• 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)
    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 ...
  • 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 ...