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The methodology introduction is a paragraph that describes both the design of the study and the organization of the chapter. This prepares the reader for what is to follow and provides a framework within which to incorporate the materials. 

This paragraph says to the reader, “This is the methodology chapter, this is how it is organized, and this is the type of design I used.” 

In this introduction, you can also state:  

The objectives of your research and/or 

The research question or hypothesis to be tested 

Research Philosophy

Carrying out your own research for your dissertation means that you are engaging in the creation of knowledge. Research philosophy is an aspect of this. It is belief about the way studies should be conducted, how data should be collected and how it is then analysed and used.  At its deepest level, it includes considerations of what is (ontology), like, is there an objective truth or is it everything subjective, and how to know (epistemology), like, can we know the truth, and how can we get to know it.

Writing about your research philosophy, therefore, involves reflecting on your assumptions and beliefs about data collection to develop, analyse, challenge and evaluate them.  

If you need to have a research philosophy section in your dissertation, the handout attached below provides some guidance.  

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I supervise at least one undergraduate a year. Many of the same questions come up each year. I have prepared below a set of guidelines to help when starting out on a dissertation.

Please note that this is personal advice and not to be taken as a substitute for the undergraduate handbook and marking scheme.

Do’s and Don’t’s for a dissertation

  • Have a claim. You should be able to state your claim clearly in 1–2 sentences.
  • Have claim of the right size – viz. a size you can defend (be careful not to be too ambitious here)
  • Have a rigorous argument for your claim. Your argument should be able to convince a rational person who does not already believe your claim
  • Make your dissertation clearly understandable to a philosopher who is not an expert in this area
  • Explain why your claim is important
  • Be honest if you do not conclusively establish your claim – e.g. clarify that your claim follows conditional on certain stated assumptions, list unresolved objections
  • Make clear your original contribution
  • Make use of your supervisor for feedback on drafts


  • Aim for this to be your magnum opus or last word on the topic
  • Try to solve a major problem (e.g. the mind-body problem, external world scepticism)
  • Cover every possible view in the field
  • Include extra material unless it advances your argument
  • Have one massive 6,000 word chapter
  • Leave it until Semester 2 to start work

How to write a dissertation

The points above give you an idea of what to aim for but they don’t provide a method for how to get there. There are many ways to write a dissertation. It may be reassuring to know that there are simple methods that can reliably produce an excellent dissertation. The algorithm below is one method:

  • Find the general area you like (e.g. phenomenal consciousness)
  • Select one article/book chapter in that area that you find fascinating (e.g. Smith (2009))
  • Summarise Smith (2009) carefully in your own words, paying attention to whether each step in the argument follows from the previous
  • Look for weaknesses in Smith (2009)’s argument
  • Which new resources do you need to draw on?
  • Which alternative conclusions follow?
  • Which objections can be raised to your proposal?
  • Draw on relevant bits of surrounding literature to support (5)

You have a first class dissertation!

Filling the dissertation with enough words

A common worry among students is whether they are able to write enough words. The longest piece of philosophical writing they may have done so far is 3,000 words. How can you write a sustained argument that lasts for 8,000 words? This turns out to be easier than you might think. Indeed, the difficulty often turns out to be not going over the word limit.

For the sake of argument, let us see how following the algorithm above might work out in terms of word count.

  • Introduction (500 words): What is your claim, the outline of your argument?
  • Chapter 1 (1,000 words): Why is your claim important? What are the pay-offs?
  • Chapter 2 (2,000 words): Careful and charitable summary of X in your own words
  • Chapter 3 (2,000 words): Your rigorous criticism of X
  • Chapter 4 (2,000 words): How X should be corrected, associated costs, consequences for views that use X, possible objections
  • Conclusion (500 words): Summary and next steps for future work

And we are done!

Milestones to aim for

Milestones depend on the specific project and you should talk to your supervisor about your workload and what would be a reasonable plan for finishing the dissertation in the year. Below is a rough plan that one might aim for.

  • End Y3: meet supervisor & agree on general topic
  • Summer vacation: background reading on topic
  • Start Y4: find 1 article/chapter to focus

Year 4, Semester 1:

  • Start: meet with supervisor & agree plan for year
  • Middle: first draft of 2 chapters
  • End: polished draft of 2 chapters

Year 4, Semester 2:

  • Start: first draft of entire dissertation
  • Middle: polished draft of entire dissertation
  • End: revisit, revise, and submit dissertation

Background reading

A dissertation in philosophy is a story … like all good stories, it only includes what is essential to the story — Robert Paul Wolff’s astute advice that applies just as well to UG dissertations as well as PhD theses

Be concise, but explain yourself fully — Jim Pryor with an excellent 3-stage plan for writing philosophy

Style is the feather in the arrow, not the feather in the cap — Peter Lipton has some wonderful and concise writing advice

Read your work aloud. … Be firm: take your prose to the gym, and keep working at it until the bones and sinews show through! — Peter Smith, previously editor of Analysis , with some fantastic advice

What is an argument? — Jim Pryor’s guide is essential reading for anyone writing philosophy; it contains a lexicon of philosophical terms and a taxonomy of good and bad arguments, which is useful for classifying the arguments you consider

Doctor of Philosophy/Thesis structure

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Structuring and Writing the Research Thesis (100,000 words) By Dr Mary Walsh

  • 1 Research Question
  • 2 Chapter 1: Introduction (5000w)
  • 3 Chapter 2: Literature Review (25,000w)
  • 4 Chapter 3: Methodology - Towards a Critical Appraisal (15,000w)
  • 5 Chapter 4: Evaluation/Results Chapter (25,000w)
  • 6 Chapter 5: Evaluation/Results Chapter (25,000w)
  • 7 Chapter 6: Conclusion (5000w)

Research Question [ edit | edit source ]

Main Argument

  • The thesis offers a more complete understanding of these key issues and possible alternatives.

Chapter 1: Introduction (5000w) [ edit | edit source ]

  • Introductory paragraphs - What the thesis is about…Where it seeks to make a contribution…Why this is important…(500w)
  • General overview of contemporary developments in the field (different approaches, different focuses). (1000w)
  • General overview of major substantive themes and debates to indicate the contextual and historical themes. (1000w)
  • The location of your topic for highlighting the various elements in these discussions. (1000w)
  • An explanation of what the thesis will do, which will be to examine…to evaluate whether…based upon theoretical discussion and theoretical/empirical analysis. (1000w)
  • Indicate how this will be done by providing a chapter summary (what literature review will do, how this links to method and how you will apply method in the evaluation chapter that leaves you with your conclusion)…(500w)

Chapter 2: Literature Review (25,000w) [ edit | edit source ]

  • This chapter is a detailed review of the contemporary literature in the field with the key objective of highlighting key themes and unresolved issues. The object of this chapter is to survey the relevant literature and then group it according to your own research typology. (20,000)
  • The final part of the chapter is the unresolved issues section where you explain how what you are doing is different to what has been done before, which leads into the methodology chapter where you will explain how you are going to measure the particular focus of your thesis. (5000w)

Chapter 3: Methodology - Towards a Critical Appraisal (15,000w) [ edit | edit source ]

This chapter bridges your theory and methods section.

  • First, you provide an overview of the aspects of your methodology writing a fairly comprehensive conceptualisation that explains to the marker what the methodology consists of, how and if it has been used by others and whether successful or not. Explain and describe the features of the criterion and/or interviews/surveys. (10,000w)
  • Second, you have a section explicitly titled methodology, listing the key components in first section of this chapter (one line each).
  • The most crucial step is where you justify the choice of criterion and/or outline the steps you implemented in designing/crafting the interviews/survey, how it was distributed, how many were received back to form the sample…etc. You will be applying the method in the next chapter (this chapter explains it and describes how it will be applied). (5000w)

Chapter 4: Evaluation/Results Chapter (25,000w) [ edit | edit source ]

  • A general discussion of the location. (5000w)
  • A critique based on the other literature (what are the shortcomings of other approaches). (5000)
  • A detailed evaluation using the theoretical criterion and/or interviews/surveys research that systematically uses and discusses the criterion set up in the first section of the methodology chapter. (10,000w)
  • The end of the chapter points to the extent to which the collected data succeeds or fails on each of those criteria and conversely how each of the criteria have allowed you to produce an overall critique. (5000w)

Chapter 5: Evaluation/Results Chapter (25,000w) [ edit | edit source ]

  • A general discussion of the location (5000w)
  • A critique based on the other literature (what are the shortcomings of other approaches). (5000w)
  • A detailed evaluation using the theoretical criterion and/or interviews/surveys research that systematically uses and discusses the criteria set up in the first section of the methodology chapter. (10,000w)

Chapter 6: Conclusion (5000w) [ edit | edit source ]

  • Summarise what you consider to be the most promising themes drawn for the first section of chapter 3. (1000w)
  • Summarise the extent to which the absence or presence of these themes (pick up the final section of chapter 4) has either advanced or impeded the respective analyses. (2000w)
  • You should answer the question of where this leaves your initial position (argument). On the basis of what I conclude would I perhaps modify it in light of the research that emerged in the theoretical analysis and/or surveys/ questionnaires… This leaves me with… (1000w)
  • Conclusion - a summary of your new appraisal developed from your research with possible suggestions for future research to conclude the thesis. (1000w)

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How to Write a Philosophy Paper

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Source:  Feinberg, Joel.  Doing Philosophy: A Guide to the Writing of Philosophy Papers .  Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth, 2008. p. 6.

"A philosophy paper presents a reasoned defense of some thesis. So a philosophy paper typically does at least one of the following:

  • Defend a thesis by offering plausible reasons to support it
  • Defend a thesis by showing that arguments against it are unconvincing
  • Criticize a thesis by showing that the arguments for it are unconvincing
  • Contrast two or more views on a given issue and argue for one view over the other."

Source: Bumpus, Ann. Writing the Philosophy Paper. Dartmouth University. 2004. 

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Writing A Philosophy Dissertation: Tips And Tricks

Writing a philosophy dissertation can be an intimidating task. It involves researching, brainstorming and constructing sound arguments. However, with the right tips and tricks, one can make the process of writing a philosophy dissertation easier.

In this article, we provide readers with useful advice on how to write a successful philosophy dissertation. The aim of this article is to provide readers with practical advice on how to write an effective philosophy dissertation.

We consider both the basic elements of writing such as research and structure, as well as more specialized topics such as referencing conventions. Our goal is not only to provide readers with useful tips for writing their own dissertations but also to help them become better writers in general.

Definition Of Philosophy

Philosophy is a discipline that seeks to answer questions about the nature of the universe, human existence, and the purpose of life.

It can be divided into two broad categories: theoretical and applied philosophy.

Theoretical philosophy involves determining relevance, ethical considerations, logical arguments, analyzing data and exploring implications.

Applied philosophy is concerned with developing solutions to practical problems such as social justice or public policy.

In either case, philosophical thinking requires careful consideration of multiple points of view in order to make judgments about what is true or reasonable.

By engaging in this process of inquiry, one can gain insight into the workings of society and how it shapes our lives and our world.

This process also allows us to draw conclusions from available evidence and helps us better understand why we hold certain beliefs or values.

Ultimately, this knowledge can lead us to greater understanding of ourselves and others.

Research Plan

1.Creating an outline is an important aspect of the research plan for a philosophy dissertation. It serves as a roadmap for the research, providing structure and guidance for the project.

2.Gathering resources for a philosophy dissertation is also a critical part of the research plan. It is important to find reliable and relevant sources that support the arguments and claims made by the researcher.

3.Time management is essential for the successful completion of a philosophy dissertation research plan. It is important to plan ahead and set realistic deadlines for each task to ensure the project is completed in a timely manner.

Creating An Outline

Creating a research plan for your philosophy dissertation is important, as it provides a framework to structure your writing and guides you in selecting the right theoretical frameworks, referencing techniques, and analytical approaches.

