• 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 ...
  • A proprietarian theory of custodial rights over children 

    Schmidly, Brandon, 1975- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2010)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] 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 ...
  • Rawlsian ethical act contractarianism 

    Dittmer, Joel P., 1980- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2010)
    Assuming that contractarianism is appropriate for developing an ethical theory, which contractarian ethical theory is best? My dissertation provides an answer to this question. Drawing on the work of Rawls, I provide an ...