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    • Against type E 

      McKeever, Matthew (University of St Andrews, 2016-12-01) - Thesis
      It’s generally assumed that a compositional semantic theory will have to recognise a semantic category of expressions which serve simply to pick out some one object: e-type expressions. Kripke’s views about names (Kripke, ...
    • The agential fork : the hidden consequences of agency for plenitude in David Lewis' thesis of genuine modal realism 

      Cole, Marc William (University of St Andrews, 2015-06-25) - Thesis
      In this dissertation, I argue that David Lewis' abductive argument for Genuine Modal Realism (GMR) has the unwelcome, and hidden, implication of being unable to accommodate agent causation theories of free will. This is ...
    • Dismissivism in metaphysics : debates about what there is and debates about what grounds what 

      Porro, Laura Cecilia (University of St Andrews, 2013-11-30) - Thesis
      In this thesis I focus on dismissivism in metaphysics. Some philosophers argue that at least some metaphysical disputes are not substantial, and as a consequence should be dismissed. In this work I restrict my attention ...
    • Idolatry in the theology of Karl Barth 

      Brennan, William III (University of St Andrews, 2016-11-30) - Thesis
      This dissertation analyses and critically evaluates an aspect of Karl Barth’s thought, the understanding of which is important to a broader understanding of Barth, his relationship to other (especially iconoclastic) thinkers, ...
    • Lewis, counterfactual analyses of causation, and pre-emption cases 

      Landsberg, David (University of St Andrews, 2009-10-16) - Thesis
      Over the past few decades analyses of causation have proliferated in almost immeasurable abundance, and with two things in common; firstly, they make much of counterfactual dependence, and secondly, none of them successfully ...
    • Modal arguments, possible evidence and contingent metaphysics 

      Traynor, Michael Thomas (University of St Andrews, 2017) - Thesis
      The present work explores various ways in which contingent evidence can impact metaphysics, while advocating that, just as a scientific realist allows for ampliative inferences to the unobservable, ampliative inferences ...
    • Necessitism, contingentism and theory equivalence 

      Jacinto, Bruno (University of St Andrews, 2016-06-23) - Thesis
      Two main questions are addressed in this dissertation, namely: 1. What is the correct higher-order modal theory; 2. What does it take for theories to be equivalent. The whole dissertation consists of an extended argument ...
    • Negation in context 

      De, Michael (University of St Andrews, 2011-06-24) - Thesis
      The present essay includes six thematically connected papers on negation in the areas of the philosophy of logic, philosophical logic and metaphysics. Each of the chapters besides the first, which puts each the chapters ...
    • On the indeterminacy of the meter 

      Scharp, Kevin (2017-12-01) - Journal article
      In the International System of Units (SI), ‘meter’ is defined in terms of seconds and the speed of light, and ‘second’ is defined in terms of properties of cesium 133 atoms. I show that one consequence of these definitions ...
    • Space and its dis-contents : new directions for intrinsicality, substance and dimensionality 

      Walker-Dale, Heather (University of St Andrews, 2013-11-30) - Thesis
      This dissertation examines key areas in ontology through the intersection of metaphysics and physics. I argue that modern physics gives us good cause to look for new metaphysical models in place of the classical conceptions ...
    • Theology without idolatry or violence 

      Rea, Michael C. (2015-02) - Journal article