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The Catholic Enlightenment. The Forgotten History Of A Global Movement, Ulrich Lehner 2016 Marquette University

The Catholic Enlightenment. The Forgotten History Of A Global Movement, Ulrich Lehner

Ulrich L. Lehner

No abstract provided.


Miss Piggy's Feminism: Redefining Human Relationships Through Martial Arts, Samantha Brennan 2015 University of Western Ontario

Miss Piggy's Feminism: Redefining Human Relationships Through Martial Arts, Samantha Brennan

Samantha Brennan

No abstract provided.


1. What Is The Relationship Of The Finite Subject To The Infinite Ground? 2. How Do We Use Where We Segregate The Subject From The Ground To Construct Reality? 3. In What Ways Can We Destabilize This Constructed Reality To Highlight Its Inherent Instability?, Calvin M. Miceli-Nelson 2015 Washington University in St Louis

1. What Is The Relationship Of The Finite Subject To The Infinite Ground? 2. How Do We Use Where We Segregate The Subject From The Ground To Construct Reality? 3. In What Ways Can We Destabilize This Constructed Reality To Highlight Its Inherent Instability?, Calvin M. Miceli-Nelson

Undergraduate Theses—Unrestricted

This essay catalogs interests within my works and traces connections between these works and particular structuralist, post-modern, and post-structuralist themes. Artists influential to or congruent with the aims of my work are also discussed within this three-part essay around these discussions present in my work: 1. What is the relationship of the finite subject to the infinite ground? 2. How do we use where we segregate the subject from the ground to construct reality? 3. In what ways can we destabilize this constructed reality to highlight its inherent instability?


Ghosts In The Garden: Cultural Critique Through The Lens Of The Absurd, Andrew T. Catanese 2015 Washington University in St Louis

Ghosts In The Garden: Cultural Critique Through The Lens Of The Absurd, Andrew T. Catanese

Undergraduate Theses—Unrestricted

The primary lens by which I deconstruct my work is the absurd and “lucidity” of the absurd as developed by Camus in The Myth of Sisyphus. Camus’ absurd grows out of the tension between human desire for establishing order with the impossibility of doing so in a universe that continually resists our abstractions. The absurd then becomes a means to understanding the criticisms in my work of consumerism, behavior, and spaces which attempt to control or constrict people. I approach my art as an “other” or “outsider” from the system of Protestant moral dichotomy in which I grew up. There ...


Holding For The Most Part: The Demonstrability Of Moral Facts, Devin Henry 2015 The University of Western Ontario

Holding For The Most Part: The Demonstrability Of Moral Facts, Devin Henry

Devin Henry

No abstract provided.


A Deflationary Interpretation Of Locke's Theory Of Ideas, Danielle N. Hampton 2015 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

A Deflationary Interpretation Of Locke's Theory Of Ideas, Danielle N. Hampton

Philosophy Dissertations, Theses, & Student Research

This dissertation is a defense of a deflationary interpretation of Lockean ideas. The orthodox view is that Locke uses the term ‘idea’ to designate a collection of things that share some philosophically significant characteristic in common. While there is much debate over what this unifying characteristic might be, it is largely agreed upon that there is one, and only one, such characteristic. This is the assumption that I deny. I argue that Locke uses ‘idea’ as an umbrella term to cover several different types of mental items.

In Chapter 1, I look at six non-deflationary interpretations of Locke’s theory ...


How To Formulate Arguments From Easy Knowledge, Alexander Jackson 2015 Boise State University

How To Formulate Arguments From Easy Knowledge, Alexander Jackson

Alexander Jackson

Arguments from ‘easy knowledge’ are meant to refute a class of epistemological views, including foundationalism about perceptual knowledge. This paper clears up some mistakes about how to formulate arguments from easy knowledge. I criticize two features of Stewart Cohen’s presentation (2002, 2005), namely his focus on knowing that one’s faculties are reliable, and his use of a Williamson-style closure principle. In my view, the issue around easy knowledge must be understood using a notion of epistemic priority. Roger White’s presentation of the argument (2006) implicitly depends on a controversial response to the so-called lottery paradox. Distinguishing basic ...


