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  • Roles and the ethical life. 

    Yan, Mengyao, 1987-; 0000-0002-9400-3370 (2018-06-06)
    Role ethics, broadly speaking, is a normative ethical theory that has a prominent emphasis on roles. Although it was prominent in ancient cultures, such as in China and Greece, role ethics waned during the Enlightenment ...
  • Thomas Aquinas's psychology of fear. 

    Cartagena, Nathan Luis, 1988- (2018-07-10)
    Thomas Aquinas develops a strikingly expansive psychology of fear (timor) within his masterwork, the Summa theologiae. Whereas many classify fear under a single category (e.g., emotion, passion, or sentiment), Aquinas ...
  • The virtue of taking ownership. 

    Wilson, Matthew F., 1978- (2018-02-07)
    This dissertation argues that the capacity to “take ownership” is a fundamental feature of human life to which people may be well or poorly disposed. Although we commonly exhort others to “take ownership” in their work, ...
  • Growth in infused virtue in the work of Thomas Aquinas. 

    Brandt, Jared, 1989- (2018-03-19)
    Thomas Aquinas inherits two distinct conceptions of the virtuous human being. From Aristotle, he receives a vision of harmony and human achievement: through the process of habituation, the distinct parts of the virtuous ...
  • Animals now and then. 

    Thornton, Allison Krile, 1988- (2018-01-12)
    One aim of this dissertation is to remove ambiguities that have impeded a clear discussion and adequate evaluation of animalism. To that end I develop a taxonomy of different varieties of animalism and argue that there are ...
  • Groundwork for a Thomistic account of contemporary property roles. 

    Cleveland, Lindsay Kathryn, 1982-; 0000-0003-2267-2660 (2018-04-11)
    Chapter one serves as an introduction to the whole dissertation. In it I explain why I think philosophers should pursue a systematic, pluralist account of contemporary property roles and consider Thomistic explanations of ...
  • Cultivating character : spiritual exercises, remedial virtues, and the formation of the heart. 

    West, Ryan D., 1981- (2016-02-05)
    According to philosophical situationists, empirical psychology suggests that most people are not virtuous, and that we should be skeptical about the possibility of cultivating virtue. I argue against the second claim by ...
  • Common sense epistemology : a defense of seemings as evidence. 

    McAllister, Blake. (2016-04-05)
    Starting from an internalist, evidentialist, deontological conception of epistemic justification, this dissertation constitutes a defense of common sense epistemology. Common sense epistemology is a theory of ultimate ...
  • Civic friendship and a value assumption in Rawls. 

    Younger, Peter J., 1977- (2016-03-16)
    In the late twentieth century, John Rawls reinvigorated the social contract theory in political philosophy. Previous contract theories could not explain how those bound by the social contract consent to be bound. Rawls ...
  • Theism and the justification of first principles in Thomas Reid’s epistemology. 

    Poore, Gregory S. (, 2013-09-24)
    The role of theism in Thomas Reid’s epistemology remains an unresolved question. Opinions range from outright denials that theism has any relevance to Reid’s epistemology to claims that Reid’s epistemology depends upon ...
  • Thomas Reid and the problem of secondary qualities. 

    Shrock, Christopher A. (, 2013-09-16)
    Direct Realism is the view that human perception takes physical entities and their mind-independent properties as immediate objects. Although this thesis is supported by common sense, many argue that it can be dismissed ...
  • Neo-Kantian wickedness : constructivist and realist responses to moral skepticism. 

    Giannini, Heidi Chamberlin. (, 2013-09-16)
    Neo-Kantian constructivism aspires to respond to moral skepticism by compelling agents to act morally on pain of irrationality. According to Christine Korsgaard, a leading proponent of constructivism, we construct all ...
  • Appreciation : its nature and role in virtue ethical moral psychology and dialectical moral agency. 

    Carson, Nathan Paul. (, 2013-09-16)
    This dissertation is focused on appreciation and its role in virtue ethical psychology and moral agency. While appreciation is a central concept in aesthetics, I argue that it still needs to play a deeper and more precise ...
  • Augustine against the academic doctrine, way of life, and use of philosophical writing. 

    Spano, John (, 2013-09-16)
    The recent literature on Augustine’s Contra Academicos stresses the philosophical, ethical, and literary elements of the text. However, these works neglect the polemical role of the dialogue as a response to Cicero’s ...
  • Tragic philosophy and human desire : bringing Nietzsche and Plato into conversation with contemporary ethics. 

    Coblentz, William Travis. (, 2013-05-15)
    In his Retrieval of Ethics, Talbot Brewer complains of a fundamentally inadequate moral psychology within contemporary ethics, most importantly the limitation of human desire to the instrumental. In response, Brewer, ...
  • Toward a richer account of human rights in Christian moral theory : from Wolterstorff and Hauerwas to Wojtyla. 

    Schwartz, Joel Aric. (, 2012-08-08)
    The role of human rights is disputed in Christian moral theory. When human rights are discussed, it is common to find that a problematic understanding of the human agent is assumed in those discussions, one that understands ...
  • The evidential support relation. 

    Byerly, T. Ryan. (, 2012-08-08)
    Evidentialist views in epistemology, like that of Earl Conee and Richard Feldman, define epistemic justification at least partially in terms of evidential support. According to these views, a person is justified in believing ...
  • The meaning of illness : a phenomenological approach to the physician/patient relationship. 

    Toombs, S. Kay, 1943- (, 2011-12-19)
    It is my purpose in this thesis to explore the "reality" of illness, using philosophical phenomenology as a guide. In particular, I am concerned to show that the experience of illness, rather than representing a shared ...
  • Saints and moral philosophy. 

    Riley, Sean A. (, 2011-12-19)
    Starting with William James’s lectures on saintliness in The Varieties of Religious Experience, twentieth and twenty-first century moral philosophers have attempted to understand the relationship between moral philosophy ...
  • Modeling divine deliberation. 

    Tong, Jing, 1985- (, 2011-09-14)
    Under the assumption that God deliberates when he decides which world he will create, I set out to build a model for God’s deliberation. The first chapter will lay the ground and outline each chapter. From Chapter Two ...

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