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  • A Defence of Biodiversity as the Goal of Conservation Biology 

    Gibson, Charles Reuben
    Biodiversity has been the goal of conservation for thirty years but recent work by biodiversity eliminativists has raised serious challenges to its suitability as the primary goal of conservation. This project groups those ...
  • A Defence of the Relevance View in Ethics 

    Carter, Adam
    When different parties have claims on an agent for limited aid, the agent must decide whose claims to satisfy. Individuals’ claims have a certain strength depending on how much they have to gain by receiving aid. To determine ...
  • 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 ...
  • Are all languages equal? 

    Weston-Taylor, Lucy
    There is a general orthodoxy in linguistics that all languages are equal. Only in the past 10-15 years have linguists started critiquing this claim. In this thesis I critically examine structural interpretations of the ...
  • 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 ...
  • Can a Darwinian be a Christian? 

    Dawes, Gregory W.
    Gregory W. Dawes, Can a Darwinian Be a Christian? Religion Compass 1/6 (2007) pp. 711–724
  • Care ethics and brain injury 

    Butler, Mary
    It is generally supposed that a supportive family can have an influence on outcomes for an adult with severe brain injury, but there is very little known about what effective families actually do. In this research the ...
  • 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 ...
  • Could There Be Another Galileo Case? Galileo, Augustine, and Vatican II 

    Dawes, Gregory W.
    In his 1615 letter to the Grand Duchess Christina of Lorraine, Galileo argues for a “principle of limitation”: the authority of Scripture should not be invoked in scientific matters. In doing so, he claims to be following ...
  • Developing Transparency Requirements for the Operation of Criminal Justice Algorithms in New Zealand 

    Blackmore, Briony
    As predictive risk algorithms become more commonplace so have concerns about their use. The perceived bias, inaccuracy, and opacity of predictive risk algorithms has given rise to concerns about fairness when used in ...
  • 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 ...
  • Evolution and the Bible: The Hermeneutical Question 

    Dawes, Gregory W.
    Theistic evolutionists often suggest that one can reconcile evolutionary theory with biblical teaching. But in fact Christians have accepted Darwinian theory only after reinterpreting the opening chapters of Genesis. Is ...
  • The Evolutionary Origins of Tensed Language and Belief 

    Dyke, Heather
    I outline the debate in metaphysics between those who believe time is tensed and those who believe it is tenseless. I describe the terms in which this debate has been carried out, and the significance to it of ordinary ...
  • God Beyond Theism? Bishop Spong, Paul Tillich, and the Unicorn 

    Dawes, Gregory W.
    John Shelby Spong has recently advocated belief in a ‘God beyond theism’. While rejecting traditional theism, he also distinguishes his position from atheism. He suggests that there is a divine reality, which may be described ...
  • Government Use of Artificial Intelligence in New Zealand 

    Gavighan, Colin; Knott, Ali; Maclaurin, James; Zerilli, John; Liddicoat, Joy
    Final Report on Phase 1 of the New Zealand Law Foundation’s Artificial Intelligence and Law in New Zealand Project
  • How Not to Respond to Evolutionary Debunking Arguments 

    Lernpass, Christoph
    Evolutionary debunking arguments [EDAs] in moral epistemology generally aim to show that what we know or what we have good reason to believe about the impact of evolution on the development of human moral psychology threatens ...
  • 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 ...
  • In Defense of Naturalism 

    Dawes, Gregory W.
    History and the modern sciences are characterized by what is sometimes called a “methodological naturalism” that disregards talk of divine agency. Some religious thinkers argue that this reflects a dogmatic materialism: ...
  • 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 ...
  • Kant, Skepticism, and the Comparison Argument 

    Vanzo, Alberto
    Kant's writings on logic illustrate the comparison argument about truth, which goes as follows. A truth-bearer p is true if and only if it corresponds, or it agrees, with a portion of reality: the object(s), state(s) of ...