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Dissertations

The semesters listed are graduation dates. All dissertations are available at UIC Indigo.

2021

  • Presentism and Special Relativity, Brandon Kidd (Spring 2021)
  • A Combinatorial Theory of Compossibility in Leibniz’s Metaphysics, Jun Young Kim (Fall 2021)

2020

  • Form of Intuition and Formal Intuition, Chen Liang (Fall 2020)
  • Defending the Assurance View of Testimonial Justification, Michael Hurwitz (Fall 2020)

2019

  • Hegel’s Ethical Naturalism, Nicolas Garcia Mills (Fall 2019)
  • Kant on Humanity and the Ground of the Innate Right to External Freedom, Robert English (Fall 2019)
  • Beauty and Virtue in the Moral Theory of David Hume and Adam Smith, Zaccheus Harmon (Summer 2019)
  • Logic Elaborated: An Account of the Source of the Normativity of Logic, Nader Shoaibi (Summer 2019)
  • Locke’s Confusion About the Confused Idea of Substance, Tyler Hanck (Spring 2019)

2018

  • Taking Oneself As Someone At All: Trauma, Recovery, and the Self, Kei Hotoda (Fall 2018)
  • The Nature and Appropriateness of Forgiveness, Myisha Cherry (Summer 2018)
  • Kant’s Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Epistemic Normativity, Reza Hadisi (Summer 2018)
  • On the Systemacity of Descartes’ Ethics: Generosity, Metaphysics, and Scientia, Saja Parvizian (Summer 2018)

2017

  • The Scope of Biology, Janella Baxter (Spring 2017)
  • Dimensions of Mathematical Explanation, William D’Alessandro (Fall 2017)

2016

  • The Ethics of War and Friendship: The Moral Significance of Fellowship of Arms, Adam Betz (Summer 2016)
  • ‘Consciousness,’ Consciousness, and Self-Consciousness, Joseph Gottlieb (Summer 2016)
  • Fictional Realism, Radu Motoarca (Fall 2016)

2015

  • Common Sense Rationalism, Robert Farley (Spring 2015)
  • Kant’s Response to Hume in the Second Analogy, Saniye Vatansever (Summer 2015)
  • Paradox Lost and Paradox Regained: The Banach-Tarski Paradox and Ancient Paradoxes of Infinity, Ken Martin (Summer 2015)
  • Quantum Ontology, Josh Norton (Summer 2015)

2014

  • The Pessimistic Induction and the Epistemic Status of Scientific Theories, Burkay Ozturk (Summer 2014)

2013

  • For The Time Being: Our Experience of Time in the Block Universe, Maria Balcells (Spring 2013)
  • Kant, Hume, and the Notion of Material Substance, Cameron Brewer (Spring 2013)
  • Emergent Spacetime in String Theory, Tiziana Vistarini (Spring 2013)
  • Thought Experiments in Personal Identity: A Literary Model, Aleks Zarnitsyn (Spring 2013)

2012

  • Russell’s Multiple Relation Theory of Judgment: Evolution and Demise, Alexander Dolnick (Spring 2012)
  • Civic Friendship, Justice, and Political Stability, Cullen Padgett Walsh (Spring 2012)
  • Locke on Substance, Mode, and Personal Identity, Jessica Gordon-Roth (Fall 2012)
  • Investigating the Universe: Quine, New Foundations, and the Philosophy of Set Theory, Sean Morris (Summer 2012)

2011

  • Modal Knowledge, in Theory, Robert Fischer (Fall 2011)
  • Theories of Experiential Awareness, David Potts (Spring 2011)
  • The Aristotelian Notions of Theoria and Praxis in Heidegger’s Early Thought and Its Reverberations in Gadamer and Arendt, Itir Gunes (Spring 2011)

2010

  • A Theory of Perceptual Entitlement, Seishu Nishimura (Fall 2010)
  • Carnap’s Ideal of Philosophical Neutrality: Epistemology Between Kant and Quine, Kent Schmor (Fall 2010)
  • Personal Autonomy, Oppression, and the Just Society: An Externalist Account, Melissa Kozma (Fall 2010)

2009

  • Justice with Humanity: Hugo Grotius and the Ethics of International Conflict
  • Persons and Cultures
  • A New Cognitive Theory of the Emotions

2008

  • Wittgenstein on Grammar and Method (from 1929 to the Philosophical Investigations)

2007

  • The Logical Interpretation and the Measurement Problem

2006

  • Theories and Reality: Five Essays on Quine and Underdetermination
  • Wittgenstein and Myths of Meaning
  • A Dialogical Account of Authenticity
  • Progress and Preservation: Increased Unification and The Realist’s Conception of Scientific Success

2005

  • The Practice of Personhood: Understanding Individual Responsibility of Oppression
  • Foundations of Arithmetical Knowledge
  • Choosing To Be Harmed: Autonomy and its Limits in Living Organ Donor Transplantation

2004

  • A Federation of Peoples: An Unorthodox Liberal Approach to Minority Nationalism
  • New Directions in Scientific Observation: Theories Concepts, Objectivity, and the Analogy of Discovery
  • A Conceptual Analysis of Ecosystem Health
  • Work Song!: Personal Autonomy and Authenticity From The Ground Up
  • Equal Protection: Sex Equality In Liberal Democracies

2003

  • The Phenomenal Character of Visual Consciousness

2002

  • The Liar Paradox, Self-Understanding, and Nietzschean Perspectivalism

2001

  • Continuity, Inquiry, and the Possibility of Wisdom in John Dewey’s Pragmatism

2000

  • On the Point of What We Say: Kant, Wittgenstein, and Cavell on When Words Are Called For
  • On Lengths of Lines and Reals
  • Motivating the Discursive Turn in Moral Theory

1999

  • Language, Theory, and the Human Subject: Understanding Quine’s Natural Epistemology
  • Tractarian Mysticism: Moral Transformation through Aesthetic Contemplation in Wittgenstein’s Early Philosophy

1998

  • On Testing for the Stage Collapse in Quantum Mechanics
  • The Variety of Reasons: Justification and Requirement in Rationality and Advisability
  • Local Time: Foundational Studies for a Theory of Temporality in a Relativistic Universe
  • A Wittgensteinian Study of Experimental Psychology

1997

  • The Dialectical Theory of Progress: A Study of Jürgen Habermas’ Theory of Social Evolution
  • St. Thomas, Molina, and Leibniz on Divine Providence and Foreknowledge

1996

  • The Best Test Theory of Extension
  • The Design Inference: Eliminating Chance Through Small Probabilities
  • Inequality, Vulnerability, and Morality

1995

  • Autonomy and Desire: An Essay in Moral and Philosophical Psychology
  • A Deflationary Response to the Ontological Problem: In Defense of the Coherence Theory of Justification
  • Justice and Health: The Cultural Politics of Medicine
  • Material Girls: A Game-Theoretic Revision of the Social Contract Enterprise with Women Present

1994

  • Three Essays on Spinoza’s Philosophy
  • Unity and Uniqueness in the Early Schlick

1993

  • Measurement and Macroscopic Quantities