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Theses Library

Recent philosophy theses are archived by the department, and may be used as a resource for philosophy students who wish to see what previous undergraduates have written about in as their theses. This is a listing of the available papers which may be perused in the Philosophy Office. The name of the author is given, as well as the title of the paper.

2008

Carey, Eleanor: “Solidarity and Particularity: Finding Common Ground with Richard Rorty”

Cunningham, Lindsay: “That’s Unreal: McTaggart, Shoemaker, and the Epiphenomenal Nature of Time”

Schmidli, Alexandra Priscille: “(Re)Presenting Photography as Art: A Discussion of Roger Scruton’s Photography and Representation

Stewart, Holly: “Free Will as a Presupposition for Moral Responsibility”

2007

Fazekas, Katherine: “Does Time Really Pass? A Priorian Critique of McTaggart’s Theory of Time”

Mantin, Sara: “Liberty and Congressional Wartime Checks Over The President: An Argument Based on Locke’s and Montesquieu’s Separation of Powers Doctrine”

Myers, Kathleen: “An Exposition and Critique of After Virtue’s Moral Program”

Merritt, Christiane: “Physicalism and the Problem of Intentionality”

Stern, Caitlin: “What is Jewish Identity? The Paradox of Secular Jews”

2006

Berg, Anna Marie MacanSantos: “Multiculturalism: A Way of Being”

Hawkins, J’London: “Creativity in ‘Science’ and ‘Art’: Toward a Neo-Renaissance Humanist Approach to Understanding Knowledge”

Jankowski, Valori A.: “What’s the Difference? Philosophical Perspectives on Disability”

Jost, Alison: “Beyond Liberal Theories: A Feminist Perspective on Health Care Access”

Moore, Courtney K.: “The Medical Basis of Psychiatry”

Palermo, Patricia Grace: “Making Conceptual Schemes A Useful Notion For Those Who Share Culture, Language, And Even the Same Basic Sense of Values”

Patchett, Kate: “A Commonsense Approach to Berkeleyan Idealism: How Esse Est Percepi Can Work for Us (And Not Be Scary)”

Payson, Jessica: “Pleasurable Politics: The Influence of Social Norms on Experiences of Pleasure”

Prioly, Jackney: “En Route to Intersectionality: Creating Contextual Theory, Encompassing Differences, and Moving Toward a Multiple-Axis Analysis”

Rusinek, Michelle: “Vattimo and Rorty on Religious Belief: The Need For Better Ways of Stating What We Believe”

Taylor, Amelia: “Putnam’s ‘Middle Way’: An Examination of Internal Realism”

Walker, Mary Wessel: “What’s a Pacifist to Do? Case Studies in Pacifist Activism”

2005

Adams, Laura: “Art as a Form of Life: The Lesson of Wittgenstein and Kosuth”

Alfonso, Christina: “Saving a Burned Jurisprudence: Letting the Reasonable Person Decide: A Critical Analysis of Virginia v. Black

Georges, Tegan: “The Ontological is the Political: Sex and Gender in Feminist Theory”

Griffin, Georgia: “‘She Blinded Me with Science’: A Critical Analysis of the Scientific Model of Health”

Hwang, Jen-You: “A Discussion of Aristotle’s Book on Rhetoric: Rhetoric’s Relationship to Dialectic in Terms of an Acting Agent’s Responsibility in Public Speech”

Ribble, Molly: “Rerouting the River: Wittgenstein and the Power of Language Use”

Robledo, Phaedra: “‘To Be or Not to Be’: Schopenhauer on Suicide”

Rosenthal, Chelsea: “Limitations on the Entitlement to Sovereignty Afforded by Democratic Processes”

Silvius, Laura: “Women’s Reproductive Rights in a Global Context”

2004

Bastani, Maryam: “Qualia and Subjective Authority”

LaFarge, Erin: “Relational Autonomy: How Friendship Gives New Insight Toward Reconceiving Liberty”

McGrath, Faye L.: “Money and Morality: An Ethical Examination of Insider Trading”

McLachlan, Elizabeth: “The Decision for Prenatal Testing in our Society: Selective Abortion, Disability Rights, and Duty”

Medina, Diana E.: “Richard Rorty: An Anti-Relativist, Ethnocentric Debate on Trans-Cultural Conversation”

Reighard, Carrie: “Austin, Stroud, and the Problem of the External World”

