Browsing Theses & Dissertations by Thesis (Discipline) "Philosophy"

Browsing Theses & Dissertations by Thesis (Discipline) "Philosophy"

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  • Léger, James Patrick, 1949- (Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University, 1980)
    This dissertation examines B. A. O. Williams' recent attack on utilitarianism. It begins by making it clear just what sort of ethical theory utilitarianism is. Dis­tinguishing between descriptive, normative, and ...

  • Wood, Robert James (Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University, 2008)
    The Chinese Room Argument is a reductio ad absurdem argument, intended to show that a contradiction follows from the principles of the theory of computer functionalism. If a contradiction follows from these principles, ...

  • Tisseverasinghe, Therese (Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University, 2008)
    In this thesis, I propose a solution to the apparent incompatibility between Aristotle's account of virtuous friendship and his idea of the contemplative life in the Nicomachean Ethics. In the first chapter, I outline the ...

  • Woodburn, Eric R. (Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University, 1993)
    The author has embarked on an investigation of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitivism. The focus is directed at AI's attempt to implement a program to endow a computer with intelligence. However, this endeavor may have ...

  • Fogarty, Alyssia (Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University, 2015)
    This thesis focuses on defending the conceptual distinction between evil persons and irredeemable monsters. I argue that applying the comparative methodology to borderline cases can make sense of the intuition that evil ...

  • Lidstone, Faye (Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University, 2005)
    The standard view of people who get Alzheimer's disease is that, while remaining the same person throughout the progression of the disease, they gradually lose their autonomy (and only cease to be the same person when they ...

  • Heller, Marc C. (Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University, 2016)
    The purpose of this thesis is to critically examine the educational consequences of the corporatization of the university. Consideration will be given to the following questions: What is the impact of the corporatized ...

  • Wanjohi, G. J. (Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University, 1967)
    The aim of this study is to examine that portion of the philosophical doctrine of René Descartes containing his reaction to and alternative for the traditional theory of human knowing which shall be called the “Correspondence ...

  • Warren, Shawn Patrick (Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University, 1996)
    This thesis is a critical examination of the arguments found in Chapter Five of Stephen P. Stich's book, The Fragmentation of Reason. Generally speaking, Stich's books is designed to deconstruct some significant aspects ...

  • Grandy, Corey Leroy Alexander (Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University, 2018)
    This thesis focuses on defending the claim that contemporary philosophy deals inadequately with issues of public concern. Beginning with an Aristotelian distinction between dialectical and rhetorical argument, I argue that ...

  • Makan, Ikranrin (Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University, 2019)
    My aim is to show that if the privation theory of evil is true, then at any moment in which there is actual evil in the world necessarily there exists a thing whose essence is identical to its existence, namely, Existence ...

  • Cormier, Wayne W. J. (Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University, 1977)
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  • Smith, Gary (Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University, 2002)
    It is my objective, in this thesis, to present an imagined process by which the human species could have come to objectively value certain forms of moral principles from the ground of subjective self interest and thereby ...

  • Green, James Emerson (Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University, 1994)
    This paper is an argument for euthanasia that is developed around the Sue Rodriguez case which was recently before the Supreme Court of Canada. In the first chapter, an analysis of both the majority and the dissenting ...

  • Moran, Peter D. (Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University, 1970)
    The purpose of this thesis is twofold. First, I want to discover what Aristotle’s position is with respect to the reality of proper sensibles. That is to say, I want to show whether or not Aristotle regards the proper ...

  • Bulger, David M. (Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University, 1967)
    Abstract unavailable.

  • Trainor-McKinnon, Joseph Daniel (Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University, 2018)
    In The Resurrection of the Author, Daniel Trainor-McKinnon supports a form of intentionalism by arguing that intentions and meaning are metaphysically separate from artworks. This form of intentionalism is what he calls ...

  • Perry, Lauren Colleen (Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary’s University, 2018)
    The Cambridge Platonist Anne Conway, in her only treatise, The Principles of the Most Ancient and Modern Philosophy, articulates a complex metaphysical system, partly formed as an alternative to the mechanistic philosophy ...

  • Rodwell, Douglas Henry (Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University, 1964)
    Abstract unavailable.

  • Veinotte, Amy M.,1980- (Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University, 2004)
    This thesis explicates and evaluates the Coalescent Model of argumentation, as advanced by Michael A. Gilbert. The Coalescent Model represents a conception of argument which subscribes to the view that argument is a human ...