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    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • The conversion and therapy of desire in Augustine's Cassiciacum dialogues. 

      Boone, Mark J. (2010-06-23)
      The philosophical schools of late antiquity commonly diagnosed human unhappiness as rooted in some fundamental disorder in our desires, and offered various therapies or prescriptions for the healing of desire. Among these ...
    • 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 ...
    • Divine choice and natural law : the eudokian ethics of Francis Turretin. 

      Bruce, James Elliot, 1974- (2008-10-14)
      Francis Turretin (1623–1687) places a threefold scheme of right (ius) within the framework of Thomistic natural law to explain the relationship between the divine will and the moral order. He centers his inquiry on a ...
    • Emotion, evaluative perception, and epistemic goods. 

      Pelser, Adam C. (, 2011-09-14)
      In contrast to the widely held view that emotions are obstacles to ideal epistemic functioning, emotions, as evaluative perceptual states, can contribute in significant ways to our achievement of valuable epistemic goods ...
    • 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 ...
    • Explanation in metaphysics. 

      Johnson, Daniel M., 1984- (, 2011-09-14)
      One of the primary tasks of the philosopher is to explain what it is for something to be the case – what it is for one event (substance, fact) to cause another, what it is for an action to be obligatory, what it is for an ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Iris Murdoch's genealogy of the modern self : retrieving consciousness beyond the linguistic turn. 

      Jordan, Jessy E.G. (2008-10-15)
      In this dissertation I argue that Murdoch’s philosophical-ethical project is best understood as an anti-Enlightenment genealogical narrative. I maintain that her work consistently displays four fundamental features that ...
    • Kierkegaard and modern moral philosophy : conceptual unintelligibility, moral obligations and divine commands. 

      Cantrell, Michael A. (2009-04-03)
      We moderns have lost a grasp on some of our most commonly used moral concepts. Or rather, the moral concepts that we use everyday have, in our grasp, lost the intelligibility they once enjoyed. Contemporary moral judgments ...
    • Kierkegaard’s practice of edification: indirect communication, the virtues, and Christianity. 

      Tietjen, Mark A. (2006-12-05)
      The ultimate aim of Kierkegaard's authorship is to build up his reader's character. Kierkegaard's signed, religious works suggest this reading, but some interpreters say that the more indirect, pseudonymous character of ...
    • Knowledge revealed to the heart : an articulation and defense of Pascal's epistemology. 

      Klapauszak, Janelle Liesl. (, 2011-09-14)
      It is the focus of this dissertation to articulate Pascal’s position, which may be viewed as a middle ground between skepticism and dogmatism; a position that induces the reader to seek. The second and third chapters ...
    • Kongzi, Rawls, and the sense of justice in the Analects. 

      Cline, Erin May. (2006-07-31)
      This dissertation is a comparative study of the philosophy of John Rawls and the Confucian Analects regarding the idea of a sense of justice. The first aim of this work is to correct a view that has been advanced by several ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Resistance : its nature, virtues, and application to matters of faith. 

      Colgrove, Nicholas Michael, 1988-; 0000-0003-0506-353X (2019-04-01)
      There are many cries to resist particular objects (e.g. inequality in the workplace) but very little is said concerning the nature of resistance. As such, this project begins by mapping the concept of resistance. Next, I ...
    • 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 ...