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    • The law of peoples, human rights and minority rights: a study of legitimacy and international justice 

      Vaca Paniagua, Moises (2007-09-13)
      Severe poverty and ethnic-conflicts are the two most devastating problems of the contemporary world. Eighteen million persons die every year from causes related to poverty and a vast amount of developing countries suffer ...
    • Moral Responsibility and the Natural Order 

      Allen, Katy (2007-09-19)
      This thesis examines Kantian conceptions of freedom. Beginning with Kant himself, I show how Kant’s response to Hume concerning the rational justification of causal judgements results in his claim that the sensible world ...
    • Liberating Liberalism from Liberal Neutrality 

      Sung, Kijin (2007-09-25)
      Liberal neutrality is the idea that laws should not be based on religious or philosophical doctrines that not everyone accepts. The idea is closely related to the "liberal principle of legitimacy", which holds that laws ...
    • Toward a Substantive Right of Exit 

      Mertel, Kurt Cihan Murat (2007-09-25)
      This paper deals with an important problem in contemporary political thought: the problem of ‘minorities within minorities’. The problem lies in the fact that, on one hand, while illiberal cultural or religious groups ...
    • Recognition and Reconciliation: The New Role of Theory in Aesthetics 

      Hrehor, Kristin Amber (2007-09-26)
      George Dickie’s institutional theory of art has been subject to extensive debate over the past 30 years. It has been both revered and deplored, garnering such attention for the seemingly controversial way in which Dickie ...
    • Returning To Our Senses 

      Busuioc, Octavian Alexandru (2007-09-27)
      The following thesis is concerned with the way we think of particular objects. More specifically, it is concerned with de re thoughts and beliefs, which are parasitic upon the objects they are about. In ascribing and ...
    • Wisdom in practice: Socrates' conception of technē 

      Roberts, Clifford Masood (2007-10-01)
      The word ‘technē’ frequently appears in the argument and discussions of Socrates and his interlocutors in Plato’s early dialogues; the concept of technē as well as instances thereof often play a crucial role in effecting ...
    • Mass nouns and stuff: the beginning of a new treatment 

      Kuiper, Heather Nicole (2007-10-01)
      This paper attempts to clarify the role mass nouns play in our language, including what they designate and how they designate it. In particular, this paper focuses on demonstrating that mass nouns do not individuate the ...
    • An Associational Model of Society Implicit to John Rawls's Theory of Justice 

      Ostner, Tara Colleen (2007-10-10)
      This paper will examine John Rawls’s views regarding the make up of society and, in particular, it will investigate the question of whether or not Rawls’s theory of justice is dependent upon accepting and endorsing the ...
    • Phenomenal consciousness in Chalmers 

      Sadeghnia, Mastoureh (2007-10-11)
      This essay is on ‘Phenomenal Consciousness’. By introducing the ‘hard problem’ of phenomenal consciousness, I will focus on Chalmers’ efforts on developing a theory of consciousness, which he believes is a project toward ...
    • Evaluating nationalism in the Liberal framework 

      Hejazi, Omid (2007-10-11)
      This essay is an attempt to explain and assess the liberal nationalists’ view on the problems of the legitimacy of nationalism and cultural rights. I want to look at some theories over the past fifteen years that normatively ...
    • Rethinking Environmental Responsibility: Heidegger, Profound Boredom, and the Alterity of Nature 

      Ross, Andrew Peter (2007-10-11)
      Beginning with an overview of the appropriation of Heidegger’s thought to environmental philosophy, I proceed to identify two themes as holding a prominent place within the current literature: Heidegger’s conception of ...
    • The Bounds of Justification 

      Bruno, G. Anthony (2007-10-11)
      In the Theaetetus, Socrates proposes that knowledge is true belief that is accounted for or justified. The question that intuitively follows is what the proper structure of a justifying account of true belief is. Answers ...
    • The Structure of Perceptual Content 

      Symons, John William David (2007-11-23)
      Philosophers often endorse the claim that perceptual experience has content. However, the significance of this claim is highly disputed. A particularly central issue is the relationship between concepts and the content ...
    • Considering childlessness: an argument for the extrication of childbearing and motherhood from the concept of womanhood 

      Oja, Tanya Elise (2008-08-27)
      The stereotypical concept of womanhood is tethered to childbearing and motherhood. Even though childlessness is becoming more common, the belief seems to be that all women must want and should have children as well as ...
    • How Wide the We? A Study of Canadian Multiculturalism and American Cosmopolitanism 

      Caver, Christopher Martin (2008-09-15)
      This paper looks at liberal multiculturalism through the lens of its cosmopolitan critics. In particular I examine the arguments of four theorists who issue a variety challenges to the concept of state-sanctioned minority ...
    • The Death and Life of the Polis 

      Middleton, Ryan (2008-09-17)
      Aristotle argues in Chapter 2 of Book I of the Politics that the polis exists by nature. I argue that this notion of a natural polis, what I call the Naturalness Thesis, is fundamentally important to Aristotle's political ...
    • An Argument in Favor of Human Genetic Enhancement 

      West-Oram, Peter (2008-09-19)
      Human Genetic Enhancement (HGE) has the potential to provide great benefits to a large number of people in terms of alleviating inherited disease and disability and maximizing individual liberty. There are many arguments ...
    • Political Liberalism and the Virtues of Citizens 

      Carini, Stephane (2008-09-25)
      This paper takes as its starting point the fact of reasonable pluralism and defends political liberalism as the best means of accommodating diversity and a plurality of different conceptions of the good. I then ask what ...
    • Valuing Distributive Equality 

      Bremner, Claire (2008-09-27)
      Distributive equality can be valued in different ways, which can be rendered as definitions of ways to value distributive equality. Those definitions can be used to investigate the value, if any, that distributive equality ...