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  • Temporal structure of the world 

    Heard, Keith (The University of Edinburgh, 2022-09-06)
    The thesis starts from the position of Ontic Structural Realism, which holds that the world just is structure, and from the ontology of Rainforest Realism in which the only things that exist are (Dennettian) real ...
  • Every body’s gotta eat: why autonomous systems can’t live on prediction-error minimization alone 

    Nave, Kathryn (The University of Edinburgh, 2022-06-29)
    Karl Friston’s Free Energy Principle has been proposed as a definition of existence from which “everything of interest about life and the universe can be derived” (Friston, 2019, p.176). Despite pretensions to a theory of ...
  • Radical pluralist theory of well-being: towards a new pluralist conception of welfare 

    Barbieri, Alessandro (The University of Edinburgh, 2022-06-28)
    The philosophy of well-being has generally assumed that only a weak form of pluralism could be true about prudential value: one which posits a plurality of constituents of well-being. The main exponent of theories ...
  • Shape of subjectivity: an active inference approach to consciousness and altered self-experience 

    Deane, George (The University of Edinburgh, 2021-12-04)
    How should we understand the place of the mind in the natural world? Can the relationship between the contents of consciousness and the underlying mechanisms be identified? This thesis approaches the question of consciousness ...
  • Question of Forms of artefacts in Plato 

    Kravvaritis, Konstantinos (The University of Edinburgh, 2021-07-31)
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  • Socratic challenge: reinventing Socratic irony's educational character 

    Lytra, Iliana Sotiria (The University of Edinburgh, 2021-08-27)
    Irony is commonly defined as ‘the use of words that say the opposite of what you really mean, often as a joke and with a tone of voice that shows this’ (Oxford, 2000). Expanding the term’s focus from being merely linguistic ...
  • Time of termination 

    Contos, Jasmin L. (The University of Edinburgh, 2022-04-21)
    This thesis provides an investigation into whether the viability of the Termination Thesis (TERM) is affected by the kind of theory of time that one adopts. In other words, the chief motivation for this project is the ...
  • Truth relativism in metaethics 

    Denning, Patrick (The University of Edinburgh, 2022-04-20)
    Metaethical relativism is the view that whether a moral claim is true depends on the standards endorsed by an individual or society. This view is attractive because it allows one to hold that moral claims can be true or ...
  • Examination of the problems of false consciousness 

    Lee, Lilith W. (The University of Edinburgh, 2022-03-14)
    The concept of false consciousness is understood to involve individuals who act in ways that contribute to their own oppression, on the basis of ignorant beliefs that resist revision when confronted with attempts at ...
  • Truth of scepticism: on the varieties of epistemological doubt 

    Tana, Guido (The University of Edinburgh, 2021-12-04)
    This research aims to analyse and investigate the character and philosophical strength of epistemological scepticism and whether contemporary anti-sceptical stances can conclusively refute its threat. It proposes an ...
  • On function-centred virtue ethics, character, and becoming Eudaimon 

    Tseng, Shannon Yu-San (The University of Edinburgh, 2021-12-04)
    The aim of this thesis is to develop an account of virtue ethics that takes Aristotle’s naturalistic teleology to be central the understanding and reconstruction of the account’s virtue theory. I call this account ...
  • Is a subpersonal epistemology possible? Re-evaluating cognitive integration for extended cognition 

    Naeem, Hadeel (The University of Edinburgh, 2021-07-31)
    Virtue reliabilism provides an account of epistemic integration that explains how a reliable-belief forming process can become a knowledge-conducive ability of one’s cognitive character. The univocal view suggests that ...
  • Strong continuity of life and mind: the free energy framework, predictive processing and ecological psychology 

    Sims, Matthew (The University of Edinburgh, 2021-07-31)
    Located at the intersection of philosophy of cognitive science and philosophy of biology, this thesis aims to provide a novel approach to understanding the strong continuity between life and mind. This thesis applies ...
  • Moral agent in the Laozi and Plato 

    Guan, Yinlin (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-11-30)
    The theory of the moral agent is the normative theory which prescribes actions following the higher authority. In this thesis, I conduct a comparative analysis of Plato and the Laozi to uncover what they say about the ...
  • Where do I end? Self-models and the representation of our boundaries 

    Hauser, Julian (The University of Edinburgh, 2021-07-31)
    [No Deposit Agreement]
  • Epistemic inequality reconsidered: an inquiry into epistemic authority 

    Croce, Michel (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-11-30)
    Epistemic inequality is something we face in our everyday experience whenever we acknowledge our epistemic inferiority towards some and our epistemic superiority towards others. The negative side of this epistemic ...
  • Wide computation: a mechanistic account 

    Kersten, Luke (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-11-30)
    This Ph.D. thesis explores a novel way of thinking about computation in cognitive science. It argues for what I call ‘the mechanistic account of wide computationalism’, or simply wide mechanistic computation. The key claim ...
  • Kant and the systematicity of nature. The regulative use of reason in Kant's Critique of Pure Reason 

    Spagnesi, Lorenzo (The University of Edinburgh, 2021-07-31)
    What makes scientific knowledge possible? The philosopher Immanuel Kant in his magnum opus, the Critique of Pure Reason, had a fascinating and puzzling answer to this question. Scientific knowledge, for Kant, is made ...
  • Epistemic externalism and the structure of justification 

    Jope, Matthew (The University of Edinburgh, 2021-07-31)
    This project is concerned with the attempt to diagnose certain types of deductive inferences as exhibiting failure of transmission of justification. The canonical example of alleged transmission failure is G. E. Moore’s ...
  • Cognitive mechanisms of normal and pathological forgetting 

    Stamate, Andreea (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-11-30)
    The objectives of this PhD were to investigate forgetting, how to measure forgetting and what are the underlying mechanisms behind this effect. 1. Following the progress of forgetting over time will require repeated ...

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