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  • Transcendentalism without Idealism: An Essay on Kant and Wittgenstein 

    Nota, Simone (Trinity College Dublin. School of Social Sciences & Philosophy. Discipline of Philosophy, 2024)
    In this work, I compare Kant and Wittgenstein’s critical philosophies with respect to Transcendental Idealism, as a doctrine meant to “prove” the possibility of Metaphysics. My Central Question is: Is the early Wittgenstein ...
  • The Structure of Forms in Plato's Theory of Forms 

    Toth, Robert (Trinity College Dublin. School of Social Sciences & Philosophy. Discipline of Philosophy, 2023)
    The overall aim of this PhD dissertation is to consider and examine the relations between Forms in Plato?s theory of Forms. Undertaking this task does not require a full account of Plato?s theory of Forms, rather it requires ...
  • Hannah Arendt's Unwritten Theory of Political Judgment 

    Fazekas, Samantha (Trinity College Dublin. School of Social Sciences & Philosophy. Discipline of Philosophy, 2023)
    This project develops a new reading of Hannah Arendt’s interpretation of Immanuel Kant’s aesthetic reflective judgment. The aim of this project is to justify Arendt’s claim that she brings Kant’s unwritten political ...
  • A reliabilist-teleological account of Plato's theory of knowledge based on the Timaeus, the Republic and the Theaetetus 

    Jiao, Liming (Trinity College Dublin. School of Social Sciences & Philosophy. Discipline of Philosophy, 2023)
    Whether, in Plato's epistemology, the Forms can be grasped without using the inferior epistemic capacities, and whether the inferior epistemic capacities contribute to one's grasp of F-ness and the Form F - These are the ...
  • A Pragmatic Bishop: George Berkeley's Theory of Causation in De motu 

    Oda, Takaharu (Trinity College Dublin. School of Social Sciences & Philosophy. Discipline of Philosophy, 2022)
    In this doctoral thesis, I will argue that in his De motu (1721, 'On motion'), Bishop George Berkeley (c.1684-1753) develops a pragmatist theory of causation regarding mechanical theories outlined previously with Newtonianism. ...
  • Berkeley's Analyst: Rigour and Rhetoric 

    Moriarty, Clare (King's College London, 2018)
    Consider the following puzzle: in 1732, Berkeley published Alciphron, and with it a sweeping pragmatic vindication of concepts whose terms fail to represent clear ideas. In that pragmatic semantics, he uses mathematical ...
  • A deliberative account of causation: How the evidence of deliberating agents accounts for causation and its temporal direction 

    Fernandes, Alison (Columbia University, 2016)
    In my dissertation I develop and defend a deliberative account of causation: causal relations correspond to the evidential relations we use when we decide on one thing in order to achieve another. Tamsin’s taking her ...
  • Simple Bodies and Aristotle's Explanation of Change: De Caelo and De Generatione et Corruptione 

    Zhang, Jiayu (Trinity College Dublin. School of Social Sciences & Philosophy. Discipline of Philosophy, 2021)
    Why does Aristotle commit to the existence of simple bodies? Why does Aristotle conduct an investigation into simple bodies as part of his his natural philosophy? These are the two questions I want to focus on in this ...
  • Removing Rubbish and Laying Foundations: Berkeley's Solution to the Sceptical Problem 

    WEST, PETER (Trinity College Dublin. School of Social Sciences & Philosophy. Discipline of Philosophy, 2020)
    In this dissertation, I argue that while Berkeley can and should be characterised as an idealist, an immaterialist, and an anti-abstractionist, he is, above all, an anti-representationalist thinker. My contention is that ...
  • Abstract objects and semantics: An essay on prospects and problems with abstraction principles as a means of justifying reference to abstract objects 

    GNATEK, ZUZANNA (Trinity College Dublin. School of Social Sciences & Philosophy. Discipline of Philosophy, 2020)
    The aim of this thesis is to reconsider the role that abstraction principles play, for neo-Fregeans, in establishing reference to abstract objects, in a way that brings to light both their significance and ...
  • The Relation between the What-It-Is and the Why-It-Is in Aristotle's Posterior Analytics, On the Parts of Animals, and Metaphysics 

    GE, TIANQIN (Trinity College Dublin. School of Social Sciences & Philosophy. Discipline of Philosophy, 2020)
    In this dissertation, I wish to examine the relation between the what-it-is and the why-it-is in Aristotle’s three treatises. The main conclusions I will defend in this thesis can be formulated as follows. In the Posterior ...
  • Rorty On Religion 

    NUR, ABDULLAH SELMAN (Trinity College Dublin. School of Social Sciences & Philosophy. Discipline of Philosophy, 2020)
    This thesis aims to explore Rorty's pragmatic approach to religion and critically engage with it. In the core of this approach lies his distinction between private and public projects, and his plea for the privatization ...
  • Kant, Cantor, and the unconditioned 

    Zamora, Damián Bravo (Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Philosophy Department, 2012)
    In this thesis I inquire into the possible connections between the philosophical problem that Immanuel Kant called the First Antinomy of Pure Reason and some of the paradoxes that were discovered in set theory in the second ...
  • 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, ...
  • Kant on the possibility of action from duty but not in accordance with duty 

    Urich, Georg (Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Philosophy Department, 2010)
    The central theme of this study is a curious and controversial feature of Kant's account of acting from duty in the Groundwork:, his apparent omission of the possibility of action from duty but not in accordance with duty.
  • Wittgenstein and scepticism about meaning and rule-following : a Kripkean reading 

    McNally, Thomas (Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Philosophy Department, 2011)
    In this thesis, I propose a defence of Saul Kripke's interpretation of Wittgenstein's later discussion of meaning and rule-following. The most striking feature of Kripke's Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language (WRPL) ...
  • 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 ...
  • Substantial priority : an essay in fundamental mereology 

    Inman, Ross (Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Philosophy Department, 2013)
    Philosophical inquiry concerning the relationship between wholes and their parts (mereology) has occupied center stage in some of the most fruitful periods in the Western philosophical tradition. With the recent resurgence ...
  • Relativism about truth : a critique 

    Hamilton, Richard (Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Philosophy Department, 2012)
    This thesis examines John MacFarlane's attempt to make sense of relative truth, but concludes by rejecting the coherence of such an attempt, on the grounds that it fails to adequately address a problem that was posed by ...
  • Radical minimalism and the possibility of a context-free semantics 

    Grant, Robert (Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Philosophy Department, 2012)
    This thesis explores the nature of the distinction between two types of meaningful content associated with human language: context-free linguistic content and pragmatically enriched communicated content.

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