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  • Graham, Andrew J. (Andrew John) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
    In this thesis, I investigate the nature of metaphysics and the role it plays in our broader theoretical pursuits. In doing so, I defend it against various criticisms and offer a novel conception of why metaphysical disputes ...
  • Maitra, Ishani, 1974- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002)
    Pornography deserves special protections, it is often said, because it qualifies as speech; therefore, no matter what we think of it, we must afford it the protections that we extend to most speech, but don't extend to ...
  • Almotahari, Mahrad (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
    Language and consciousness enrich our lives. But they are rare commodities; most creatures are language-less and unconscious. This dissertation is about the conditions that distinguish the haves from the have-nots. The ...
  • Elbourne, Paul, 1971- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002)
    I argue that definite descriptions, pronouns and proper names share one common syntax and semantics, basically that of definite descriptions. E-type pronouns are argued to be definite articles that take NP complements ...
  • Hawley, Patrick, 1964- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)
    I evaluate three replies to skepticism, drawing conclusions about the meaning of "justified", the viability of foundationalism, the value of knowledge, and the role of belief in rational action. In the first chapter, I ...
  • Kipka, Peter Francis (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990)
  • Saito, Mamoru (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985)
  • Bach-y-Rita, Peter (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006)
    "Selection and Artifacts" is about how artifacts acquire functions. According to Karen Neander, the function of an artifact is the purpose for which it is designed or built. But I argue that in order for an artifact to ...
  • Sigler, Michele (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997)
  • Boivin, Marie Claude, 1968- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999)
  • Kolachina, Sudheer (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
    This thesis presents a study of vowel harmony in Telugu, a Dravidian language. Vowel harmony in this language is manifest primarily in the form of vowel alternations in paradigms triggered by suffixes. I present a robust ...
  • Katzir, Roni (Roni A.) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008)
    This thesis makes the following three claims: (1) Competition exists in natural language: the grammaticality (and meaning) of using a linguistic object 0 can be affected by the grammaticality (and meaning) of a different ...
  • Babyonyshev, Maria A (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1997)
  • Sportiche, Dominique (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984)
  • Melvold, Janis Leanne (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990)
  • Rackowski, Andrea (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002)
    This thesis examines the syntax of Tagalog with a particular focus on argument structure and its implications for clause structure. Through cross-linguistic comparison I show that Tagalog syntax is not as exotic as is often ...
  • Hernando, Miguel (Miguel Angel Hernando Cupido), 1970- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001)
    My dissertation is about Frege's classic problem of the morning and the evening star. I distinguish two aspects of the problem. One aspect I call it psychological, and it consists in describing the content of the beliefs ...
  • Knecht, Laura Ellen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986)
  • Branigan, Phil (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992)
  • Harley, Heidi Britton (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995)
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