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    • Beyond the Geometrical Method: Nature, Necessity, and Nihilism in Spinoza's Philosophy 

      Doppelt, Torin
      This dissertation is a study of Spinoza’s method. I begin with Spinoza’s own views on method. I show that he begins with a largely Cartesian outlook, while acknowledging a debt to Bacon, and adopts a monistic framework ...
    • Compossibility 

      Chiek, Yual (2014-04-09)
      This thesis is a study of G.W. Leibniz’s views on compossibility. Leibniz calls substances that can be brought into existence together “compossible,” and he says that substances that cannot be brought into existence together ...
    • 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 ...
    • How Compassionate Education can Assist in Repairing Injustice: A Study into the Enduring Injustices of Black People 

      Videchak, Krista
      The focus of this project is to think more deeply, and also differently, about the injustices experienced by Black people. One initial problem is that of reparations: why have reparations never been given to Black people ...
    • Matter and Minds: Examining Embodied Souls in Plato’s Timaeus and Ancient Philosophy 

      Kotow, Emily Claire
      With the rise of Platonism influenced by Plotinus and Descartes, philosophers have largely overlooked the fact that Plato directly acknowledges that there is a practical and valuable role for the body. The Timaeus clearly ...
    • Psychological Dimensions of Socratic Protreptic 

      Bradizza, Roberto (2012-04-03)
      My goal in the present work is to add to our understanding of Socratic protreptic. I do so by focussing on psychological traits and qualities of character in Socrates’ young associates. There are a number of candidates ...
    • Spinoza's Causal Axiom: A Defense 

      Doppelt, Torin (2010-09-20)
      In the first chapter, I examine the definitions and axioms in Part One of Spinoza's Ethics. From there, I discuss five interpretations of Spinoza's notion of `axiom' in order to strengthen our understanding of the role ...
    • Spinoza's Version of the PSR 

      Schaeffer, Erich (2014-03-31)
      Michael Della Rocca has provided an influential interpretation of Spinoza relying heavily on the principle of sufficient reason. In order to challenge this interpretation, I identify three assumptions Della Rocca makes ...
    • Truth and Tradition in Plato and the Cambridge Platonists 

      Koffman, Jordan (2009-10-01)
      Both Plato and the Cambridge Platonists hold the view that moral knowledge depends primarily on cognitive resources which are innate to the mind. There is, nevertheless, a need for our minds to be prompted through experience ...
    • What Makes the Good Life Good? 

      Platt, Elyse (2014-12-17)
      “The happy life is the pleasant life” is a statement that both many ancient and contemporary philosophers would agree to. However how they understand it to be true can differ greatly. In this thesis, I am interested in ...