An effective research plan should include an outline of the topics that you intend to cover in your dissertation. This outline should include headings and subheadings which will act as a roadmap to help you stay focused on the main themes throughout your writing.

Additionally, taking the time to create an outline can help you identify any gaps in your knowledge or missed opportunities before you begin writing. When creating your outline, it is important to remember that each point should be clearly defined and demonstrate how it contributes to the overall argument of your dissertation.

Furthermore, ensure that all of the points within each section are logically connected and structured in a way that allows for easy readability by others. Taking these steps when creating an outline for your philosophy dissertation will save time and effort later on in the writing process.

Gathering Resources

The next step in creating an effective research plan for your philosophy dissertation is gathering resources. This involves finding and understanding the relevant data that will help you explore and analyze the theories you intend to discuss in your dissertation.

When researching, it is important to remember that not all sources are created equal; you must take care to identify any potential biases or interpretations of data that may be present in each source. Additionally, by critically interpreting data from different perspectives, you can gain a more holistic understanding of the topics you are exploring.

With these tips in mind, you can make sure that the resources gathered for your dissertation are reliable and properly referenced throughout your writing. As such, taking the time to carefully select quality resources is essential for building a strong research plan for your philosophy dissertation.

Time Management

Once you have gathered your resources, the next step in creating an effective research plan for your philosophy dissertation is to ensure that you are managing your time efficiently.

Time tracking can help you stay on top of tasks and deadlines, as well as maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Additionally, developing strategies for procrastination prevention can help ensure that you are staying focused and productive throughout the writing process.

Therefore, it is important to take the time to think about how best to manage your own time when working on your dissertation.

By doing so, you will be able to make sure that all of your research is properly organized and ready for use when it comes time to write.

Choosing A Topic

When considering a thesis statement, it is important to take into account the scope of the dissertation, the research that is needed to support the statement, and the overall purpose of the dissertation. Brainstorming ideas is a useful way to come up with possible topics for a philosophy dissertation. It can also be helpful to review existing research and to look for potential gaps in the literature. Researching potential topics is an important step in the process of choosing a philosophy dissertation topic; the research should focus on recent and relevant literature and consider the originality of the topic.

Considering A Thesis Statement

When looking at the overall topic of writing a philosophy dissertation, one of the most important considerations is choosing a topic.

In doing so, it is essential to also consider your thesis statement. The thesis statement should be an argumentative position that can be argued from an ethical standpoint using philosophical methodology and socratic questioning.

It should be clear, concise and provide a summary of what you will be discussing in your dissertation. It should also articulate why the argument is important to consider and challenge existing beliefs or opinions.

Furthermore, it should provide the reader with a sense of direction for the rest of your paper. Therefore, when crafting a thesis statement for your dissertation, ensure that it encompasses all these aspects in order to make it effective and engaging.

Brainstorming Ideas

Once you have chosen a topic, the next step is to brainstorm ideas. Doing this can help you come up with potential arguments and counterarguments for your dissertation.

It is important to remember that when dealing with frustrations during the process of brainstorming, it is best to take a break and come back to it in order to keep your mind clear and focused.

It may also be useful to analyze existing arguments related to the topic in order to develop new ideas or refine current ones. This can help you formulate well-thought out arguments that are supported by evidence and logical reasoning.

To make sure your arguments are convincing and compelling, consider incorporating elements such as evidence, facts, and logical reasoning into your dissertation. By doing so, you will be able to create an engaging piece of writing that will leave an impact on the reader.

Researching Potential Topics

The next step in the process of choosing a topic is to research potential topics.

Exploring different areas of interest and questioning assumptions can help you discover an interesting and relevant topic that will engage your readers.

When researching, it is also important to consider ethical considerations such as ensuring that the topic does not involve any harm or exploitation of people or animals.

By taking these factors into account, you will be able to narrow down your list of potential topics and choose one that is both interesting and appropriate for your dissertation.

Finding Sources

When it comes to writing a philosophy dissertation, researching and finding sources is an important part of the process.

It can be helpful to explore databases such as Google Scholar and JSTOR to find relevant materials.

When identifying sources, it is important to consider any potential biases that exist in the material or arguments being presented.

Once sources have been identified, it is essential to cite them properly throughout the paper according to accepted academic standards.

Additionally, technology can be a useful tool in finding and organizing sources for a dissertation.

It can also be used when developing arguments, as well as understanding opposing views.

Overall, exploring databases and using technology can help make the process of finding and citing sources easier when writing a philosophy dissertation.

It is also important to remember that properly identifying potential biases within sources helps ensure accuracy in the arguments being made.

Writing An Outline

Creating an outline for your dissertation is a crucial step in the writing process.

It will help you identify the main arguments of your paper and distinguish them from one another.

It will also make it easier to analyze evidence, explore any contradictions, and summarize your conclusions.

When creating the outline, start with a main idea or argument.

Then break it down into smaller points and sub-points that support the main argument.

This will help you keep track of any details and research sources that you need to include in each section.

You should also consider what implications each argument has on your overall thesis statement and conclusion.

This will help ensure that all of your arguments connect with each other and support the same conclusion.

Make sure that you are also accounting for any counterarguments or contradicting evidence when creating your outline.

This way, you can plan how to address them in your paper so that they do not undermine your overall point of view.

Finally, consider organizing the sections by theme rather than chronology or order of importance.

This will make it easier for readers to follow along and connect different parts of your paper together more easily.

Drafting Your Dissertation

Drafting your dissertation is an integral part of the writing process. It requires careful planning and an interdisciplinary approach in order to produce a well-structured document that meets academic standards.

When drafting, it is important to consider ethical considerations and to use analytical frameworks that will allow you to develop a clear and concise structural organization for your work.

Additionally, when drafting your dissertation, it is essential to maintain academic integrity by ensuring all sources are correctly cited. This can be done through keeping track of the references used within your paper and following the guidelines set out by your department or institution.

Lastly, it is important to take into account feedback from your supervisor or peers throughout the drafting process as they can offer invaluable insights into how best to refine and improve your work.

Editing And Refining

It is important to take the time necessary to review drafts before submitting a final version of your dissertation.

This will help you identify any gaps in evidence, expand on ideas that need more development, and check for any bias or errors.

Additionally, it is essential to properly cite sources used in the dissertation and avoid plagiarism by ensuring all borrowed text is properly referenced.

By taking the time to review drafts and carefully cite sources, you can ensure that your dissertation meets both academic standards and your own expectations.


Proofreading is an important step in the dissertation writing process. Collaborative proofreading helps to ensure accuracy and eliminate potential errors.

When proofreading, it is important to go over your work multiple times and pay close attention to both referencing errors and mistakes in grammar, punctuation, and writing style.

It may be helpful to work with a tutor or other experienced person to review your dissertation for any issues that may have been overlooked. Working with someone who can provide an outside perspective can help you catch errors that you may not have noticed otherwise.

Additionally, having someone else read through your work can help you identify areas where more clarification or elaboration may be needed.

When proofreading your dissertation, it is also important to read it aloud as this will help you pick up on any awkward phrasing or incorrect word usage. Additionally, reading aloud can help you determine if the flow of ideas makes sense and if all of your points are clearly articulated.

Make sure to leave yourself plenty of time prior to the deadline for any necessary revisions so that you are able to submit a polished and well-written dissertation.

Formatting your philosophy dissertation can be an intimidating task, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips to help make the process easier:

Make sure to format your dissertation according to the guidelines set forth by your university or department. This includes making sure that all of your sources are properly cited and that all of your formatting is consistent throughout.

Pay attention to the grounding assumptions, ethical considerations, and methodological approaches you use in your critical analysis. It is important that these elements are well-defined and well-integrated into your interdisciplinary approach.

Incorporate visual elements into your dissertation whenever possible. Graphs, charts, diagrams, and other visuals can help bring life to the arguments you make in your writing.

Take a break from writing periodically throughout the process. This will help ensure that you remain focused on the task at hand and don’t become overwhelmed by it.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to successfully format a philosophy dissertation that meets all of the requirements set forth by your department or university.

With a little effort and time invested upfront, you’ll find yourself with a finished product that is sure to impress!

Submitting Your Work

Your dissertation is the culmination of months, if not years, of hard work and dedication. Completing it and submitting your work is a major accomplishment.

As with any large project, staying organized, citing properly, tackling revisions, getting feedback and seeking support are essential elements in successfully submitting your dissertation.

Organizing your ideas and materials into appropriate sections will help you stay on track as you write each chapter. Proper citations show that you have done the necessary research to support your thesis. Revisions are inevitable; use them as an opportunity to refine your argument and make sure all details are accurate.

Seeking feedback from colleagues or a mentor can provide helpful insight into potential improvements or even a fresh perspective on your topic. Lastly, do not underestimate the value of seeking support from friends and family throughout this process; their encouragement can be key to completion.

Submitting a completed dissertation requires careful planning, thoughtful revisions, and diligent attention to detail in order for it to be accepted by the committee. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to achieving success with this endeavor, these tips can help ensure that you have covered all the bases when preparing for submission.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most common mistakes to avoid when writing a philosophy dissertation.

When writing a philosophy dissertation, there are several common mistakes to avoid.

Firstly, inadequate research is one of the most common pitfalls as it can lead to an incomplete or inaccurate argument.

Similarly, not following referencing styles correctly can result in loss of marks and credibility.

Structure planning is also important as it helps to keep track of progress throughout the writing process and allows for easy editing and proof-reading at the end.

Furthermore, lack of time management can make it difficult to complete tasks on time and may even lead to missing deadlines.

Finally, data analysis should not be overlooked as incorrect interpretation of data can lead to a flawed conclusion.

How Do I Make Sure My Dissertation Is Original And Unique?

To ensure a philosophy dissertation is original and unique, it is important to conduct thorough research and draw on a variety of sources.

It is also critical to analyze any data collected, critically evaluate it to develop an argument, and structure ideas in a clear and meaningful way.

An online tutor can be used to help with these steps, providing tips for researching sources, analyzing data, critically evaluating arguments, developing arguments, and structuring ideas.

Therefore, being mindful of these steps will ensure your dissertation is as unique and original as possible.

What Is The Best Way To Stay Organized And On Track While Writing My Dissertation?

Writing a dissertation can be an intimidating process.

To ensure that the project is successful, it is important to practice effective time management and develop strong organizational skills.

Structuring ideas and creating an outline can help keep the writing process on track and save time in the long run.

Additionally, having a good understanding of research resources and knowing how to analyze data can aid in producing original content for the dissertation.

Lastly, proofreading skills are essential for catching typos or grammar mistakes that could otherwise lead to bad grades.

With these tips, students will be able to stay organized and make steady progress on their dissertations.

How Much Time Should I Plan To Devote To Writing My Dissertation?

Time management is an integral aspect of the dissertation writing process. Depending on the research methodology, data analysis, and editing process, it is important to plan an appropriate amount of time for each step.

Typically, students will devote several months or even a year or more to write their dissertation. It is important to consider one’s motivation strategies when dedicating time for writing.

Some may find that allotting a few hours each day over the course of several weeks or months works best. Alternatively, some may prefer working in long stints with breaks in between.

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The Department of Philosophy Dissertations and Theses Series is comprised of dissertations and theses authored by Marquette University's Department of Philosophy doctoral and master's students.