How The Phoenix Took Wing: An Examination Of The Humanities Canon As It Relates To The Psychology Of Posttraumatic Growth, Stephen Dalton 2015 Dominican University of California

How The Phoenix Took Wing: An Examination Of The Humanities Canon As It Relates To The Psychology Of Posttraumatic Growth, Stephen Dalton

Senior Theses and Capstone Projects

The investigation of posttraumatic growth as a psychological principle is giving researchers new ways to understand how it is that some people seem to thrive following events that are normally perceived as tragic and wholly negative. These survivors do not just bounce back from their tragedies; the researchers describe these people as “bouncing forward” – that is, the survivors report that their lives now are profoundly better than they were before the trauma. While the psychological research into posttraumatic growth is relatively new, the field of Humanities has conducted this same inquiry for several thousand years. For example, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote ...


Into The Fold: Deleuze, Desire, And Art, Madeline Wells 2015 Washington University in St Louis

Into The Fold: Deleuze, Desire, And Art, Madeline Wells

Madeline Wells

The purpose of this essay is to understand how I, as a visual artist, understand and utilize the fold. I will trace the many ways in which a fold functions, oscillating between my own practice and those of other contemporary artists, including Orlan and Shana Moulton. From twentieth century baroque to spiritual cleansing, from theatrical staging to suggestive metonymy, the fold invites the desire to transform—for something more than what the everyday offers. Through photography, video, or sculpture, we have the ability to express an expanded, more accurate understanding of the real and the virtual, the human and the ...


The Failings Of Foreign Aid And Our Obligation To Consume, Gaetano Venezia 2015 University of New Orleans

The Failings Of Foreign Aid And Our Obligation To Consume, Gaetano Venezia

Senior Honors Theses

In his well-known 1972 article, "Famine, Affluence, and Morality," and in subsequent books, Peter Singer argues that we can and should prevent the needless suffering and death of the global poor by giving to foreign aid. This call for charity and assistance is mostly uncontroversial. However, foreign aid's effectiveness is highly contested among the aid literature. As the first part of this paper shows, all aid encounters inefficiencies, with the major problems being diversion of funds and perverse incentives. I look at each of these in turn, concluding that most aid is ineffective and sometimes even harmful—with the ...


Explaining Consciousness: An Argument Against Physicalism And An Argument For Theism, Benjamin Dobler 2015 Bowling Green State University

Explaining Consciousness: An Argument Against Physicalism And An Argument For Theism, Benjamin Dobler

Honors Projects

Consciousness, the mental phenomenon of our subjective experience of the world, has long been the subject of philosophical debate. The world we experience is full of sights, sounds, taste, smells, and feelings--phenomenal experiences. As the vehicle of phenomenal experience, consciousness is one of the most familiar and readily accessible features of our world, and perhaps the hardest to deny. Yet science tells us that our world is entirely composed of matter and energy, and physical phenomena can be explained as just that. In Part I, I argue that consciousness stands wholly at odds with this scientistic worldview, providing evidence against ...


Blame Within Reason, Adam R. Thompson 2015 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Blame Within Reason, Adam R. Thompson

Philosophy Dissertations, Theses, & Student Research

My dissertation develops a novel response to global skepticism about responsibility—the view that no one is fit to be held responsible for anything. Though P.F. Strawson offered a highly influential account of holding and being responsible, his argument is widely considered to fail as a response to global skepticism. The primary worry is that he only describes our practice of holding responsible but does not justify it. I propose an unorthodox Strawson-style account of holding and being responsible and employ that account to offer an argument against global skepticism which not only describes but also justifies our practice ...


Weaving The Statesman: The Unity Of Plato's Politicus, Ryan Middleton 2015 The University of Western Ontario

Weaving The Statesman: The Unity Of Plato's Politicus, Ryan Middleton

University of Western Ontario - Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Plato's Statesman comprises three parts: method, myth, and politics. Scholars tend to pivot around any one of these, but seldom address how they fit together. My thesis argues for unity to the dialogue. The method, myth, and politics of the Statesman are connected by a common theme: the correct management of the parts of a whole. Each section in the dialogue concerns the appropriate management of the parts of something. The myth describes a time during which the cosmos was steered by a divine helmsman. By superintending the whole, the helmsman ensured that the parts were correctly organized. The ...


