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    • The Role of Concrete Models in the Revolution in Superconductivity 

      Chattoraj, Ananya (University of Waterloo, 2015-10-13)
      The distinction between the abstract and the concrete is useful in understanding the way in which theories relate to phenomenon, respectively, or vice versa. The connection between theory and the actual workings of ...
    • Semiosis and the Crisis of Meaning: Continuity and Play in Peirce and Derrida 

      Metzger, Scott (University of Waterloo, 2019-09-17)
      Semiosis and the Crisis of Meaning addresses the difference between continuity and play in Charles Peirce’s and Jacques Derrida’s theory of signs. The main aim is to offer a reply to Derrida’s reading of Peirce in Of ...
    • The Sense of Self and Sensorimotor Functions 

      Schettler, AubrieAnn (University of Waterloo, 2018-03-28)
      This thesis investigates whether biological sex and motor function have a role in the visual representation of the self. The principal contribution is a new virtual reality experiment that systematically varied an avatar’s ...
    • Sentimentalism, Affective Response, and the Justification of Normative Moral Judgments 

      Menken, Kyle (University of Waterloo, 2006)
      Sentimentalism as an ethical view makes a particular claim about moral judgment: to judge that something is right/wrong is to have a sentiment/emotion of approbation/disapprobation, or some kind of positive/negative feeling, ...
    • Sex, Dementia, and Consent 

      Bianchi, Andria (University of Waterloo, 2018-08-01)
      Sex and dementia is becoming an increasingly important topic in applied ethics. By the year 2030, more than 74.7 million people are expected to be diagnosed with dementia worldwide; many of these people may want to engage ...
    • Show me the numbers: a quantitative portrait of the attitudes, experiences, and values of philosophers of science regarding broadly engaged work 

      Plaisance, Kathryn S.; Graham, Alexander V.; McLevey, John; Michaud, Jay (Springer, 2019-09-23)
      Philosophers of science are increasingly arguing for the importance of doing scientifically- and socially-engaged work, suggesting that we need to reduce barriers to extra-disciplinary engagement and broaden our impact. ...
    • Simone de Beauvoir and The Problem of The Other's Consciousness: Risk, Responsibility and Recognition 

      O'Brien, Wendy (University of Waterloo, 2013-05-23)
      In an interview with Jessica Benjamin and Margaret Simons in 1979, Simone de Beauvoir identified the problem that had preoccupied her across her lifetime, that is, “her” problem, as the problem of the “the consciousness ...
    • Skeptics and Unruly Connectives: A Defence of and Amendment to the Non-Factualist Justification of Logic 

      Oxton, Oliver (University of Waterloo, 2018-10-04)
      This thesis attempts to positively solve three problems in the foundations of logic. If logical connectives are defined by their introduction and elimination rules, then how might one prohibit the construction of dysfunctional ...
    • The Social Dimension of the Self: Self-formation as Revealed by Depersonalization 

      Winther, Alexander (University of Waterloo, 2010-09-30)
      In this thesis I investigate the social and cultural dimensions of the self through an examination of the psychiatric disorder of depersonalization. Specifically, I apply Thagard's Multilevel Interacting Mechanisms framework ...
    • A Social-Pluralistic View of Science Advising 

      Freier, Blake (University of Waterloo, 2023-05-30)
      In this dissertation, I bring together two disciplines: Science, Technology, and Society studies and the Philosophy of Science, to develop a social-pluralistic account of science advising. I use three prominent theorists ...
    • Speaking of 'Violence' 

      Kenyon, Madeleine (University of Waterloo, 2022-08-18)
      In this project, I engineer a new concept, which I call a “violence figleaf”, in order to make sense of the many instances of gendered violence which are dismissed or characterized as some other kind of thing: a misunderstanding, ...
    • Spectrum Epistemology: The BonJour - Goldman Debate 

      Morgan, Andrew (University of Waterloo, 2009-02-04)
      Socrates teaches in the Meno that in order for a belief to be justified, an appropriate relation must ‘tie down’ the belief to its (apparent) truth. Alvin Goldman’s position of externalism holds that for a belief to be ...
    • A Study of the Discursive Aspect of Scientific Theorizing and Modeling 

      McEwan, Micheal Joseph (University of Waterloo, 2014-09-26)
      My dissertation contributes to the study of scientific theories and models by using a speech-act-theoretic framework to investigate the discursive aspect of theorizing and modeling practices. In the philosophical study of ...
    • Supporting Palliative Care in a Post-Carter World 

      O'Donnell, Caitlin (University of Waterloo, 2020-12-15)
      Traditionally, most Palliative Care physicians have adhered to the World Health Organization’s definition of Palliative Care, according to which it “intends neither to hasten nor postpone death.” The 2016 legalization of ...
    • The Techno-Inclusive Model of Disability: Motivations, Influences, and Applications 

      Sargent, Samantha Lynne (University of Waterloo, 2022-08-03)
      In this thesis, I advance a techno-inclusive model of disability. I motivate the need for a techno-inclusive model by looking at the current state of affairs for both assistive technology and disability theory respectively. ...
    • Thinking the Impossible: Counterfactual Conditionals, Impossible Cases, and Thought Experiments 

      Dohutia, Poonam (University of Waterloo, 2009-01-22)
      In this thesis I present an account of the formal semantics of counterfactuals that systematically deals with impossible antecedents. This, in turn, allows us to gain a richer understanding of what makes certain thought ...
    • Too Many Logoi: The Role of Logoi Within Proclus' System 

      Paolini, Lucas (University of Waterloo, 2023-08-25)
      The purpose of the present study is to understand the role of logoi within Proclus’ metaphysical system. Much of the scholarship on Proclus has largely left the topic of logoi to the side, leaving the understanding of the ...
    • Toward the Interested Investigator: Examining the Epistemic Dimensions of Relational Theory in Zoology 

      Anderson, Hannah Elise (University of Waterloo, 2023-08-28)
      I argue in this thesis that a research approach that is based on a meaningful relationship between a zoologist and their study subject holds unique epistemic value. It has been well established by feminist and social ...
    • Towards a Cyber Jus ad Bellum: Bridging Legal Gaps within Cyberwar Governance 

      Lukaszczyk, Artur (University of Waterloo, 2022-11-24)
      While the capabilities of cyberweapons surge forward, our ability to effectively evaluate and govern their deployment has lagged behind. There are presently no internationally binding laws of cyberwar. In their absence, ...
    • Transplantation and the Nature of the Immune Self 

      Prasad, G V Ramesh (University of Waterloo, 2014-09-02)
      There are many theories regarding the nature of the immune self. However, existing theories have not accounted for the clinical experience of transplantation. Kidney transplantation provides a unique opportunity to examine ...


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