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  • Akrasia: Plato and the limits of Education? 

    SHANAHAN, COLM (Trinity College Dublin. School of Social Sciences & Philosophy. Discipline of Philosophy, 2018)
    In this dissertation I shall argue for the following main claim: (1a) the motivational neutrality of reason. I will show that this concept reveals that, for Plato, (1b) reason is itself a necessary condition of the possibility ...
  • Ideas, relations, and signs : 'intuition' and 'symbolic substitution'in Berkeley's theory of knowledge of nature 

    Nakano, Yasuaki (Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Philosophy Department, 2014)
    The chief aim of this thesis is to develop an interpretation of Berkeley's theory of knowledge of nature through clarification of two prominent motifs which underlie it 'intuition' and 'symbolic substitution'. I regard ...
  • Chomsky Quine and naturalistic philosophy 

    King, David (Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Philosophy Department, 2015)
    [Exerpt from Introduction, page 6] I will argue that while Chomsky's claims about language acquisition have been tested over the last fifty years and have not all stood up to critical scrutiny, Quine's views have not been ...
  • The argumentative unity of Plato's Parmenides 

    Horan, David (Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Philosophy Department, 2014)
    The purpose of this thesis is to make the case that Plato's dialogue Parmenides constitutes an argumentative unity whereby certain philosophic difficulties presented in the first part of the dialogue are resolved by the ...
  • Falsificationism and Theory Adjudication : a critical rationalist critique of justificationist theories of science 

    Clarke, Steven William (Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Philosophy Department, 2014)
    My aim in this thesis is to present a critique of the currently dominant approach to this problem, the broad-ranging epistemological position described herein as "justificationism." This critique of justificationism—the ...

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