Past Honors Theses

Year Student Name Thesis Title Advisor(s)
2018 Claire Feuille Creating a Fated Self: Agency and Artistry in Nietzsche Professor Kenneth Walden
2018 Matthew Goldstein The Ethics of Engagement: Negotiating the Normative Moral Status of Combatants in War Professor Timothy Rosenkoetter
2018 Daniel J. Widawsky Moral Motivation Meets Metarepresentationalism: Do Patients with Ventromedial Frontal Damage Have First-Order Moral Beliefs? Professor Adina Roskies
2017 Christiaqn Nakazawa To Have Other Eyes: Metaphor, Meaning, and Imagination Professor John Kulvicki
2017 JP Olinski Finding a Peer Disagreement Norm for Political Disagreement and Other Ambiguous Cases Professor Sam Levey
2017 Joshua Tseng-Tham Defending a NeoAristotelian Position in Metaethical Naturalism Professor Kenneth Walden
2016 Alexander Kane False Selves: Truth in Narrative Constitution Professor Sam Levey
2016 Tierra Victoria Lynch Akrasia, Rationality & Autonomy: Understanding the Moral Responsibilities of the Addict Professor Adina Roskies
2016 Lea Aurelia Schroeder Material Composition in Plato's Timaeus Professor  Christine Thomas
2015 Paul W. Frazel Responsible Blaming: Personality Disorder and Moral Responsibility Within the Clinic and Without Professors Adina Roskies and James Moor
2015 Joonsuh Jo Foucault and the Freedom of the Modern Subject Professor Amy Allen
2014 Lingxi Chenyang Kripke's Wittgenstein: Meaning, Normativity, and Rule-Following Professor David Plunkett
2014 Christopher Hauser Grounding, Metaphysical Explanation, and the Analogy of Existing Professor Christine Thomas
2014 Brendan Mooney Etiquette and the Escapability of Morality Professor Susan Brison
2014 Gabriel Redel-Traub Value at the Intersection Professor John Kulvicki
2014 Rebecca Rothfeld Being a Bat in a Vat on Twin Earth: A Guidebook for Thought Experimenters & Other Epistemic Adventurers Professor Sam Levey
2013 Bailey Pratt Hoar Drones, Ethics, and 21st Century Warfare Understanding and Mitigating the Ethical Tensions of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Through Just War Theory Professor James Moor
2013 James Craig Smyser Metaethics, Toleration, and the Burdens of Democratic Justice in John Rawls' Political Constructivism Professor Kenny Walden
2012 Nathan Gusdorf Adornian Marxism: The Concept of Critique Professor Amy Allen
2011 Benjamin H. Feintzeig Understanding Through Causation: A Four-Factor Approach to Scientific Explanation Professor Adina Roskies
2011 David B. Kinney The Ontology of Chance Professor Christine Thomas
2010 Anfin S. Erickson Sextus Empiricus and the Unlivability of Skepticism: A Proposed Solution Professor Christine Thomas
2010 Benjamin A. Gifford Making Sense of our Modal Discourse Professor James Moor
2009 Robert W. Forster Desert, Child Rape, and Capital Punishment: Applying the Deontological Significance of Childhood Professor John L. Crocker
2009 Emily E. Smith Just War Theory and Terrorism: A Case for the Just and Exceptional Use of Torture Professor Eugene Marshall
2009 Jane V. Tucker The Self-Concept Notion of Self-Deception: A Non-Deflationary, Non-Intentionalist Account Professor Amy Allen
2008 Haley A. Bolin Justice After Genocide: The Expressive Theory of Punishment in Defense of Truth Commissions Professor John L. Crocker
2008 Kevin J. Decker The Rebirth of Critique: Michel Foucault's Archaeological Method and Project Professor Amy Allen
2008 David M. Lamb A Response to Theism and Nihilism: The Basis and Truth of Moral Claims Professor Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
2008 Katharine M. McIntyre Genealogy and Practices of Self-Overcoming Professor Amy Allen
2008 Michael P. Milne Reasons, Rationality, and Motivation: A Second Look at Michael Smith's The Moral Problem Professor Julia Driver
2008 Jared S. Westheim Dialectics Beyond Destruction: Adorno, Deleuze, and the Search for a New Subjectivity Professor Amy Allen
2007 Peter D. Anderson, jr. Freedom and Inter-Subjectivity: Ethical Implications of Jean-Paul Sartre's Being and Nothingness Professor Amy Allen
2007 Kirsten E. Grauer Plato on Punishment Professors Christine Thomas and John L. Crocker
2007 Mark F. Hoipkemier Rights, Flourishing, Freedom: Good Work and the Ethics of International Development Professor Julia Driver
2006 Christopher E. Biermann The Absence of a Meaningful Meaning to Life Professor Roy Sorenson
2006 Haley Bolin Justice After Genocide: The Expressive Theory of Punishment in Defense of Truth Commissions Professor John L. Crocker
