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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, ...
    • 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 ...
    • Concepts in context 

      Onofri, Andrea (University of St Andrews, 2013) - Thesis
      My thesis tackles two related problems that have taken center stage in the recent literature on concepts: • What are the individuation conditions of concepts? Under what conditions is a concept C₁ the same concept ...
    • Defining art culturally : modern theories of art - a synthesis 

      Fokt, Simon (University of St Andrews, 2013-06-27) - Thesis
      Numerous theories have attempted to overcome the anti-essentialist scepticism about the possibility of defining art. While significant advances have been made in this field, it seems that most modern definitions fail to ...
    • 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 ...
    • Entitlement in mathematics 

      Pedersen, Nikolaj J. (University of St Andrews, 2005) - Thesis
      This first half of this thesis investigates the epistemological foundations of mathematical theories, with special attention devoted to two questions: (1) how can we have a warrant for the satisfiability and consistency ...
    • How to commit to an individual : logic, objects and ontology 

      Janssen, F. M. (University of St Andrews, 2014-06-26) - Thesis
      In this thesis I propose an improved theory of ontological commitment, one which is neutral on epistemology. Although Quine's quantificational criterion of ontological commitment has many advantages over its competitors, ...
    • In search of images : Uruguayan cinema, 1960-2010 

      Tadeo Fuica, Beatriz (University of St Andrews, 2014) - Thesis
      This thesis investigates fifty years of Uruguayan cinema in order to revisit the relationship between cinema and nation, at a time in which transnational flows are putting into question the concept of nation and, more ...
    • Knowledge-how : linguistic and philosophical considerations 

      Habgood-Coote, Joshua (University of St Andrews, 2017-12-08) - Thesis
      This thesis concerns the nature of knowledge-how, in particular the question of how we ought to combine philosophical and linguistic considerations to understand what it is to know how to do something. Part 1 concerns the ...
    • Liberal legitimacy : a study of the normative foundations of liberalism 

      Rossi, Enzo (University of St Andrews, 2008-11-27) - Thesis
      This thesis is a critique of the prominent strand of contemporary liberal political theory which maintains that liberal political authority must, in some sense, rest on the free consent of those subjected to it, and that ...
    • 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 ...
    • Logic in theory and in practice : the normative status of logic 

      Celani, Laura (University of St Andrews, 2015-06-25) - Thesis
      In my thesis, I address the question ʽWhat normative status does logic have?', to argue that logical normativity is of a weak sort, and that its constraining power is similar to that of recommendations. The thesis first ...
    • A portrait of the artist as a political dissident : the life and work of Aleksandar Petrović 

      Sudar, Vlastimir (University of St Andrews, 2007-11-23) - Thesis
      Exploration of the influence that politics may have on artists’ creativity has been undertaken by looking at selected works of Yugoslav film director Aleksandar Petrović. An attempt was made to identify thematic or stylistic ...
    • Propositions : an essay on linguistic content 

      Hodgson, Thomas William Strickland (University of St Andrews, 2013-06-27) - Thesis
      This thesis presents an account of the nature of structured propositions and addresses a series of questions that arise from that proposal. Chapter 1 presents the account and explains how it meets standard objections to ...
    • Real impossible worlds : the bounds of possibility 

      Kiourti, Ira Georgia (University of St Andrews, 2010-06-25) - Thesis
      Lewisian Genuine Realism (GR) about possible worlds is often deemed unable to accommodate impossible worlds and reap the benefits that these bestow to rival theories. This thesis explores two alternative extensions of GR ...
    • Saying nothing : in defence of syntactic and semantic underdetermination 

      Bowker, Mark (University of St Andrews, 2016-06-23) - Thesis
      According to the Encoding Model, speakers communicate by encoding the propositions they want to communicate into sentences, in accordance with the conventions of a language L. By uttering a sentence that encodes p, the ...
    • Testimony, context, and miscommunication. 

      Peet, Andrew (University of St Andrews, 2015-11-30) - Thesis
      This thesis integrates the epistemology of testimony with work on the epistemology, psychology, and metaphysics of language. Epistemologists of testimony typically ask what conditions must be met for an agent to gain ...
    • Truth and goodness : a minimalist study 

      Edwards, Douglas O. (University of St Andrews, 2008-11-27) - Thesis
      Philosophers are often thought to be in the business of analysing concepts, in particular, concepts taken to be fundamental in human thought and practice: truth, goodness, beauty, knowledge, meaning, rightness, causation, ...
    • 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 ...