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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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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

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: Justifying the Right to Punish as Subsequent to the Right to Threaten, 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