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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2022

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Moral Responsibility And Gendered Implicit Bias In The Workplace, Maryam Abdul Hye
Department: Philosophy; Psychology

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Existence, Logic, Language, And Mathematics: Some Reflections, Muhammad Afaq
Department: Philosophy

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An Inquiry In Human Flourishing: Alasdair Macintyre And John Dewey In Dialogue, Nicole Benya
Department: Philosophy

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Ethical Considerations Of Wilderness Spaces, Sophia Cloyd
Department: Philosophy

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Who Gets To Know? Combating Colonial Epistemic Oppression, Timothy J. Cotter
Department: Philosophy

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Critical Theory As Critical Philosophy Of Self: Agency, Authority, And Emancipation Through Dialectical Imagination, Ryan Curnow
Department: Political Science; Philosophy

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Our Questions Have Too Many Answers: A Rejection Of Formalism And Determinate Truth In Mathematics, Brendan Dufty
Department: Mathematics; Philosophy

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Distributive Justice And Economic Inequality In The United States, Masani C. Francis
Department: Political Science; Philosophy

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Ethnic Nationalism In Postcolonial Disputes: The Epistemic Re-Evaluation Of Interest-Driven Knowledge Claims, HahYeon Lee
Department: Philosophy; Political Science

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Thomas Aquinas And Participation Metaphysics, Nathaniel Hunter Olson
Department: History; Philosophy

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Dichotomous Logic And The Failings Of Girlboss Feminism: Multiplicity Beyond Man's Episteme, Grace Susan Robinson
Department: Philosophy

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"Pretty Privilege" And Survival: Recognizing The Difference In Social Treatment, Most Notably In Healthcare, Towards Those Who Are Highly Attractive., Julia Alana Weisberg
Department: Philosophy

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Women, Autonomy, Authenticity, And Motherhood, Rebecca Wu
Department: Art and Art History; Philosophy

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2021

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The Flourishing Financial System: The Foundations of an Economic Doctrine that Promotes Social Equality, Jacob Mansfield Abramo
Department: Philosophy

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Liberty and Justice for All*: certain exclusions may be applied, Madelyn A. Cobb
Department: Philosophy

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Derivative Intentionality & Gricean Meaning, Alex Lee Cohen
Department: Philosophy

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Knowledge of Intentional Action as Essential for It: An Epistemological and Action-Theoretical Investigation, Alex Fiander
Department: Philosophy

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Normative Bastardy, Max Kent Gregg
Department: Philosophy

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The Effects of Meditation, if Any, on Pain Awareness, Sosna Hailu-Chanyalew
Department: Neuroscience; Philosophy

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Just War Theory and Cyber Warfare, Orlando Jones
Department: Philosophy

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Contextual Questions: The Worldly Implications of an Insufficient Philosophical Stance, Serigne-Abdoulahad Kebe
Department: Philosophy

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Abstract Unity in Material Diversity: An Introduction to Category Theory and a Phenomenological Defense of Mathematical Realism, Micah Taylor Phillips-Gary
Department: Mathematics; Philosophy

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2020

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On The Relative Long-Term Future Importance of Investments in Economic Growth and Global Catastrophic Risk Reduction, Pedro Adami Oliboni
Department: Mathematics; Philosophy

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Divine Madness: Examining Love Through a Philosophical Lens, Hannah Appleman
Department: Philosophy

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Combining Phenomenology and Moral Particularism: A Trilemma of Moral Truth, Alejandro Arriaga
Department: Philosophy

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Saying "Yes," East and West: A Comparative Analysis of Meaning and Affirmation in Nietzsche and Mahayana Buddhism, Scott Gordon
Department: Philosophy

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“Big Time” College Sports: Amateurism, Exploitation, and Predicting Attitudes Regarding Student-Athlete Compensation, Malik Jordan Hearst
Department: Philosophy; Psychology

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A Cognitivist Conclusion in Metaethics: The Value of a Realist Notion of Ethics in Fighting Injustice, Henry C. Lehmann
Department: Philosophy

