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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 ...
  • Berkeley's Gland Tour into Speculative Fiction Part 2: Margaret Cavendish and Berkeley's Attitudes Towards Women 

    Moriarty, Clare (2023)
    In Part 1, we explored how Berkeley drew from Homeric literature and used literary techniques such as satire to challenge his “freethinking” philosophical opponents in “The Pineal Gland” story published in The Guardian in ...
  • Berkeley's Gland Tour into Speculative Fiction Part 1: Homer, Descartes and Pope 

    Moriarty, Clare (2023)
    Berkeley is best known for his immaterialism and the texts that extol it—the Principles of Human Knowledge and Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous. He made his case by treatise, then by dialogue, and this tendency ...
  • Self-Ownership and the Duty to Assist 

    Spafford, Jesse (2022)
    Libertarians are attracted to the self-ownership thesis because it seems to satisfy four important theoretical desiderata. First, the thesis treats all persons equally by assigning them the same initial set of rights. ...
  • How to Explain the Direction of Time 

    Fernandes, Alison (2022)
    Reichenbach explains temporally asymmetric phenomena by appeal to entropy and ‘branch structure’. He explains why the entropic gradients of isolated subsystems are oriented towards the future and not the past, and why we ...
  • Ructions over Fluxions 

    Moriarty, Clare (2022)
    Following the publication of Berkeley's caustic critique of calculus, The Analyst (1734), numerous figures in the scientific world responded to the text's allegations of rigour violations and a culture of mathematics-laced ...
  • Freedom's Values: the Good and the Right 

    Intropi, Pietro (2022)
    How is freedom valuable? And how should we go about defining freedom? In this essay, I discuss a distinction between two general ways of valuing freedom: one appeals to the good (e.g., to freedom's contribution to well-being); ...
  • 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. ...
  • Review of: Billy Christmas: Property and Justice. A Liberal Theory of Natural Rights. New York: Routledge, 2021 

    Intropi, Pietro (2022)
    In this book Billy Christmas advances an interpretation of justice grounded in a distinctive theory of property. Christmas’ account of property is at the same time pluralistic – it justifies various forms of property of ...
  • "Tint and Form": The Geometric Philosophy Underlying Oliver Byrne's Elements 

    Moriarty, Clare (2022)
    Oliver Byrne published his ground-breaking and visually remarkable edition of Euclid’s Elements in 1847. The book is extraordinary: its pages are adorned with generous four-colour diagrams, illustrations and grids, and ...
  • What message are we sending bottle-feeding families when we place formula in the same retail category as cigarettes? 

    Moriarty, Clare (Image Magazine, 2021)
    I have a powerful memory of first reflecting on Irish breastfeeding politics. I was 20 and visiting a then- new American coffee chain that had arrived on my local main street. Amid trying to figure out which series of ...
  • 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 ...
  • Reciprocal Libertarianism 

    Intropi, Pietro (2022)
    Reciprocal libertarianism is a version of left-wing libertarianism that combines self-ownership with an egalitarian distribution of resources according to reciprocity. In this paper I show that reciprocal libertarianism ...
  • Moralised Definitions of Freedom, Autonomy, and the Personal Value of Opportunities to Perform Morally Impermissible Actions 

    Intropi, Pietro (2021)
    Are the opportunities to perform morally impermissible actions valuable? And, if so, has their value any role to play in normative arguments? In this essay I examine the personal value of opportunities to perform morally ...
  • Shameless luck egalitarians 

    Preda, Adina (2022)
    A recurring concern about luck egalitarianism is that its implementation would make some individuals, in particular those who lack marketable talents, experience shame. This, the objection goes, undermines individuals’ ...
  • Explanation, Justification, and Egalitarianism 

    Spafford, Jesse (2021)
    This paper argues that the philosophy of explanation can help inform core debates in value theory. Specifically, it argues that there is a consistent parallelism between the properties of explanation and the properties of ...

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