Ambedkar And Constituent Assembly, Vivek Kumar Srivastava Dr. 2015 CSSP

Ambedkar And Constituent Assembly, Vivek Kumar Srivastava Dr.

Vivek Kumar Srivastava Dr.

Ambedkar was instrumental in drafting of India constitution but he had his own vision for the constitution.


Is It Ethical To Hold A Person Culpable For His Actions If He Cannot Recognize Right And Wrong, Tabitha E.H. Moses 2015 George Washington University

Is It Ethical To Hold A Person Culpable For His Actions If He Cannot Recognize Right And Wrong, Tabitha E.H. Moses

Master’s in Public Health Student Posters and Presentations

The field of neuroscience has opened up a proverbial can of worms when it comes to questions of free will and culpability. The more we know about the mind the more it appears that no one has any real choice in their actions. The ethical implications of this assumption are astronomical. Guilt and culpability come into question; it would seem unjust to punish a person for a crime if he had no choice but to commit it. While these are interesting questions for an ethicist they are impractical for society as they might affect how society functions. As such, the ...


The European Union After The Lisbon Treaty: Revisions Of Democracy And Identity, Tea S. Thaning ’15 2015 Lake Forest College

The European Union After The Lisbon Treaty: Revisions Of Democracy And Identity, Tea S. Thaning ’15

Senior Theses

The European Union (EU) is not a nation, and it would thus be a mistake to expect the EU's path to democratic legitimacy to resemble a nation's path toward such a goal. But what sort of democratic identity does the EU possess, exactly? In this paper, I will offer a tentative theory of the nature of European democracy after the Treaty of Lisbon and how the question of democratic deficit can be addressed. Additionally, I will suggest a few ways in which this peculiar post-Lisbon European identity may serve to enhance and augment the democratic legitimacy of its ...


Second Treatise Of The Social Contract: A Comparative Analysis Of Locke And Rousseau, Benjamin B. Taylor 2015 The College of Wooster

Second Treatise Of The Social Contract: A Comparative Analysis Of Locke And Rousseau, Benjamin B. Taylor

Black & Gold

Locke and Rousseau both emphasize the importance of consent with respect to government and use state of nature arguments to determine what principles would constitute a just society, but each of them comes to a radically different conclusion as to what such a society would look like. Much of this difference is rooted in their differing conceptions of what the purpose of government (and political society generally) is. This paper analyzes the differences between their justifications of government and between the political societies in which those differences result.


Gender Performativity And Objectification, Lindsay A. Wilson 2015 Georgia State University

Gender Performativity And Objectification, Lindsay A. Wilson

Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference

No abstract provided.


Hyperreality & Spectacular Social Ontology: Reexamining Baudrillard, Debord, & Searle, Nathan D. Ward 2015 Georgia State University

Hyperreality & Spectacular Social Ontology: Reexamining Baudrillard, Debord, & Searle, Nathan D. Ward

Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference

No abstract provided.


From Aristotle’S Teleology To Darwin’S Genealogy: The Stamp Of Inutility, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 (Introduction)., Marco Solinas 2015 Florence University

From Aristotle’S Teleology To Darwin’S Genealogy: The Stamp Of Inutility, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 (Introduction)., Marco Solinas

Marco Solinas

Starting with Aristotle and moving on to Darwin, Marco Solinas outlines the basic steps from the birth, establishment and later rebirth of the traditional view of living beings, and its overturning by evolutionary revolution. The classic framework devised by Aristotle was still dominant in the 17th Century world of Galileo, Harvey and Ray, and remained hegemonic until the time of Lamarck and Cuvier in the 19th Century. Darwin's breakthrough thus takes on the dimensions of an abandonment of the traditional finalistic theory. It was a transition exemplified in the morphological analysis of useless parts, such as the sightless eyes ...


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