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  • Evolution and the possibility of moral knowledge 

    Wittwer, Silvan (The University of Edinburgh, 2018-11-28)
    This PhD thesis provides an extended evaluation of evolutionary debunking arguments in meta-ethics. Such arguments attempt to show that evolutionary theory, together with a commitment to robust moral objectivity, lead ...
  • Visuomotor noise and the non-factive analysis of knowledge 

    Bricker, Adam Michael (The University of Edinburgh, 2018-11-28)
    It is all but universally accepted in epistemology that knowledge is factive: S knows that p only if p. The purpose of this thesis is to present an argument against the factivity of knowledge and in doing so develop a ...
  • Entangled predictive brain: emotion, prediction and embodied cognition 

    Miller, Mark Daniel (The University of Edinburgh, 2018-11-28)
    How does the living body impact, and perhaps even help constitute, the thinking, reasoning, feeling agent? This is the guiding question that the following work seeks to answer. The subtitle of this project is emotion, ...
  • Evidential Externalism 

    Fratantonio, Giada (The University of Edinburgh, 2018-11-28)
    It is widely accepted, amongst epistemologists, that evidence plays an important role in our epistemic life. Crucially, there is no agreement on what evidence is. Following Silins, we can cash out the disagreement around ...
  • Emotion and predictive processing: emotions as perceptions? 

    Araya, Jose Manuel (The University of Edinburgh, 2018-11-28)
    In this Thesis, I systematize, clarify, and expand the current theory of emotion based on the principles of predictive processing—the interoceptive inference view of emotion—so as to show the following: (1) as it stands, ...
  • Judgmental perceptual knowledge and its factive grounds: a new interpretation and defense of epistemological disjunctivism 

    Shaw, Kegan J. (The University of Edinburgh, 2018-11-28)
    This thesis offers a fresh interpretation and defense of epistemological disjunctivism about perceptual knowledge. I adopt a multilevel approach according to which perceptual knowledge on one level can enjoy factive rational ...
  • Belief, knowledge and action 

    Gao, Jie (The University of Edinburgh, 2016-11-28)
    In this thesis, I explore a number of epistemological issues concerning the relations between knowledge, belief and practical matters. In particular, I defend a view, which I call credal pragmatism. This view is compatible ...
  • Unified transparency account of self-knowledge 

    Schwengerer, Lukas (The University of Edinburgh, 2018-11-28)
    In this thesis I propose an account of knowledge of one’s own mental states. My goal is set on a unified transparency account of self-knowledge. It is unified, because the proposal will account for the generation of ...
  • Mental activity in Descartes' causal-semantic model of sensory perception 

    Ortín Nadal, Anna Pilar (The University of Edinburgh, 2018-07-02)
    The aim of this thesis is to defend a reading of Descartes’ theory of sensory perception in which, against a widespread interpretation, the mind is not a passive receiver of inputs from the environment, but an active ...
  • What good is realism about natural kinds? 

    Creţu, Ana-Maria; Cretu, Ana-Maria (The University of Edinburgh, 2018-07-02)
    Classifications are useful and efficient. We group things into kinds to facilitate the acquisition and transmission of important, often tacit, information about a particular entity qua member of some kind. Whilst it is ...
  • Predictive processing and mental representation 

    Calder, Daniel Alexander Richard (The University of Edinburgh, 2018-07-02)
    According to some (e.g. Friston, 2010) predictive processing (PP) models of cognition have the potential to offer a grand unifying theory of cognition. The framework defines a flexible architecture governed by one simple ...
  • Ampliative understanding 

    Whalen, Alexander Crutchfield (The University of Edinburgh, 2018-07-02)
    Virtue-theoretic accounts of knowledge start by capturing the value of knowledge as an achievement and work from there to develop a full theory of knowledge. But environmental luck, which is compatible with achievements ...
  • Internalism and the explanatory role of narrow content 

    Baird, Sam (The University of Edinburgh, 2015-11-26)
    The central problem addressed by this thesis is how narrow content can be genuinely representational and relate to the individuation of mental representations. A second problem relates to the explanatory role of narrow ...
  • A critical study of Dewey's theory of moral values 

    Cornelius, Benjamin Ebenezer (The University of Edinburgh, 1924)
    Our aim in this thesis will he critically to study Dewey’s theory of moral values witn a view to discovering hew far the naturalistic, biological point of view, as this is conceived by Dewey, is capable, when applied ...
  • Analysts of the language of morals 

    Miller, D. L. C. (The University of Edinburgh, 1962)
    In this thesis I shall summarize and critically examine the central features of the theories of values of four contemporary moral philosophers: A.J. Ayer, C.L. Stevenson, R.M. Hare, and P.H. Nowell - Smith. I shall first ...
  • Philosophy of rational belief 

    Mealand, David L. (The University of Edinburgh, 1985)
    The problems of characterizing rational belief are fewer than is the case with knowledge, though we presumably believe more things than we know. Knowledge is often defined as a special kind of justified true belief. ...
  • Attitude externalism and the state of knowing: towards a disjunctive account of propositional knowledge 

    Kunke, Timothy Edward (The University of Edinburgh, 2018-07-02)
    This thesis is broadly about the structure of propositional knowledge and the ways in which an individual knower can have such knowledge. More specifically, it is about the epistemology of factive psychological attitudes and ...
  • Everlastingness in the Timaeus 

    Johns, Jeffrey Matthew (The University of Edinburgh, 2017-07-03)
    My aim in this thesis is to show how Plato differentiates the everlastingness of eternity from the everlastingness of time in the cosmogony of his Timaeus, where time is classified as the everlasting ‘moving image’ of ...
  • Being apart from reasons: a study on the role of reasons in public and private moral decision-making 

    Michelon, Cláudio Fortunato (The University of Edinburgh, 2001)
  • Experience and relations in the metaphysics of A.N. Whitehead and F.H. Bradley 

    McHenry, Leemon Benton (The University of Edinburgh, 1984)
    The central purpose of this thesis is to examine the affinities and contrasts in the metaphysical systems of A. N. Whitehead and F. H. Bradley. Not only does this thesis aim to explore thoroughly and show exactly where ...

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