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  • An account of a valuable phenomenon found primarily in art, after Collingwood 

    McGuiggan, James Camien (University of St Andrews, 2011-11) - Thesis
    This dissertation enquires into the nature and value of a phenomenon which is typically found in art. Chapter 1 attempts to get clear on what phenomenon is being discussed by considering various thinkers' attempts to ...
  • 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 ...
  • Acting and understanding 

    Blomberg Stathopoulos, Alexander C. (University of St Andrews, 2016-06-23) - Thesis
    This thesis concerns the question of what it is for a subject to act. It answers this question in three steps. The first step is taken by arguing that any satisfactory answer must build on the idea that an action is something ...
  • 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 ...
  • The answering machine paradox 

    Gudmundsson, David (University of St Andrews, 2012) - Thesis
    The answering machine paradox has relatively recently sparked some debate regarding Kaplan’s Demonstrative (1977). A popular approach to solve the answering machine paradox has been to reject Kaplan’s proper context ...
  • Appealing to intuitions 

    Langkau, Julia (University of St Andrews, 2013-06-27) - Thesis
    This thesis is concerned with the ontology, epistemology, and methodology of intuitions in philosophy. It consists of an introduction, Chapter 1, and three main parts. In the first part, Chapter 2, I defend an account of ...
  • An argument for anti-perfectionism 

    McDevitt, Patrick (University of St Andrews, 2016-06-23) - Thesis
    In political philosophy, perfectionism is the view that it is the job of the state to best enable its citizens to live good or flourishing lives. It claims that certain lives can be judged to be sound, and thus instructs ...
  • 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 ...
  • At the borders of arthood : a methodology for the definition of art 

    Dos Santos, Miguel F. (University of St Andrews, 2013-11-30) - Thesis
    The first-order debate about the definition of art focuses on the ‘What is art?’ question and those who engage in it answer the question by putting forward definitions (or at least characterizations) of art. The second-order ...
  • 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 ...
  • Being : a dialetheic interpretation of the late Heidegger 

    Casati, Filippo (University of St Andrews, 2017) - Thesis
    In my thesis, I present a novel interpretation of the so-called second Heidegger. In the first chapter I discuss the paradox of being, according to which talking and thinking about being leads to a contradiction. I also ...
  • Being and thinking in the social world : phenomenological illuminations of social cognition and human selfhood 

    Higgins, Joe (University of St Andrews, 2017-06-22) - Thesis
    At least since the time of Aristotle, it has been widely accepted that “man is by nature a social animal”. We eat, sleep, talk, laugh, cry, love, fight and create in ways that integrally depend on others and the social ...
  • 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, ...
  • Business ethics & collective responsibility 

    Dempsey, James A. (University of St Andrews, 2013-11-30) - Thesis
    The idea that ‘business ethics’ picks out a distinct discipline within ethical theory is contentious; in particular, it is unclear why theoretical approaches to moral and political philosophy cannot satisfactorily address ...
  • Carnap's conventionalism : logic, science, and tolerance 

    Friedman-Biglin, Noah (University of St Andrews, 2014-06-26) - Thesis
    In broadest terms, this thesis is concerned to answer the question of whether the view that arithmetic is analytic can be maintained consistently. Lest there be much suspense, I will conclude that it can. Those who ...
  • Causation and responsibility : four aspects of their relation 

    Tarnovanu, Horia (University of St Andrews, 2015-06-25) - Thesis
    The concept of causation is essential to ascribing moral and legal responsibility since the only way an agent can make a difference in the world is through her acts causing things to happen. Yet the extent and manner in ...
  • Coincidence and modality 

    Kang, Li (University of St Andrews, 2011) - Thesis
    How should we understand de re modal features of objects, if there are such features? Any answer to the question is connected to how we should think about coincident objects, objects which occupy the same spatio-temporal ...