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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Home aestheticus : species being and the struggle for existence 

    Novy, Ronald, 1965- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] In this paper, I argue for the homo aestheticus thesis - the claim that our species nature is that of artistic producer and consumer; that this nature ...
  • Intuitions and adequate philosophical solutions 

    Haugen, Christopher Allen (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2008)
    Philosophical investigation relies on intuition; among other things, intuitions are used to discover problems and intuitions are used to provide solutions to those problems. I provide an analysis of three kinds of philosophical ...
  • 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) ...
  • Natural law and the challenge of legal positivism 

    Casey, Brian P., 1974- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    In this dissertation I develop and defend a version of a general theory of the nature of law inspired by the classical natural law tradition, with special intellectual debt to the articulation of that tradition by John ...
  • Non-cognitivism, internalism, and the Frege-Geach problem 

    Berntsen, Jason, 1972- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    This dissertation is about the prospects for non-cognitivism. Chapter One provides some background and introduces the remaining chapters. Chapter Two focuses on the distinction between non-cognitivism about moral thought ...
  • On Foucault and the genealogy of governmentality 

    Nichols, Alan W., 1969- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    In this dissertation I perform what I take to be a genealogy of governmentality by tracing the history of governmentality through various political philosophers and culminating in the work of Michel Foucault. I begin with ...
  • The phenomenal brain : making room for a phenomenal-neural type identity theory of phenomenal consciousness 

    Hedderman, Jason, 1973- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2008)
    It is currently popular among physicalist philosophers of mind to suppose that phenomenal consciousness is essentially a representational phenomenon and that a representational theory of phenomenal consciousness will prove ...
  • Philosophical intuitions -- philosophical analysis 

    McBain, James F., 1971- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2008)
    This work is a defense of philosophical intuitions and the use of them in philosophy. First, I survey the main forms of intuition-based philosophical methods - conceptual analysis, explication, and reflective equilibrium ...
  • Placement of special obligation in morality 

    Dittmer, Joel P., 1980- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2005)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] My thesis attempts to explain how special obligations are moral obligations. The morality of special obligations is put into question by the thesis of ...
  • The real banality of evil 

    Lamboy, Regine (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2005)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] When Hannah Arendt encountered Adolf Eichmann at his trial in Jerusalem she was struck by the fact that his most outstanding characteristic was his ...
  • Sellars and Socrates : an investigation of the Sellars problem for a Socratic epistemology 

    Poston, Ted L. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2006)
    The Sellars problem threatens the viability of epistemic foundationalism. Foundationalism claims that there are some beliefs whose justification does not depend upon other beliefs. Foundationalism is a popular, non-skeptical ...
  • 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 ...
  • Vasubandhu's consciousness trilogy: a Yogacara Buddhist process idealism 

    Johnson-Moxley, Melanie K. (Melanie Kay), 1967- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2008)
    This work is a philosophical investigation into Vasubandhu's consciousness trilogy, comprised by the Trisvabhāva-Nirdeśa ("Instruction on the Threefold Own-State-of-Being,") and the Vijñaptimātra-Kārikas ("Verses on ...