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  • Visual working memory and ageing: do we approach cognitive tasks differently as we age? 

    Forsberg, Linnea Sofia Alicia (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-12-16)
    Working Memory (WM) refers to cognitive functions that support the ready availability of a small amount of information temporarily, while we undertake ongoing actions and mental activities (e.g., Logie & Cowan, 2015), ...
  • Extending sensorimotor enactivism to flavour and smell 

    Millar, Rebecca (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-01-20)
    This thesis explores whether sensorimotor enactivism can be extended to flavour and smell perception. Sensorimotor enactivism claims that perceptual experience is constituted by skilful bodily engagement with the world. ...
  • Concept of gradable knowledge 

    Lai, Changsheng (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-11-29)
    An orthodox view in epistemology holds that propositional knowledge is an absolute ‘yes or no’ affair, viz, propositional knowledge is ungradable. Call this view epistemic absolutism. This thesis purports to challenge ...
  • The Beast with Two Backs: Romantic Bodily Overlap in Peripersonal Space 

    Prinsen, Ruby (The University of Edinburgh, 2018)
    Significant others, such as romantic partners, merge into our sense of self. Evidence suggests that our bodily selves combine with others to facilitate embodied interaction, called the bodily self-other overlap. Peripersonal ...
  • Platonic conception of intellectual virtues: its significance for contemporary epistemology and education 

    Kotsonis, Alkis (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-11-29)
    My main aim in my thesis is to show that, contrary to the commonly held belief according to which Aristotle was the first to conceive and develop intellectual virtues, there are strong indications that Plato had already ...
  • Luck in crime and punishment: essays in metaphysics and legal theory 

    Yang, Di (The University of Edinburgh, 2019-11-29)
    This thesis examines some of the legal philosophical issues that are implicated in the problem of outcome luck. In the context of criminal law, the problem asks whether we should hold agents criminally liable for ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...

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