Theses/Dissertations from 2023 2023

Place, Attachment, and Feeling: Indigenous Dispossession and Settler Belonging , Sarah Kizuk

Nepantla and Mestizaje: A Phenomenological Analysis of the Mestizx Historical Consciousness , Jorge Alfredo Montiel

The Categories Argument for the Real Distinction Between Being and Essence: Avicenna, Aquinas, and Their Greek Sources , Nathaniel Taylor

Theses/Dissertations from 2022 2022

Modeling, Describing, and Explaining Subjective Consciousness- A Guide to (and for) the Perplexed , Peter Burgess

Looking Through Whiteness: Objectivity, Racism, Method, and Responsibility , Philip Mack

Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Maritain on the Student-Teacher Relationship in Catholic Higher Education , Timothy Rothhaar

Theses/Dissertations from 2021 2021

The Empathetic Autistic: A Phenomenological Look at the Feminine Experience , Dana Fritz

Concerning Aristotelian Animal Essences , Damon Andrew Watson

When to Trust Authoritative Testimony: Generation and Transmission of Knowledge in Saadya Gaon, Al-Ghazālī and Thomas Aquinas , Brett A. Yardley

Theses/Dissertations from 2020 2020

The Status of Irrationality: Karl Jaspers' Response to Davidson and Searle , Daniel Adsett

Cosmic City - Cosmic Teleology: A Reading of Metaphysics Λ 10 and Politics I 2 , Brandon Henrigillis

Phenomenal Consciousness: An Husserlian Approach , John Jered Janes

Al-Fārābī Metaphysics, and the Construction of Social Knowledge: Is Deception Warranted if it Leads to Happiness? , Nicholas Andrew Oschman

The Epistemology of Disagreement: Hume, Kant, and the Current Debate , Robert Kyle Whitaker

Theses/Dissertations from 2019 2019

'Our Feet are Mired In the Same Soil': Deepening Democracy with the Political Virtue of Sympathetic Inquiry , Jennifer Lynn Kiefer Fenton

Towards a Philosophy of the Musical Experience: Phenomenology, Culture, and Ethnomusicology in Conversation , J. Tyler Friedman

Humor, Power and Culture: A New Theory on the Experience and Ethics of Humor , Jennifer Marra

Care of the Sexual Self: Askesis As a Route to Sex Education , Shaun Douglas Miller

Re-Evaluating Augustinian Fatalism through the Eastern and Western Distinction between God's Essence and Energies , Stephen John Plecnik

The Fantastic Structure of Freedom: Sartre, Freud, and Lacan , Gregory A. Trotter

The Province of Conceptual Reason: Hegel's Post-Kantian Rationalism , William Clark Wolf

Theses/Dissertations from 2018 2018

Hume on Thick and Thin Causation , Alexander Bozzo

Evolution, Naturalism, and Theism: An Inconsistent Triad? , David H. Gordon

The Parable As Mirror: An Examination of the Use of Parables in the Works of Kierkegaard , Russell Hamer

Theses/Dissertations from 2017 2017

Contextualizing Aquinas's Ontology of Soul: An Analysis of His Arabic and Neoplatonic Sources , Nathan McLain Blackerby

The Social and Historical Subject in Sartre and Foucault and Its Implications for Healthcare Ethics , Kimberly Siobhan Engels

Investigations of Worth: Towards a Phenomenology of Values , Dale Hobbs Jr.

Developing Capabilities: A Feminist Discourse Ethics Approach , Chad Kleist

Hegel and the Problem of the Multiplicity of Conflicting Philosophies , Matthew M. Peters

Aquinas, Averroes, and the Human Will , Traci Ann Phillipson

Theses/Dissertations from 2016 2016

Nature, Feminism, and Flourishing: Human Nature and the Feminist Ethics of Flourishing , Celeste D. Harvey

Kierkegaard in Light of the East: A Critical Comparison of the Philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard with Orthodox Christian Philosophy and Thought , Agust Magnusson

The Secular Transformation of Pride and Humility in the Moral Philosophy of David Hume , Kirstin April Carlson McPherson

Living within the Sacred Tension: Paradox and Its Significance for Christian Existence in the Thought of Søren Kierkegaard , Matthew Thomas Nowachek

Moral Imagination and Adorno: Before and After Auschwitz , Catlyn Origitano

Essence and Necessity, and the Aristotelian Modal Syllogistic: A Historical and Analytical Study , Daniel James Vecchio

Theses/Dissertations from 2015 2015

Subversive Humor , Chris A. Kramer

Virtue, Oppression, and Resistance Struggles , Trevor William Smith

Health As Embodied Authenticity , Margaret Steele

Recognition and Political Ontology: Fichte, Hegel, and Honneth , Velimir Stojkovski

The Conceptual Priority of the Perfect , Matthew Peter Zdon

Theses/Dissertations from 2014 2014

Dangerous Knowledge? Morality And Moral Progress After Naturalism , Daniel Diederich Farmer

Nietzsche's Revaluation of All Values , Joseph Anthony Kranak

Theses/Dissertations from 2013 2013

Re-Enchanting The World: An Examination Of Ethics, Religion, And Their Relationship In The Work Of Charles Taylor , David McPherson

Thomas Aquinas on the Apprehension of Being: The Role of Judgement in Light of Thirteenth-Century Semantics , Rosa Vargas Della Casa

Theses/Dissertations from 2012 2012

Naturalized Panpsychism: An Alternative to Fundamentalist Physicalism and Supernaturalism , Earl R. Cookson

The Concept of Personhood in the Phenomenology of Edmund Husserl , Colin J. Hahn

The Humanistic, Fideistic Philosophy of Philip Melanchthon (1497-1560) , Charles William Peterson

Theses/Dissertations from 2011 2011

Knowledge and Thought in Heidegger and Foucault: Towards an Epistemology of Ruptures , Arun Anantheeswaran Iyer

William James's Undivided Self and the Possibility of Immortality , Anthony Karlin

The Poetics of Remembrance: Communal Memory and Identity in Heidegger and Ricoeur , David Leichter

The Ontological Foundations for Natural Law Theory and Contemporary Ethical Naturalism , Bernard Mauser

Sexualized Violence, Moral Disintegration and Ethical Advocacy , Melissa Mosko

Spinoza on Individuals and Individuation: Metaphysics, Morals, and Politics , Matthew David Wion

Theses/Dissertations from 2010 2010

The Paradox of Nature: Merleau-Ponty's Semi-Naturalistic Critique of Husserlian Phenomenology , Shazad Akhtar

Hume's Conception of Time and its Implications for his Theories of Causation and Induction , Daniel Esposito

Arabic Influences in Aquinas's Doctrine of Intelligible Species , Max Herrera

The Attestation of the Self as a Bridge Between Hermeneutics and Ontology in the Philosophy of Paul Ricoeur , Sebastian Kaufmann

Love's Lack: The Relationship between Poverty and Eros in Plato's Symposium , Lorelle D. Lamascus

Friendship and Fidelity: An Historical and Critical Examination , Joshua Walter Schulz

Natural Law Theory and the "Is"--"Ought" Problem: A Critique of Four Solutions , Shalina Stilley

Attending to Presence: A Study of John Duns Scotus' Account of Sense Cognition , Amy F. Whitworth

Theses/Dissertations from 2009 2009

Friendship and Self-Identity in the Thought of Paul Ricoeur , Cristina Bucur

The Finality of Religion in Aquinas' Theory of Human Acts , Francisco José Romero Carrasquillo

The finality of religion in Aquinas' theory of human acts , Francisco J Romero

Theses/Dissertations from 2008 2008

Self-Identity in Comparative Theology: The Functional lmportance of Charles Taylor's Concept of the Self for a Theology of Religions , Richard Joseph Hanson

Theses/Dissertations from 2007 2007

Husserl's Noema: A Critical Assessment of the Gestalt and Analytic Interpretations , Peter M. Chukwu

A Social Contract Analysis of Rawls and Rousseau: Supplanting the Original Position As Philosophically Most Favored , Paul Neiman

To Validate a Feeling: the Role of the Mood of Angst in Human Being , Gregory P. Schulz

The Conception and Attributes of God: A Comparison of Charles Sanders Peirce and Alfred North Whitehead , Scott W. Sinclair

John Rawls, Public Reason, and Natural Law: A Study of the Principles of Public Justification , Christopher Ward

Submissions from 2006 2006

Hans Jonas's ethic of responsibility applied to anti-aging technologies and the indefinite extension of the human life span , Jeffrey P Goins

David Hume and the Principle of Sufficient Reason , Ginger Lee

Virtue Theory in Plato's Republic , Griffin T. Nelson

The Principle of Alternate Possibilities: Finding Freedom after Frankfurt , Matthew F. Pierlott

Theses/Dissertations from 2005 2005

Is There a Future for Marxist Humanism? , Jacob M. Held

Self-Love and Morality: Beyond Egoism and Altruism , Li Jing

Eikos Logos and Eikos Muthos: A Study of the Nature of the Likely Story in Plato's Timaeus , Ryan Kenneth McBride

Hume's Conclusions on the Existence and Nature of God , Timothy S. Yoder

Submissions from 2004 2004

The foundations of the politics of difference , Peter Nathaniel Bwanali

The Foundations of the Politics of Difference , Peter Nathaniel Bwanali

The Place of Justice in the Thinking of Emmanuel Levinas , Michael H. Gillick

New Waves in Metaethics: Naturalist Realism, Naturalist Antirealism and Divine Commands , Daniel R. Kern

Reason in Hume's Moral System , John Muenzberg

Conceiving Mind: A Critique of Descartes' Dualism and Contemporary Immaterialist Views of Consciousness , Kristin P. Schaupp

Respecting Plurality in Times of Change: Hannah Arendt's Conceptions of Political, Personal, and Ethical Responsibility , Stephen Schulman

Francis Suárez on the Ontological Status of Individual Unity vis-à-vis the Aristotelian Doctrine of Primary Substance , John W. Simmons

Through a Glass Darkly: Bernard Lonergan and Richard Rorty on the Possibility of Knowing Without a God's-Eye-View , Russell Snell

Theses/Dissertations from 2003 2003

Building a Heideggerian Ethic , Kelly A. Burns

St. Thomas Aquinas and the Self-Evident Proposition: A Study of the Manifold Senses of a Medieval Concept , Michael V. Dougherty

Ricoeur's Narrative Development of Gadamer's Hermeneutics: Continuity and Discontinuity , Keith D'Souza

Beauty's Resting Place: Unity in St. Augustine's Sensible Aesthetic , Matthew J. Hayes

Empathy and Knowledge: Husserl's Introductions to Phenomenology , Kevin Hermberg

The Transactional Model: A Critical Examination of John Dewey's Philosophy of Freedom , Mark N. Lenker III

Reflection on the "good" As a Source of Freedom in Virtue Theory , John D. Morse

Theses/Dissertations from 2002 2002

An Evaluation of Alvin Plantinga's Religious Epistemology Does It Function Properly? , James Beilby

Merleau-Ponty: Embodied Subjectivity and the Foundation of Ethics , Sarah A. Fischer

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Ph.d. dissertations + m.a. theses.

Here, to the best of our ability to reconstruct it, is a list of all Ph.D. dissertations and master's theses ever written in our department. (For a shorter list of only more recent Ph.D. dissertations, see our page of placement information .) Note that, until 1929, the Department of Philosophy was not distinct from the Department of Psychology at Indiana University. This helps to explain some of the titles below that nowadays might be thought odd to find in a Department of Philosophy. Nevertheless, even Dr. Tugman's 1912 dissertation on the English sparrow — which is as pure a piece of empirical psychology as one could require (it even contains a discussion of how to handle the sparrows) — says it is submitted for the Ph.D. in Philosophy, not Psychology. The same goes for the pre-1929 M.A. theses listed below.

