The full text of Senior Independent Study Theses submitted during and after 2012 are available to download only by College of Wooster users. Unless listed as an exemplar, all other theses are restricted.

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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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Infinity & Beyond: Logicism and the Continuum Hypothesis, Tom Ames
Department: Mathematics; Philosophy

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Authorship, Utterance, and Meaning, Warner S. Brownfield
Department: English; Philosophy

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The Groundwork for Food Criticism: How Normative Aesthetic Judgments Are Possible with Regards to Tastes, Jacob Caldwell
Department: Philosophy

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Placing the International Criminal Court on Trial: a Jus Cogens Theory of Procedural Due Process Peremptory Norms at the International Criminal Court, Alexander P. Downs
Department: Philosophy; Political Science

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The Ineffability of Nothingness, Melissa M. Griffith
Department: Mathematics; Philosophy

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Thoughts on Poetry, Alexandra B. Gustafson
Department: Philosophy

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The Tension Between Immanuel Kant's Ethical & Political Philosophies, Michael J. Gyeszat
Department: Philosophy; Political Science

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The Virtuous Rebel: Developing an Anarchist Ethic Informed by the American Anarchist Movement (1881-1919), Michael S. Long
Department: History; Philosophy

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In Favor of An Interactionist View of Development––To Improve Our Conceptualization of Innateness, Genetic Content and The Causal Role Of Genes in Trait Determination, Oluwadamilola B. Onakomaiya
Department: Philosophy

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Fair Play and Obligation: Do Citizens have a Moral Obligation to Obey the Law?, Zackary B. Pool
Department: Philosophy

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Authentically Ethical: An Ethics of Being, Zachary R. Towner
Department: Philosophy

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Finding The Phenomenological Region of Meditative Experience, Brendan Youngquist
Department: Philosophy

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2015

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Plato and Aristotle on the Ancient Quarrel: A Search for Poetic Meaning in Vergil’s Aeneid, Danielle A. Aviles
Department: Classical Studies; Philosophy

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Attachment and Emotions in Relation to Ideas and Concepts: A Psychological Study and Philosophical Inquiry, Bryce C. Benefield
Department: Philosophy; Psychology

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The Changing of Just War Theory: Understanding how just war theory needs to evolve with modern warfare, changing conceptions, and various ethical systems, Christopher J. Blaikie
Department: Philosophy

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The Logical Nexus: Analysis and Application of Wittgenstein's Picture Theory of Language, John T. Cancalosi
Department: Philosophy

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The Thinking Machine: An Intentional Study into the Prospect of Strong AI, Nicholas L. Cullo
Department: Philosophy

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My Bun In Her Oven: Ethics, Exploitation, and Dharma in India's Surrogacy Industry, Alana S. Deluty
Department: Philosophy

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The Semantics of Goodness: A Study of Prudential Value, Zachary S. Diehl
Department: Philosophy; French and Francophone Studies

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Beyond Etiquette: Connecting to the Value of People, Maxim V. Elrod
Department: Philosophy

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Evaluating Education in Japan: Why Juku Schools May be Threatening a Child's Ability to Succeed and Increasing the Income Inequality Gap, Jake Cornelius Fisher
Department: Business Economics; Philosophy

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"I Am 'Is'": Reconciling Grief, Language, and Being in William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, Chelsea Frey
Department: English; Philosophy

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Measure and Response: An Interpretation of Three Works Regarding Sovereignty, Bennett S. Hudson
Department: Philosophy

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Conceptions of Political Authority: Analyzing Contemporary American Events in a Different Light, Andrew S. Johnson
Department: Philosophy

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My Tattoos Are My Story: An Exploration of the Self and Body Modification, Emma J. Kahn
Department: Philosophy; Religious Studies

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Realizing Social Justice, Brian A. Lock
Department: Philosophy

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Animal Minds and Human Language, Sarah C. Loether
Department: Philosophy

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The Virtual Community: Understanding the Impact of Technology on Human Interaction Through the Work of Albert Borgmann, James Love
Department: Philosophy

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To Be or Not To Be Selfish: Ethical Egoism and Altruism, Tiffany M. Norman
Department: Philosophy

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A Moral Objection to Capitalism Regarding the Treatment of Labor and What an Alternative System Should Aim to Resolve, Matthew Robert Osolinski
Department: Philosophy

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Rawls L.E.A.D.S. the Way: Justice in the City from a Philosophical Perspective, Thomas Pera
Department: Urban Studies; Philosophy

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How to Run a Successful and Ethical Intervention into Genocide, Benjamin M. Peters
Department: International Relations; Philosophy

