• Amoralists, inverted commas, and the puzzle of moral internalism : an essay in experimental metaethics 

    Shields, Kenneth Wesley (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    The question of this dissertation is this: does it make sense to hold a moral belief yet not care at all about living up to it? For example: suppose your friend tells you that she now thinks eating meat is morally wrong. ...
  • Explanation for the cognitively bounded : psychology and the pragmatics of explanation 

    Lauer, Richard (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    People consume, construct, and desire explanations. When our cars break down, hear strange noises in our homes, or a machine won't work, we want to know why those events happened. Moreover, formulating explanations is ...
  • Science as a guide to aesthetics? 

    Earlenbaugh, Joshua (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2/2/2006)
    Scientific Realism is alive and as well as ever. However, it would be just plain wrong to say that the many diverse thinkers that compose this camp monopolize contemporary philosophy of science; realist literature continues ...
  • Three questions concerning Reid's moral epistemology 

    Zema, Phillip Matthew (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    In my dissertation, I argue for a novel interpretation of Reid's moral epistemology. Accordingly, I attempt to show that Reid is committed to the view that we obtain moral knowledge by way of moral intuition and moral ...