Ph.D. Dissertations

Daniel Buckley, Evidence and Epistemic Normativity

Uri Eran,  Kant's Theory of Emotion: Toward a Systematic Reconstruction

Daniel Lindquist,  Hegel's Critique of Kant's Philosophy of Biology  

Elisabeth Lloyd, 2021 Advanced Study Program Postdoctoral Fellow, National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado

Monica Morrison,  A Socio-Epistemic Theory of Climate Model Development  

Levi Tenen, From Heirlooms to Nature: An Account of Extrinsic Final Value James Andrew Smith, Jr., Science as the Pursuit of Truth: On Quine’s Naturalism

Kevin Mills, Empirical Knowledge in Normative Reasoning

Wade Munroe,  Rationality and Higher-Order Evidence

Hao Hong, Truth and Reality

Dylan Black, A Philosophical Framework for the Science of Consciousness

Emmalon Davis, Testifying Across Difference: Responsibility for Interpersonal and Structural Epistemic Injustice

Noam Hoffer, Kant’s Theoretical Conception of God

Tufan Kiymaz , Phenomenal Knowledge of Physical Facts: What Mary Didn't Know about Physicalism

Tim Perrine, Accurate Representation and Epistemic Value

Sommerlatte, Curtis, The Central Role of Cognition in Kant's Transcendental Deduction

Krista Rodkey, Hume on Sympathy: Justice, Politeness, and Beauty

Mason, Sharon, Knowledge and the First-Person Perspective

Woodward, Philip, The Emergence of Mental Content: An Essay on the Metaphysics of Mind

Saxon, Michael, Drones and Contemporary Conflict: Just War Theory and the US Drone Wars

Houser, Kevin, Suffering, Acknowledgement, and the Ehtical Space of Reasons

Blake, Susan, Mental Content and Epistemic Foundations

Jankovic, Marija, Conventional Meaning

Palmer, Elizabeth, Facts as reasons: The Role of Experience in Empirical Justification

Rings, Michael, The Aesthetic Cosmopolitan Project

Carlson, Matthew, The Structure of Logical Knowledge

Gonnerman, Chad, Concepts in psychology: Towards a better hybrid theory

Han, Gwahee, Integrity as a moral virtue

Jones, Derek, Primitive Agency

Koss, Michael, Semantic and Mathematical Foundations for Intuitionism

Cheung, Kwok-Tung, Doxastic Involuntarism, Epistemic Deliberation and Agency

Gehring, Allen, Truthmaker Theory and Its Application

Harris, Steven, Artifacts and Human Cognitive Agency

McAninch, Andrew, Holding Me to My Word: The Normative Avowal View of Rational Agency

Phillips, Luke, Aestheticism from Kant to Nietzsche

Talcott, David, Metaphysics and Religion in Plato’s Euthyphro

Theurer, Kari,   Rethinking Reductionism: From 17th Century Mechanism to Contemporary Molecular Neuroscience

Buckner, Cameron, Learning from mistakes: error-correction and the nature of cognition

Lopez, Jason, The process of defining self-deception

Wang, Ellie Hua,  Toward an Empirically Grounded Theory of Virtues for Consequentialism

Churchill, John, Mental Causation and the Problem of Causal Exclusion .

Diener, David, The Supremacy and Irrelevance of Reason: Kierkegaard’s Understanding of Authority in the Second Authorship .

Kirchner, Daniel, Sittlichkeit and the Ancient View of the Self in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit .

Lee, Jaeho, Explanation and Its Place In Metaphysical and Scientific Inquiries .

Bassett, Gregory, Searching for Normativity .

Burkhart, Brian, Respect for Kinship: Toward an Indigenous Environmental Ethics .

Aumann, Antony, Kierkegaard on the Need for Indirect Communication .

Jacobs, Jonathan, Causal Powers, A Neo-Aristotelian Metaphysic .

Im, Seungpil, A Study of Kant’s Dreams of a Spirit Seer: Kant’s Ambiguous Relation to Swedenborg.

Alexander, Joshua, Philosophical Intuitions and Experimental Philosophy .

Keele, Lisa, Theories of Continuity and Infinitesimals: Four Philosophers of the Nineteenth Century .

Theiner, Georg, From Extended Minds to Group Minds: Rethinking the Boundaries of the Mental.

Ceballes, John. Hearing the Call of Reason: Kant and Publicity.

Kimble, Kevin. The Intentional Structure of Phenomenal Awareness.

Klein, Alexander M. The Rise of Empiricism: William James, Thomas Hill Green, and the Struggle over Psychology.

McDonald, Brian E. Constraint Variational Semantics.

Seymour, Melissa. Duties of Love and Kant's Doctrine of Obligatory Ends.

Abramson, Darren. Computability and Mind.

Demir, Hilmi. Error Comes with Imagination: A Probabilistic Theory of Mental Content.

Stephen James Crowley. A Complex Story About Simple Inquiries: Micro-epistemology and Animal Cognition.

Tropman, Beth. Moral Realism and the New Intuitionism.

Murakami, Yuko. Modal Logic of Partitions.

Werner, Daniel. Myth and Philosophy in Plato's Phaedrus.

Wolsing, Jennifer. Free at Last: A Libertarian Defense of Free Will.

Conolly, Brian Francis. Studies in the Metaphysics of Dietrich von Freiberg.

Jain, Pragati. Validity and Its Epistemic Roles.

Lindland, Erik. Kierkegaard on Self-Deception.

Shaw, Joshua. Putting Ethics First: Reconsidering Emmanuel Levinas's Ethical Metaphysics.

Brown, Karen Leigh. Epistemic Possibilities and the Sources of Belief.

Dalton, Eric. Analyticity, Holism and Conceptual Role Semantics.

Farin, Ingo. Studies in Early Heidegger (1919–1923).

Gottlieb, Michah. The Ambiguity of Reason: Mendelssohn's Writings on Spinoza.

Morton, Brian P. R. Ineffability and Self-Refutation: Non-Monotonic Logic in the Thought of Pseudo-Dionysius, Sextus Empiricus, and the Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita.

Pamental, Matthew P. Naturalized Human Agency and the Emergence of Norms: Placing Dewey's Ethics on the Map.

Corry, Richard Lachlan. A Causal-Structural Theory of Empirical Knowledge.

Guldmann, Rony. Two Orientations towards Human Nature.

Kaniike, Yoichi. Carnap's Conception of Wissenshaftslogik.

Keele, Rondo Patten. Formal Ontology in the Fourteenth Century: The Chatton Principle and Ockham's Razor.

Janiak, Andrew. Kant's Newtonianism.

Kim, Hans Eung. The Problem of Indexicality.

Liang, Caleb. Toward an Understanding of Objectivity: A Study of the Realism/Antirealistm Debate and the Nature of Empirical Content.

Barceló Aspeita, Axel Arturo. Mathematics as Grammar: 'Grammar' in Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Mathematics during the Middle Period.

DiLeo, Jeffrey R. Is There a Text in Philosophy: Writing, Style, Rhetoric and Culture.

Musselman, Jack Green. Judicial Craftmanship at the Supreme Court: A Critical Legal Studies Examination of Court Crafts Informing the Hate Speech Debate (2 vols).

Pook, David Olson. Objectivity, Skepticism, and the Realistic Spirit in Ethics.

Bolyard, Charles. Knowledge, Certainty, and Propositions Per se notae: A Study of Peter Auriol.

Chemero, Anthony P. How To Be an Anti-Representationalist.

Grueso, Delfin Ig. Justice and Monirities: An Evaluation of John Rawls' Political Liberalism.

DeLancy, Craig. Emotion, Action, and Intentionality.

Edwards, James G. Justification as Intra-Personal Argumentation.

Kennedy, Thomas V. Impartiality and the Moral Domain.

Zheng, Yiwei. Bad Faith, Authenticity, and Pure Reflection in Jean-Paul Sartre's Early Philosophy.

Hardy, James Hintze. Instantial Reasoning, Arbitrary Objects, and Holey Propositions.

Kovach, Adam. A Species of Good: An Essay on Truth as a Kind of Value.

Lee, Byeong Deok. The Paradox of Belief Instability and a Revision Theory of Belief.

Ray, Carolyn. Identity and Universals: A Conceptualist Approach to Logical, Metaphysical, and Epistemological Problems of Contemporary Identity Theory.

Hogg, Charles R., Jr. Ethics secundum stoicos: An Edition, Translation, and Critical Essay.

Mattox, John Mark. Saint Augustine and the Theory of the Just War.

Miller, Pamela. The Implications of John Dewey's Ideas for Environmental Ethics.

Rosenberg, Gregg Howard. A Place for Consciousness: Probing the Deep Structure of the Natural World.

Fry, Jeffrey P. Self-Esteem, Moral Luck, and the Meaning of Grace.

Shimojima, Atsushi. On the Efficacy of Representation.

Eberle, Ruth. Diagrams and Natural Deduction: Theory and Pedagogy of Hyperproof.

Hammer, Eric. M. Diagrams, Logic and Representation.

Luengo, Isabel. Diagrams in Geometry.

Marquez, Ivan. Rorty, Reason, and Modernity's Quest for Freedom and Equality.

Schönfield, Martin. Kant's Early Philosophy of Nature: Science and Metaphysics.

Steeves, H. Peter. Toward a Phenomenological Ethic of Community.

Morado, Raymundo. Fault-Tolerant Reasoning.

Parker, Surekha Gillian. An Aesthetic Theory for Metaphor: How to Avoid Beating a Good Metaphor to Death.

Santory Jorge, Anayra O. The Moral Force of Philosophy.

Yoon, Bosuk. The Problem of Naturalizing Intentionality.

Chalmers, David John. Toward a Theory of Consciousness.

Curtis, Gary Nelson. The Concept of Logical Form.

Chapuis, André. Circularity, Truth, and the Liar Paradox.

Syverson, Paul F. Logic, Convention, and Common Knowledge.

Vaughan, Christopher. Pure Reflection: Self-Knowledge and Moral Understanding in the Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre.

Hicks, Stephen Ronald Craig. Foundationalism and the Genesis of Justification.

Ning, Yin-Bin. A Post-Philosophical Essay on Knowledge/Power: Richard Rorty, Anti-Foundationalism, and the Possibility of an Alternative Epistemology. </p

Beavers, M. Gordon. Topics in Lukasiwicz Logics.

Houng, Yu-Houng. Classicism, Connectionism, and the Concept of Level.

Lee, In Tak. A Critique of the Universalist Theory of Ethical Justification: Habermas vs. the Contextualist Point of View.

Soraj, Hongladarom. Imagination in Kant's Critique of Pure Reason.

Dixon, Bobby R. The Master-Slave Dialectic in the Writings of Ralph Ellison: Toward a Neo-Hegelian Synthesis.

Favila, José Manuel. Intersubjectivity of Indexical Thoughts.

Foulks, Frank. A Phenomenal Semantic Frame for the Semiotics of Contrapuntal Theory.

Holland, Monica. Beliefs Based on Emotional Reception: Their Formation, Justification and Truth.

Mares, Edwin David. The Logic of Fictional Discourse.

Armijos, Gonzalo. Marxism, Pragmatism, and Historical Realism: An Epistemological Appraisal.

Freund, Max A. Formal Investigations of Holistic Realist Ramified Conceptualism.

Kalumba, Kibuggo M. The Common Good as a Mandate for the Official Catholic Church's Support for, And Participation in, the Various Revolutionary Movements in Latin America.

Maróstica de Gomez, Ana. Peirce's Conceptions of Truth: A Tychist Approach.

Palma, Adriano. Indexicality.

Jetli, Priyedarshi. The Origins of a Realist Conception of Relations in Plato's Phaedo.

Katz, Sheri. Ontology and Epistemology in John Scottus Eriugena.

Day, Timothy Joseph. Infinite Regress Arguments: Some Metaphysical and Epistemological Problems.

Kill, Kathleen. A Theory of Events.

Herrera, Alejandro Ibanez. Leibniz on Existence.

Landini, Gregory. Meinong Reconstructed versus Early Russell Reconstructed: A Study in the Formal Ontology of Fiction.

Morris, Robert Allan. A Complementarity Thesis for Doxastic Truth.

Orilia, Francesco. Natural Language Semantics and Guise Theory.

Bahlul, Raja. Sameness and Similarity and the Identity of Indiscernibles.

