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PhD Theses, 1999-

Austin, Michael W (PhD 2004). Parental rights and obligations (Advisor: David Boonin)

Barnes, David (PhD, 2010). Close combat privatization: exploring ethical dimensions of the armed contractor phenomenon (Advisor: Alastair Norcross)

Belcher, Devon (PhD 2005). On words: An essay on beliefs, belief attributions and the ontology of language (Advisors: George Bealer, Michael Tooley)

Buxbaum, Jeremy (PhD 2003). The metaphysical foundations of identity over time (Advisor: Christopher Shields)

Cameron, Rich (PhD 2000). Teleology in Aristotle and contemporary philosophy of biology: An account of the nature of life (Advisor: Christopher Shields)

Catala, Amandine (PhD 2011). Beyond political legitimacy: Reframing the normative question of secession (Advisor: Alison Jaggar)

Chockley, Adrienne (PhD 1999). Self-authored life stories: A narrative conception of personal autonomy (Advisor: Jim Nickel)

Cook, Timothy (PhD 2000). Persons of good will: Community, civility, and pluralism in the contemporary discourse on values (Advisor: Claudia Mills)

Daley, Kenneth (PhD 2007). Concepts as constructions: Structure, content, and innateness (Advisor: Graham Oddie)

Demetriou, Daniel (PhD 2009). Honor among theories (Advisor: Graham Oddie)

Demetriou, Kristin (PhD 2012). Free will fundamentals: Agency, determinism, and (in)compatibility (Advisor: Robert Hanna)

Donoghue, Elizabeth (PhD 2004). Teleology, perfectionism, and communitarianism in Aristotle's political naturalism (Advisor: Christopher Shields)

Earl, Dennis (PhD 2002). A defense of the classical view of concepts (Advisor: Robert Hanna)

Emerick, Barrett (PhD 2011). Apology as an indispensable practice of moral repair (Advisor: Alison Jaggar)

Everett, Jennifer (PhD 2001). The ethics of consumption: Individual responsibilities in a consumer society (Advisor: David Boonin)

Figueroa, Robert (PhD 1999). Debating the paradigms of justice: The bivalence of environmental justice (Advisor: Claudia Mills)

Gayle, Rhett (PhD 2002). Multiplying models: Personal identity, dissociation and the possibility of healthy multiplicity (Advisor: Luc Bovens)

Geenen, Richard (PhD 1999). Self-predication in Plato: The 'formal' explanation (Advisor: Christopher Shields)

Glaser, Tanya (PhD 2000). The human intuition, or: How to discourse with everyone who is anyone (Advisor: Alison Jaggar)

Gosselin, Abigail (PhD 2005). Individual agency within political contexts: Responsibility for global poverty (Advisor: Alison Jaggar)

Hall, Bryan (PhD 2005). Kant, realism, and anti-realism (Advisor: Robert Hanna)

Hanna, Jason (PhD 2008). Protecting people from themselves: A defense of hard paternalism (Advisor: David Boonin)

Harris, John (PhD 2005). Moral indeterminacy and the specification model of political obligation (Advisor: David Boonin)

Hess, Kendy (PhD 2009). 'No body to kick, no soul to damn'...and yet: The modern corporation as moral agent (Advisor: Graham Oddie)

Higgins, Peter (PhD 2008). Immigration justice: A proposal for developing just admissions policies (Advisor: Alison Jaggar)

Hildebrand, Tyler (PhD 2011). Empiricism, Natural Regularity, and Necessity (Advisor: Michael Tooley)

Hsieh, Diana (PhD 2009). Better good than lucky: An Aristotelian solution to the problem of moral luck (Advisor: Michael Huemer)

Hyde, Jason (PhD 2012). Caring satisfactionism: A new theory of personal welfare (Advisor: Christopher Heathwood)

Jensen, Jon (PhD 2000). Balancing liberty and environment: The prospects for greening liberalism (Advisor: Claudia Mills)

Jones, Richard (PhD 2000). Philosophies of community: An inquiry into African-American sociopolitical thought (Advisor: Alison Jaggar)

Kang, Hye-Ryoung (PhD 2007). Rethinking global justice in non-ideal conditions (Advisor: Alison Jaggar)

Keenan, Fred (PhD 2003). Evil and the existence of God (Advisor: Wesley Morriston)

Kelly, Chris (PhD 2003). A theory of the good (Advisor: Graham Oddie)

