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    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Convention and intention: a defence of internationality against meaning-relativism 

      Mount, R. G. (The University of Edinburgh, 2004)
      In the dissertation are considered a number of ways in which one may discern, write and analyse conventions and intentions for the illocutionary forces of speech acts, and meanings, senses and references for statements ...
    • A critical and experimental study in the development of moral ideas 

      Miller, Ross (The University of Edinburgh, 1928)
      This study makes no attempt at a comprehensive history of ethics. It rather approaches some representative theories from the standpoint of the thesis that morality is the socialized behaviour of the integrated personality. ...
    • Kierkegaard's critique of rationalism 

      McKinnon, Alastair Thomson (The University of Edinburgh, 1950)
      I. KIERKEGAARD'S LIFE AND WORKS: A "DEFENSE" OF MAN • II. THE DEVELOPMENT OF RATIONALISM: DESCARTES TO HEGEL • III. KIERKEGAARD'S CONCEPTION OF RATIONALISM • IV. DISSOLUTION: 'THE CROWD' • V. RECONSTRUCTION: ...
    • On the relationship between philosophy and sociology 

      Campion, Michael (The University of Edinburgh, 1979)
      Through offering thoughtful readings of this, or any work, we are engaging in an effort which continues formulating the relationship between philosophy and sociology in such a way that our version of social actions (whether ...
    • The education of the ethical consciousness: a study of the growth of the ethical consciousness in the individual 

      MacDonald, John (The University of Edinburgh, 1924)
      The growth of the ethical consciousness in the individual has not been adequately studied by the psychologists. The question has indeed attracted the attention of several writers but the treatment of it has been on the ...
    • Jean-Jacques Rousseau: between autonomy and authenticity 

      Bozzi, Claudio (The University of Edinburgh, 2001)
      This thesis reconsiders some of the major works and themes of Jean-Jacques Rousseau in the light of recent debates centering on forms of subjectivity in liberal modernity. Rousseau is not a liberal thinker in the sense ...