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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 ...
  • The nonepistemic psychological requirements for knowledge 

    Moon, Andrew Y., 1982- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2010)
    A question tracing back to Plato's Meno asks, "What is knowledge?" Very plausibly, a person knows a proposition only if he believes it and it is true. However, true belief is not sufficient for knowledge. A person who ...
  • A proprietarian theory of custodial rights over children 

    Schmidly, Brandon, 1975- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2010)
    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 ownership rights over the child. We generally believe that custodial parents ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • The phenomenal brain: making room for a phenomenal-neural type identity theory of phenomenal consciousndes [sic] 

    Hedderman, Jason, 1973- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2008)
    It is currently popular among physicalist philosophers of mind to suppose that phenomenal consciousness is essentially a representational phenomenon and that a representational theory of phenomenal consciousness will prove ...

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