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  • Freud's psychoanalysis of religion 

    Garvey, Brian P. (Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Philosophy Department, 2000)
    Freud was part of a long tradition of non-believers who offered a story about how religions originated. Notable works in this tradition include Hume's The Natural History of Religion and Feuerbach's The Essence of Christianity. ...
  • Language, displacement and censorship : a philosophical analysis of Sigmund Freud's common-sense method of dream-interpretation 

    McLoughlin, Joseph Henry (Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Philosophy Department, 2002)
    This thesis is a contribution to the tradition in philosophy of psychoanalysis in analytic philosophy of viewing Sigmund Freud's method of interpretation as an extension of common-sense psychology. The thesis addresses the ...
  • Weakness of will and practical reason 

    Halley, Karina M. (Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Philosophy Department, 2004)
    This thesis argues that a correct understanding of weakness of will (that is, freely failing to act as one thinks one has most reason to act) is crucial to a correct understanding of practical reason. Central to a theory ...
  • Anscombe's philosophy of action and its origins 

    Meagher, Terence (Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Philosophy Department, 2006)
    G. E. M. Anscombe's work is seminal to action theory. Her major work in this area, Intention, first published in 1957, has been very influential in shaping the modern debate on issues such as the nature of action, the ...
  • On the disunity of the sciences and Ceteris Paribus laws 

    Tobin, Emma (Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Philosophy Department, 2006)
    This thesis examines the claim that the sciences are disunified. Chapter 1 outlines and introduces different accounts of the stratification of the sciences in the literature, in particular, Unificationism, Disunificationism, ...
  • Quine between Russell's extreme realism and Carnap's extreme relativism : a coherent alternative? 

    Forde, Alan (Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Philosophy Department, 2006)
    In the philosophical literature of the past century few if any philosophers present a greater wealth of ideas or pose more important problems than W. V. Quine. In spite of the diversity of his contributions to philosophy, ...
  • Vectors and Beyond: Geometric Algebra and its Philosophical Significance 

    SIMONS, PETER (2009)
    An account of the history and recent revival of geometric algebra (first invented in the 19th century but later sidelined by vector theory), together with reflections on its importance for the philosophy of mathematics.
  • Idealist philosophy of space : Kant's criticism of Berkeley 

    Storrie, Stefan (Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Philosophy Department, 2009)
    In this thesis I have argued that Kant and Berkeley both took our experience of things in space to be real and veridical. Further, and what I take to be the most striking conclusion from this thesis, is that in fact these ...
  • Conscience - an essay in moral psychology 

    The ultimate aim of this essay is to suggest that conscience is a very important part of human psychology and of our moral point of view, not something that can be dismissed as merely `a part of Christian theology?. The ...
  • A world of modal states of affairs: an account of the metaphysics of De Re modality 

    Kelly, James (Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Philosophy Department, 2009)
  • Why there are no states of affairs 

    SIMONS, PETER (Ontos, 2009)
    A state of affairs, such as that John loves Mary or that Gordon Brown is Scottish, is an entity which in some way corresponds to a true sentence, belief or judgement. Its correspondence is indicated by its being standardly ...
  • Whitehead: Process and Cosmology 

    SIMONS, PETER (Routledge, 2009)
    Alfred North Whitehead (1861?1947) occupies a remarkable position in twentieth century philosophy. Though he co-authored the seminal Principia mathematica with his former student Bertrand Russell, and later supervised ...
  • A Short Glossary of Metaphysics 

    SIMONS, PETER (Routledge, 2009)
    NOTE: Many of the words in this glossary have everyday meanings which are different from these. We give only the more specialized philosophical meanings. JOHNSONIAN HEALTH WARNING: like all glossaries and dictionaries, ...
  • Formalism 

    SIMONS, PETER (Elsevier, 2009)
    Formalism is a philosophical theory of the foundations of mathematics that had a spectacular but brief heyday in the 1920s. After a long preparation in the work of several mathematicians and philosophers, it was brought ...
  • Ontic Generation: Getting Everything from the Basics 

    SIMONS, PETER (Ontos, 2009)
    Properly executed, metaphysics consists in part of painstaking ontological detail and in part of grand systematic speculation. The distinction between these two aspects is not new: it is inspired by Wolff?s distinction ...
  • Twardowski on Truth 

    SIMONS, PETER (The Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication, 2009)
    Of those students of Franz Brentano who went on to become professional philosophers, Kazimierz Twardowski (1866-1938) is much less well-known than his older contemporaries Edmund Husserl and Alexius Meinong. Yet in terms ...
  • The Schreber case : towards a philosophical construction of madness 

    Lees, Lorna (Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Philosophy Department, 2009)
    Daniel Paul Schreber, lawyer and judge, is better known as a "psychiatric patient par excellence". Schreber's case is also interesting in terms of the debate as to what constitutes health and what, disease. The three main ...
  • Kant's realism. An investigation into the essential interdependence of the formal and material conditions for the possibility of empirical knowledge in Kant's epistemology 

    Weltecke, Manfred Karl (Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Philosophy Department, 2009)
    My central claim in this dissertation is that in Kant's epistemology (1) the conditions for the possibility of empirical knowledge (CPEK) comprise not only formal but also material conditions, i.e. CPEK = FCPK and MCPK, ...
  • Supernumeration: Vagueness and Numbers 

    SIMONS, PETER (Oxford University Press, 2010)
    After reviewing the principal and well-known defects of fuzzy logic this paper proposes to use numerical values in conjunction with a supervaluational approach to vagueness. The two principal ideas are degrees of candidature ...
  • Why Categories Matter: Grossmann and Beyond 

    SIMONS, PETER (Ontos, 2010)
    My copy of Reinhardt Grossmann?s The Categorial Structure of the World (CSW) contains the affectionate inscription ?To the Three Musketeers! With best wishes for their future adventures! R.G.? The other two musketeers ...