Cohen, Daniel H. The Logic of Conditional Assertions.

Etuk, Udo A. Ethical Postulates for African Development.

Gomez, Ricardo J. Kant's Pre-Transcendental Conception of Science.

Kim, Hyo-Myung. Constant Conjunction and Necessity: A Study in Hume's Theory of Causation.

Kincaid, Harold. Hegel and Holistic Explanation.

Wahl, Russell. Propositions and Facts in the Early Philosophy of Bertrand Russell.

Laycock, Steven William. Intersubjectivity and the Divine Envisionment.

Schoenig, Richard Keith. Primary and Secondary Qualities.

Lesses, Glenn. Desire and Motivation in Plato: Issues in the Psychology of the Early Dialogues and the Republic.

Macdonald, J. Ellis. On Truth and Falsehood in the Extra-Moral Sense: A Translation and Critical Study.

Pendlebury, Michael John. Believing.

Weber, Gregory Dean. Theory of Purposive Behavior, Desire, and Belief, with Applications to the Issues of Materialism and the Objectivity of Value Judgments.

Wilt, Lawrence J. M. Franz Brentano's Epistemology for Ethics.

Fleming, Roger A. A Relativist Theory of Truth and the Problem of Skepticism.

Momoh, Campbell Shittu. An African Conception of Being and the Traditional Problem of Freedom and Determinism.

Dipert, Randall R. Development and Crisis in Late Boolean Logic: The Deductive Logics of Peirce, Jevons and Schröder.

Maloney, J. Christopher. A Philosophical Theory of Perception.

Seiferth, David M. The Grounds of Moral Rightness.

Kapitan, Tomis. Foundations for a Theory of Propositional Form, Implication, Alethic Modality and Generalization.

McKinsey, Thomas Michael. The Reference of Proper Names: A Critical Essay in the Philosophy of Language.

Rapaport, William Joseph. Intentionality and the Structure of Existence.

MacCarthy, Mark Michael. On Methodological Individualism.

Geels, Donald Eugene. False Beliefs and Possible States of Affairs.

Fletcher, James John. Generalization in Art Criticism and the Role Therin of Paradigmatic Aesthetic Objects.

Freeman, James B. Algebraic Semantics for Modal and Relevant Predicate Logics.

Hunt, Walter Murray. An Examination of Some Problems about the Nature of "Moral" Situations and Their Role in Ethics.

Nute, Donald. Identification and Demonstrative Reference.

Beversluis, John. The Connection between Duty and Happiness in Kant's Moral Philosophy.

Cadwallader, Eva Hauel. Nicolai Hartmann's Twentieth-Century Value Platonism.

Williams, Clifford. 'Now', Interchangeability without a Change of Truth Value, and Time.

Williams, Thomas Raymong. The Ideal Observer Theory in Ethics.

Dreher, John Hugo. A Study of Human Action.

Heizer, Ruth Bradfute. A Critique of Karl Popper's Solution to the Problem of Induction.

Hull, Richard T. The Role of the Principle of Acquaintance in Contemporary Disputes over the Relation of Mental, Perceptual, and Physical.

Nassar, Alan George. The Ontological Argument and the Problem of God.

Barford, Robert. The Criticisms of the Theory of Forms in the First Part of Plato's Parmenides.

Marquis, Donald Bagley. Scientific Realism and the Antinomy of External Objects.

Roberts, Lawrence D. John Duns Scotus and the Concept of Human Freedom.

Samuelson, Norbert. The Problem of God's Knowledge in Gersonides: A Translation of and Commentary to Book Three of the Milhamot Adonai.

Scott, Stephen Hamilton. Universals and Ontological Analysis.

Park, Désirée. Berkeley's Theory of Notions.

Bayles, Michael D. Rule Utilitarianism and an Enlightened Moral Consciousness.

Hanke, John W. The Ontological Status of the Work of Art in the Aesthetics of Maritain.

Perreiah, Alan R. Is There a Doctrine of Supposition in the Logica Magna?

Vollrath, John. Actions and Events.

Allen, Allan J. Moral Judgment and the Concept of a Universal Imperative with Special Reference to Kant.

Clatterbaugh, Kenneth C. The Problem of Individuation.

Cooper, William F. Francesco Romero's Theory of Value.

Gram, Moltke S. Two Theories of the A Priori.

Robinsin, William S. Perception and Reference.

Galligan, Edward Michael. Plato and the Philosophy of Language.

Howard, Vernon Alfred. The Academic Compromise on Free Will in Nineteenth Century American Philosophy: A Study of Thomas C. Upham's A Philosophical and Practical Treatise on the Will (1834).

Perkins, Robert L. Kierkegaard and Hegel: The Dialectical Structure of Kierkegaard's Ethical Thought.

Peterson, John. Logical Atomism and the Realism-Nominalism Issue: A Critique of Contemporary Atomism from the Viewpoint of Classical Realism.

Dietl, Paul Joseph. Explanation and Action: An Examination of the Controversy between Hume and Some of His Contemporary Critics.

Tovo, Jerome. The Experience of Causal Efficacy in Whitehead and Hume.

Young, Theodore A. Change in Aristotle, Descartes, Human, and Whitehead: An Essay in Philosophy of Nature.

Lineback, Richard H. The Place of the Imaginatiion in Hume's Epistemology.

Wisadavet, Wit. Sartre's and the Buddhist's Concept of Man.

Davis, Clarence George. Obligation and Aspiration in Ethics.

Anton, Peter Achilles. Empiriciam and Analysis.

Kleis, Sander J. Brightman's Idea of God.

Smyth, Richard A. Kant's Theory of Reference.

Owsley, Richard Mills. The Moral Philosophy of Karl Jaspers.

Churchill, James Spencer. Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics.

Lord, Catherine. The Cognitive Import of Art, with Reference to Kant's Theory of Aesthetic Judgment.

Rukavina, Thomas. Heidegger as Critic of Western Thinking.

Faruki, Mohamed Zuhdi Taji. The Universal Categories of Charles Sanders Peirce.

Hayes, Frank Ambrose. Platonic Elements in Spinoza's Theory of Method.

Frye, Robert Edward. Pragmatism in Recent Non-Pragmatic Systems: Santayana, Bergson, Whitehead.

Carmichael, Douglas. Order and Human Value.

Kramer, Richard Neil. The Ontological Foundations of Negatives.

Mayfield, William Hollingsworth. Platonism and Christianity in the Work of Paul Elmer More.

Al-Faruqi, Isma'il R. On Justifying the Good.

Reeves, George Cooper.  The Philosophy of Tommaso Campanella with Special Reference to His Doctrine of the Sense of Things and of Magic, with a Translation of Books 1 and 2 and a Bibliography.

Baker, Arthur Mulford.  The River of God: The Source-Stream for Morals and Religion.

Tugman, Eupha May Foley.  Light Discrimination in the English Sparrow.

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Gottschling, David.  Moral Philosophy's Double Vision: Toward a More Coherent Moral Philosophy.

Taliano, Lisa Toni.  The Tragic Affirmation of Life: A Critical Analysis of Nietzsche and Van Gogh.

Vári, Peter.  Wittgenstein and the Problem of Relations.

DiLeo, Jeffrey R.  Charles S. Peirce on Proper Names and Haecceitism.

Tilton, Louis.  Sartre's Theory of the Group.

Dreher, John Hugo.  A Theory of Knowledge for Empiricism.

Evans, Fred J.  Whitehead's Philosophy of Mind.

Johnson, Anita Louise.  Activity, Labor, and Human Nature in Karl Marx.

Johnston, Thomas Michael.  The Process of Transition in Whitehead's Metaphysics.

Larrabee, Mary Jeanne.  Intentionality in Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger: A Comparative Study of Ideen I and Sein und Zeit.

Hamrick, William B.  Time in the Philosophies of Whitehead and Merleau-Ponty.

Hunt, Walter Murray.  The Situationism of Joseph Fletcher: An Examination of Some of Its Philosophical Bases.

Learned, Stephen Paul.  The Austin-Strawson Debate on Truth.

Moon, Donald Le Rue.  Max Scheler's Phenomenology of Religion: The Self-Givenness of the Divine and Human Consciousness.

Gale, Kenneth E.  Descartes: The Cogito, Substance, and Individuation.

Goldenbaum, Donald M.  Ambiguities in Certain Arguments for the Existence of External Objects.

Hammond, John Elwyn.  Collingwood's Theory of Presuppositions: The Road to a New Metaphysics.

Krausz, Michael.  On Method in Metaphysics: A Modular Analysis for Criticism of Philosophical Theories.

Pil'l, Anne Kimino Uemura.  Cogito, ergo sum: A Critical Analysis of Jaakko Hintikka's Interpretation.

Mueller, Robert W. An Examination of the Meaning of the Socratic Paradoxes.

Kuo, David Dah-Chuen. Kant's Method and His Deduction of the Categories.

Williams, Thomas Raymong. A Critique of the Rationalistic Ethical Theory Presented in Marcus Singer's Generalization in Ethics.

Lineback, Richard H. An Introduction to Kierkegaard's Philosophical Fragments.

Leonard, Marilyn Rosenthein. Propositions and Atomic Propositions.

Stamatakos, Bess Makris. On Being Both Red and Blue All Over at the Same Time.

Galligan, Edward Michael. Towards the Understanding of Parmenides' Way of Truth.

Gavrilis, Nicholas. Non-Cognitive Ethics: An Examination of Five Contemporary Ethical Writers.

D'Abbracci, Anthony Robert. Order vs. the Arbitrary: St. Thomas Aquinas and Duns Scotus.

Perkins, Robert L. Aesthetics and Existence: Some Kierkegaardian Themes.

Smyth, Richard A. Intuition and Concept: A Study in Kantian Logic.

Jager, Ronald. Language, Truth and Intentional Logic.

Burkhardt, Phillip Edward. Monad and Universe: Some IMplication of Leibniz' Concept.

Davis, Clarence George. Religious Experiences.

Rukavina, Thomas. Fundamental Ontology in the Philosophy of Martin Heidegger.

Ogden, Joan Barbara. The Square of Opposition: An Evaluation of the Current Controversy.

Pietersma, Henry. Freedom and Man: An Essay on Jean-Paul Sartre's View of Existential Freedom as Found in His L'Etre et le néant.

Wasserman, Irving. Realism and Historicism: A Study of the Philosophy of R. G. Collingwood.

Crimmel, Henry H. The Copernican Revolution in Philosophy.

Young, Theodore A. Being and Analogy: The Role of Metaphysical Analogy in Classical Realism, Josiah Royce and R. G. Collingwood.

Anton, Peter. Empiricism and Solipsism.

Conger, Mary Janeway. The Erotic Bird: Platonism and Wallace Stevens.

Frye, Robert Wedard. John Locke as Rationalist.

Allen, Jerome Lawson. Justice and Necessity in Plato.

Sikma, Barney. God and Man: A Comparative Study of Epictetus the Stoic and St. Paul the Apostle.

Achamma, John. An Interpretation of Gandhi's Religious Philosophy in the Light of Bergson's Two Sources of Morality and Religion.

Kramer, Richard Neil. The Nature of Causation.

Owsley, Richard Mills. The Concept of Evolutionary Progress and the Philosophies of Two Biologists.

Bullock, Robert Lee. Latent Pragmatism in the Philosophy of Schopenhauer.

Burkhart, Reginald Keith. The Aristotelian Syllogism and Causation.

Kellermann, Frederick D. Socrates and Christianity.

Al-Faruqi, Isma'il R. The Ethics of Reason and the Ethics of Life (Kantian and Nietzschean Ethics).

Barber, Richard Leslie. A Reinterpretation of the Significance of the Calculus of Classes for Aristotelian Logic.

Parker, Francis Howard. A critical examination of Professor Kantor's interbehavioral description of thinking.