Rogers, Amanda: Simone de Beauvoir: AContemporary Analysis of Oppression in The Second Sex and The Ethics of Ambiguity”

To, Cheng: “By Our Lips We Are Women”

2003

Das, Geeti: “Environmental Considerations in Sen’s Approach to Development”

Ehrhardt, Kari L.: “Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism: Toward a Reconceptualization of National Identity”

Lee, Michelle: “Moral Duty and Philanthropy”

McCartney, Erin M.: “Revising Megan’s Law: Applying a Restorative Justice Approach”

Shelton, Heather A.: “Appropriation in the Visual Arts: An Investigation of the Legal, Ethical, and Aesthetic Aspects of Creation In a Cut and Paste Culture”

2002

Havey, A.B.: “The Ambiguity of Amor Fati: Existential Implications in a Nietzschean Perspectivism”

McGann, Nora: “Animal Rights: Are We Morally Obligated to Be Vegan?”

Minea, Alison Ann: “A Relational Approach to Privacy Rights on the Internet”

Porton, Kira: “Rethinking Self-Determination: A Proposal for Physician-Assisted Suicide and Voluntary Euthanasia”

2001

Figuero, Vivana: “Imagination and the Understanding”

2000

Bonsu, Aja: “The Governing of Iran according to Khomeini: The Birth of vilayet il-Faqih and a Philosopher-King”

Clark, Catherine: “Understanding the Tao of Lao Tzu’s To Tê Ching Through the Commentaries of Wang Pi and Ho-shang-kung”

Cuper, Cary Lynn: “Identity Theory: Interiority, Essentialism, and the Construction of the Invidual”

Fuangfu, Varittha: “The End of Inquiry: Misak on Peirce”

Heidorn, Elsa: “Environmental Ethics: The Intrinsic and the Pragmatic”

Shim, Joon: “Toward an Understanding of Aesthetic Experience: Chang-tzu and Gabriel Marcel”

1999

Bochansky, Rose: “The Context of the Third Critique: Beauty as a Symbol of Morality and the Transgression of the Aesthetic Ideal in Early Nineteenth Century German Romantic Literature”

Evanson, Sarah: “Constructing Vulnerability: Culture, Gender, and Rape”

Hatch, Erica: “Moral Realism: An Examination of the Needs and Capabilities Approach”

Pender, Malindi: “Plato’s Home Pregnancy Test: Socratic Infertility and the Paradox of Eros and Sophrosune

Scutt, Zermatt: “Can we live with Parfit’s view of Personal Identity?”

Saner, Göze: “Theatre as Political Philosophy: An Exploration into Hannah Arendt’s Polis as the Space of Freedom”

1998

Khogali, Muna: “Determinism and Indeterminism: Conceptual Schemes and Scientific Progress”

1997

Bessinger, Piper: “Madness in a World of Morally Based Reason”

Dorismond, Marie Jo: “Love, Relationships, and Neurosis: An Ethical Argument for Healing the Self”

El-Domeiri, Shereen: “Artificial Intelligence: An Introduction to the Field as an Instrument for Understanding”

Goldstein, Julie E.: “Metaphor as a Cultural Site”

Jones, Cara E.: “A Critique of Peirce’s Tychism: Not A Chance”

 

1996

Al-Saleh, Yasmine: “The Social Construction of Women in Islam: Issues of Sexual Identity”

Gouletas, Victoria: Anselm’s Ontological Argument and its Interpretations”

Gradler, Corinne N.: “Henri Bergson’s Evolutionary Morality”Harper, Jennifer: “The Question of Consciousness as it Relates to the Issue of Artificial Intelligence”

Kelly, Carly Noel: “Impartiality and the American Jury: Interpreting the Sixth Amendment”

Rajapakse, Mimi: “What are the Facts About Moral Fact?: A Discussion of David McNaughton’s Moral Realism”

Sonnenborn, Melanie: “Psychoanalysis, Narrativity, & The Past”

White, Heather May: “The Formation of Gender Identity: An Inquiry Into the Philosophies of Foucault, Butler, Irigaray and Grosz”

Williamson, Rhonda Kay: “Intersexuality and Autonomy”

1995

Karp, Nina: “Utilitarianism with Integrity? a discussion of Bernard Williams’ integrity-centered criticism of utilitarianism”