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  • 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)
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  • 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 ...
  • Expressivism, normative content, and propositions 

    Brown, James Lindsey David (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-11-30)
    The thesis of this thesis is that expressivists can and should develop a theory of normative propositions that can play an explanatory role in their theory of normative thought and discourse. It has been widely assumed ...
  • On the granting of moral standing to artificial intelligence: a pragmatic, empirically-informed, desire-based approach 

    Novelli, Nicholas Alexander (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-07-26)
    Ever-increasingly complex AI technology is being introduced into society, with ever-more impressive capabilities. As AI tech advances, it will become harder to tell whether machines are relevantly different from human ...
  • Questioning Turing test 

    Damassino, Nicola Michele (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-07-26)
    The Turing Test (TT) is an experimental paradigm to test for intelligence, where an entity’s intelligence is inferred from its ability, during a text-based conversation, to be recognized as a human by the human judge. ...
  • Creativity East and West 

    Liu, Yuanyuan (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-06-26)
    This thesis is about the creativity in the East and the West, but I will mainly focus on the view of creativity in ancient Greek philosophy and Chinese philosophy. In the first chapter, I will explore the concept of ...
  • Hunt for reality: perspectives, models, and plurality in the physical sciences 

    Jacoby, Franklin Robert (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-06-26)
    This thesis tackles the problem of realism in science by examining the analyses and insights that pluralism and perspectivism might o0fer. Scientific perspectivism was introduced by Giere (2006) as a way to use insights ...
  • Spells of our inhabiting: transitioning from the spectre of Gnostic estrangement to a philosophy of entangled overflowing 

    Soudan, Clara (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-06-26)
    This doctoral thesis explores the cardinal importance of cosmological and theological narratives in our engagement with the contemporary ecological transition. Drawing upon the analyses of political philosophers Hans Jonas ...
  • Perceptual categorisation, Bayesian inference and psychological similarity 

    Poth, Nina Laura (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-06-26)
    At the heart of this thesis is the following question: why do we categorise two objects (e.g., an apple and a banana) as instances of the same concept (e.g., the concept fruit) despite their perceptual differences? This ...
  • Bringing virtue epistemology down to earth 

    Iizuka, Rie (The University of Edinburgh, 2020-06-26)
    Virtue responsibilist epistemology (hereafter, virtue epistemology) is a philosophical thesis: it claims epistemic virtues and epistemic vices play essential roles in understanding the normative dimension of inquirers ...
  • 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 ...

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