Jeanes, Charlotte Ann. The Ontological Status of Ought, Based on a Study of the Ought Concepts of Hartmann and Urban.

Pitz, Sally A. The Intentional Fallacy Issue.

Van Liere, Donald Wilbur. The Relation of Virtue to Knowledge with Special Reference to Plato's Protagoras.

Harshman, Hardwick W. Immortality in Plato.

Reagan, Gordon Lober. An Analysis and Redefinition of the Concept of Organic Unisty as an Essential Property of Aesthetic Objects.

Muedeking, George Herbert. The Basis for Ethics: The Contribution of Christianity to a Theory of Ethics.

Mason, Robert E. A Semantic Alphabet for Philosophy.

Meloy, John Wilson. The Nature and Function of Religious Experience: A Study in the Philosophy of Religion.

Keller, Samuel E. Business ethics and the N.R.A. codes; an ethical analysis of business with special references to the codes prepared to comply with the requirements of the National industrial recovery act of 1933.

Horth, Dudley Shirley. An Examination of Nicolai Hartmann's Ethical Theory.

Knight, Everett Estes. The Constructive Value of Doubt with a Bibliography Appended.

Knight, Homer Guy. Psychology of Initiative.

Llewelyn, Edgar Julius. The Forms of Stimulus which Favor the Radical and Permanent Expansion of Human Energy.

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Theses/dissertations from 2023 2023.

Karl Marx on Human Flourishing and Proletarian Ethics , Sam Badger

The Ontological Grounds of Reason: Psychologism, Logicism, and Hermeneutic Phenomenology , Stanford L. Howdyshell

Theses/Dissertations from 2022 2022

Interdisciplinary Communication by Plausible Analogies: the Case of Buddhism and Artificial Intelligence , Michael Cooper

Heidegger and the Origin of Authenticity , John J. Preston

Theses/Dissertations from 2021 2021

Hegel and Schelling: The Emptiness of Emptiness and the Love of the Divine , Sean B. Gleason

Nietzsche on Criminality , Laura N. McAllister

Learning to be Human: Ren 仁, Modernity, and the Philosophers of China's Hundred Days' Reform , Lucien Mathot Monson

Nietzsche and Eternal Recurrence: Methods, Archives, History, and Genesis , William A. B. Parkhurst

Theses/Dissertations from 2020 2020

Orders of Normativity: Nietzsche, Science and Agency , Shane C. Callahan

Humanistic Climate Philosophy: Erich Fromm Revisited , Nicholas Dovellos

This, or Something like It: Socrates and the Problem of Authority , Simon Dutton

Climate Change and Liberation in Latin America , Ernesto O. Hernández

Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa as Expressions of Shame in a Post-Feminist , Emily Kearns

Nostalgia and (In)authentic Community: A Bataillean Answer to the Heidegger Controversy , Patrick Miller

Cultivating Virtue: A Thomistic Perspective on the Relationship Between Moral Motivation and Skill , Ashley Potts

Identity, Breakdown, and the Production of Knowledge: Intersectionality, Phenomenology, and the Project of Post-Marxist Standpoint Theory , Zachary James Purdue

Theses/Dissertations from 2019 2019

The Efficacy of Comedy , Mark Anthony Castricone

William of Ockham's Divine Command Theory , Matthew Dee

Heidegger's Will to Power and the Problem of Nietzsche's Nihilism , Megan Flocken

Abelard's Affective Intentionalism , Lillian M. King

Anton Wilhelm Amo's Philosophy and Reception: from the Origins through the Encyclopédie , Dwight Kenneth Lewis Jr.

"The Thought that we Hate": Regulating Race-Related Speech on College Campuses , Michael McGowan

A Historical Approach to Understanding Explanatory Proofs Based on Mathematical Practices , Erika Oshiro

From Meaningful Work to Good Work: Reexamining the Moral Foundation of the Calling Orientation , Garrett W. Potts

Reasoning of the Highest Leibniz and the Moral Quality of Reason , Ryan Quandt

Fear, Death, and Being-a-problem: Understanding and Critiquing Racial Discourse with Heidegger’s Being and Time , Jesús H. Ramírez

The Role of Skepticism in Early Modern Philosophy: A Critique of Popkin's "Sceptical Crisis" and a Study of Descartes and Hume , Raman Sachdev

How the Heart Became Muscle: From René Descartes to Nicholas Steno , Alex Benjamin Shillito

Autonomy, Suffering, and the Practice of Medicine: A Relational Approach , Michael A. Stanfield

The Case for the Green Kant: A Defense and Application of a Kantian Approach to Environmental Ethics , Zachary T. Vereb

Theses/Dissertations from 2018 2018

Augustine's Confessiones : The Battle between Two Conversions , Robert Hunter Craig

The Strategic Naturalism of Sandra Harding's Feminist Standpoint Epistemology: A Path Toward Epistemic Progress , Dahlia Guzman

Hume on the Doctrine of Infinite Divisibility: A Matter of Clarity and Absurdity , Wilson H. Underkuffler

Climate Change: Aristotelian Virtue Theory, the Aidōs Response and Proper Primility , John W. Voelpel

The Fate of Kantian Freedom: the Kant-Reinhold Controversy , John Walsh

Time, Tense, and Ontology: Prolegomena to the Metaphysics of Tense, the Phenomenology of Temporality, and the Ontology of Time , Justin Brandt Wisniewski

Theses/Dissertations from 2017 2017

A Phenomenological Approach to Clinical Empathy: Rethinking Empathy Within its Intersubjective and Affective Contexts , Carter Hardy

From Object to Other: Models of Sociality after Idealism in Gadamer, Levinas, Rosenzweig, and Bonhoeffer , Christopher J. King

Humanitarian Military Intervention: A Failed Paradigm , Faruk Rahmanovic

Active Suffering: An Examination of Spinoza's Approach to Tristita , Kathleen Ketring Schenk

Cartesian Method and Experiment , Aaron Spink

An Examination of John Burton’s Method of Conflict Resolution and Its Applicability to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict , John Kenneth Steinmeyer

Speaking of the Self: Theorizing the Dialogical Dimensions of Ethical Agency , Bradley S. Warfield

Changing Changelessness: On the Genesis and Development of the Doctrine of Divine Immutability in the Ancient and Hellenic Period , Milton Wilcox

Theses/Dissertations from 2016 2016

The Statue that Houses the Temple: A Phenomenological Investigation of Western Embodiment Towards the Making of Heidegger's Missing Connection with the Greeks , Michael Arvanitopoulos

An Exploratory Analysis of Media Reporting of Police Involved Shootings in Florida , John L. Brown

Divine Temporality: Bonhoeffer's Theological Appropriation of Heidegger's Existential Analytic of Dasein , Nicholas Byle

Stoicism in Descartes, Pascal, and Spinoza: Examining Neostoicism’s Influence in the Seventeenth Century , Daniel Collette

Phenomenology and the Crisis of Contemporary Psychiatry: Contingency, Naturalism, and Classification , Anthony Vincent Fernandez

A Critique of Charitable Consciousness , Chioke Ianson

writing/trauma , Natasha Noel Liebig

Leibniz's More Fundamental Ontology: from Overshadowed Individuals to Metaphysical Atoms , Marin Lucio Mare

Violence and Disagreement: From the Commonsense View to Political Kinds of Violence and Violent Nonviolence , Gregory Richard Mccreery

Kant's Just War Theory , Steven Charles Starke

A Feminist Contestation of Ableist Assumptions: Implications for Biomedical Ethics, Disability Theory, and Phenomenology , Christine Marie Wieseler

Theses/Dissertations from 2015 2015

Heidegger and the Problem of Modern Moral Philosophy , Megan Emily Altman

The Encultured Mind: From Cognitive Science to Social Epistemology , David Alexander Eck

Weakness of Will: An Inquiry on Value , Michael Funke

Cogs in a Cosmic Machine: A Defense of Free Will Skepticism and its Ethical Implications , Sacha Greer

Thinking Nature, "Pierre Maupertuis and the Charge of Error Against Fermat and Leibniz" , Richard Samuel Lamborn

John Duns Scotus’s Metaphysics of Goodness: Adventures in 13th-Century Metaethics , Jeffrey W. Steele

A Gadamerian Analysis of Roman Catholic Hermeneutics: A Diachronic Analysis of Interpretations of Romans 1:17-2:17 , Steven Floyd Surrency

A Natural Case for Realism: Processes, Structures, and Laws , Andrew Michael Winters

Theses/Dissertations from 2014 2014

Leibniz's Theodicies , Joseph Michael Anderson

Aeschynē in Aristotle's Conception of Human Nature , Melissa Marie Coakley

Ressentiment, Violence, and Colonialism , Jose A. Haro

It's About Time: Dynamics of Inflationary Cosmology as the Source of the Asymmetry of Time , Emre Keskin

Time Wounds All Heels: Human Nature and the Rationality of Just Behavior , Timothy Glenn Slattery

Theses/Dissertations from 2013 2013

Nietzsche and Heidegger on the Cartesian Atomism of Thought , Steven Burgess

Embodying Social Practice: Dynamically Co-Constituting Social Agency , Brian W. Dunst

Subject of Conscience: On the Relation between Freedom and Discrimination in the Thought of Heidegger, Foucault, and Butler , Aret Karademir

Climate, Neo-Spinozism, and the Ecological Worldview , Nancy M. Kettle

Eschatology in a Secular Age: An Examination of the Use of Eschatology in the Philosophies of Heidegger, Berdyaev and Blumenberg , John R. Lup, Jr.

Navigation and Immersion of the American Identity in a Foreign Culture to Emergence as a Culturally Relative Ambassador , Lee H. Rosen

Theses/Dissertations from 2012 2012

A Philosophical Analysis of Intellectual Property: In Defense of Instrumentalism , Michael A. Kanning

A Commentary On Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz's Discourse on Metaphysics #19 , Richard Lamborn Samuel Lamborn

Sellars in Context: An Analysis of Wilfrid Sellars's Early Works , Peter Jackson Olen

The New Materialism: Althusser, Badiou, and Zizek , Geoffrey Dennis Pfeifer

Structure and Agency: An Analysis of the Impact of Structure on Group Agents , Elizabeth Kaye Victor

Moral Friction, Moral Phenomenology, and the Improviser , Benjamin Scott Young

Theses/Dissertations from 2011 2011

The Virtuoso Human: A Virtue Ethics Model Based on Care , Frederick Joseph Bennett

The Existential Compromise in the History of the Philosophy of Death , Adam Buben

Philosophical Precursors to the Radical Enlightenment: Vignettes on the Struggle Between Philosophy and Theology From the Greeks to Leibniz With Special Emphasis on Spinoza , Anthony John Desantis

The Problem of Evil in Augustine's Confessions , Edward Matusek

The Persistence of Casuistry: a Neo-premodernist Approach to Moral Reasoning , Richard Arthur Mercadante

Theses/Dissertations from 2010 2010

Dewey's Pragmatism and the Great Community , Philip Schuyler Bishop

Unamuno's Concept of the Tragic , Ernesto O. Hernandez

Rethinking Ethical Naturalism: The Implications of Developmental Systems Theory , Jared J.. Kinggard

From Husserl and the Neo-Kantians to Art: Heidegger's Realist Historicist Answer to the Problem of the Origin of Meaning , William H. Koch

Queering Cognition: Extended Minds and Sociotechnologically Hybridized Gender , Michele Merritt

Hydric Life: A Nietzschean Reading of Postcolonial Communication , Elena F. Ruiz-Aho

Descartes' Bête Machine, the Leibnizian Correction and Religious Influence , John Voelpel

Aretē and Physics: The Lesson of Plato's Timaeus , John R. Wolfe

Theses/Dissertations from 2009 2009

Praxis and Theōria : Heidegger’s “Violent” Interpretation , Megan E. Altman

On the Concept of Evil: An Analysis of Genocide and State Sovereignty , Jason J. Campbell

