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    • Naturalizing Moral Judgment 

      Pecoskie, Theresa K. (University of Waterloo, 2006-12-18)
      Philosophers have traditionally attempted to solve metaethical disputes about the nature of moral judgment through reasoned argument alone. Empirical evidence about how we do make moral judgments is often overlooked in ...
    • The Nature of Pluralism in Economics: A Case Study of the Gender Wage Gap 

      Kraushaar, Alexandra (University of Waterloo, 2015-10-02)
      Understanding and measuring a socially relevant and complex phenomenon like the gender wage gap requires a thorough understanding of the causal factors arising in the real world. This thesis investigates the Marxist and ...
    • Occurrent Contractarianism: A Preference-Based Ethical Theory 

      Murray, Malcolm (University of Waterloo, 1995)
      There is a problem within contractarian ethics that I wish to resolve. It concerns individualpreferences. Contractarianism holds that morality, properly conceived, can satisfy individualpreferences and interests better ...
    • ON BRANDS | An Investigation into the Nature of Consumer Brands | Are they real or constructed? 

      Liebig, Christine (University of Waterloo, 2014-10-08)
      This thesis investigates the nature of consumer brands in the context of the contemporary realism debate. It comprises three chapters. The first chapter introduces the what, the why and the how of brands, to wit: I describe ...
    • Pathways of Influence: Understanding the Impacts of Philosophy of Science in Scientific Domains 

      Plaisance, Kathryn S.; Michaud, Jay; McLevey, John (Springer, 2021-03-22)
      Philosophy of science has the potential to improve scientific practice, science policy, and science education; moreover, recent research indicates that many philosophers of science think we ought to increase the broader ...
    • The Phenomenological Origins of Property 

      Riaz, Haider (University of Waterloo, 2018-09-26)
      This thesis delineates the phenomenological basis of ownership and property. The phenomenological theory of property has three main elements: the minimal self, the relationship between the sense of agency and the sense of ...

      Munro, Bradley (University of Waterloo, 2016-02-02)
      The philosophical significance of Quine's D-thesis is considered. The D-thesis - "Any statement can be held true come what may, if we make drastic enough adjustments elsewhere in the system? (W.V.0. Quine, From a Logical ...
    • The Philosophy of Behavioral Biology 

      Reydon, Thomas; Plaisance, Kathryn S. (Springer, 2012)
      This volume offers a broad overview of central issues in the philosophy of behavioral biology, addressing philosophical issues that arise from the most recent scientific findings in biological research on behavior. It thus ...
    • The Philosophy of Bioinformatics 

      Mikhael, Joseph (University of Waterloo, 2007-01-22)
      The development of bioinformatics as an influential biological field should interest philosophers of biology and philosophers of science in general. Bioinformatics contributes significantly to the development of biological ...
    • A Pluralistic Approach to Interactional Expertise 

      Plaisance, Kathryn S.; Kennedy, Eric B. (Elsevier, 2014-09)
      The concept of interactional expertise – characterized by sociologists Harry Collins and Robert Evans as the ability to speak the language of a discipline without the corresponding ability to practice – can serve as a ...
    • Politics, Principles and Pluralism: On why liberalism must be inconsistent if correct 

      Holukoff, Kurt (University of Waterloo, 2014-10-24)
      In this dissertation, the author argues that constructivist foundations of political liberalism require a rarely recognized sort of pluralism—not only the familiar pluralism between ideas about how we ought to live that ...
    • Practical Reasoning and Rationality 

      Shehan, Michael (University of Waterloo, 2009-04-30)
      Theories of practical reasoning and rationality have been expounded at least as far back as the Greeks. Beginning with several historical perspectives, I attempt to answer the descriptive and normative questions of practical ...
    • The Pregnant Self 

      Sherwood, Rosilee (University of Waterloo, 2009-10-02)
      Pregnancy, a human phenomenon experienced throughout the world and throughout history, has been largely ignored by the philosophical community. A preference for the abnormal and the extraordinary has left this common yet ...
    • A Preservationist Approach to Relevant Logic 

      Ferenz, Nicholas (University of Waterloo, 2014-08-29)
      The semantics I develop extend an approach to logic called preservationism. The preservationist approach to logic interprets non-classical consequence relations as preserving something other than truth. I specifically ...
    • Private Property Rights: An Indispensable Moral Foundation of Society 

      Ogunshola, Ayokunle (University of Waterloo, 2014-09-05)
      The philosophic justifications of private property reach back to the ancient world. Aristotle regarded secure possessions as necessary for successful social functioning, and Cicero understood government’s function to be ...
    • Professional Ethics for Economists: A Reflection on DeMartino's Oath 

      Wass, Chris (University of Waterloo, 2024-02-16)
      Economists and the discipline of economics occupy positions of immense institutional and intellectual authority in the world today. Decisions made based on the advice and expertise of economists influence the lives of ...
    • Psychological and Phenomenological Perspectives on the Hard Problem of Consciousness 

      Simard, Jonathan (University of Waterloo, 2017-01-19)
      In reexamining the hard problem of consciousness through the history of the concept of mind, I argue that psychologists, cognitive scientists, and analytic philosophers of mind should return to the first-person perspective ...
    • Quantum Field Theory: Motivating the Axiom of Microcausality 

      Wright, Jessey (University of Waterloo, 2012-09-19)
      Axiomatic quantum field theory is one approach to the project of merging the special theory of relativity with that of ordinary quantum mechanics. The project begins with the postulation of a set of axioms. Axioms should ...
    • Rationality and Group Decision-Making in Practical Healthcare 

      Heffernan, Courtney (University of Waterloo, 2006)
      In this paper, a view of non-compliance in practical healthcare is provided that identifies certain non-compliant behaviours as rational. This view of rational non-compliance is used to update a current form of doctor ...
    • A Realist Critique of Structural Empiricism 

      Shubert, Brad (University of Waterloo, 2009-11-04)
      In his latest work, Scientific Representation: Paradoxes of Perspective, Bas van Fraassen has argued for a position he describes as empiricist structuralism. This position embraces a structuralist view of science which ...


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