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Relativistic Perturbations and Ontological Implications: Exploring the Zitterbewegung and Laying the Groundwork for a Quantum Ontology, Saul B. Propp
Department: Philosophy; Physics

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Was the Great War Just?: A Re-examination of Just War Theory in Light of Events During 1900-1920, Oliver S. Raker
Department: History; Philosophy

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TOMSfoolery: A Neocolonial Deconstruction of the One For One Ideology of Giving, Ainslee Robson
Department: Philosophy; French and Francophone Studies

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Ought-Thenticity: A Restructuring of Understanding Why One Should Strive Towards Being An Authentic Human Being, Adam P. Seligson
Department: Philosophy

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Can Pure Music Be Meaningful?, Nicholas P. Solem
Department: Philosophy

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Is Belief in Progress Delusional?: An Investigation of the Notion of Human Progress, James M. Thomas
Department: Philosophy

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Ain't It The Truth?: Considering the Search for ‘Truth’ of Moral Knowledge as presented in Plato’s “Meno”, Janelle Young
Department: Philosophy

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Armed with an Easel: Understanding Artistic Political Praxis Through the Works of Theodor Adorno and Chantal Mouffe, Evelyn Yu Yu Swe
Department: Philosophy; Political Science

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2014

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The Unjust Society, Richard A. Barnes II
Department: Philosophy

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“Have you Heard about the Word 'Word'”: A Philosophical and Classical-Historical Analysis of Logos in The Gospel of John, Sarah E. Buntin
Department: Classical Studies; Philosophy

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A Scientific Paradigm Shift from Reductionism to Holism: The Potential Relationship between Nicotinate Degradation and Virulence Modulation in Bordetella pertussis, Pailin Chiaranunt
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Philosophy

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The Ambiguity of Perception: An Examination and Critique of an Empiricist Perceptual Theory in the Defense of a Realist Theory of Perception, Austin Paul Fullerton
Department: Philosophy

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Because I Said So, Patrick T. Gaudet
Department: Philosophy

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Just War Theory and Syria: The Ethical Dimensions of Military Intervention, Justyn R. Gostlin
Department: Philosophy

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Consummation of the 'Good Life' through Aesthetics, Christina M. Haupt
Department: Art and Art History; Philosophy

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Philosophy and its Relationship with the Sciences, and Other Academic Disciplines, William H. Hertel
Department: Philosophy

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Must We Pass Over Them in Silence? An Examination of Mystical Experience and Ineffability, Elise Hudock
Department: Philosophy

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The Steady Mind: An Investigation into Stoic and Hindu Notions of Liberation, Dev Dharm S. Khalsa
Department: Philosophy

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Valuing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: A Defense of Countercultural Environmentalism, Mae Manupipatpong
Department: Philosophy; Political Science

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Understanding Others: Integrating Phenomenology and Psychiatry, Ben D. Mattson
Department: Philosophy

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The Threshold of Justice: An Examination of Income Inequality in the United States, Ryan J. McCormack
Department: Economics; Philosophy

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Machines and Moral Status: Understanding Obligations to Possible Machines, Keenan J. McDonald
Department: Philosophy

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To the Morning Star and Back: An Investigation of Word Meaning, Shannon McKnight
Department: Neuroscience; Philosophy

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Can Terrorism Be Morally Justified? And If So, When?: Rethinking The Moral Status of Terrorist Violence, Gareth McNamara
Department: Philosophy

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Meaning Without Proof or Evidence: Vindicating the Language of Religious Belief, Jordan A. McNickle
Department: Philosophy

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The Tyrant and the Savant: An Examination of Political Legitimacy and Morality, Peter Mehlich
Department: Philosophy

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How to Account for and Measure Human Well-Being, Anders K. Møller
Department: Philosophy; Business Economics

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Beauty is Experienced: Beautiful Objects and the Promise of Happiness, Phu Nguyen Thien
Department: Philosophy; Psychology

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Dexter a Virtuous Vigilante, or Immoral Psychopath: A Deontological and Virtue Ethic Assessment of Showtime’s Series Dexter, Brendon H. Taylor
Department: Philosophy

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A Smithy to Myself: The Narratival Structure of Selfhood and James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Aaron D. Winston
Department: English; Philosophy

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2013

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The Unique Value of Autonomy, Daniel Copfer
Department: English; Philosophy

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Action, Normativity, and Desire: Reflections on Reasons Internalism, Quentin Andrew Fisher
Department: Philosophy

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One Size Does Not Fit All: Spirituality and Academic Experiences Among African Americans, Veronique Jones
Department: Philosophy; Sociology and Anthropology

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Accounts of Brain Disease: Exploring the Cellular Mechanisms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Its Implications in the Framework of Anomalous Monism As a Semantic Theory of Mind, Matthew Kirchner
Department: Neuroscience; Philosophy