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Women Like Her Aren't Supposed to Run for Office: A Philosophical Unpacking of Resistance in the American Political Sphere and a Rhetorical Analysis of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Tweets, Grace O'Leary
Department: Communication Studies; Philosophy

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Just Cyber Warfare? An Exploration into the Ethics of International Cyber War, Katie Reese
Department: Philosophy; Political Science

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“To Thine Own Self Be True”: Deconstructing the Ideal of Authenticity, Brianna Lee Schmidt
Department: Philosophy

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The Genuine Option: What Religious Studies is Missing Concerning William James, Peter F. Schopen III
Department: Philosophy; Religious Studies

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Defending Preservation of the Environment While Considering Wild Animal Suffering, Shay Steele
Department: Philosophy

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2019

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Insurrecting Purity: Creativity as Resistance in Somatic Ambiguity, Margy J. Adams
Department: English; Philosophy

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Tying Truth's Shoes: The Value of a Realist Notion of Truth Within Democratic Discourse, Emma Arvedon
Department: Philosophy

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Says Who? A Feminist Challenge of Moral and Epistemic Authority in Advocacy, Coral Ciupak
Department: Philosophy

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Towards a Phenomenological Study of the American Criminal Courts, Robert Dinkins
Department: Philosophy

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Ethics in Computing, David Edward Hale
Department: Mathematics; Philosophy

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America’s Best Idea: Arguing for Bears Ears National Monument Through Leopold’s Land Ethic, Olivia Hall
Department: Earth Sciences; Philosophy

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Rethinking Humans Through Genetic Enhancement: The Ethics of Choosing Children, Lizzy Hemann
Department: Philosophy

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Revisiting Love in the Modern Era: the Need for the Flourishing of Universal Love, Eungyeol Kwon
Department: Philosophy

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The Lakota: On the Importance of Community and Selflessness, Wyatt Ogden Linde
Department: History; Philosophy

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Moral Obligations-Towards a Just Sytem of Immigration, Mayra Lopez
Department: Philosophy

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A Few Clumsy Lines: Ramifications of Philosophical Shifts in Neo-Confucian Philosophy to Ming Governance, John Martin
Department: History; Philosophy

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Inviting Others In: How Oppression Affects the Self, Mylo Apollo Parker-Emerson
Department: Philosophy

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Letters from Heaven, Dylan M. Reynolds
Department: English; Philosophy

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Beyond Bratwurst: Animal Ethics in Germany and the United States, Teagan Robinson
Department: German Studies; Philosophy

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Know Thyself: A Study of Being Human, Giuliano Stefanutti
Department: Philosophy

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“Dumb Brutes” or “Fellow-Critters”: Toward a More Virtuous Characterization of Nonhuman Animals, Daniel Sweat
Department: Philosophy; English

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Modal Notions and Semantic, Boyu Wu
Department: Philosophy

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Applying Gadamer: An Evaluation of Interpretations of the Confucian Analects by Different Schools Under the Light of Gadamerian Hermeneutics, Yifeng Xu
Department: East Asian Studies; Philosophy

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2018

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Wilderness Preservation in the Capitalocene: Valuing Wild Lands in an Instrumental World, Brandon Burkey
Department: Philosophy

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Metaphor and Truth-Condition Semantics, Junyi Chen
Department: Philosophy

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Understanding Human Well-Being, Junyi Chen
Department: Mathematics; Philosophy

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Human Action Motivation : For Love of Thyself: The Egoist Approach to Navigating Motives Among Social Guise, Kevin B. Compliment
Department: Philosophy

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The Good Life: An Analysis of Buddhist, Epicurean, and Ascetic Perspectives, Christopher Dukich
Department: Philosophy

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Reclaiming Self-Love: Philosophy of Moral Worth, Colleen E. Gilfether
Department: Philosophy

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Comedic Personal Narrative and the Self Awareness of Vice: Rethinking Virtue, Amy Hagedorn
Department: Philosophy

