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    • Deception in Data Visualization 

      Adams, Kyle Kenneth James (University of Waterloo, 2022-08-30)
      In recent years, there has been a great deal of public discussion of misleading graphs and statistics, but this phenomenon seems to have fallen outside the scope of philosophical analysis. The philosophy of language has ...
    • A Defense of Semantic Conventionalism 

      Davies, Nancy (University of Waterloo, 2007-09-26)
      The purpose of this dissertation is to argue that semantic conventionalism of a, more or less, Dummettian variety is unjustly neglected in contemporary philosophy. The strategy for arguing this is to make a conjecture ...
    • A Defense of the Public Health-Quarantine Model of Punishment in Light of Obligations of the State to the Wrongdoer 

      Bohner, Eric Nicholas (University of Waterloo, 2017-02-22)
      Punishment is traditionally justified retributively or consequentially; that is, with respect to the desert of the wrongdoer or the positive consequences of the punishment. State-sanctioned punishment (the kind of punishment ...
    • The Depiction of Unwritten Law 

      Nelson, Benjamin (University of Waterloo, 2016-12-14)
      Even though tacit legal norms are deeply important to our past, present, and future, the very idea of unwritten law has been difficult to pin down, and problematic in a range of ways. Existing discussions of the phenomenon ...
    • Disciplinary Inequality, Collective Agency, and Interprofessional Collaboration in Health Care 

      Morrison, Kathryn (University of Waterloo, 2015-10-05)
      In this thesis, I apply collective responsibility theory to the problem of health care inequality between physicians and nurses. This analysis is conducted in the context of physician-nurse interprofessional collaboration ...
    • Do Birds Have a Theory of Mind? 

      Keefner, Ashley (University of Waterloo, 2013-10-04)
      It is well known that humans are able to represent the mental states of others. This ability is commonly thought to be unique to humans. However, recent studies on the food caching, gift giving, and cooperative behaviours ...
    • Does Knowledge Entail Belief? 

      Park, YeounJun (University of Waterloo, 2019-04-05)
      In contemporary epistemology, it is a widely shared assumption that knowledge entails belief: as a matter of conceptual necessity, if one knows that P, then one believes that P. This is known as the epistemic entailment ...
    • A Dynamic Account of the Structure of Concepts 

      Blouw, Peter (University of Waterloo, 2011-08-31)
      Concepts are widely agreed to be the basic constituents of thought. Amongst philosophers and psychologists, however, the question of how concepts are structured has been a longstanding problem and a locus of disagreement. ...
    • Education in the 21st Century: Human Rights and Individual Actions 

      Lee, Sharon Elizabeth (University of Waterloo, 2008-01-09)
      This dissertation has three goals. The first goal is to outline how twentieth century advocates qualify education as a human right. The second goal is to offer an integrative account which argues that, to defend a right ...
    • The Emergence of a New Human Superorganism After Organ Transplantation 

      Prasad, G V Ramesh (University of Waterloo, 2017-08-30)
      The biological human being is an emergent human superorganism consisting of the human organism physiologically integrated with other organisms. The persistence of a superorganism in space and time requires communication ...
    • The Emergence of Life(?) 

      Munroe, Zachary (University of Waterloo, 2009-10-02)
      While emergentism is a frequently debated and contentious topic in some areas of philosophy, it is not discussed as often in the sciences. Where it does appear in scientific literature, it is usually a weak formulation ...
    • Ending the Stigma: How a Causal Deterministic View of Free Will Can Inform Both Healthy and Pathological Cognitive Function and Increase Compassion 

      Balaita, Cristina (University of Waterloo, 2014-06-24)
      Depression is the leading cause of disability around the world, and in Canada, 8% of adults will experience depression in their lifetimes. Nearly half of those with depression will not seek treatment, one of the major ...
    • The Episodic Nature of "Blessedness" in Spinoza's Ethics 

      Griem, Dennis (University of Waterloo, 2008-09-26)
      The final chapter of Spinoza’s Ethics has elicited numerous interpretations, and in this work, I discuss Jonathan Bennett’s and Harry Wolfson’s. Bennett claims that the doctrine of blessedness is unintelligible, while ...
    • Ethical Leadership for Machiavellians in Business 

      Lam, Vanessa (University of Waterloo, 2016-10-13)
      Despite some progress in instilling ethics into business practice, businesses continue to make decisions that result in incredible harms to people and the environment around the world. Academics, the public, and the media ...
    • Ethical Pluralism and Informed Consent in Canadian Health Care: Exploring Accommodations and Limitations 

      Hershey, Samantha (University of Waterloo, 2017-09-26)
      Vibrant and evolving diversity has become an integral part of Canadian identity. Communities are experiencing an enrichment of new ideas, and unique opportunities to learn about those with whom we share the world. At the ...
    • The Ethics of Deception in Caregiving: A Patient-Centered Approach 

      Abdool, Rosalind (University of Waterloo, 2015-08-24)
      Deception is a central issue in bioethics. This emerges most clearly when considering ways of assisting individuals who are incapable of making their own decisions. Deception can be defined as purposefully misleading another ...
    • The Ethics of Nuclear Waste in Canada: Risks, Harms and Unfairness. 

      Wilding, Ethan (University of Waterloo, 2010-04-30)
      The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) --- the crown corporation responsible for the long-term storage of nuclear fuel waste in Canada --- seeks to bury our nuclear fuel waste deep in the Canadian Shield, with ...
    • Evaluation and Value Management in Science 

      Silk, Matthew (University of Waterloo, 2018-12-17)
      The nature of values has been an ongoing topic of discussion in philosophy, particularly in ethics. However, as the issue of how values should play a role in science has become more prominent, the discussion has not always ...
    • Everything Is Going to Be Okay, Right? Kindness, Compassion, and the Moral Permissibility of Self-Deception 

      Heffernan, Christine (University of Waterloo, 2012-09-28)
      Most people seem to have the intuition that self-deception is always and obviously wrong. In this thesis, I make the case that under certain circumstances, self-deception can actually do a great deal of good and ought to ...
    • The Evolution of Reason 

      Abdallah, Sajad (University of Waterloo, 2017-01-17)
      Aristotle’s metaphysics bridges the gap between mind and nature explaining how their relationship constitutes development in life. Charles Sanders Peirce’s objective idealism similarly aims to investigate how the principles ...

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