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    • A comprehensive study of anatta and its relative truth within Buddhism 

      Stout, Jerry (2006-12)
      Often-times we question how two rational, logical, and intelligent people can observe a scenario or argument and come away with varying degrees of belief. The question of personal identity is no different, the self maintains ...
    • A critique of Cohen's relational theory of color 

      Myers, Rachel (2007-05)
      Jonathan Cohen's relational theory of color defines color as a relation between an object, a subject and the viewing conditions. His theory overcomes color-physicalism's anthropocentric conclusion that only some human ...
    • A defense of expected utility theory 

      Yu, Boning; 0000-0003-1723-3663 (2019-08)
      This thesis defends expected utility theory against Lara Buchak’s challenges. First, it points out that Buchak’s arguments are not sufficient to defeat expected utility theory. Whether expected utility theory or Buchak’s ...
    • A place for moral theory in the argument from evil 

      Reed, Robert P (2012-08)
      Arguments from evil intend to prove that the existence of an all-powerful and morally-perfect being would preclude the existence of evil. Such arguments hold that the absence of evil is a necessary consequence of a ...
    • An underdetermination argument against underdetermination 

      Fakhri, Omar (2012-05)
      There is a collection of arguments in the philosophical literature that have a similar structure. These arguments are sometimes called ‘underdetermination arguments’. In this paper, I expose a problem with arguments of ...
    • Anti-realism, Van Fraassen, epistemology, and metaphysics 

      Kelberlau, Marissa A (Texas Tech University, 2003-08)
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    • Aristotle and the productive class: Did Aristotle argue in favor of education for all? 

      Hackworth, Deanna M (Texas Tech University, 2003-08)
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    • Black fire: In praise of the bad 

      Steinberg, Joshua D. (2020-05)
      In this essay I argue that the "guise of the good" thesis in practical reasoning is false. I then describe the common experience we have of desiring the bad and this being good. I then show how such an intuition is at home ...
    • Buddhist ethics as upāya 

      Nurhan, Handrio; 0000-0002-3269-4321 (2018-08)
      While there have been attempts at construing Buddhist ethics in terms of the familiar Western ethical theories, notably Utilitarianism and Virtue Ethics, none of them fully captures the complexity of Buddhist ethical ...
    • C.S. Peirce, mechanicalism, and music 

      Stewart, Arthur F. (1987-12)
    • Can morality be grounded in God? a defense of divine grounded ethics 

      Hoofard, Nathan Michael (2014-08)
      I argue that objective moral values and duties can be metaphysically grounded in God and that a form of divine nature theory in the tradition of William Alston accomplishes this task more cogently than competing manifestations ...
    • Color and after-image experiences 

      Carter, Eric Kevin (Texas Tech University, 2002-08)
      I criticize Boghossian and Velleman's argument that according to content-dispositionalism visual experiences present after-images as disposed to look colored under standard conditions and their argument that visual experiences ...
    • Complete radical skepticism 

      Fitzpatrick, Kevin (2007-05)
      Many contemporary philosophers believe that skeptical arguments are important as they reveal flaws in our reasoning, the removal of which helps us to fine tune 'good' epistemology. However, few, if any, seem to take the ...
    • Edmund Burke and the paradox of tragedy 

      Westfall, Douglas (2015-05)
      This paper examines Edmund Burke's response to the paradox of tragedy in his Inquiry and argues that it is not a desire to experience sympathy that motivates our desire to encounter the tragic but rather a desire for sublimity.
    • Electrical studies of metal-insulator-semiconductor structures 

      Lin, Fey (Texas Tech University, 1988-08)
      The capacitance-voltage(C-V) measurements at high frequency in metal-insulator-semiconductor ( MIS) structures provide important information about the interfacial parameters. The C-V characteristic measurements on MIS ...
    • Epistemicism and vagueness 

      Siavashi, Ehsan (2014-05)
      Gradable vague predicates such as “tall,” “expensive,” “bald” etc. have raised serious problems in the philosophy of language and logic. A basic problem is the Sorites Paradox, which in turn gives rise to some other semantic, ...
    • Face as an image of the city: An integrated approach toward city diagnosis 

      Wang, Juju Chin-Shou (1987-12)
      This dissertation presents an integrated approach to city diagnosis with the help of a computer-drawn human face. The facial image represents multi-dimensional observations of a city. Presented in this dissertation are a ...
    • Fictional characters 

      Lawson, Amy Rechelle (Texas Tech University, 1999-05)
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    • Genius and the origins of art in Kant's aesthetics 

      Silbernagel, A (2013-05)
      The account of artistic genius given by Immanuel Kant in the Critique of Judgment functions to explain how fine art is possible under Kant’s aesthetics. However, the cryptic quality of this account has led to its neglect ...
    • Hold the line: Plato on education, virtue, and language 

      de Bonilla, Joshua; 0000-0002-1150-4373 (2017-08)
      Although many have attempted to explain Plato’s divided line in terms of a one-world or two-world theory, through instantiated forms, resemblance, or bottom-up emerging paradigms, this thesis will explain the first three ...