King, Audra (PhD 2003). Democratizing development: A gendered analysis of global development (Advisor: Alison Jaggar)

Kramer, Jon (PhD 2002). Natural, wild and free: A discourse on environmental value (Advisor: Graham Oddie)

Krizan, Mary (PhD 2010). Metaphysical and explanatory implications of Aristotle's elements in "On Generation and Corruption" (Advisor: Mi-Kyoung Lee)

Lomelino, Pamela (PhD 2011). Revising the philosophical foundation for informed consent guidelines in international research on human subjects (Advisors: David Boonin and Eric Chwang)

Lovering, Robert (PhD 2001). The concept of worldview in contemporary philosophy of religion (Advisor: Ed L. Miller)

Lyles-Chockley, Adrienne (PhD 1999). Self-authored life stories: A narrative conception of personal autonomy (Advisor: Jim Nickel)

Lynch, Jay (PhD 2011). Liberal-democratic education and the challenge of religion (Advisor: Claudia Mills)

Mahlberg, Ben (PhD 2002). By what authority? Science, theology, and knowledge claims (Advisor: Ed Miller)

Maiese, Michelle (PhD 2005). Mental causation, trying, and the emotions (Advisor: Robert Hanna)

Martel, Iain (PhD 2000). Probabilistic empiricism: In defence of a Reichenbachian theory of causation and the direction of time (Advisor: Michael Tooley)

McCulloch, Alison (PhD 2003). Freedom and reason: Kant's construction of morality (Advisor: Robert Hanna)

Metcalf, Thomas (PhD 2009). Rational intuition (Advisor: Michael Huemer)

Moffett, Marc (PhD 2003). Communication, meaning and the attitudes: Toward a general theory of content (Advisor: George Bealer)

Montague, Michelle (PhD 2002). Intentionality and its objects (Advisor: Graham Oddie)

Mott, Ryan (PhD 2009). State legitimacy and the international state system (Advisor: Alison Jaggar)

Pageler, Benjamin (PhD 2011). The explanatory value of the cognitive unconscious (Advisor: Robert Rupert)

Peeters, Jonathan (PhD 2009). The building blocks of reality: Atomism in the 17th and 18th centuries (Advisor: Robert Pasnau)

Petersen, Heidi (PhD 2006). The relevance of the animal liberation movement to environmental ethics (Advisor: Alison Jaggar)

Phelan, Elizabeth (PhD 2001). Human gene transfer: Lessons from our eugenic past (Advisor: Luc Bovens)

Potter, Jason (PhD 2000). Kant's Refutation of Idealism (Advisors: Robert Hanna, Wayne Waxman)

Powley, Carol (PhD 1999). An exploration of a Merleau-Pontyan approach to cognitive ethology (Advisor: Forrest Williams)

Reeves, Donna (PhD 2008). U.S. culture and the politics of wilderness (Advisor: Michael E. Zimmerman)

Roberts, Matthew (PhD 2006). A historical survey and conceptual account of states of affairs (Advisor: Michael Tooley)

Sander-Staudt, Maureen (PhD 2002). Caring for justice, justifying care: Toward political philosophy of care (Advisor: Alison Jaggar)

Shaw, April (PhD 2010). Disappearing injustices: The invisibility of gender and racial injustice in Thomas Pogge's analysis of severe poverty and human rights (Advisor: Alison Jaggar)

Singpurwalla, Rachel (PhD 2002). A platonic theory of motivation (Advisor: Christopher Shields)

Smith, Renee (PhD 2002). Qualia, introspection, and transparency (Advisor: Daniel Stoljar)

Studtmann, Paul (PhD 1999). Hylemorphism and Aristotle's categorial scheme (Advisor: Christopher Shields)

Sturgis, Daniel (PhD 2002). Prairies and paintings: The aesthetic appreciation of nature and art (Advisor: John Andrew Fisher)

Szabo, Tait (PhD 2007). In defense of commodification (Advisor: David Boonin)

Tedesco, Matthew (PhD 2004). The moral problem of friendship (Advisor: David Boonin)

Warren, Kacey (PhD 2012). Recognizing justice for citizens with cognitive disabilities (Advisor: Alison Jaggar)

Weynand, Theresa (PhD 2005). Moral thinking in a global context: Making room for diverse conceptions of moral reasoning (Advisor: Alison Jaggar)

