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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • The Scotch metaphysics 

    Davie, George Elder (The University of Edinburgh, 1954)
    Hume and the Rankenien Society, Reid, Stewart, Brown, Hamilton and Ferrier

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