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Folktales From Origin Valley, Elen-Kalliopi Halimou
Department: English; Philosophy

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Does Law Affect Morality? An in Depth Analysis of the Effects of Injustice on Morality, Jaelan R.O. Harney
Department: Philosophy

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A Sound of Drum and Bass: Hip Hop as Identity and Means to Ethical Growth through Aesthetic Value, Justin Konyn
Department: Philosophy

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The Responsibility of For-profit Corporations: A Dilemma in Ethics and Rationality, Kayleigh Marks
Department: Philosophy

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Walden, Wilderness, and Wrenches: The Radical Environmentalism of Henry David Thoreau and Edward Abbey, Alex Moore
Department: English; Philosophy

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Political Conflict and Dialogue: Toward the Criteria for Reaching Understanding, Isaac Scher
Department: Philosophy

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Pathways Through Democratic Disconnection: Rawls, Connolly, and Mouffe, Erik Severson
Department: Philosophy; Political Science

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Affordable Care Act: Is it Enough?, Manogjna Vaddiraju
Department: Economics; Philosophy

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Rules of Engagement: Ethical Considerations in Artistic Evaluation, Nicklaus Wilcher
Department: Philosophy

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Capitalism and Socialism: A Dialectical and Philosophical Inquiry, Steve Xu
Department: Philosophy

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2017

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Radical Adornments: Subversion Through Self-Presentation, Dorian I. Boye-Doe
Department: Philosophy

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A Stroll Through Cantor's Paradise: Appraising the Semantics of Transfinite Numbers, Matthew R. Buranosky
Department: Mathematics; Philosophy

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Problems of Irrationality: Self-Deception and Akrasia, Akiksha Chatterji
Department: Philosophy

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Self-interpreting Animals: Understanding the Self and the Meanings of Life, Milo E. Davis
Department: Philosophy

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Importing Ballet to Bhutan: An evaluation on Dance Value and Cultural Interaction, Leiden C. Doma
Department: Philosophy; Theatre and Dance

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Islamic Ornamentation as a Test Case for Aesthetic Theory, Taylor Funderburk
Department: Philosophy

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On Rationality and Morality: Three Kinds of Approaches, Emily A. Howerton
Department: Mathematics; Philosophy

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Consent Ethics and the Harms of Rape, Cassandra L. Huye
Department: Philosophy

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Plays with Words: Understanding Visual Interpretation through Ed Ruscha's Text Works, Claire E. Ilersich
Department: Art and Art History; Philosophy

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Alternative Facts Are Not Facts: Arguments against Conceptual Relativism and for a Pragmatic Notion of Truth, Mariah Joyce
Department: Philosophy

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Revolting Against Racism in Urban America: Questioning the Ethical and Political Concerns of Violent Urban Protest, Daniel J. Lynch
Department: Philosophy; Political Science

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A Meaningful Time: Recasting the Growing Block in Terms of Content, Garo Matossian
Department: Philosophy

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Philosophies of Faith and the Megachurch Phenomenon: A Personal and Academic Encounter with Kierkegaard, Royce, and a Changing Faith, Peter M. Olson
Department: English; Philosophy

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It's an Ant's Life: A Moral and Political Account of the Valuable and Meaningful Life, Isaac Parker
Department: Philosophy

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Are Virtual Things Real? An an investigation into the nature of virtual reality, Zachary Phillips-Gary
Department: Computer Science; Philosophy

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Environmental and Epistemic Injustice in Ironbound, Stephany M. Rivera
Department: Environmental Studies; Philosophy

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What is Privacy? The Threat of Surveillance and Blackmail in the 21st Century, Harrison S. Ruprecht
Department: Philosophy

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Understanding Mental Causation in the Enlightenment of Top-down Causation in the Physical Systems, Ziyi Sang
Department: Philosophy; Physics

A Theory of Concepts for a Transient Mind, Jaxen W. Werne
Department: Philosophy

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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Plato, Kant, Insults and Dignity, Chloe Browne
Department: 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