Wilcox, Michelle (PhD 2001). Citizenship as civic integration: A model of political membership for an era of migration (Advisor: Alison Jaggar)

Wisor, Scott (PhD, 2009). Developing a new global poverty metric: Toward a pro-poor approach (Advisor: Alison Jaggar)

Wyckoff, Jason (PhD 2009). In defense of philosophical anarchism: the case against political obligations (Advisor: Alison Jaggar)

Yuan, Lijun (PhD 2002). Reconceiving women's equality in China: A critical examination of models of sex equality (Advisor: Alison Jaggar)

Zerella, Michael (PhD 2012). Biological mechanisms and evolution (Advisor: Carol Cleland)

MA Theses, 2005-

Betz, Adam (MA 2008). Rights, self-defense, and responsibility: A revision of Thomson's account of self-defense (Advisor: Robert Hanna)

Case, Spencer (MA 2012). The cosmos of duty is not in chaos: A defense of the unity of practical reasons (Advisor: Christopher Heathwood)

Chan, Rebecca (MA 2011). A new model for libertarian free will in an eternalist theory of time (Advisor: Bradley Monton)

Feuer, Daniel (MA 2008). Global justice and negative rights (Advisor: Eric Chwang)

Fleming, Lark (MA 2009). Free will, agency, and life (Advisor: Robert Hanna)

Fruh, Kyle (MA 2005). Moral disagreement and ethical intuitionism: Implications and allegations (Advisor: Michael Huemer)

Gronholz, Shane (MA 2008). Reasons, morality and God (Advisor: Christopher Heathwood)

Hackett, Brett (MA 2008). Temporal incompatibilities: Substantivalism, A-passage, and physical phenomena (Advisor: Michael Tooley)

Ivy, John (MA 2006). Eliminativism without materialism (Advisor: Robert Hanna)

Kern, Derek (MA 2008). How do I know that I am thinking about water? Externalism, self-knowledge, and the fallacy of incompatibilism (Advisor: David Barnett)

Kifer, Stephen (MA 2006). Individual responsibility in the context of genocide (Advisor: Alison Jaggar)

Kling, Jennifer (MA 2009). Phenomenology, intentionality, empathy, and the end of separatism (Advisor: Robert Hanna)

Kobil, Emma (MA 2010). Happiness is a warm nun: Why we should reject sophisticated consequentialism and strive to be moral saints (Advisor: Alastair Norcross)

Krogstad, Randy (MA 2010). Method, Explanation, and Epistemic Justification in Historical Natural Science (Advisor: Carol Cleland)

Morsella, Ricardo (MA 2007). Concerning the Two Worlds Theory in Plato's metaphysical epistemology (Advisor: Mitzi Lee)

Moschella, Marlisa (MA 2007). When racism goes institutional: A defense of institutional racism in the face of individualist criticisms (Advisor: Alison Jaggar)

Nelsen, Christian (MA 2012). Integrative unities and the persistence of persons across time (Advisor: David Boonin)

Robinson, Brian (MA 2006). Not near enough: Kim, physicalism, and property dualism (Advisor: Robert Hanna)

Salazar, David (MA 2009). A comparative analysis of the philosophical/theological views of Alvin Plantinga and Cornelius Van Til: Metaphysics and epistemology (Advisor: Ed L. Miller)

Scheopner, Cynthia (MA 2008). Deity, dogma and doubt: The Mormon response to the problem of evil (Advisor: Wesley Morriston)

Schulz, Christina (MA 2006). An analysis of intuition (Advisor: Robert Hanna)

Smith, Anthony (MA 2008). How to hold groups responsible (Advisor: Claudia Mills)

Statman, Katriel (MA 2010). The necessity of our philosophy of mind intuitions and why we are justified in trusting them (Advisor: Robert Hanna)

Stenberg, Joseph (MA 2011). Being and goodness: A medieval metaethical thesis (Advisor: Robert Pasnau)

Tully, Ian (MA 2012). On Greene's neuroscientific challenge to deontological ethics (Advisor: Christopher Heathwood)

Weidler-Lewis, Joanna (MA 2006). Conceivability and possibility: Denying the link (Advisor: Robert Hanna)

Williams, Shawn (MA 2010). Spatiotemporal monism and region theory: A non-standard account of the nature of spacetime (Advisor: Michael Tooley)

Winters, Andrew (MA 2010). A natural account of religious experiences (Advisor: Bradley Monton)

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