Recent Submissions

  • Aristotle on wealth-acquisition: ethical, economic and political issues 

    Kapetanakis, Panayiotis (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-02)
    Aristotle’s virtue theory is considered the main depository of prominent pro-business/ market and anti-business/market approaches to business and economic ethics. However, Aristotle’s ethical and economic thought is not ...
  • Many worlds of meaning: a framework for object reference 

    Philalithis, Eugene (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-02)
    Our words seem connected with objects – some in our current perceptual experience and some beyond. Words seem to link us to cats, authors, cities and places, present, historical or fantastical. In this work, I try to ...
  • Intentionality from structure: a non-relational account of the constitution of phenomenal intentionality 

    Kenneally, Blaine Gordon John (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-02)
    In recent decades, there has been a growth in the popularity of the view that there is a form of intentionality which is grounded in phenomenal consciousness. Some philosophers have argued that this form of intentionality ...
  • Leibniz's aesthetics: the metaphysics of beauty 

    Portales, Carlos Nicolas (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-02)
    Here I argue that Leibniz’s notion of beauty constitutes a coherent, although somehow implicit, position of realist and cognitive aesthetic formalism: beauty is metaphysically and ontologically explained as a formal structure, ...
  • Ideal of religious purification: a critical enquiry into Hume’s two Concepts of True Religion 

    Nong, Yongguang (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-02)
    This thesis explores the implications of Hume’s puzzling concept of true religion. The existing literature tends to either take it as entirely tactical or to read it from a theistic perspective. Focusing mainly on the ...
  • Knowledge as adequately informed process 

    Lau, Tsz Fung (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-02)
    An important lesson learned from the widely-known Gettier cases in epistemology is that no matter how well-justified our beliefs are, knowledge can never be secured— for there could always be some information unbeknownst ...
  • Convention and intention: a defence of internationality against meaning-relativism 

    Mount, R. G. (The University of Edinburgh, 2004)
    In the dissertation are considered a number of ways in which one may discern, write and analyse conventions and intentions for the illocutionary forces of speech acts, and meanings, senses and references for statements ...
  • A critical and experimental study in the development of moral ideas 

    Miller, Ross (The University of Edinburgh, 1928)
    This study makes no attempt at a comprehensive history of ethics. It rather approaches some representative theories from the standpoint of the thesis that morality is the socialized behaviour of the integrated personality. ...
  • The education of the ethical consciousness: a study of the growth of the ethical consciousness in the individual 

    MacDonald, John (The University of Edinburgh, 1924)
    The growth of the ethical consciousness in the individual has not been adequately studied by the psychologists. The question has indeed attracted the attention of several writers but the treatment of it has been on the ...
  • Aims, motives, and reasons 

    Jenkins, John Jestyn (The University of Edinburgh, 1965)
    This thesis is intended primarily as an attempt at clarifying some of the traditional theories and concepts connected with the concept of motivation. It has stemmed, naturally enough, from an initial interest in the ...
  • Aeternitas - a Spinozistic study 

    Hallett, Harold Foster (The University of Edinburgh, 1930)
    THE following essay is essentially metaphysical: it is an attempt towards providing a corrective for the phenomenalism which, in one form or another, directly or inversely, prevails in our era. Though I am an Englishman, ...
  • Action and volition 

    Weir, George R. S. (The University of Edinburgh, 1983)
    Despite views to the contrary, 'action' is not a concept alien to ordinary ways of thinking, hence the significance of the philosophical problem of action, which demands that we ground this concept in some real ...
  • An examination of Bosanquet's doctrine of self-transcendence 

    Stedman, Ralph Elliott (The University of Edinburgh, 1930)
  • The coherence theory of truth in Bradley's philosophy 

    Robinson, Jonathan (The University of Edinburgh, 1953)
    The purpose of this thesis is to expound the coherence theory of truth as found in Bradley's philosophy, and the aim of this chapter is to illustrate the general shape and emphasis of Bradley's thought by outlining some ...
  • A study in aesthetics 

    Reid, Louis Arnaud (The University of Edinburgh, 1931)
    The results of the experimental psychology of aesthetics, then, must be received critically, though open-mindedly, by philosophy, and aesthetics cannot for this reason be identified with a part of experimental psychology. ...
  • The analysis of choice 

    Rankin, Kenneth Walker (The University of Edinburgh, 1956)
    The purpose throughout the preceding; chapters has been to present a coherent form of Libertarian doctrine. So far I have dwelt mainly on questions of internal consistency. In concluding, however, I wish to consider, ...
  • Diamonds and corkscrews: a hybrid account of realization 

    DesRoches-Dueck, David (The University of Edinburgh, 2014-11-26)
    Contemporary work in the metaphysics of realization has produced two central theories as to what it is for an individual to realize a kind. According to the ‘flat theory’ of Lawrence Shapiro, an individual realizes some ...
  • 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 ...

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