Recent Submissions

  • Respect for patient autonomy in veterinary medicine : a relational approach 

    Contributor:Reyes-Illg, Gwendolen;
    Date Submitted:2017
    This thesis considers the prospects for including respect for patient autonomy as a value in veterinary medical ethics. Chapter One considers why philosophers have traditionally denied autonomy to animals and why this is ...
  • Constructivism and the phenomenology of moral deliberation 

    Contributor:Ponzo, Alexander;
    Date Submitted:2017
    In this thesis I claim that constructivism is an attractive positon when it comes to explaining the nature of moral facts. The central tenet of constructivism is that moral facts are a function of what actual (or hypothetical) ...
  • By their own standards : a new perspective for the question of moral agency in animals 

    Contributor:Grattan, Douglas;
    Date Submitted:2017
    Much of the history of ethology, philosophy, and psychology has been a sort of tug-of-war between those claiming that animals have certain capacities and others claiming that such science is unverifiable and amounts to ...
  • An escape from anger and other Buddhist contributions to the philosophy of emotions 

    Contributor:Murray, Adam;
    Date Submitted:2016
    This paper begins with an examination of several theories of emotion in general—a ‘mixed theory’, an ‘attitudinal theory’, and a Buddhist ‘componential theory.’ I argue that the Buddhist theory has a theoretical advantage ...
  • Friendship and the role of emotion in Aristotelian and Stoic conceptions of eudaimonia 

    Contributor:Lins, Nicole G.;
    Date Submitted:2016
    Ancient conceptions of virtuous and perfect friendships – specifically in Aristotle and the Stoics (i.e. Cicero, Epictetus, and Seneca) – attempt to describe the proper relations between people, when and why friendships ...
  • Moral error theory 

    Contributor:Gustafson, Matt;
    Date Submitted:2016
    J.L. Mackie historically has been considered the primary defender of moral error theory. The position he defends is one of many metaethical positions an individual might hold. Moral error theory’s central thesis is that ...
  • Authenticity and animal welfare : understanding and ameliorating the suffering of dairy cows and their calves 

    Contributor:Teeple, Jennifer Elyse;
    Date Submitted:2016
    As Bernard Rollin discusses throughout his body of work, animals have interests and unique teloi as well as the capacity to feel pain and suffer emotionally. I argue that we must confront the ways in which we contribute ...
  • Evaluating the food system with a Noddings-style care ethic 

    Contributor:Moerland, Hanna Leigh;
    Date Submitted:2016
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  • Inclusive Just War Theory : Confucian and Mohist contributions 

    Contributor:Davidson, Lake Andrew;
    Date Submitted:2016
    Warfare has permeated humanity across cultures and through time. It is a human activity that often carries with it large-scale consequences. However, even if it does not, human lives are always lost, and the effects of ...
  • Why we should talk about animals when we talk about antibiotics 

    Contributor:Levi, Ashley;
    Date Submitted:2016
    Antibiotic use in livestock has been accused of playing a major role in the emerging public health crisis of antibiotic resistance in human beings. While antibiotics are important medical tools that help to fight bacterial ...
  • Beauty and the treatment of addiction 

    Contributor:Czyszczewski, Justin;
    Date Submitted:2015
    Drug and alcohol addiction are highly destructive, reaping significant damage on society, on addicts, and on their families and friends. The past century has seen a vast increase in the treatment of addiction, but these ...
  • "Moral Perception" : an examination and revision 

    Contributor:Will, Tyler L.;
    Date Submitted:2015
    In the recent metaethics literature, some theorists have advanced what seems to be a novel moral epistemology or explanation of how it is that agents come to form moral beliefs and acquire moral knowledge. Known to this ...
  • The Problems of Mental Causation and Pluralist Alternatives 

    Contributor:Hoffmann, Stephanie Lee;
    Date Submitted:2015
    The mental causation literature tends towards certain presuppositions, including the tacit endorsement of physicalism, causal closure, and reductionism. Insofar as justification for these philosophical positions is offered ...
  • Proliferative Etiological Functions In Biological Systems 

    Contributor:Davis, John;
    Date Submitted:2015
    This work will examine functional conceptions in biology, and argue that problems arise when etiological accounts of function are applied to traits contained within a biological system. In the first chapter, prominent ...
  • Mind and World in Kant's Theory of Sensation 

    Contributor:Murski, Jessica;
    Date Submitted:2015
    In examining sensation as Kant presents it in the Critique of Pure Reason and understanding the problems exemplified in the debate which has arisen surrounding this topic, it becomes clear that Kant believed the objective ...
  • Re-visiting Orientalism : on the problem of speaking for the Orient 

    Contributor:Baradan, Saad Nawras;
    Date Submitted:2015
    It was the advice of one of my professors that when I found a thesis topic that would sustain my interest that I be able to summarize it in one sentence. Here it is: Orientalism involves instances of speaking for others, ...
  • David Hume's theory of justice : an examination of the possibility of an instinctual concept of property and natural virtue of justice 

    Contributor:Maimone, Charles L.;
    Date Submitted:2015
    In this work I argue that David Hume's classification of the virtue of justice as artificial is mistaken, and propose that the possibility of the existence of a natural virtue of justice should be taken seriously within ...
  • Virtual morality : the moral status of virtual actions 

    Contributor:Wojak, Roland;
    Date Submitted:2012
    In this thesis, I examine virtual actions and the relationship between them and morality. Increasingly, people are using computer generated virtual mediums for relaxation, work, and socialization. Virtual worlds are one ...
  • Morality and reasons to act 

    Contributor:Gavronsky, Joseph;
    Date Submitted:2012
    The main goal of this thesis is to shed some light on the nature of reasons to act, and the nature of the relationship between morality and reasons to act, through a defense of rational egoism. Rational egoism holds that ...
  • How does death harm the person who dies? 

    Contributor:Bzdok, Andrew John;
    Date Submitted:2012
    The objective of this thesis is to identify the most persuasive justification for the common intuition that death is a harm for the person who dies. This goal is achieved by examining the Deprivation Theory and the Desire ...

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