This collection contains a selection of recent Masters theses from the Philosophy department. Please note that this is a closed collection and only the Title and Abstract are available.

Recent Submissions

  • 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, ...
  • Is the experience of agency necessarily retrospective? A predictive approach 

    Gómez Bañuelos, Daniel (The University of Edinburgh, 2018)
    In the present work, I shall defend that although there is undoubtedly a retrospective component as a source of the experience of agency (that is, of goal-directed action), that does not imply that it may have another ...
  • Critique of just war theory: revision of traditional dichotomy & its implications for justified violence 

    Kalkavan, Kerim Can (The University of Edinburgh, 2018)
    The aim of this paper is to ascertain the limits of the violence a person waging a just war can conduct. To decide where the limits are set, or rather should be set, a discussion of just war theory is required to decide ...
  • Understanding Nietzsche’s perspectivism and reconciling it with perspectival realism 

    Beckerley, Alexander (The University of Edinburgh, 2018)
    Interpretations of Friedrich Nietzsche often suggest that he is some form of anti-realist, i.e. he does not affirm objective scientific truth or understanding of the world. Nietzsche advocates a viewpoint known as ...
  • Ecumenical cognitivism, ecumenical expressivism and moral disagreement 

    Op De Beke, Lukas (The University of Edinburgh, 2018)
    In this paper I compare ecumenical cognitivism (EC) and ecumenical expressivism (EE) to find out which of these explains moral disagreement best. After narrowing this down to fundamental moral disagreement, I argue that ...
  • Mechanistic philosophy and the use of deep neural networks in neuroscience 

    Harrison, David (The University of Edinburgh, 2018)
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  • Common notion and essence of things: the intense relationship between knowledge of the last two kinds 

    Lu, Leo (The University of Edinburgh, 2018)
    There is an intense relationship between knowledge of the second and third kind in Spinoza’s classification of knowledge. Both of them are adequate, but only the second is the origin of the adequacy. Knowledge of the ...
  • Generics revisited: a simple theory of types 

    Plesnys, Albinas (The University of Edinburgh, 2018)
    In this paper I propose a novel treatment of genericity. While my diagnosis is that no present theory is satisfactory, I choose Liebesman’s simple kind predication theory (2011) as an initial framework. I reject Liebesman’s ...
  • Violence and civil disobedience 

    Fitzmaurice, Joseph (The University of Edinburgh, 2018)
    Discussion of civil disobedience is dominated by the position that for civil disobedience to be permissible it must be nonviolent. I have provided an argument for the justification of violence in acts of civil disobedience. ...
  • Poetry and nature in Kant’s aesthetics: on why poetry is the highest of all the arts 

    Fumagalli, Laura (The University of Edinburgh, 2018)
    This dissertation will explore some of the reasons why poetry is ranked as the highest of all the arts in Kant’s aesthetics and what is the relation between nature and poetry. The central thesis is that poetry is the ...
  • Is euthanasia of the infant born at 22⁺⁰-23⁺⁶ weeks’ gestation (without congenital anomalies) morally permissible within the United Kingdom? 

    Jones, Yasmin (The University of Edinburgh, 2018)
    The contemporary moral philosopher Peter Singer (2017; Singer and Kuhse, 2002) has addressed the ethics surrounding medical infanticide within developed countries. Singer argues that infanticide is equivalent to preventing ...
  • Against epistemic blame scepticism 

    Meehan, Daniella (The University of Edinburgh, 2018)
    Ethics and epistemology are close philosophical disciplines which frequently overlap (Brown, 2017). One intersection between the two domains is the study of blameworthiness and the nature of epistemic and moral blame. ...
  • Paradox of temporal consciousness 

    Miragoli, Martin (The University of Edinburgh, 2018)
    Temporal consciousness seems so common that if we want to understand what philosophers find puzzling about it we must first look into the ways in which we would naively account for it. My initial worry will thus be that ...
  • Aesthetic disinterestedness 

    Li, Taylor (The University of Edinburgh, 2018)
    The concept of aesthetic disinterestedness is a brainchild of Kant. The word disinterested should not be perceived to mean a lack of interest exhibited by being indifferent. Instead, its focus is on the artwork itself, ...
  • Nation: its ontology and identity 

    Cheng, Michael (The University of Edinburgh, 2018)
    This project investigates the ontology and identity of nations. Drawing from the thought experiment “The ship of Theseus” and some recent literatures on group metaphysics, I explore the domain of nations. There are two ...
  • Can contractualism really avoid aggregation? 

    Meyer, Jan (The University of Edinburgh, 2018)
    This paper presents multiple reasons for why contractualists should adopt a weighted lottery in saving-lives cases. First, under both a principle allowing us to hold an equalchance lottery as well as a principle that ...

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