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  • Freud's concept of the unconscious 

    Lewczuk, Zinaida (University of St Andrews, 1983) - Thesis
  • Poincaré's philosophy of mathematics 

    Folina, Janet (University of St Andrews, 1986) - Thesis
    The primary concern of this thesis is to investigate the explicit philosophy of mathematics in the work of Henri Poincare. In particular, I argue that there is a well-founded doctrine which grounds both Poincare's negative ...
  • The self and self-conciousness 

    Hamilton, Andrew J. (University of St Andrews, 1988) - Thesis
    It is the aim of this thesis to consider two accounts of 1st-person utterances that are often mistakenly conflated - viz. that involving the 'no-reference' view of "I", and that of the non-assertoric thesis of avowals. ...
  • The pattern in the weave : an account of Wittgenstein's remarks on meaning-as-use and of their relation to social psychology 

    McKinlay, Andrew (University of St Andrews, 1989) - Thesis
    The thesis begins with a criticism of the 'theory of meaning' approach to the philosophy of language. It then goes on to establish an account of language understanding in terms of Wittgenstein's comments on rule-following ...
  • Acta and omissions 

    Donald, Alexander Paul (University of St Andrews, 1989) - Thesis
    I identify and examine the grounds on which we describe an agent's non-doing as an omission to do X, and a cause of Y. I distinguish between the formal and material aspects of an omission. This is useful in setting aside ...
  • Freedom as a moral concept 

    Kristjansson, Kristjan (University of St Andrews, 1990) - Thesis
    This thesis constitutes a conceptual inquiry into the nature of social freedom, which is held to be logically distinct from other freedom-concepts although it presupposes free-will/autarchy. The thesis argues for ...
  • The role of the imagination in Hume's science of man 

    Bernard, Christopher (University of St Andrews, 1990) - Thesis
    In recent years there has been an explosion of writing on David Hume. His scepticism, his writings on morality, politics, and religion, have all received substantial attention. What I attempt to do in this thesis is to ...
  • Normativity and law 

    Markwick, Paul (University of St Andrews, 2000) - Thesis
    An action's illegality can be irrelevant to a reason not to perform it. A plausible example of a reason not to assault is that assault causes suffering. Since assault is illegal, the reason pertains to a legally proscribed ...
  • Equality, priority, and aggregation 

    Hirose, Iwao (University of St Andrews, 2004) - Thesis
    In this dissertation, I discuss two distributive principles in moral philosophy: Derek Parfit's Prioritarianism and Egalitarianism. I attempt to defend a version of Egalitarianism, which I call Weighted Egalitarianism. ...
  • Second-order logic : ontological and epistemological problems 

    Rossberg, Marcus (University of St Andrews, 2006) - Thesis
    In this thesis I provide a survey over different approaches to second-order logic and its interpretation, and introduce a novel approach. Of special interest are the questions whether (a particular form of) second-order ...
  • The source of modal truth 

    Cameron, Ross P. (University of St Andrews, 2006) - Thesis
    This thesis concerns the source of modal truth. I aim to answer the question: what is it in virtue of which there are truths concerning what must have been the case as a matter of necessity, or could have been the case ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Making sense of response-dependence 

    Busck Gundersen, Eline (University of St Andrews, 2007-06) - Thesis
    This thesis investigates the distinction, or distinctions, between response-dependent and response-independent concepts or subject matters. I present and discuss the three most influential versions of the distinction: ...
  • Being art - a study in ontology 

    Weh, Michael (University of St Andrews, 2007-06) - Thesis
    I present and defend a two-category ontology of art. The basic idea of it is that singular artworks are physical objects, whereas multiple artworks are types of which there can be tokens in the form of performances, ...
  • Conceptual room for ontic vagueness 

    Barnes, Elizabeth (University of St Andrews, 2007-06-20) - Thesis
    This thesis is a systematic investigation of whether there might be conceptual room for the idea that the world itself might be vague, independently of how we describe it. This idea – the existence of so-called ontic ...
  • "Why should I be moral?" : a critical assessment of three contemporary attempts to give an extra-moral justification of moral conduct 

    Pedersen, Johnnie R. R. (University of St Andrews, 2007-06-20) - Thesis
    In this dissertation I consider three distinct attempts to answer the normative question “Why should I be moral?”, all of which assume that a successful answer must be capable of arguing someone who is currently not motivated ...
  • Global distributive justice 

    Hanisch, Christoph (University of St Andrews, 2007-06-22) - Thesis
    This dissertation is concerned with the moral-philosophical dimensions of global poverty and inequality. The first chapter argues in favour of justice-based – contrasted with beneficence-based – obligations asking the ...
  • Living on the slippery slope : the nature, sources and logic of vagueness 

    Zardini, Elia (University of St Andrews, 2008-06-25) - Thesis
    According to the dominant approach in the theory of vagueness, the nature of the vagueness of an expression ‘F’ consists in its presenting borderline cases in an appropriately ordered series: objects which are neither ...
  • 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 ...