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  • Proper names and possible worlds 

    Girle, Roderic Allen (University of St Andrews, 1975) - Thesis
    In this essay a theory of proper names is developed and applied to the construction of quantified modal logics and to a discussion of problems concerning identity across possible worlds. The theory is then used to aid ...
  • 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 ...
  • Vagueness and identity 

    Odrowąż-Sypniewska, Joanna (University of St Andrews, 2001) - Thesis
    The main focus of this thesis is indeterminate identity and its relations to vague objects and to imprecise designation. Evans's argument concerning indeterminate-identity statements is often regarded as a proof that vague ...
  • On having meaning in mind 

    Kallerstrup, Jesper (University of St Andrews, 2001) - Thesis
    There have traditionally been two views as to what makes it the case that a singular term has the prepositional content that it does. According to Descriptivism, the content of a term is descriptive since it is given by a ...
  • Immunity to error through misidentification and the trilemma about the self 

    Coliva, Annalisa (University of St Andrews, 2001) - Thesis
    The thesis addresses the issues of error through misidentification and immunity to error through misidentification in relation to the problem of the first person. First, it provides an explanation of error through ...
  • Davidson's third dogma 

    Hough, Gerard Michael (University of St Andrews, 2001) - Thesis
  • A vindication of logical necessity against scepticism 

    Philie, Patrice (University of St Andrews, 2002) - Thesis
    Some philosophers dispute the claim that there is a notion of logical necessity involved in the concept of logical consequence. They are sceptical about logical necessity. They argue that a proper characterisation of logical ...
  • Knowledge, lies and vagueness : a minimalist treatment 

    Greenough, Patrick (University of St Andrews, 2002) - Thesis
    Minimalism concerning truth is the view that that all there is to be said concerning truth is exhausted by a set of basic platitudes. In the first part of this thesis, I apply this methodology to the concept of knowledge. ...
  • The role of well-being in ethics 

    Rodogno, Raffaele (University of St Andrews, 2003) - Thesis
    In this thesis I assess the role of well-being in ethics. In order to do so I reply to a threefold charge against the importance of well-being in ethics. In What We Owe to Each Other Scanlon argues (1) that the concept of ...
  • Formal causation and mental representation : a thomistic proposal 

    De Anna, Gabriele (University of St Andrews, 2003) - Thesis
    In the past years, the relevance of Thomas Aquinas's theory of cognition for contemporary debates on epistemology has been widely discussed. That theory claims that mind and world are formally identical and that this ...
  • Rule-following: conventionalism, scepticism and rationality 

    Panjvani, Cyrus (University of St Andrews, 2003) - Thesis
    The thesis argues, in lie main, for both a negative and positive agenda to Wittgenstein's rule-following remarks in both his Philosophical Investigations and Remarks on the foundations of Mathematics. The negative agenda ...
  • Naturalism, normativity, and the 'open question' argument 

    Fisher, Andrew David (University of St Andrews, 2003) - Thesis
    The 'open question' argument, as it has come to be known, was popularized by G. E. Moore. However, it is universally recognized that his presentation of it is unconvincing, as it is based on dubious metaphysics, semantics ...
  • Legal paternalism 

    Batstone, Aislinn (University of St Andrews, 2003) - Thesis
    Legal paternalism is the interference by the state in the choice or choices of citizens, for the good of those citizens. There are strong intuitions for and against paternalism, which correspond to the value we place on ...