2005 Brian Burgess Moral Responsibility and Conscious Will: The Impact of Contemporary Research in Neuro-Physiology and Weak-Reason Responsiveness Professor Amy Allen
2005 Eva Vivalt What People Minimally Require: A Capabilities Approach With Applications in Development Professor Susan Brison
2005 Andrew Verstein Begging the Question and the Burden of Proof Professor Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
2004 Claire Chandler The Future of Idaho Wilderness: Applying John Broome's Ethical Theory to the Boulder and White Cloud Mountains Land Use Debate Professor Julia Driver
2004 Noah Flower Understanding Character: Virtue Ethics and the Situationist Challenge Professor Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
2004 Ognian Kassabov Poetry in Plato's Republic Professor Christine Thomas
2004 Sam Valverde Interests and Desires in Peter Singer's Ethics Professor Bernard Gert
2003 Kristen A. Johnson Morality: Not Just a Myth Professor Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
2003 Sam Means Defining Art Intentionally: Complex Intentionalism as a Definition of Artworks Professor Julia Driver
2003 Michael Shaw Perry Wittgenstein on Foundational Propositions Professor Sally Sedgwick
2003 Esther Warshauer-Baker Patient Competence for Medical Decision Making: A Critique of Buchanan and Brock Professor Bernard Gert
2003 J. Jordyne Wu Functionalism vs. Dynamical Systems Theory: A Theoretical and Empirical Examination into Dueling Philosophies of the Mind Professor James Moor
2002 Christopher R. Moore The Emotion of Awe: An Evolutionary Psychology Account Professor Roy Sorenson
2002 William Whitney Stich's Eliminative Materialism and Theories of Reference Professor James Moor
2001 Jay Bregman Code and Other Flaws of Cyberspace: A Philosophical Critique of Lawrence Lessig's Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace  
2001 Jackson Childs I Am, I Am, I Am: David Hume's Theory of Personal Identity Professor Sally Sedgwick
2001 Taylor Clark Facing Time's Scythe: Why Death is an Evil We Ought Not Fear Professor Julia Driver
2001 Elizabeth D. Keller Realism and the Consistent Histories Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics Professor Christine Thomas
2001 Christopher La Barbera Same-Sex Marriage and the Right to Equal Protection Professor Susan Brison
2001 Jonathan O. Mingle A Dream of our Language: Interpretations of Wittgenstein on "Private Language" Professor Bernard Gert
2001 David W. Sparrow The Unreality of Color in Objects Professor Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
2001 Andrew B. Warren The Force of Thought, the Fold of the Outside: Aesthetic Existence in Foucault and Deleuze Professor Amy Allen
2000 Daniel Bush Abortion and Dworkin's Argument from Religion: Why is it Worth a Look and How it Stands Up Professor Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
2000 Matthew H. Slater On the Possibility of Worldly Vague Identity Professor Sam Levey
2000 Karen Marie Soares Speaking Silence: Women's Voices in the Novels of William Faulkner  
1999 Ryan Calo   Professor Christine Thomas
1999 Dan Epstein A Philosophical Investigation into Intellectual Property Professor James Moor
1999 Seth Graham The Panoptic "Con": Foucault's Genealogy of Power and Critique of Bentham's Justification for Punishment Professor Amy Allen
1999 Jennifer Parkinson Punishment Professors Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Bernard Gert
1999 Josh Zemel Would Plato Like the Beatles? An Essay on the Philosophy of Music Professor Sam Levey
1998 Deidre d'Entremont Feminist Obscenities: Pornography, Choice, and Free Speech Professor Robert Fogelin
1998 Jesse Sweet Cutting Hume's Mind in Half: A Bundle Approach to Split-Brain Patients Professor Ann Bumpus
1998 Alexaner Vogel Philosophical Interpretations: Nietzsche and Derrida, Trouble with Truth Professor Amy Allen
1997 Penn Dodson Paternalistic Interference: Perspectives Based on the Philosophy of J. S. Mill and Applied to the 92-96 American Intervention in Haiti Professor Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
1997 Ted Jones Descriptions and Norms in Coherence Theories and Contextualism Professor Robert Fogelin
1997 Matthew Weiss To Be or Not to Be: An Examination of the Views of Jonathan Glover and David Heyd Concerning When it Might be Better Not to Continue to Live, Not to be Born, or Not to Exist Professor Bernard Gert