Past Honors Theses

YearStudent NameThesis TitleAdvisor(s)
2019Jessica Anne HeineVagueness and Representation: A Unifying AccountProfessor Samuel Levey
2019Cynthia ShinThe Ontology of Video Games: An Ingardenian Analysis of the Polyphonic Structure of Video GamesProfessor Amie Thomasson
2019Henry TraceyThe Persistence of Fatalism Under Metaphysical TheoriesProfessor Christine Thomas
2018Claire FeuilleCreating a Fated Self: Agency and Artistry in NietzscheProfessor Kenneth Walden
2018Matthew GoldsteinThe Ethics of Engagement: Negotiating the Normative Moral Status of Combatants in WarProfessor Timothy Rosenkoetter
2018Daniel J. WidawskyMoral Motivation Meets Metarepresentationalism: Do Patients with Ventromedial Frontal Damage Have First-Order Moral Beliefs?Professor Adina Roskies
2017Christiaqn NakazawaTo Have Other Eyes: Metaphor, Meaning, and ImaginationProfessor John Kulvicki
2017JP OlinskiFinding a Peer Disagreement Norm for Political Disagreement and Other Ambiguous CasesProfessor Sam Levey
2017Joshua Tseng-ThamDefending a NeoAristotelian Position in Metaethical NaturalismProfessor Kenneth Walden
2016Alexander KaneFalse Selves: Truth in Narrative ConstitutionProfessor Sam Levey
2016Tierra Victoria LynchAkrasia, Rationality & Autonomy: Understanding the Moral Responsibilities of the AddictProfessor Adina Roskies
2016Lea Aurelia SchroederMaterial Composition in Plato's TimaeusProfessor  Christine Thomas
2015Paul W. FrazelResponsible Blaming: Personality Disorder and Moral Responsibility Within the Clinic and WithoutProfessors Adina Roskies and James Moor
2015Joonsuh JoFoucault and the Freedom of the Modern SubjectProfessor Amy Allen
2014Lingxi ChenyangKripke's Wittgenstein: Meaning, Normativity, and Rule-FollowingProfessor David Plunkett
2014Christopher HauserGrounding, Metaphysical Explanation, and the Analogy of ExistingProfessor Christine Thomas
2014Brendan MooneyEtiquette and the Escapability of MoralityProfessor Susan Brison
2014Gabriel Redel-TraubValue at the IntersectionProfessor John Kulvicki
2014Rebecca RothfeldBeing a Bat in a Vat on Twin Earth: A Guidebook for Thought Experimenters & Other Epistemic AdventurersProfessor Sam Levey
2013Bailey Pratt HoarDrones, Ethics, and 21st Century Warfare Understanding and Mitigating the Ethical Tensions of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Through Just War TheoryProfessor James Moor
2013James Craig SmyserMetaethics, Toleration, and the Burdens of Democratic Justice in John Rawls' Political ConstructivismProfessor Kenny Walden
2012Nathan GusdorfAdornian Marxism: The Concept of CritiqueProfessor Amy Allen
2011Benjamin H. FeintzeigUnderstanding Through Causation: A Four-Factor Approach to Scientific ExplanationProfessor Adina Roskies
2011David B. KinneyThe Ontology of ChanceProfessor Christine Thomas
2010Anfin S. EricksonSextus Empiricus and the Unlivability of Skepticism: A Proposed SolutionProfessor Christine Thomas
2010Benjamin A. GiffordMaking Sense of our Modal DiscourseProfessor James Moor
2009Robert W. ForsterDesert, Child Rape, and Capital Punishment: Applying the Deontological Significance of ChildhoodProfessor John L. Crocker
2009Emily E. SmithJust War Theory and Terrorism: A Case for the Just and Exceptional Use of TortureProfessor Eugene Marshall
2009Jane V. TuckerThe Self-Concept Notion of Self-Deception: A Non-Deflationary, Non-Intentionalist AccountProfessor Amy Allen
2008Haley A. BolinJustice After Genocide: The Expressive Theory of Punishment in Defense of Truth CommissionsProfessor John L. Crocker
2008Kevin J. DeckerThe Rebirth of Critique: Michel Foucault's Archaeological Method and ProjectProfessor Amy Allen
2008David M. LambA Response to Theism and Nihilism: The Basis and Truth of Moral ClaimsProfessor Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
2008Katharine M. McIntyreGenealogy and Practices of Self-OvercomingProfessor Amy Allen
2008Michael P. MilneReasons, Rationality, and Motivation: A Second Look at Michael Smith's The Moral ProblemProfessor Julia Driver
2008Jared S. WestheimDialectics Beyond Destruction: Adorno, Deleuze, and the Search for a New SubjectivityProfessor Amy Allen
2007Peter D. Anderson, jr.Freedom and Inter-Subjectivity: Ethical Implications of Jean-Paul Sartre's Being and NothingnessProfessor Amy Allen
2007Kirsten E. GrauerPlato on PunishmentProfessors Christine Thomas and John L. Crocker
2007Mark F. HoipkemierRights, Flourishing, Freedom: Good Work and the Ethics of International DevelopmentProfessor Julia Driver
