Perhaps the greatest benefit of studying philosophy is the satisfaction that comes from thinking clearly on fundamental issues. This makes the study of philosophy its own reward. However there are also other reasons for studying philosophy. Philosophy provides knowledge of our intellectual heritage, and of major issues concerning the nature of ourselves and the world.

Studying philosophy will help you to develop your powers of constructive, creative and critical reasoning. It will also help you to express yourself more clearly, and give you the ability to address complex and difficult problems. Plus, the skills and knowledge you will gain from studying philosophy will help you to be a better student in other subjects. And your skills and knowledge will be directly relevant, and transferable, to almost every walk of intellectual and practical life.

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Recent Deposits

  • Picking What Persists: Sociocultural Natural Capital and Intergenerational Justice 

    Clark, Britta
    Attempts to determine the value and intergenerational importance of environmental goods have a difficult time accounting for the non-basic services that ecosystems provide. Discussions of ‘Critical Natural Capital’ deem ...
  • Aspirational Naturalism 

    McLeod, Michael David
    In this thesis I argue for aspirational naturalism. Aspirational naturalism is a metaphilosophical thesis that encourages a continuation of the interdisciplinary relationship between philosophy and science. It is a kind ...
  • Science and Religion: A Conflict of Methods 

    Smith, Timothy Alexander
    There is an epistemological conflict between religion and science. While the claims of science are justified using epistemic methods whose reliability has been corroborated by other people and by other methods, the claims ...
  • Composition and Identities 

    Lechthaler, Manuel
    Composition as Identity is the view that an object is identical to its parts taken collectively. I elaborate and defend a theory based on this idea: composition is a kind of identity. Since this claim is best presented ...
  • Locating “I think, therefore I am” in the Meditations 

    Pensler, Samuel
    “I think, therefore I am” (Cogito, ergo sum) suggests a “naïve” interpretation whereby anyone who argues as follows is certain of their existence. I think. Therefore, I am. Curiously, the famous line doesn’t appear in ...
  • Twin Earth and the Normativity of Meaning 

    Keyzer, Jon
    In this dissertation, I attempt to provide some new evidence in favour of the claim that meaning is normative—specifically, for the claim that semantic judgments or ascriptions of meaning are action-guiding. I attempt to ...
  • The Role of Mathematics in Francis Bacon's Natural Philosophy 

    Çimen, Ünsal
    In this study, I discuss the role of mathematics in Francis Bacon’s natural philosophy. Bacon was one of the important figures of early modern philosophy and has been accepted as one of the frontier philosophers of modern ...
  • Kripke’s Wittgenstein’s Sceptical Solution and Donald Davidson’s Philosophy of Language 

    Hossein Khani, Ali
    This thesis is an attempt to investigate the relation between the views of Wittgenstein as presented by Kripke (Kripke’s Wittgenstein) and Donald Davidson on meaning and linguistic understanding. Kripke’s Wittgenstein, via ...
  • The languages of relevant logic: a model-theoretic perspective 

    Badia Hernandez, Guillermo
    A traditional aspect of model theory has been the interplay between formal languages and mathematical structures (hence Chang and Keisler's famous equation "model theory = universal algebra + logic"). This dissertation is ...
  • Is Your Legacy To Yourself Or To Others And What Is Important For Morality? Modifying Kant's Categorical Imperative. 

    Beckett, Trees M
    This thesis builds on a conditional claim that Kant’s prudential account of happiness has implications for his account of morality and a new taxonomy of prudence and morality is proposed. Other-regarding and self-regarding ...
  • A Justification of the Evolutionary Debunking Argument 

    Wilson, Duncan William
    In recent decades the debate over the metaethical conclusion from the theory of evolution has intensified. Michael Ruse’s epistemological argument has been taken up by Richard Joyce, Guy Kahane and Sharon Street and ...
  • Kantian and Humean Constructivism 

    Fitchett, Caitlin
    Metaethical constructivism holds that a judgement is normatively compelling for an agent if that judgement follows from within the standpoint of the judging agent. Christine Korsgaard, a Kantian constructivist, holds that ...
  • The Ethics of Killing Invasive Animals in Ecological Restoration 

    Specht, Mark
    In many conservation decisions, there is disagreement over which animals should be managed through lethal control. These disagreements seemingly stem from different justifications for killing invasive animals. This study ...
  • Wittgenstein, objectivity and rule-following: towards resolving the communitarian vs. individualism debate 

    Wee Ming Kho, Daniel
    The question of whether the concept of a rule-follower presupposes more than a single individual came into prominence in the wake of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s considerations on rule-following, found primarily in his Philosophical ...
  • Newton's Epistemic Triad 

    Walsh, Kirsten Elise
    Isaac Newton condemned the use of hypotheses with his (in)famous methodological statement, Hypotheses non fingo, and yet employed hypotheses explicitly in every edition of the Principia. Some commentators have argued that ...
  • Imperatives and Logical Consequence 

    Clark-Younger, Hannah
    The interrelated logical concepts of validity, entailment, and consequence are all standardly defined in terms of truth preservation. However, imperative sentences can stand in these relations, but they are not truth-apt ...
  • The Ethics of Piracy for Personal Use 

    Gibson, Charles Reuben
    In recent years the dispute over the ethical status of piracy has intensified. The entertainment industry maintains that piracy is theft and extremely harmful whilst consumers maintain that many acts of piracy are in fact ...
  • McDowell's Realism 

    Broadbent, Paul
    John McDowell's work presents stimulating arguments on a broad variety of issues. In this thesis I shall look at three: his response to Dummett's manifestation argument (the argument that our understanding of truth must ...
  • Ersatzer Presentism and the Limits of the Modal Analogy 

    Darcy, James
    Presentism, the position that only present objects exist, is taken as the commonsense view of time, capturing our everyday temporal beliefs. However, presentism is also faced by a number of well-known objections. One of ...
  • The Philosophy of George Turnbull 

    Gomez Paris, Juan Manuel
    George Turnbull (1698-1748) is one of the figures of the Scottish Enlightenment who has been largely overlooked. In this thesis I give the first detailed analysis of his major writings by focusing on a set of principles ...

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