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  • Women Philosophers Throughout History: An Open Collection 

    Lascano, Marcy; Watson, Kevin; Martins, Rafael (University of Kansas Libraries, 2020)
    This is collection of four philosophical texts written exclusively by women. It contemplates in chronological order The Dialogue by Catherine of Siena, The Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila, An Essay in Defence of the ...
  • Thomistic Approaches to Welfare Theory 

    Hayes, Michael (University of Kansas, 2019-05-31)
    The purpose of this work is primarily to defend the Thomistic approach to well-being on three fronts. First, it is often said that objective theories of well-being are vulnerable to the objection that, if well-being is ...
  • Why There is no General Solution to the Problem of Software Verification 

    Symons, John; Horner, Jack J. (Springer, 2019-06-03)
    How can we be certain that software is reliable? Is there any method that can verify the correctness of software for all cases of interest? Computer scientists and software engineers have informally assumed that there is ...
  • A Defense of the Moral Praiseworthiness of Anger 

    Porter, Benjamin Isaac (University of Kansas, 2018-08-31)
    In this paper, I challenge criticisms concerning the moral use of anger in recent debates. Recently criticisms have emerged claiming that anger either always carries with it an irrational desire or that anger causes one ...
  • How Can Human Intelligence Collection Be Morally Justified? 

    Doty, Reece (University of Kansas, 2018-05-31)
    This paper is an exploration of the ethics of espionage, specifically as it pertains to the human dimension. In it, I discuss the ethical aspects of some specific cases and questions about which moral theory we should use ...
  • Constructivism and the Liberal Dilemma 

    Eftekhari, Seena (University of Kansas, 2018-05-31)
    In this dissertation I show that constructivist liberal philosophers are confronted by a dilemma. On the one hand, the conceptions of persons that they appeal to are so thin that contradictory conclusions can be derived ...
  • On the Efficacy of Character Education for Cultivating Virtue 

    Bednar, Katarina (University of Kansas, 2018-05-31)
    This dissertation serves to support deliberate attempts to cultivate moral character. Character education faces criticism, some of which are inherited from its grounding in virtue theory. The aim of this dissertation is ...
  • Can we trust Big Data? Applying philosophy of science to software 

    Symons, John; Alvarado, Ramón (SAGE Publications, 2016-09-02)
    We address some of the epistemological challenges highlighted by the Critical Data Studies literature by reference to some of the key debates in the philosophy of science concerning computational modeling and simulation. ...
  • An Examination of Thomas Hurka's Virtue Consequentialism 

    Rose, Crystal (University of Kansas, 2017-12-31)
    In this dissertation, I examine three separate issues pertaining to Thomas Hurka’s virtue consequentialism. Hurka’s account describes virtue as a positive orientation towards a good, and a vice as a negative orientation ...
  • Against Partiality 

    Crisp, Roger (University of Kansas, Department of Philosophy, 2018-04-19)
    This is the text of the Lindley Lecture for 2018 given by Roger Crisp, a Professor of Moral Philosophy at St. Anne’s College, Oxford.
  • Classics in Moral & Political Philosophy: An Open Collection 

    Martins, Rafael (University of Kansas Libraries, 2018-02)
    This is a collection of classics in moral and political philosophy containing only public domain and fair-use material. The primary role of this collection is to provide instructors, students, and researchers with a set ...
  • Against the Linguistic Strategy for the Ontic Conception of Scientific Explanation 

    Fensholt, Rebecca Janell (University of Kansas, 2017-05-31)
    Philosophers of science are interested in characterizing the nature of scientific explanation. Much of the debate has been about which format or structures best represent, and thus explain, scientific phenomena. Pushing ...
  • ORGANISMS AND THE EXTENDED SELF: A RE-EVALUATION 

    Carlyle, Arthur Carlyle (University of Kansas, 2016-05-31)
    In this paper I argue against Eric Olson, who argues that the extended mind thesis must be false if animalism—the view that human persons are numerically identical with biological organisms—is true. Whilst I agree with ...
  • LIFE AND DEATH ISSUES IN BIOETHICS: ABORTION, PERSISTENT VEGETATIVE STATE, AND THE DEFINITION OF DEATH 

    McDaniel, Ian Keith (University of Kansas, 2015-12-31)
    This dissertation is comprised of three papers which consider prominent issues in bioethics. The three topics can be briefly stated as: 1) a refutation of the responsibility objection to abortion, 2) a rejection of the ...
  • Moral Distinctiveness and Moral Inquiry 

    Dorsey, Dale (University of Chicago Press, 2016-04)
    Actions can be moral or immoral, surely, but can also be prudent or imprudent, rude or polite, sportsmanlike or unsportsmanlike, and so on. The fact that diverse methods of evaluating action exist seems to give rise to a ...
  • The Harmony Thesis and the Problem of Continence in Contemporary Virtue Ethics 

    Schroeder, Nicholas (University of Kansas, 2016-12-31)
    Contemporary virtue ethicists have largely followed Aristotle in accepting what Karen Stohr calls the harmony thesis. This thesis claims that a virtuous agent will not experience inner conflict or pain when acting. His ...
  • Does a consistent soul-theory exclude the animals? 

    Whitworth, Albert Mitchell (University of Kansas, 1929)
  • Misunderstanding Davidson 

    Rule, Martin Clifford (University of Kansas, 2016-08-31)
    The main aim of this dissertation is to offer, and to defend, an interpretation of Donald Davidson’s classic paper “Mental Events” which interpretation I take to be identical to Davidson’s intended interpretation. My ...
  • The Significance of a Life’s Shape 

    Dorsey, Dale (The University of Chicago Press, 2015-01)
    The shape of a life hypothesis holds, very roughly, that lives are better when they have an upward, rather than downward, slope in terms of momentary well-being. This hypothesis is plausible and has been thought to cause ...

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