The Role of Trust in Judgment , Christophe Sage Hudspeth

Truth And Judgment , Jeremy J. Kelly

The concept of action and responsibility in Heidegger's early thought , Christian Hans Pedersen

Roots and Role of the Imagination in Kant: Imagination at the Core , Michael Thompson

Theses/Dissertations from 2008 2008

Peirce on the Passions: The Role of Instinct, Emotion, and Sentiment in Inquiry and Action , Robert J. Beeson

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Dissertations from 2023 2023

The Dialectical Virtue of Ideological Reduction , Keehyuk Nahm, Philosophy

Dissertations from 2022 2022

A Metaphysics of Artifacts: Essence and Mind-Dependence , Tim Juvshik, Philosophy

Higher-Order Evidence and Human Evolution , Justis Koon, Philosophy

All Sortals are Phase Sortals , Justin Mooney, Philosophy

Naturalized Human Epistemology is Social Epistemology , Molly O'Rourke-Friel, Philosophy

Quantitative Character and the Composite Account of Phenomenal Content , Kimberly Soland, Philosophy

Dissertations from 2021 2021

Defending Philosophical Knowledge , Jonathan Dixon, Philosophy

Worlds without End: A Platonist Theory of Fiction , Patrick Grafton-Cardwell, Philosophy


Dissertations from 2020 2020

Continua , Lu Chen, Philosophy

Socratic Piety, Reciprocity, and the Last Elenchos of Plato's Euthyphro , Donovan Cox, Philosophy

Autonomy, Oppression, and Respect , Andrea Wilson, Philosophy

Dissertations from 2019 2019

A Defense of Hume's Dictum , Cameron Gibbs, Philosophy

The Epistemic Dimensions of Moral Responsibility and Respect , John Robison, Philosophy

Self-Knowledge, Choice Blindness, and Confabulation , Hayley F. Webster, Philosophy

Dissertations from 2018 2018

Quantification and Paradox , Edward Ferrier, Philosophy

Meaning and Modality , Jesse Fitts, Philosophy

The Mismatch Problem for Act Consequentialism , Robert Gruber, Philosophy



The Philosophical Value of Reflective Endorsement , Rachel Robison, Philosophy

Dissertations from 2017 2017

Norms for Bayesians , Lisa Cassell, Philosophy

Applications and Extensions of Counterpart Theory , Bridgette Peterson, Philosophy

Me, Myself and I: Reflections on Self-Consciousness and Authority , jonathan rosen, Philosophy

The Concept of Intrinsic Goodness: Essays in Moorean Moral Philosophy , Miles Tucker, Philosophy

Dissertations from 2016 2016

Physical Geometry , James P. Binkoski, Philosophy

Fallibility and Normativity , Joshua DiPaolo, Philosophy

Structuring Thought: Concepts, Computational Syntax, and Cognitive Explanation , Matthew B. Gifford, Philosophy

The Path To Supersubstantivalism , Joshua D. Moulton, Philosophy

Agency and Reasons in Epistemology , Luis R.G. Oliveira, Philosophy

Understanding and Its Role in Inquiry , Benjamin T. Rancourt, Philosophy

Dissertations from 2015 2015

Variations on Some Rossian Themes , Kristian Olsen, Philosophy

Dissertations from 2014 2014

Taste Disagreements and Predicates of Personal Taste , Heidi Teres Buetow, Philosophy

Synthetic Reductionism in Moral Philosophy , Scott Hill, Philosophy

A Defense of Russellian Descriptivism , Brandt H. van der Gaast, Philosophy

Dissertations from 2013 2013

The Structure of Consciousness , Lowell Keith Friesen, Philosophy

The Plausibility of Moral Error Theories , Casey Alton Knight, Philosophy

Dissertations from 2012 2012

Self-Knowledge in a Natural World , Jeremy Cushing, Philosophy

Counterpossibles , Barak Krakauer, Philosophy

Dissertations from 2011 2011

Pyrrhonian and Naturalistic Themes in the Final Writings of Wittgenstein , Indrani Bhattacharjee, Philosophy

Identity and the Limits of Possibility , Sam Cowling, Philosophy

Dissertations from 2010 2010

On Epistemic Agency , Kristoffer Hans Ahlstrom, Philosophy

Bayesian Epistemology and Having Evidence , Jeffrey Dunn, Philosophy

Sleeping Beauty and De Nunc Updating , Namjoong Kim, Philosophy

Human Freedom in a World Full of Providence: An Ockhamist-Molinist Account of the Compatibility of Divine Foreknowledge and Creaturely Free Will , Christopher J. Kosciuk, Philosophy

The rise of Cartesian occasionalism , Andrew Russell Platt

The Rise Of Cartesian Occasionalism , Andrew Russell Platt, Philosophy

Dissertations from 2009 2009

Composition as Identity: a Study in Ontology and Philosophical Logic , Einar Bohn, Philosophy

Being good, doing right, faring well. , Daniel, Doviak, Philosophy

On the Measurability of Pleasure and Pain , Justin Allen Klocksiem, Philosophy

Knowledge, questions and answers , Meghan B Masto

Knowledge, questions and answers. , Meghan B. Masto, Philosophy

On memory and testimony , Kirk Michaelian, Philosophy

Synthetic Ethical Naturalism , Michael Rubin, Philosophy

On the Objectivity of Welfare , Alexander F. Sarch, Philosophy

Phenomenal Acquaintance , Kelly Trogdon, Philosophy

Dissertations from 2008 2008

'Can' and consequentialism : an account of options. , Edward Lee Abrams, Philosophy

A defense of a particularist research program. , Uri D. Leibowitz, Philosophy

A tenseless account of tensed sentences and tensed belief. , Stephan V. Torre, Philosophy

Dissertations from 2007 2007

Emotional rationality and the fear of death. , Kristen A. Hine, Philosophy

Achievement, enjoyment, and the things we care about : a theory of personal well-being. , Jason R. Raibley, Philosophy

Dissertations from 2006 2006

Vagueness , Thomas J. Bell

Leibniz and Locke on the ultimate origination of things. , Marcy P. Lascano, Philosophy

Dissertations from 2005 2005

Desire-satisfaction theories of welfare. , Christopher C. Heathwood, Philosophy

Well-being and actual desires. , Mark E. Lukas, Philosophy

Brains and barns : the role of context in epistemic attribution. , Julie M. Petty, Philosophy

Dissertations from 2004 2004

Simples and gunk. , Kris, McDaniel, Philosophy

Brains and barns: The role of *context in epistemic attribution , Julie M Petty

The reconciliation of faith and reason in Thomas Aquinas. , Creighton J. Rosental, Philosophy

Forms of goodness : the nature and value of virtue in Socratic ethics. , Scott J. Senn, Philosophy

Dissertations from 2003 2003

Advancing the counterfactual analysis of causation. , Ethan R. Colton, Philosophy

Freedom and responsibility : an agent-causal view. , Meghan E. Griffith, Philosophy

Adopted knowing : claiming self-knowledge in the age of identity. , Kimberly J. Leighton, Philosophy

A priori arguments for reductionism. , Jennifer Rea Susse, Philosophy

Open questions and consequentialist conditionals : central puzzles in Moorean moral philosophy. , Jean-Paul, Vessel, Philosophy

Dissertations from 2002 2002

Autonomous machine agency. , Don, Berkich, Philosophy

The ontology of film. , Julie N. Books, Philosophy

Dissertations from 2001 2001

Ethical theory and population problems. , Kevin E. Moon, Philosophy

Dissertations from 2000 2000

The creation of the eternal truths and the nature of God in Descartes. , Daniel P. Kaufman, Philosophy

Art and psychoanalysis : a topographical, structural, and object-relational analysis illustrated by a study of Shakespeare's Hamlet. , Patricia E. Scarbrough, Philosophy

The nature of moral virtue. , Erik J. Wielenberg, Philosophy

Dissertations from 1999 1999

Transcendental arguments and Kant's Refutation of Idealism. , Adrian, Bardon, Philosophy

Species of goodness. , William Benjamin Bradley, Philosophy

Nothing personal : a defense on non-libertarian incompatibilism. , Bruce C. Galbreath, Philosophy

The speculum and the scalpel : the politics of impotent representation and non-representational terrorism. , David, Mertz, Philosophy

Pleasure, falsity, and the good in Plato's Philebus. , Ciriaco M. Sayson, Philosophy

Criteria in crisis : modernist, postmodernist, and feminist critical practices. , Mary Ann Sushinsky, Philosophy

The nation and nationalism. , Henry C. Theriault, Philosophy

Dissertations from 1998 1998

A defense of materialism against attacks based on qualia. , J. C. Beall, Philosophy

Natural-kind term reference and the discovery of essence. , Joseph F. LaPorte, Philosophy

Desert, virtue, and justice. , Eric F. Moore, Philosophy

The incompatibility of determinism and moral obligation. , Neil Schaefer, Philosophy

Hume's skepticism. , Dennis F. Thompson, Philosophy

The ethnicities of philosophy and the limits of culture. , Joseph S. Yeh, Philosophy

Dissertations from 1997 1997

Metaphysical theories of modality : properties, relations and possibilities. , David A. Denby, Philosophy

Religious belief, social establishment and autonomy. , Christopher J. Eberle, Philosophy

The state of nature and the genesis of commonwealths in Hobbes's political philosophy. , Thomas J. Fryc, Philosophy

The logic of contingent existence. , Daniel M. Kervick, Philosophy

A critique of academic nationalism. , Amie A. Macdonald, Philosophy

Richard Rorty's liberalism : a Marxist perspective. , Markar. Melkonian, Philosophy

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Topic 1: an examination of women's perspective on feminist philosophy..

Research Aim: This study aims to look into the importance of feminism in a philosophical context. It will also identify the factors that lead to postmodernism and liberal feminism from women’s perspectives and will also focus on the impact of feminist philosophy on the development of modern society.

Topic 2: Sociological Functionalism- Investigating the Development and Beliefs

Research Aim: This research study will focus on new types of functionalism and get a deeper understanding of inner and outer circumstances in which different approaches take place. This study will also investigate how the researchers use social theory to acquire a better understanding of the environment in which these concepts are used. It will also promote sociology through informing and inspiring practices and research.

Topic 3: Assessing the History and Development of Philosophical Work from the 15th to 21st Century.

Research Aim: This study aims to find the history and development of philosophical work from the 15th and 21st Centuries. It will examine the theoretical foundations of the practice, applications, and social consequences. This study will also focus on different factors of how philosophy has evolved in these centuries and what changes have occurred.

Topic 4: A Comprehensive View of Social Development of Loneliness.

Research Aim: This study will comprehend how various theoretical points of view are connected or linked r to loneliness. This study will also present an argument for an interpretative social point of view by dissembling the sense of loneliness into key components. It will also focus on the problems and different behaviours of people.

Topic 5: What does it mean to live in an Ideal Society- Discuss using Plato's Philosophies.

Research Aim: Plato is well known for his monologue known as the Republic; he was also the classical political philosopher whose views influenced future political thoughts. Plato’s ideal society was created during a time when Plato was exceedingly optimistic about human nature and its ability to absorb knowledge. This study will conduct a deep analysis of Plato’s ideologies and his views and their impact on the western political world.

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Topic 1: why we should stop capital punishment and adopt permanent solutions to help solve crimes..

Research Aim: This research aims to analyse the importance of rehabilitation and counseling of criminals to bring them back to their usual walks of life. The whole idea is to eliminate crime, and capital punishment does not provide solutions where a clean society can be developed.

Topic 2: Should people always obey the rules? A closer look at the line between breaking rules and rebellion.

Research Aim: Rules are developed to maintain a balance in society and ensure discipline, which helps an individual in every sphere of their lives. But specific rules are created only for serving a group and not for the whole society’s best interest. This research aims at finding pieces of evidence where rule-breaking is a rebellion and for the upliftment of humanity and not in personal interest.

