In addition to introductory and historical courses, the Department of Philosophy offers courses in traditional areas of philosophy such as metaphysics, ethics, and epistemology, as well as in such non-traditional areas as philosophy of biology, decision theory, and Asian philosophy. The philosophical education we provide is nourished by the outstanding research of our nationally and internationally renowned faculty. The Department of Philosophy is strongly committed to fostering intellectual skills that will serve students well outside philosophy.

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  • 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, ...
  • A Solution to Skeptical Puzzles 

    Lee, Kok Yong (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2014)
  • Epistemic Duties and Blameworthiness for Belief 

    Gadsden, Christopher Todd (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2014)
  • Moral Wrongness and Reactive Attitudes 

    Fan, Wenwen (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2014)
  • Pragmatism in John Henry Cardinal Newman 

    Mitchell, Cyprus Richard (University of Missouri, 1913)
    The purpose of this essay is to discuss the pragmatic implications of Newman's Philosophy. We propose to deal first with the point of antagonism found for Newman and the Pragmatists in 'Rationalism'; second, to analyze the ...
  • The idealism of Kant 

    Natchev, Chris Nichols (University of Missouri, 1912)
    The philosophy of Kant is undoubtedly one of the most stubborn and daring attempts of the mundane mind to furnish a true account of its own knowledge. This philosophy, both on account of its teachings and through its ...
  • Rethinking the evolution of human intelligence 

    Rohwer, Yasha (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2012)
    Humans have very large, complex brains for their size. Why are humans so intelligent and why did we become intelligent so quickly? My dissertation addresses the question of how to model the evolution of human intelligence. ...
  • The philosophy of Josiah Royce, professor of the History of philosophy at Harvard, as set forth in his World and the individual 

    Horton, Henry P. (Henry Pomeroy), b. 1869 (University of Missouri, 1905)
    My first purpose when I undertook the subject of Professor Royce's philosophy was to make a thorough comparative study of his various works. The difficult character of his conceptions and the somewhat formidable volume ...
  • 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 ...
  • Optimality explanations: a new approach 

    Rice, Collin (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2012)
    Despite its importance, philosophers have found it difficult to say precisely what constitutes a scientific explanation. One of the most prominent approaches is the causal approach, which claims that explanation is a matter ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • van Fraassen and a defense of inference to the best explanation 

    Finke, Darin (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2011)
    Inference to the best explanation (IBE) is an inductive argument type that takes advantage of the fact that explanatory considerations serve as an epistemic guide to believing what is the case. Bas van Fraassen has presented ...
  • Are all names of the Absolute synonymous? 

    Gupta, Bina, 1947-; Wilcox, William C. (University of Hawaii Press, 1983-07)
    In one way different names of the Absolute may be synonymous,and in another way not synonymous. Using Frege's terminology, words may have the same reference but different "senses." Just as "Morning Star" and "Evening Star" ...
  • "Tat tvam asi": An Important Identity Statement or a Mere Tautology 

    Gupta, Bina, 1947-; Wilcox, William C. (University of Hawaii Press, 1984-01)
    Before one can reasonably investigate the question of whether two things are identical, it stands to reason that one must have a clear understanding not only of what counts as a thing but, even more importantly, of what ...
  • Robustness and Conceptual Analysis in Evolutionary Game Theory 

    Ernst, Zachary (University of Chicago Press, 2005)
    A variety of robustness objections have been made against evolutionary game theory. One of these objections alleges that the games used in the underlying model are too arbitrary and oversimplified to generate a robust ...
  • Epistemic Conditions for Collective Action 

    Chant, Sara Rachel; Ernst, Zachary (Oxford University Press, 2008-07)
    Writers on collective action are in broad agreement that in order for a group of agents to form a collective intention, the members of that group must have beliefs about the beliefs of the other members. But in spite of ...
  • Perception, True Opinion and Knowledge in Plato's Theaetetus 

    Bondeson, William B., 1938- (Brill, 1969)
    Several years ago Mr. J. Xenakis proposed an interpretation of some aspects of the passage in the Theaetetus in which the thesis that is oc'LaO-?aLq receives its final refutation (184B4- 186El2). Although I agree in the ...

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