• 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 ...
  • Justifying war: an account of just and merely justifying causes for war 

    Allen, Crystal (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2012)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] 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 ...
  • A new defense of the knowledge norm of assertion 

    Montgomery, Brian Alan (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2012)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] 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 ...
  • Optimality explanations: a new approach 

    Rice, Collin (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2012)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Despite its importance, philosophers have found it difficult to say precisely what constitutes a scientific explanation. One of the most prominent ...
  • Rethinking the evolution of human intelligence 

    Rohwer, Yasha (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2012)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Humans have very large, complex brains for their size. Why are humans so intelligent and why did we become intelligent so quickly? My dissertation ...