• 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 ...
  • 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)
    Traditional game theory predicts behavior contrary to how real people actually behave. And what traditional game theory prescribes as the rational thing to do is normally unattainable in real-­‐life. The problem is that game ...
  • 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 (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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Epistemic Duties and Blameworthiness for Belief 

    Gadsden, Christopher Todd (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2014)
  • Home aestheticus: species being and the struggle for existence 

    Novy, Ronald, 1965- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    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 is a selected-for, biobehavioral trait; and that to be alienated is to ...
  • 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) ...
  • 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 ...
  • The Metaphysics of Content: Towards a Minimalist Account of Propositions 

    Frank, Devin (2015)
    Propositions appear to be needed as the objects of belief and other propositional attitudes, the primary bearers of truth and falsity, and the semantic contents of sentences, but there remains significant debate over their ...
  • Moral Wrongness and Reactive Attitudes 

    Fan, Wenwen (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2014)
  • 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 ...
  • A new defense of the knowledge norm of assertion 

    Montgomery, Brian Alan (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2012)
    Recent work in both the philosophy of language and epistemology has relied on the premise that there is a norm of assertion, that there are certain epistemic conditions that a speaker must meet vis-à-vis her asserted ...