• 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...