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  • An investigation of aesthetic appreciation 

    Zhou, Tieying (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2022)
    [EMBARGOED UNTIL 6/1/2023] This dissertation comprises three papers in investigating the essential topics around aesthetic appreciation. The first paper examines George Dickie's Institutional theory on defining artworks ...
  • Authoritatively speaking : a speech pragmatic analysis of authority and power 

    Willsey, Alek (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2021)
    A speaker needs authority to perform some speech acts, such as giving orders. A paradigm example of this is when a manager orders their employee to take out the trash; ordinarily, these words will give the employee a ...
  • Naturalizing epistemology : reconsidering quine and nietzsche 

    Khawaja, Salman (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2019)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] This dissertation argues for ways to construct a more viable normative epistemology--the part of epistemology that focuses on normative notions such ...
  • Why preferences can be optional 

    Asper, Jon Marc (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2020)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] In practical deliberation, your aim should not always only be to promote objective goodness. Rather, I argue, you should use your own practical ...
  • Citizenship goes to the dogs 

    Howe, E. Alexander (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2020)
    The conclusion I defend is that "domestic animals" have a moral claim to what I refer to as "basic citizenship rights," and that they do so for the same reason that "non-autonomous humans" do. I define each of these key ...
  • Defending an indirect normativity of belief 

    Perinchery-Herman, Stephen (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2019)
    In this dissertation, I seek to answer the following questions: is there such a thing as deontic epistemic normativity -- obligations, permissions, and prohibitions to act in a certain way based on epistemic grounds -- and ...
  • The consciousness of visual experience 

    Kang, Seokman (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] "This monograph mainly concerns two distinctive features of visual experience. First, visual experience has its own phenomenal dimension. Following the ...
  • Preventing unjust wars, and lesser aggresson 

    Wagner, Isaac A. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This dissertation addresses two issues in the philosophy of war: the prevention of unjust wars, and the moral justification of lethal defense against ...
  • Preventing unjust wars, and lesser aggresson 

    Wagner, Issac A. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This dissertation addresses two issues in the philosophy of war: the prevention of unjust wars, and the moral justification of lethal defense against ...
  • Clarifying relational egalitarianism 

    Rowse, Eric (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] I clarify the nature of relational egalitarianism, a theory in political philosophy that concerns equality. Relational egalitarians understand equality ...
  • Skill-based reliabilism 

    Marshall, Daniel C. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2014)
  • Examining the nature of epistemic value 

    Burmeister, Jonathan (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
  • Resisting the nudge 

    Hamilton, Paul (Paul Robert) (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    "Behavioral scientists have discovered that people predictably behave in ways unlike perfectly rational agents or utility maximizers. For example, it has been found that when people make choices, the degree to which they ...
  • Three studies in the philosophy of jazz 

    Hall, Troy S. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This dissertation comprises three studies which in turn discuss jazz ontology, jazz improvisation, and the question of whether jazz has ended as an ...
  • The epistemology of group agents 

    Harris, Keith (Keith Raymond) (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] "The ultimate foci of this dissertation are group belief and justified group belief. As we will see, many models of both concepts have been proposed, ...
  • Skepticism, reason, and decision 

    Wu, Tung-Ying (University of Missouri--Columbia graduate in Philosophy) (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] "This dissertation is a combination of three different projects. The first project investigates the history of philosophy: Kant's refutation of idealism. ...
  • Etiological teleosemantics and theories of nonconceptual content 

    Swerling, David (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2014)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Within the philosophy of mind, discourse regarding the relation between human thought and its objects refers to ‘intentional content’, the information ...
  • An essay on the burden of proof 

    Chambers, Wesley A. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    This essay answers two questions: what is a burden of proof, and when is it reasonable to assign a burden of proof? After showing the importance of how we answer these questions, it uses the Western legal tradition as the ...
  • Born she is the divine Christ child : female figurations of Christ in Black Atlantic literature, theatre, and cinema 

    Mouzet, Aurelia (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    In order to support and justify the slave trade and the colonial enterprise, Western powers relied heavily on distorted interpretations of Christian scriptures to justify the oppression of black communities in Africa and ...
  • 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 ...

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