• 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • Epistemic democracy and political legitimacy 

    Zhang, Sheng (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
  • A justified system of intellectual property rights 

    Trerise, Jonathan, 1977- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    I argue that weak type-protection is the form our legal intellectual property rights should take. Other intellectual property regimes - specifically, strong type-protection (like that of our current American patent system) ...
  • Justifying war: an account of just and merely justifying causes for war 

    Allen, Crystal (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2012)
    My project is to offer a new answer to the traditional question: What can justify the resort to war? I defend substantive accounts of the Just Cause and Justifying Cause conditions: the reasons that can make it just and ...
  • Moral wrongness and reactive attitudes 

    Fan, Wenwen, 1984- ([University of Missouri--Columbia], 2014)
    In my dissertation, I examine the relationship between moral wrongness and negative reactive attitudes. In particular, I inquire (1) whether moral wrongness is conceptually connected to the empirical disposition to hold ...
  • A proprietarian theory of custodial rights over children 

    Schmidly, Brandon, 1975- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2010)
    I defend a view that individuals have custodial rights over children in virtue of being the genetic parents of the child and that those rights are ownership rights over the child. We generally believe that custodial parents ...
  • Using and coming to own: a left-proprietarian treatment of the just use and appropration of common resources 

    Roark, Eric (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2008)
    How is it that people come to appropriate (privately own) and justly use resources in the world that initially exist within conditions of "common ownership"? The historical story in our world is surely that the strong ...