Recent Submissions

  • The Place of Implicit Belief in Models of our Doxastic Agency 

    Schaffer, David W (2018-03-12)
    I argue that our concept of belief is ambiguous between two kinds of psychological phenomena. Active beliefs, as Mathew Boyle has coined them, are ascribed from a first-person perspective primarily in order to make sense ...
  • Quantum gravity and the nature of space and time 

    Matsurbara, Keizo (Wiley, 2017-03-06)
    This is a nontechnical overview of how various approaches to quantum gravity suggest modifications to the way we conceptualize space and time. A theory of quantum gravity is needed to reconcile quantum physics with general ...
  • Dimensions of Mathematical Explanation 

    D'Alessandro, William (2017-12-07)
    My dissertation, Dimensions of Mathematical Explanation, consists of three essays. The first paper—“Arithmetic, Set Theory, Reduction and Explanation”—argues that viewing the natural numbers and arithmetical operations as ...
  • The Scope of Biology 

    Baxter, Janella (2017-03-14)
    When new technology pushes the frontier of a scientific discipline, often our understanding of the nature of that discipline needs to be revised. My dissertation explores how biological technologies challenge common views ...
  • Fictional Realism 

    Motoarca, Ioan-Radu (2016-11-10)
    A theory of fiction needs to answer two major questions: (1) Do fictional names like 'Raskolnikov' or 'Anna Karenina' refer to something or not? Anti-realist theories deny both that the names refer and that fictional ...
  • The Ethics of War and Friendship: The Moral Significance of Fellowship of Arms 

    Betz, Adam T. (2016-10-19)
    Contemporary just war theorists have focused on the question whether unjust combatants have the same battlefield rights as just combatants--in particular, the equal right to use force. Traditionalists affirm this 'moral ...
  • 'Consciousness,' Consciousness, and Self-Conciousness 

    Gottlieb, Joseph N. (2016-10-19)
    My dissertation advances three primary theses. The first two concern the Transitivity Principle, the claim that conscious mental states are mental states we are aware of in some way. The Transitivity Principle is the core ...
  • Deriving General Relativity From String Theory. 

    HUGGETT, N; VISTARINI, T (The University of Chicago Press, 2015-12)
    Weyl symmetry of the classical bosonic string Lagrangian is broken by quantization, with profound consequences described here (along with a review of string theory for philosophers of physics). Reimposing symmetry requires ...
  • Kinds of Fair Play and Regulation Enforcement: Toward a Better Sports 

    Motoarca, Ioan-Radu (Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2015-03)
    It is customary for institutions that organize sporting competitions and events to exercise a considerable degree of authority over the participants. That authority is often manifested in the enforcement of penalties for ...
  • Kant's Response to Hume in the Second Analogy 

    Vatansever, Saniye (2015-10-21)
    This dissertation project aims to solve −what I call− Kant’s “problem of empirical laws,” a problem concerning the coherence of Kant's claims that empirical laws as laws express a kind of necessity, and as empirical judgments ...
  • Paradox Lost and Paradox Regained: The Banach-Tarski Paradox and Ancient Paradoxes of Infinity 

    Martin, Kenneth E. (2015-10-21)
    The Banach-Tarski Paradox (BTP) is often described as a proof that spheres in R3 can be doubled by the isometric action of rotations on a finite number of their parts. This dissertation examines the BTP through its ...
  • Quantum Ontology 

    Norton, Joshua D. (2015-10-21)
    In this dissertation, I discuss the ontological and metaphysical implications of two quantum theories: quantum mechanics and loop quantum gravity. Central to this dissertation is the role that our interpretation of the ...
  • Common Sense Rationalism 

    Farley, Robert M. (2015-07-21)
    My aim in this essay is to defend rationalism, the view that some propositions expressed by synthetic sentences can be justifiably believed on a priori grounds. More specifically, I defend the following principle of epistemic ...
  • Name-bearing, Reference, and Circularity 

    Gray, A. (Springer Verlag, 2014-11)
    Proponents of the predicate view of names explain the reference of an occurrence of a name N by invoking the property of bearing N. They avoid the charge that this view involves a vicious circularity by claiming that ...
  • The Pessimistic Induction and The Epistemic Status of Scientific Theories 

    Ozturk, Burkay T. (2014-10-28)
    Virtually all prominent critics of the Pessimistic Induction have so far assumed that in order to defeat the argument, one must show that there is a degree of continuity in the history of science at the level of theory. ...



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