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  • Stockall, Linnaea C., 1975- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
    This thesis addresses the longstanding debate in the psycholinguistics literature about the correct way to characterize the psychological status of morphological relatedness and irregular allomorphy. The model argued for ...
  • Dwyer, Susan Jane (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991)
  • Meyer, Ulrich, 1968- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001)
    This dissertation discusses two issues about abstract objects: their role in scientific theories, and their relation to time. Chapter 1, "Why Apply Mathematics?" argues that scientific theories are not about the mathematics ...
  • Stanley, Jason (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995)
  • Pietroski, Paul M (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990)
  • Shimada, Junri (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
    In the study of natural language semantics, sentences that assert the existence of entities predicated of by noun phrases have traditionally been analyzed with simple usage of the existential quantifier. In this thesis, I ...
  • McKitrick, Jennifer (Jennifer Louise), 1964- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999)
    As Nelson Goodman put it, things are full of threats and promises. A fragile glass, for example, is prone to shatter when struck. Fragility is the glass's disposition, shattering is the manifestation of the disposition, ...
  • Sietsema, Brian Mark (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989)
  • Hayes, Bruce Philip (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980)
  • Levin, Juliette (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985)
  • Oka, Toshifusa (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993)
  • Friedman, Alexander (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002)
    Chapter 1 (Distance and Morality): This chapter is a response toFrances Kamm's "Faminine Ethics: the Problem of Distance in Morality and Singer's Ethical Theory". I argue that Kamm fails to produce a pair of cases in which ...
  • Platero, Paul Randolph (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978)
  • Yalcin, Seth (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
    The possibilities we consider or eliminate in inquiry are epistemic possibilities. This dissertation is mainly about what it is to say or believe that something is possible in this sense. Chapter 1 ('Epistemic Contradictions') ...
  • Decker, Jason (Jason Andrew) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)
    This thesis consists of three interconnected papers on apriority, modality, and conditionals. In "Playground Conditionals," I look at three philosophical debates, each of which turns on the epistemic status of a certain ...
  • Singh, Raj, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
    This thesis will argue for four broad claims: (1) That local contexts are needed for a descriptively adequate theory of linguistic interpretation, (2) That presupposition accommodation is made with respect to a set of ...
  • Rodríguez, Jorge (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990)
  • Hagen, Daniel Scott (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013)
    What is virtue and can it be taught? These questions preoccupied Socrates and this dissertation offers a Socratic answer to them. In Chapter 1 ("Virtue as Expert Moral Knowledge") I develop and defend a novel interpretation ...
  • Doggett, Tyler, 1976- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004)
    "Moral Realism" is about an argument against moral realism, why it is unsound, and what emerges from that. The argument is that if there were moral properties, they would be queerly related to non-moral properties and this ...
  • Streiffer, Robert (Robert Keith), 1970- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999)
    There are many varieties of moral relativism. Appraiser relativism, according to which the proposition expressed by a moral sentence varies from context to context, is motivated by the thought that it provides the best ...
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