My dissertation is to answer these two questions: "Does moral responsibility require choice?" and "If not, what does it require?" Classic accounts of moral responsibility, such as libertarian accounts, assume a volition ...
  • Compensation as the Moral Foundation of Jus Post Bellum 

    Koszela, Adam (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    Given how much harm can be done after the fighting part of wars end, and given recent failures to secure lasting peace after conflicts (e.g. in Afghanistan and Iraq), developing an account of the conditions of a just peace, ...
  • Conscience: toward the mechanism of morality 

    White, Jeffrey Benjamin (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2006)
    Conscience is frequently cited and yet its mechanism is not understood. Conscience is most familiar as a voice protesting against actions which compromise personal integrity. Persons also cite conscience as that which ...
  • Critical pluralism: a new approach to religious diversity 

    Konieczka, Matthew P. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    The world's religions provide a wide range of competing religious claims. The problem of religious diversity is that, while many of these claims are inconsistent with one another, they often seem to rest on roughly equal ...
  • Defending states and protecting individuals : a critical examination of the principle of nonintervention 

    Nelson, Dustin, 1982- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    It is widely accepted that individuals have rights. It is also widely accepted (though less so) that states have rights, including a right against intervention. Yet, sometimes the rights of individuals become threatened ...
  • A defense of Alvin Plantinga's evolutionary argument against naturalism 

    Nunley, Troy M., 1974- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2005)
    Alvin Plantinga argues that naturalism it is irrational for a reflective person to hold to the doctrine of naturalism. If naturalism is true, some evolutionary doctrine must also be true and our evolutionary history must ...
  • A defense of moral perception 

    McBrayer, Justin Patrick (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2008)
    I defend the possibility of moral perception and the contentious view that at least some of our moral knowledge is perceptual knowledge. The first part of the dissertation is spent establishing the possibility of moral ...
  • Determinism; as the ground of moral faith 

    Rogers, Lalla Rookh (University of Missouri, 1911)
    Determinism is a theory about the occurring of events, or the existing of Phenomena: and I interpret the theory to mean that all events, all phenomena, occur or exist in a state of necessary dependence on other Phenomena. ...
  • The division of moral labor : prospects, problems and progress in examining the moral status/social category relationship 

    Marks-Wilt, Garrett (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
  • Epistemic democracy and political legitimacy 

    Zhang, Sheng (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
  • Epistemic duties and blameworthiness for belief 

    Gadsden, Christopher Todd ([University of Missouri--Columbia], 2014)
    People sometimes believe things they shouldn't. Tommy believes in Santa Claus, Rev. Jones believes that the world is ending, and Adolf believes that some ethnic groups are superior to others. But are they somehow at fault ...
  • Epistemic Virtue and Knowledge Attribution 

    Harris, Keith Raymond (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] What factors influence whether we may rightly attribute knowledge to a subject? It is uncontroversial that factors like whether a subject has a given ...
  • An essay on the burden of proof 

    Chambers, Wesley A. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    This essay answers two questions: what is a burden of proof, and when is it reasonable to assign a burden of proof? After showing the importance of how we answer these questions, it uses the Western legal tradition as the ...
  • Etiological teleosemantics and theories of nonconceptual content 

    Swerling, David (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2014)
    Within the philosophy of mind, discourse regarding the relation between human thought and its objects refers to ‘intentional content’, the information conveyed by mental states to a subject. A broad and intuitive distinction ...