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    • Phrase structure in minimalist syntax 

      Koizumi, Masatoshi (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995)
    • Physicalism, intentionality, mind : three studies in the philosophy of mind. 

      Prior, Stephen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1977)
    • Planar phonology and morphology 

      Cole, Jennifer Sandra (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987)
    • Plural predication 

      Rayo, Agustín, 1973- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001)
      My thesis consists of three self-contained but interconnected papers. In the first one, 'Word and Objects', I assume that it is possible to quantify over absolutely everything, and show that certain English sentences ...
    • Practical knowledge and abilities 

      Glick, Ephraim N (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009)
      The thesis is an exploration of the relations between know-how, abilities, and ordinary knowledge of facts. It is shown that there is a distinctively practical sort of know-how and a corresponding interpretation of 'S knows ...
    • Praise without perfection 

      Sliwa, Paulina Anna (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012)
      This dissertation is about agents like us, who are both epistemically flawed and morally imperfect. First, how should such agents form and revise their moral beliefs? Second, how should we morally evaluate the actions of ...
    • Precisifying art pluralism 

      Millsop, Rebecca Victoria (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016)
      This dissertation explores the legitimacy of art pluralism-the thesis that there are multiple, valid accounts of art. In 2011 Mag Uidhir and Magnus introduced the idea of art pluralism to revive the debate over the definition ...
    • Presuppositions in context 

      Aravind, Athulya, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018)
      This dissertation is about the acquisition of presupposition. The specific focus is on the interplay between presuppositional content as hardwired in the semantics of particular expressions and the conversational contexts ...
    • Probability, explanation, and reasoning 

      White, Roger (Roger Lewis), 1967- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000)
      Three topics are discussed concerning the application probability and explanation to the confirmation of theories. The first concerns the debate over prediction versus accommodation. I argue that we typically have reason ...
    • Problems and prospects for the physicalist program in science 

      Poland, Jeffrey Stephen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1983)
    • Problems in the morality of killing and letting die. 

      Kamm, F. M. (Frances Myrna) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980)
    • Problems in the philosophy of linguistics. 

      Mellema, Paul Martin (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1973)
    • Problems of compositionality 

      Szabó, Zoltán (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995)
    • Propositional attitudes and indexicality : a cross categorial approach 

      Schlenker, Philippe (Philippe D.), 1971- (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999)
      Universal Grammar uses the same distinctions (features) and the same interpretive procedures for reference to individuals, times, and possible worlds. We give a partial argument for this hypothesis: person, tense and (maybe) ...
    • Prosody and recursion 

      Wagner, Michael, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005)
      This thesis proposes a recursive mapping of syntactic derivations to prosodic representations. I argue that the prosody of an expression, just like its meaning, is determined compositionally, as originally proposed in ...
    • Psychologism with respect to logic : an examination of some theses 

      Appelt, Timothy James (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984)
    • Rational humility and other epistemic killjoys 

      Vavova, Ekaterina Dimitrova (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010)
      I consider three ways in which our epistemic situation might be more impoverished than we ordinarily take it to be. I argue that we can save our robust epistemic lives from the skeptic. But only if we accept that they ...
    • Rationality and the limits of cognitive science 

      Stein, Edward D (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992)
    • Rationality without representation 

      Pérez Carballo, Alejandro (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
      This dissertation is about whether and how non-representational attitudes could play a role in our theories of rationality. In Chapter 1 ('Negation, expressivism, and intentionality') I argue that the best explanation for ...
    • Reasoning one's way out of skepticism 

      Rinard, Susanna (Susanna Margaret) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011)
      Many have thought that it is impossible to rationally persuade a skeptic that we have knowledge of the external world. My dissertation aims to show that this can be done. In chapter one I consider a common reason for ...