Topic 3: Loneliness: Reconstructing its meaning

Research Aim: This research aims at finding the meaning of loneliness, what it is to feel lonely, why some people are reclusive, isolate themselves. Loneliness is not always related to sadness, and some people feel better in isolation due to their bitter experiences of life.

Topic 4: Understanding why religion is paramount above anything else for many people around the globe.

Research Aim: Religion forms the basis of life and way of living for many people around the globe. People often get confused with religion and spiritualism, and the grandeur associated with religion becomes more important. The lack of knowledge and education forces blind faith. This research aims to find the reason for dependency on religion and how it negatively affects human lives.

Topic 5: What is the best way to boost a person’s creativity?

Research Aim: This research aims at finding the best possible way to boost a person’s creativity. The most important way is to motivate, inspire, and support them in their process of exploring innovative ideas. Recognition of talent can be the most effective method, which the research will investigate.

Topic 6: Morality and religion: Why are they different, yet they talk about the same thing?

Research Aim: The fundamental essence of religion is compassion and empathy for humans and ensures morality and ethics as a way of life. This research emphasises the primary aim of a religion and how people are getting disoriented and making rituals of religion the prime concern.

Topic 7: Wealth: Is it possible to be rich without having a lot of money?

Research Aim: Wealth and money are co-related as lots of money gives the power to buy anything. But a wealth of human life lies in their moral values, love, affection, proper health and wellbeing, and money cannot accept them. This research topic will speak about becoming wealthy, even with limited monetary wealth.

Topic 8: How can the custom of dowry be eliminated from people’s minds?

Research Aim: Dowry is a social parasite, and it is now a punishable offence by the law. But rules alone cannot change society. The research aims at eradicating the practice of dowry from people’s minds in the light of education.

Topic 9: To love or to be loved: Which is more important?

Research Aim: Love is the feeling of intense desire or deep affection. The most beautiful feeling gives a sense of satisfaction and grows through exchange between two individuals. To love and be loved are two co-related aspects as human expects love in return. The research focuses on the more critical dilemma, being on the giving or receiving side of love.

Topic 10: Why social behaviour and ethics cannot be separated?

Research Aim: The research aims to evaluate the importance of ethics in social behaviour and why they cannot be separated. An ethical society is a proper place to thrive for every individual.

Topic 11: A more in-depth look at things that make human life meaningful.

Research Aim: Money, power does not always buy happiness. The research lays the foundation for the importance of care, compassion, empathy. Love and affection as the more essential aspects that make human life meaningful.

Topic 12: Is it possible to create an ideal society?

Research Aim: An ideal society is free from any crime and economic disparities where everyone is treated equally. This research will discuss whether a perfect community is attainable; it is practically possible or not.

Topic 13: A closer look at modern life values.

Research Aim: The research aims to focus on the change in values in modern times. The research’s primary purpose is to provide a comparative study of how modern people’s mindset has changed over time.

Topic 14: Euthanasia: Is it ethical?

Research Aim: A long time debate exists regarding the ethical side of euthanasia. Ending someone’s life can be considered unlawful as we do not have the right to end something we did not create. This research aims at providing evidence in favour of euthanasia and also the negative aspects.

Topic 15: What is the value of truth? Are there instances when lying is good?

Research Aim: The research aims to provide evidence where lying is not unethical. The study will give an example from Bhagwat Gita, where Lord Krishna lied to safeguard humanity.

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That's a rather interesting theses you had. Anyway I can get my hands on it ;)

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The essence of it is in my 1960 Philosophical Review article on Hume, and my first book, KANT'S THEORY OF MENTAL ACTIVITY.

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An excellent post Professor! One which I will keep tucked away(already printed off-I never fully trust technology)and hopefully have the opportunity to use one day in the not too distant future. In case anyone is interested, here is University of Lampeter`s description of what to expect for BA Philosophy dissertation PART TWO MODULES Dissertation Module code: 3PHIL9920 (for those on the 3-year programme) / 3PHIL9940 (for those on the 4-year programme) In this module, students will choose a topic of special interest in philosophy and conduct research into this area of interest via reading and private study under the supervison of the supervisor to whom they have been allocated. The aim is for the student to choose a topic of special interest in philosophy and conduct research into this area of interest via reading and private study under the supervison of the supervisor to whom they have been allocated. To produce a systematic piece of written work, organized in chapters/sections in the manner of professional and published work in philosophy, so as to show that the research referred to in the Aims has been mastered in a way appropriate to someone with a grasp of the practice of professional philosophy. To deepen students' understanding of a theme of their choosing within contemporary philosophy. To increase students' understanding of the history of philosophy, by exploring the development of philosophical themes within that history. To give students an awareness of the very latest work in their chosen area of philosophy. To improve students' capacity to read works in philosophy in the context of their wider education, particularly their philosophical education. To investigate the potential of concepts and arguments drawn from philosophy for other theoretical work. To liberate students to ask themselves the deepest questions raised in philosophy

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Superb,many,many thanks.

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I wrote the large majority of my dissertation while working full-time (for a judge), devoting 3-4 nights per week and some weekend days to it. I had decided fairly early on that most philosophers who wrote on the subject didn't know much about it, and the very abstract discussion they presented left the more interesting and important questions untouched. Those questions each became a chapter, and I worked on a chapter at a time, and then went back and saw how what I thought about the abstract question changed when I'd worked through the more specific questions. As for the actual writing, I first wrong (by hand) a lot of notes. I then used the notes to write, by hand, a very rough draft of a chapter- really a sketch. I sometimes think better writing by hand so this worked well for me and I could do it at the laundromat, unlike working on my computer. I then typed up and re-worked the sketch into a real draft, printed that out, re-read it and made changes, though usually not big ones. With that, a chapter was done. As I knew which questions I wanted to answer, it was easy to see progress. In some ways the hardest part was taking out the truly massive number of typos in the version to be submitted to the grad school, a task I was less than fully successful at, I'm afraid.

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Very useful advice! The page a day approach sounds like a great idea. When I wrote my master's thesis I tried to write every day, and whenever I skipped a day it was that much harder to get back to it. Plus, a page a day just sounds more manageable than sitting down with some massive goal and then being disappointed when you fail to reach it. I'm just starting my PhD and I will certainly to remember this post when I get to the dissertation stage.

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Memories!!! Bob, I miss the good old days with you. Happily I can say that now that my dissertation is done. ;)

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I can't agree with Bob enough on this. I was going nowhere fast with my dissertation (for a couple of years!) until somebody gave me a book which said: write five pages a day, everyday; don't edit; it doesn't matter how good or bad the pages are. I immediately made immense progress and finished the dissertation in several months. Trust me: you feel better and better every day because you see yourself making progress. Trust Bob on this one - I might have never finished my degree if I hadn't done it!

Many thanks for the excellent advice! I only wish I had come across this two years ago or so - it would have made the dissertation experience that much easier. I'll be sure to pass it along to any future students, though.

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So, let me see if I get this right. In this post you defend the thesis that If I write a dissertation I'll get a PhD even if my dissertation is not brilliant. I like that. I really hope that your thesis is true jojojo

If only the brilliant dissertations earned their authors doctorates, there would be perhaps eleven people in the United States with doctorates in philosophy, and probably none with doctorates in sociology. I guarantee that if you write it, you will get the degree [assuming you do not plagiarize it, of course.]

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e: "But when you write a dissertation [in America -- it may be different elsewhere], you know who the members of your committee are before you start to write." It is different elsewhere. In Australia, examiners of Ph.D. theses are (i) from outside the university (ii) recruited after the thesis is submitted (iii) not identified to the student until after the fact. Has some good and some bad effects. Dissertations are longer (you have to put in discussion of every bee some potential examiner might have under their bonnet). Certain sorts of egregious corruption in the examination process are maybe a little bit reduced.

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Thank you! Your advice has greatly helped me dig into the more modest demands of a interdisciplinary MA thesis in Art History. I have enjoyed reading your memoirs, too. They were a pleasant and interesting break from the academic material(Lefebvre, Deleuze et al) that I am plowing through.

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The essence of it is in my 1960 Philosophical Review article on Hume, and my first book, KANT'S THEORY OF MENTAL ACTIVITY. Send flowers to Karachi

What do you understand to be the conceptual different between a Master's Thesis in Philosophy and the Doctoral Dissertation (besides length)? I have always thought that the MA thesis is a demonstration of ability to do substantial research at a graduate level while the doctoral dissertation falls more in the realm of original work. So if I understand you correct Professor Wolff, what you said were not a "thesis" for a doctoral dissertation could be a thesis for a MA thesis. Do I understand your distinction?

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Robert, In the abstract of your bio you said: "As I observed in one of my books, in politics I am an anarchist, in religion I am an atheist, and in economics I am a Marxist. I am also, rather more importantly, a husband, a father, a grandfather, and a violist." Then I can assume that you are an Obama voter? Thanks, Larry

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Dissertations consist in several significant philosophical essays on different topics. My PhD dissertation in Philosophy at the University of Sheffield consisted of articles. A terrific decision by my supervisors. UK Dissertation

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Dear Mr. Wollf, Regarding the research method, is this basically reading all relevant to the thesis write on it, compare, comment, pros-cons, extend on them, come with new ideas? I am aware of research methods for sociology, psychology, etc., but not aware of the research methods for philosophy. Thanks, W

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I'm still plugging through. One day, one page at a time. Next October I should have a draft! I love this advice: "Start on Page 1, with the sentence, "In this dissertation, I shall defend the thesis that p."'

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I love every single word of this. Also, Robert Paul Wolff, I read A Critique of Pure Tolerance when I was a teenager who could not have imagined that I would get to be an academic myself. I thought that it was great, and I have always thought of you as someone whom I somehow sort of know. I should have written you a fan letter at the time, but here it is, many decades delayed.

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Doctoral dissertation in Philosophy isn't a piece of cake. As a rule each dissertation contains thesis part which must be well-written and genuine. If someone feels like unwilling to do by himself, try to find sources good at paraphrasing thesis . As a rule, they are available online and for everybody. I think it's the best solution to have a unique article in a short period of time.

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I'm looking for some advice on choosing an outside topic for my PhD Dissertation. I have considered writing on a sociologist's insights into Philosophy as opposed to doing another work on philosophical texts (which in the end seems more like history of philosophy as opposed to Philosophy). I'm afraid none of the potential directors will take me on as directee. Do I bite the bullet and write on Aristotle (again) or be daring and try a new approach?

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Hello Professor, you mentioned in your post here that if you manage to say something original that you should note it in a footnote. Does this imply that, generally speaking, PhD students do not have much to say in their theses that is original? How can that be the case if the thesis is supposed to be an original contribution to the field? I ask only out of a lack of self-confidence- it seems daunting to be able to say anything profound or original in a field composed of scholars who have been writing for a life time. Thanks for your time.

Thèse de doctorat en philosophie n'est pas un morceau de gâteau. En règle générale, chaque thèse contient une thèse. Si quelqu'un se sent seul, essayez de trouver de bonnes sources dans la thèse. En règle générale, ils sont disponibles en ligne et pour tout le monde. Je pense que c'est la meilleure solution pour obtenir un article unique sur une courte période.

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    Humean constitutivism: a desire-based account of rational agency and the foundations of morality . Howdle, Giles H. (The University of Edinburgh, 2023-11-15) The thesis combines the Humean theory of normative practical reasons with constitutivism. Humeanism claims, roughly, that an agent's reasons are explained by his desires.


    In Microbiology or Anthropology or History, a doctoral dissertation is a research report, which is to say a report, in stylized form, of research that the candidate has been carrying out under the guidance of a Director. In Philosophy, a dissertation is The Defense of a Thesis. [That is why a dissertation is referred to familiarly as a thesis.]

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