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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  • Evaluation of swat-terrace performance for simulating the benefits of terraces on runoff and erosion 

    Thongpussawal, Sitarrine (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Terracing is a conservation practice to reduce erosion and intercept runoff from steep lands. Terraces control erosion and runoff by dividing long ...
  • Looks are situation-dependent properties 

    Moore, Douglas R. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    This thesis concerns the distinction between appearance and reality. Particularly, the metaphysical nature of a class of visual appearances that I call "looks." I answer the question of what looks are. My positions constitutes ...
  • Soil health for improved food securities: an extension professional perspective 

    Lorenz, Todd Elmer (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    This trial study examines barriers to the diffusion and adoption of an agricultural concept surrounding soil health as an improved management tool which has most recently been introduced into production agriculture. For ...
  • Defending states and protecting individuals : a critical examination of the principle of nonintervention 

    Nelson, Dustin, 1982- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    It is widely accepted that individuals have rights. It is also widely accepted (though less so) that states have rights, including a right against intervention. Yet, sometimes the rights of individuals become threatened ...
  • Explanation for the cognitively bounded : psychology and the pragmatics of explanation 

    Lauer, Richard (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] 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 ...
  • Amoralists, inverted commas, and the puzzle of moral internalism : an essay in experimental metaethics 

    Shields, Kenneth Wesley, 1982- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    The central question addressed in this dissertation is whether one must have some degree of motivation to comply with their moral evaluation in order to count as genuinely making a sincere moral judgment. Those that view ...
  • Three questions concerning Reid's moral epistemology 

    Zema, Phillip Matthew, 1985- (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 ...
  • If matter matters: navigating the moral implications of panpsychism 

    Howe, E. Alexander (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    When you gaze at a sunset or taste a peach, there is a subjective feel to be had. This subjective "feel" is referred to as the qualitative character of experience. My goal is to argue that a certain ontological theory of ...
  • Niche construction and the role of environment: towards a new logic of natural selection explanations 

    Chiu, Lynn (Chien-Hui Chiu) (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] I argue that natural selection explanations are not necessarily externalist, i.e. they don't always cite features of the environment as explanans. In ...
  • Epistemic democracy and political legitimacy 

    Zhang, Sheng (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
  • Niche construction and the role of environment: towards a new logic of natural selection explanations 

    Chiu, Lynn (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Biological systems may move in, feed on, socialize with, and change the world around it. How should we explain how these systems develop, act, think, ...
  • The division of moral labor : prospects, problems and progress in examining the moral status/social category relationship 

    Marks-Wilt, Garrett (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.]
  • Toward a virtue account of science 

    Wright, Jacob Warren (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2014)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This dissertation argues for a virtue account of science in which foundational scientific goals are achieved by scientists' employment of virtuous tools ...
  • Epistemic Virtue and Knowledge Attribution 

    Harris, Keith Raymond (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] What factors influence whether we may rightly attribute knowledge to a subject? It is uncontroversial that factors like whether a subject has a given ...
  • The Metaphysics of Content : Towards a Minimalist Account of Propositions 

    Frank, Devin (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Propositions appear to be needed as the objects of belief and other propositional attitudes, the primary bearers of truth and falsity, and the semantic ...
  • A Salience Account of Explanatory Power 

    Shorey, Katy (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] When we ask questions like "why won't my car engine start?" or "why is John late?" we are searching for explanations. We search for explanations in a ...
  • 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, ...
  • A solution to skeptical puzzles 

    Lee, Kok Yong ([University of Missouri--Columbia], 2014)
    In this dissertation, I aim at resolving the skeptical puzzle. An instance of this puzzle is as follows: (1) I know that I have hands. (2) I don't know that I am not a brain in a vat (being stimulated to experience having ...
  • Epistemic duties and blameworthiness for belief 

    Gadsden, Christopher Todd ([University of Missouri--Columbia], 2014)
    People sometimes believe things they shouldn't. Tommy believes in Santa Claus, Rev. Jones believes that the world is ending, and Adolf believes that some ethnic groups are superior to others. But are they somehow at fault ...
  • 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 ...

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