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    • Adaptive Cryptographic Access Control for Dynamic Data Sharing Environments 

      Kayem, Anne (2008-10-21)
      Distributed systems, characterized by their ability to ensure the execution of multiple transactions across a myriad of applications, constitute a prime platform for building Web applications. However, Web application ...
    • Addressing Potential Exploitation In Clinical Research on Human Subjects 

      Ross, Andrew Dean Foley (2015-06-22)
      Numerous claims have been made to the effect that clinical research on human subjects can be exploitative — and hence morally problematic — even if there is informed consent and in the absence of any harm. If such claims ...
    • Adopting Obligations: Duties to Existing Children 

      Teeple Hopkins, Morgan (2012-09-10)
      This thesis argues that infertile prospective parents have a moral obligation to adopt rather than pursue ARTs (Assisted Reproductive Technology). The first chapter presents the negative argument against the common desire ...
    • The Aesthetic Attitude in the Everyday 

      Piekarski, Tomasz (2015-10-03)
      This thesis takes as its starting point a body of literature focusing on what is commonly referred to as ‘everyday aesthetics’. This literature is engaged in the process of chipping away at the intuition that the artwork ...
    • Against Epistemic Agency 

      Puzzo, Andrew (2015-10-03)
      A great many philosophers suggest that we exercise epistemic agency – a kind of agency that is distinctly epistemic in character and which allows us directly to exercise agency over our beliefs. In this thesis I will ...
    • Alasdair MacIntyre's After Virtue After Auschwitz 

      Shapiro, Daniel (2009-11-27)
      This thesis explores the concept of moral breakdown in Auschwitz to consider what happens to the virtues under extreme circumstances. The method of exploration applies Alasdair MacIntyre’s virtue theory to the moral ...
    • Animal Personhood: A Postanthropocentric Multispecies Legal Subjectivity 

      Siemieniec, Paulina
      This thesis looks at the human relationship to other animals in the eyes of the law. Many contemporary legal systems categorize nonhuman animals as property, which means that they can be objectified and commodified. The ...
    • An appeal for the consideration of the mimetic theory of René Girard 

      Stewart, Craig (2013-06-04)
      The Mimetic Theory (MT) of René Girard promises a new landscape for the humanities. In this paper I will outline MT, giving a brief overview of the terrain and how the theory works, defend MT against criticisms made against ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • The Authority of Deontic Constraints 

      Ross, Andrew (2013-08-29)
      Non-consequentialists agree that Luke may not kill Lorelai in order to prevent Kirk from killing Richard and Emily. According to this view, Luke faces a deontic constraint: he is forbidden from killing Lorelai, even though ...
    • Autonomous Misdirection 

      Woolaver, John
      This thesis will examine how the way we experience knowledge has changed due to the ubiquity of electronic media. Specifically, there will be an examination of how the new digital media – and social media in particular – ...
    • A Better Framework for Legitimacy: Learning from the Christian Reformed Tradition 

      Shadd, Philip (2013-11-13)
      In recent years, political legitimacy as a concept distinct from full justice has received much attention. Yet in addition to querying the specific conditions legitimacy requires, there is a more general question: What ...
    • Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Getting Clear on the Problem of Consciousness 

      Stuckey, James (2008-09-30)
      A new name for an old problem, the “hard problem of consciousness” is perhaps the most controversial issue in the contemporary philosophy of mind. The problem, posed by non-reductivists like Chalmers, is: how do the ...
    • Between Virtue and Vice: Moral Worth for the Rest of Us 

      Doucet, Mathieu (2009-09-03)
      Most of us fall short of virtue—we are, at various times, weak-willed, selfish, self-absorbed, hypocritical, morally complacent, cowardly, and self-deceived. But most of us are not vicious, either. In this dissertation I ...
    • Beyond Moral Responsibility and Lesser-Evils: Moral Desert as a Supplementary Justification for Defensive Killing 

      Murray, James (2014-11-07)
      In recent years, philosopher Jeff McMahan has solidified an influential view that moral desert is irrelevant to the ethics of self-defense. This work aims to criticize this view by demonstrating that there are cases in ...
    • 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 ...
    • Bipartite Assertion: A New Account of Assertion, Defined in Terms of Responsibility and Explicit Presentation 

      Cull, Matthew (2016-09-10)
      Assertion is a speech act that stands at the intersection of the philosophy of language and social epistemology. It is a phenomenon that bears on such wide-ranging topics as testimony, truth, meaning, knowledge and trust. ...
    • Bodies, Deviancy, and Socio-Political Change: Judith Butler on Intelligibility 

      Orr, Celeste (2012-10-09)
      In this thesis I contribute to arguments showing how the human body is much more than a vessel that enables us to experience the world through our senses. Our sense of embodiment and our embodied performances give meaning ...
    • 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 ...