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By the Earth's Weight: Land Ownership and Understanding Nature Through Virtue Theory, Joshua Lewis
Department: Philosophy

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Rhetoric, Art, Poetry, Music, and Philosophy: Philosophical Investigations of a Philosorapper, Bryan Matyi
Department: Philosophy

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A Moral Justification For Humanitarian Military Intervention, Alec Muller
Department: Philosophy

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Moral Duty As An Escape From Synthetic Inequality, Peter Parisi
Department: Philosophy

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Spacetime: Engineering and Metaphysics, Syne Salem
Department: Philosophy; Physics

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Forgiveness and Resentment: A Study in Philosophy and Psychology, Katherine Kay Schiller
Department: Philosophy; Psychology

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Electrons Aligned and Felines Undefined: Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics and Perturbing the Spin-Orbit Interaction in Electrons, Karl Smith
Department: Philosophy; Physics

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The Triumph Over the Unreasonable: a Theory of Political Justice For the New Age, Chad Elliot Trownson
Department: Philosophy

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2012

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Will to Be Oneself: Does Kierkegaard's Subjective Faith Triumph Over Despair?, Brandon Andrew
Department: Philosophy

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Agrarianism: Red Barns, Happy Cows, and Ignorant Farmers? Or is there More to it?, Mary Helen Brickhouse
Department: Philosophy

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Radical Absurdity: Reinterpreting Camus For a Better Absurdism, Michael Lee Cohen
Department: Philosophy

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My Child, Your Child, Our Child? the Nature of Children, Elders, and the Obligation to Educate, Molly Davis
Department: Philosophy

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Absurdity with God: Faith in Walker Percy's Novels, Emily DeTar
Department: English; Philosophy

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Caring About Stories: A Conceptual Investigation of Narrative Art and Moral Understanding, Nicholas Alexander Ehrhardt
Department: Philosophy

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Authenticity and Art: Towards a New Conception of Authenticity and its Application to Art, Jared Fink
Department: Philosophy

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Educational Value of Sport at a Liberal Arts School, Justin Barclay Hallowell
Department: Philosophy

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Wildness As Reform of Technology, Christopher Townsend Howe
Department: Philosophy

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Perils of Postmodernity: a Philosophical Investigation of Meaning and Narrative, Gregg Hunter
Department: Philosophy

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Necessary Criteria to Save a Dying Practice: An Attempt to Morally Justify Capital Punishment, Remington Jackson
Department: Philosophy

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How Can Theatre Enhance An Understanding of Ethics Perfected By Unconditional Love?, James Lance
Department: Philosophy; Theatre and Dance

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Buddhist 'Emptiness' and the Practice of Nonconceptual Content, Maria Millan
Department: Philosophy

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Generation of Thioredoxin 1 and Thioredoxin 2 Mutants in S. Cerevisiae and a Philosophical Investigation of the Ethical Implications of Human Genetic Engineering, Logan D. Pry
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Philosophy

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Foucault's Genealogist: A Comparative Analysis of the Hermeneutic Approaches of Martin Heidegger and Michel Foucault, Ethan Wayne Rudawsky

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School's Out: Now What? Investigating the Purpose of Modern Education, Andrew Smiles
Department: Philosophy

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Tough Pill to Swallow: Evaluating Ethical Concerns Regarding 'Cosmetic Psychopharmacology', Aaron Smith
Department: Philosophy

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The Question of the Subject: Diving Headfirst into the Philosophy of Paul Ricoeur, Michael Stevens
Department: Philosophy

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Young, Black, Male, & Poor = Bad? : Exploring Our Society's Concept of Moral Universals Regarding Good and Bad Human Beings, Kinsey Walker
Department: Philosophy

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2011

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Good Medicine: a Response to Libertarian Concerns Regarding Universal Health Care, Jennifer Barnes
Department: Philosophy

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Conditional Foreign Aid: the Morality and Success of Its Use For Democratization, Ian Carlin
Department: Political Science; Philosophy

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Korsgaardian Agency and Lived Agency: Some Concerns, Sophia Derugen-Toomey
Department: Philosophy

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Irish Political Society: a Normative Democratic Evaluation, Andrew Dirgo
Department: Philosophy; Political Science

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Engineering New Life in a Utilitarian World: Creating a Social Policy For Synthetic Life, Benjamin Gartin
Department: Philosophy

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A Crash Course in Riding Philosophy: Why Zen & Motorcycles Really Do Go Together, Alexandra Gioiella
Department: Philosophy; History

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The Importance of Being Earnest: Virtue Ethics and the Environment, William Hiatt
Department: Philosophy