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    • Aesthetic antirealism 

      Cooke, Brandon L. (University of St Andrews, 2003-06) - Thesis
      A puzzle is generated by two intuitions about artworks: 1. There is no prima facie reason to take artworks to be mind-independent objects; 2. Aesthetic judgments are objective. These intuitions seem to be in tension, for ...
    • Aristotle on ethical ascription : a philosophical exercise in the interpretation of the role and significance of the hekousios/akousios distinction in Aristotle's Ethics 

      Echeñique, Javier (University of St Andrews, 2010-09-22) - Thesis
      In his ethical treatises Aristotle offers a rich account of those conditions that render people’s behaviour involuntary, and defines voluntariness on the basis of the absence of these conditions. This dissertation has two ...
    • Aristotle on mathematical objects 

      Gühler, Janine (University of St Andrews, 2015-06) - Thesis
      My thesis is an exposition and defence of Aristotle’s philosophy of mathematics. The first part of my thesis is an exposition of Aristotle’s cryptic and challenging view on mathematics and is based on remarks scattered ...
    • Aristotle's eudaimonia and two conceptions of happiness 

      Grech, George J. (University of St Andrews, 2010) - Thesis
      Are you happy? This question is asked of people by friends, parents and psychiatrists alike. What happiness consists of for each person seems, at first glance, to be entirely subjective in that is it up to each individual ...
    • Autonomy and purity in Kant's moral theory 

      Benson, Carolyn Jane (University of St Andrews, 2010-06-25) - Thesis
      Kant believed that the moral law is a law that the rational will legislates. This thesis examines this claim and its broader implications for Kant’s moral theory. Many are drawn to Kantian ethics because of its emphasis ...
    • A critical discussion of Jonathan Dancy's moral particularism 

      Schwind, Philipp (University of St Andrews, 2007) - Thesis
      'Moral Particularism' is a view that questions the role of principles in ethics. Jonathan Dancy, the most eminent particularist, argues that principles which claim that it is right or wrong to do a certain thing in all ...
    • Freedom as faith 

      Aganey, Diana (University of St Andrews, 2011-06-06) - Thesis
      The belief in free will is something we are entitled to hold despite what determinism says. This notion however cannot be adequately explained or defended by traditional accounts of freedom amongst which, compatibilist and ...
    • The ideal role of women in Plato's and Aristotle's societies 

      Jawin, Alixandra (University of St Andrews, 2012-06-19) - Thesis
      This dissertation analyzes Plato’s and Aristotle’s conception of women’s proper role in the state. The first chapter demonstrates that due to Plato’s belief that the soul is sexless it is impossible to determine one’s ...
    • Ideals, reasons, and the second person 

      Grahle, André (University of St Andrews, 2014) - Thesis
      The aim of this thesis is to shed light on important aspects of the role ideals play in practical reasoning. In the first chapter an account of ideals as conceptions of admirable ways of being (a true friend, a great ...
    • Love and madness in Plato's Phaedrus 

      Fan, Li (University of St Andrews, 2016-06-23) - Thesis
      The central thesis of the dissertation is that in the Phaedrus philosophy is presented as a kind of madness in a strict sense, that is to say, the claim is not that philosophy is necessarily unappreciated by the many, hence ...
    • The metaphysics of agency 

      Schlosser, Markus E. (University of St Andrews, 2007) - Thesis
      Mainstream philosophy of action and mind construes intentional behaviour in terms of causal processes that lead from agent-involving mental states to action. Actions are construed as events, which are actions in virtue of ...
    • On Plato's conception of philosophy in the Republic and certain post-Republic dialogues 

      Labriola, Daniele (University of St Andrews, 2014) - Thesis
      This dissertation is generally concerned with Plato’s conception of philosophy, as the conception is ascertainable from the Republic and certain ‘post-Republic’ dialogues. It argues that philosophy, according to Plato, is ...
    • Plato's understanding of piety 

      Abraham, David (University of St Andrews, 2011-06-21) - Thesis
      The Euthyphro portrays Plato’s mentor, Socrates, asking the question, “what is piety”? In the Apology Socrates defends himself from charges of impiety and suggests an answer to this question. Plato amplifies this answer ...
    • The role of emotion-arousal in Aristotle’s Rhetoric 

      Dow, Jamie P.G. (University of St Andrews, 2008-06-25) - Thesis
      The principal claim defended in this thesis is that for Aristotle arousing the emotions of others can amount to giving them proper grounds for conviction, and hence a skill in doing so is properly part of an expertise in ...
    • Time, fixity, and the metaphysics of the future 

      Diekemper, Joseph (University of St Andrews, 2005) - Thesis
      Philosophers who work on time often ignore the implications their doctrines have for the common sense intuition that the past is fixed and the future not. Similarly, those who work on fatalism, and whose arguments often ...
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      Paris, Panagiotis S. (University of St Andrews, 2017-06-22) - Thesis
    • The unity of action 

      Chik, Janice Tzuling (University of St Andrews, 2015-06-25) - Thesis
      This thesis develops a disjunctivist approach to action as an alternative to the standard causal theory, or 'causalism'. The standard theory promotes a concept of action as constituted by a bodily event joined to certain ...
    • The value of pleasure in Plato's Philebus and Aristotle's Ethics 

      Aufderheide, Joachim (University of St Andrews, 2011-11-28) - Thesis
      This thesis is a study of the theories of pleasure as proposed in Plato’s Philebus, Aristotle’s EN VII.11-14 and EN X.1-5, with particular emphasis on the value of pleasure. Focusing on the Philebus in Chapters 1 and 2, I ...
    • Why should I be moral? : toward a defence of the categoricity and normative authority of moral considerations 

      Hurtig, Kent (University of St Andrews, 2004) - Thesis
      Can we ever be fully practically justified in acting contrary to moral demands? My contention is that the answer is 'no'. I argue that by adopting a 'buck-passing' account of wrongness we can provide a philosophically ...