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  • Preventing unjust wars, and lesser aggresson 

    Wagner, Issac A. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    This dissertation addresses two issues in the philosophy of war: the prevention of unjust wars, and the moral justification of lethal defense against ‘lesser aggression’ (a kind of international aggression that involves ...
  • 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 ...
  • A hierarchical Bayesian analysis of multiple order constraints in behavioral science 

    Haaf, Julia M. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Psychology is an empirical science, and oftentimes the main target of interest is an empirical effect. For example, we may be interested in human ...
  • Examining the nature of epistemic value 

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

    Hamilton,Paul (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)
    This dissertation comprises three studies which in turn discuss jazz ontology, jazz improvisation, and the question of whether jazz has ended as an artform. The first study discusses Andrew Kania's work on jazz ontology ...
  • The epistemology of group agents 

    Harris, Keith R. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    "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, and it is clear in many cases that these models are not intended to ...
  • Skepticism, reason, and decision 

    Wu, Tung-Ying (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    "This dissertation is a combination of three different projects. The first project investigates the history of philosophy: Kant's refutation of idealism. In this project I propose a more plausible interpretation of Kant's ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...

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