2006Christopher E. BiermannThe Absence of a Meaningful Meaning to LifeProfessor Roy Sorenson
2006Haley BolinJustice After Genocide: The Expressive Theory of Punishment in Defense of Truth CommissionsProfessor John L. Crocker
2005Brian BurgessMoral Responsibility and Conscious Will: The Impact of Contemporary Research in Neuro-Physiology and Weak-Reason ResponsivenessProfessor Amy Allen
2005Eva VivaltWhat People Minimally Require: A Capabilities Approach With Applications in DevelopmentProfessor Susan Brison
2005Andrew VersteinBegging the Question and the Burden of ProofProfessor Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
2004Claire ChandlerThe Future of Idaho Wilderness: Applying John Broome's Ethical Theory to the Boulder and White Cloud Mountains Land Use DebateProfessor Julia Driver
2004Noah FlowerUnderstanding Character: Virtue Ethics and the Situationist ChallengeProfessor Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
2004Ognian KassabovPoetry in Plato's RepublicProfessor Christine Thomas
2004Sam ValverdeInterests and Desires in Peter Singer's EthicsProfessor Bernard Gert
2003Kristen A. JohnsonMorality: Not Just a MythProfessor Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
2003Sam MeansDefining Art Intentionally: Complex Intentionalism as a Definition of ArtworksProfessor Julia Driver
2003Michael Shaw PerryWittgenstein on Foundational PropositionsProfessor Sally Sedgwick
2003Esther Warshauer-BakerPatient Competence for Medical Decision Making: A Critique of Buchanan and BrockProfessor Bernard Gert
2003J. Jordyne WuFunctionalism vs. Dynamical Systems Theory: A Theoretical and Empirical Examination into Dueling Philosophies of the MindProfessor James Moor
2002Christopher R. MooreThe Emotion of Awe: An Evolutionary Psychology AccountProfessor Roy Sorenson
2002William WhitneyStich's Eliminative Materialism and Theories of ReferenceProfessor James Moor
2001Jay BregmanCode and Other Flaws of Cyberspace: A Philosophical Critique of Lawrence Lessig's Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace 
2001Jackson ChildsI Am, I Am, I Am: David Hume's Theory of Personal IdentityProfessor Sally Sedgwick
2001Taylor ClarkFacing Time's Scythe: Why Death is an Evil We Ought Not FearProfessor Julia Driver
2001Elizabeth D. KellerRealism and the Consistent Histories Interpretation of Quantum MechanicsProfessor Christine Thomas
2001Christopher La BarberaSame-Sex Marriage and the Right to Equal ProtectionProfessor Susan Brison
2001Jonathan O. MingleA Dream of our Language: Interpretations of Wittgenstein on "Private Language"Professor Bernard Gert
2001David W. SparrowThe Unreality of Color in ObjectsProfessor Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
2001Andrew B. WarrenThe Force of Thought, the Fold of the Outside: Aesthetic Existence in Foucault and DeleuzeProfessor Amy Allen
2000Daniel BushAbortion and Dworkin's Argument from Religion: Why is it Worth a Look and How it Stands UpProfessor Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
2000Matthew H. SlaterOn the Possibility of Worldly Vague IdentityProfessor Sam Levey
2000Karen Marie SoaresSpeaking Silence: Women's Voices in the Novels of William Faulkner 
1999Ryan Calo Professor Christine Thomas
1999Dan EpsteinA Philosophical Investigation into Intellectual PropertyProfessor James Moor
1999Seth GrahamThe Panoptic "Con": Foucault's Genealogy of Power and Critique of Bentham's Justification for PunishmentProfessor Amy Allen
1999Jennifer ParkinsonPunishmentProfessors Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Bernard Gert
1999Josh ZemelWould Plato Like the Beatles? An Essay on the Philosophy of MusicProfessor Sam Levey
1998Deidre d'EntremontFeminist Obscenities: Pornography, Choice, and Free SpeechProfessor Robert Fogelin
1998Jesse SweetCutting Hume's Mind in Half: A Bundle Approach to Split-Brain PatientsProfessor Ann Bumpus
1998Alexaner VogelPhilosophical Interpretations: Nietzsche and Derrida, Trouble with TruthProfessor Amy Allen
1997Penn DodsonPaternalistic Interference: Perspectives Based on the Philosophy of J. S. Mill and Applied to the 92-96 American Intervention in HaitiProfessor Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
1997Ted JonesDescriptions and Norms in Coherence Theories and ContextualismProfessor Robert Fogelin
1997Matthew WeissTo 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 ExistProfessor Bernard Gert