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Royce and Perry on Idealism and Realism
(Virginia Tech, 1999-06-21)
This thesis is primarily an attempt to reconstruct the debate between Josiah Royce and Ralph Barton Perry concerning the viability of both the realist and idealist positions. Secondarily, I will show that this debate is ...
Autonomy and neutrality in liberal political thought
(Virginia Tech, 1996)
Beliefs in an Opaque Brain
(Virginia Tech, 2016-06-30)
Peter Carruther's Interpretive Sensory-Access (ISA) theory of self-knowledge is an interesting account of the opaqueness of our own minds that draws upon a wide range of theories from cognitive science and philosophy. In ...
Molecular Epigenetics in Evolution and Development
(Virginia Tech, 2010-06-25)
The dominantly held view in evolutionary theory focuses on gradual or punctuated change, primarily via natural selection, as the mechanism by which novel traits arise and evolution occurs. Noticeably absent from this ...
On the Intelligibility of Grounding Autonomy
(Virginia Tech, 2019-06-25)
Metaphysical grounding has received a great deal of attention in the metaphysics literature within the last decade, offering what many see as an attractive theoretical alternative to other attempts to analyze the nature ...
The Ontology of Persistence
(Virginia Tech, 2001-06-22)
In 1986, David Lewis offered what he thought would be the decisive objection against endurantism, showing it to be an implausible theory. The problem of temporary intrinsics stated that an object cannot have two complementary ...
Limited Revisionism and Error Theory
(Virginia Tech, 2019-06-25)
In Joyce's Myth of Morality, Joyce proposes an error theory about morality. He then argues that, once we accept an error theory, we have three options: we can be abolitionists and jettison moral discourse, be conservationists ...
The Tension Between Falsificationism and Realism: a Critical Examination of a Problem in the Philosophy of Karl Popper
(Virginia Tech, 1999-06-03)
Karl Popper's philosophy of science includes both falsificationism and realism. I explore the relationship between these two positions in his philosophy and find a strong tension between them. Drawing upon this tension ...
The Virtues of Ethnicity
(Virginia Tech, 2019-07-02)
Error theorists about race face a challenge from the occurrence of diseases and other health ailments that, appear, to be tracked by groups that are carved out by racial terms. If race does indeed allow us to make useful ...
Engendered: An Artistic Treatise Against Gender
(Virginia Tech, 2016-07-06)
As humans, we are enslaved by language. The kind of knowledge we hold is both created and limited by language. Gender is a category socially constructed in language that helps to determine our expression. Today, however, ...