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  • Justice as a point of equipoise: an Aristotelian approach to contemporary corporate ethics 

    Kelly, Owen (The University of Edinburgh, 2023-01-25)
    How can contemporary companies and corporations, necessarily operating within market-derived norms, act justly in their dealings? Why should they care about doing so? I claim in this thesis that Aristotle’s conception of ...
  • Asymmetric welfarism about meaning in life 

    Stevenson, Chad Mason (The University of Edinburgh, 2023-01-20)
    This thesis is guided by the following question: what, if anything, makes a life meaningful? My answer to this question is asymmetric welfarism about meaning in life. According to asymmetric welfarism, the meaning of ...
  • Mindreading in context 

    Otterski, Emma Rose (The University of Edinburgh, 2023-01-19)
    This thesis concerns mindreading, the ability to attribute mental states to others. The standard conception of mindreading emerged from philosophical debates about our everyday use of mental-state terms and experiments in ...
  • Economic attitudes and individual difference: replication and extension 

    Lin, Chien-An (The University of Edinburgh, 2022-12-16)
    The work presented in this dissertation primarily focused on two topics. The first was understanding differences in support for redistribution. In this section, we replicated existing research on the three-player two-situation ...
  • Mindful love: the role of mindfulness in willingness to sacrifice in romantic relationships 

    Chen, Siyu (The University of Edinburgh, 2022-12-05)
    INTRODUCTION: The well-being of romantic relationships often depends on the degree to which partners are able to sacrifice their own interests to meet each other’s needs when necessary. While enacted sacrifices are not ...
  • Embodied metacognition: how we feel our hearts to know our minds 

    Dorsch, John (The University of Edinburgh, 2022-11-23)
    The aim of the present work is to make a plausible case for the phylogenetic origin of self-knowledge, one which is compatible with a prevalent view about its ontogenetic origin, the social-scaffolding view. Essentially, ...
  • 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 ...

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