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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • The Metaphysics of Space-time Substantivalism: A Methodological Study of the Structure of Space-time in the Context of General Relativity 

    Grant, Sarah
    This thesis explores methodological approaches to studying substantivalism in metaphysics and the philosophy of science. My primary aim is to show that it is only when these two disciplines come together, that we can hope ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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: ...
  • Scaring the bejesus into people: The effects of mortality salience on explicit and implicit religious belief 

    Jong, Jonathan
    The belief in supernatural agents is a universal feature of human social cognition. Recent cognitive theories of religion might explain the origins of supernatural concepts, but they do not adequately explain religious ...
  • Logic and Normativity 

    Olsen, Elizabeth
    What is the relationship between logic and thought? One view is that logic merely describes how people think. But this view – called 'psychologism' – cannot be quite right. Logic cannot describe how people reason, because ...
  • The Pervasive Paradox of Tense 

    Dyke, Heather
    The debate about the reality of tense descends from an argument of McTaggart's,whichwas designed to prove the unreality of time.The argument has two constituent theses: firstly that time is intrinsically tensed, and secondly, ...
  • Tokens, Dates and Tenseless Truth Conditions 

    Dyke, Heather
    There are two extant versions of the new tenseless theory of time: the date versionand the token-reflexive version. I ask whether they are equivalent, and if not, whichof them is to be preferred. I argue that they are not ...
  • "Thank Goodness that's Over": The Evolutionary Story 

    Maclaurin, James; Dyke, Heather
    If, as the new tenseless theory of time maintains, there are no tensed facts, then why do our emotional lives seem to suggest that there are? This question originates with Prior’s ‘Thank Goodness That’s Over’ problem, and ...
  • Tensed Meaning: A Tenseless Account 

    Dyke, Heather
    If, as the new B-theory of time maintains, tensed sentences have tenseless truth conditions, it follows that it is possible for two sentence-tokens to have the same truth conditions, but different meanings. This conclusion ...
  • 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 ...