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  • Deriving null functional heads: a study on variation of functional structure 

    Palamaras, Aristeidis (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-02)
    The aim of this dissertation is to develop a framework of functional structure that ensures that the representation of any phrase is only as large as necessary to capture the syntactic relations relevant to it. I argue ...
  • 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 ...
  • Co-evolution of language and mindreading: a computational exploration 

    Woensdregt, Marieke Suzanne (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-02)
    Language relies on mindreading: in order to use it successfully we need to be able to entertain and recognise communicative intentions. Mindreading abilities in turn profit from language, as language provides a means for ...
  • Role of foveal vision in static and dynamic environments 

    Clayden, Adam Christopher (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-02)
    The visual field has multiple regions, with visual acuity being highest in the centre before declining rapidly outward toward the periphery. This central region, otherwise known as the fovea, is typically defined as the ...
  • Vision, attention and action in posterior cortical atrophy and other dementias 

    Ingle, Harriet Elizabeth (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-02)
    Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA) is a rare, progressive dementia characterised by visuospatial and visuoperceptual deficits (often with intact visual acuity), and a generally younger age of onset than typical Alzheimer’s ...
  • Individual differences and ageing effects in mental rotation 

    Zhao, Binglei (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-02)
    There is a long-lasting debate as to whether mental imagery plays a functional role in cognition: one view states that mental imagery indeed plays a key functional role in cognitive processing, whereas other views suggest ...
  • Feature specifications and contrast in vowel harmony: the orthography and phonology of Old Norwegian height harmony 

    Sandstedt, Jade Jørgen Michael (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-02)
    In this thesis, I provide a new approach to the role of phonological patterning in determining the featural content of phonological relations and the size and shape of sound inventories. The empirical scope of this project ...
  • 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, ...
  • Role of labelling and interaction in the development of linguistic category coherence 

    Suffill, Ellise Marissa (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-02)
    When we perceive the world, we can carve it up in different ways. People divide up objects into categories in similar ways when asked to do so without language. In contrast, when people use language to label groups of ...
  • 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 ...
  • Cross-sectional investigation into the antecedents and sequelae of alexithymia: a comparison of children and adults 

    Brown, Ruth Harriet (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-02)
    The term alexithymia, meaning “no words for emotions”, is a subclinical personality trait associated with both affective (e.g., difficulties identifying and describing emotions) and cognitive (e.g., externally oriented ...
  • 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 ...
  • Vowel production in infant-directed speech: an assessment of hyperarticulation and distributional learning 

    Starling, George (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-07-02)
    This thesis considers two related research questions that are relevant to vowel production in infant-directed speech (IDS). The first of these research questions determines the extent to which caregivers intentionally clarify ...
  • Inter-species HALYs: ethical considerations of well-being measurement across multiple species 

    Russell, Arthur (The University of Edinburgh, 2018)
    Health-adjusted life years (HALYs) are population health measures which describe morbidity and mortality combined as one number. HALYs play a fundamental role in cost-effectiveness analysis, making it possible to compare ...
  • [c-theory] 

    Hemington, George (The University of Edinburgh, 2018)
    In 2010 Reinhart and Rogoff published “Growth in a Time of Debt”, a wildly successful macro-economics paper. The conclusions made in that paper turned out to be based on a mistaken analysis of the available data. My ...
  • Extesionalism and veridicalism 

    Haselton-Parke, Preston (The University of Edinburgh, 2018)
    Many philosophers hold that we experience the passing of time. It is by far the most popular view concerning temporal experiences of time. There is a small minority of philosophers, veridicalists, who reject the phenomenology ...
  • Civilian noncombatant’s duty to aid a dying enemy combatant 

    Clark, Maggie (The University of Edinburgh, 2018)
    Does a civilian noncombatant have a duty to aid a wounded or dying enemy combatant she encounters during war? In general it is accepted that there is a universal duty to aid a person in need in emergent life threatening ...
  • Beyond the completeness of physics: a preliminary groundwork for a dispositional emergentism 

    Krenning, Mark (The University of Edinburgh, 2018)
    In recent years, the shape of the discourse concerning the structure and subsistence of fundamental properties has taken on new dimensions with respect to their synoptic framing of special science entities. Specifically, ...

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