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Die Phantasie Gottes: An Analysis Of The Divine Ideas In Deity Theories And Brian Leftow, With A Proposed Synthesis, Nathaniel Dowell 2016 Liberty University

Die Phantasie Gottes: An Analysis Of The Divine Ideas In Deity Theories And Brian Leftow, With A Proposed Synthesis, Nathaniel Dowell

Masters Theses

This thesis was on how God is related to the truth-values of propositions on possible worlds - specifically, those propositions that do not seem to be about Him and constitute His ideas for what to create. It opened with a survey of some historical positions with special emphasis on Aquinas, Leibniz, Spinoza and Kant. Next, some criticisms were given for these so-called deity theories (i.e., the belief that possibilities are dependent on God and God must, by nature, recognize the necessary truths He does) with the most space given to Brian Leftow’s critiques. The second chapter detailed Brian Leftow ...


The C3 Conditional: A Variably Strict Ordinary-Language Conditional, Monique L. Whitaker 2016 Graduate Center, City University of New York

The C3 Conditional: A Variably Strict Ordinary-Language Conditional, Monique L. Whitaker

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

In this dissertation I provide a novel logic of the ordinary-language conditional. First, however, I endeavor to make clearer and more precise just what the objects of the study of the conditional are, as a lack of clarity as to what counts as an instance of a given category of conditional has resulted in deep and significant confusions in subsequent analysis. I motivate for a factual/counterfactual distinction, though not at the level of particular instances of the conditional. Instead, I argue that each individual instance of the conditional may be interpreted either factually or counterfactually, rather than these instances ...


It's Always Better With A Good Dm, david colannino 2016 University of New Orleans, New Orleans

It's Always Better With A Good Dm, David Colannino

University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations

It’s Always Better With A Good DM is about our relationship with objects and maps as a vector for fantasy. Beginning from the premise that humans understand the world via narrative, I am concerned with the loss of imagination in adulthood in lieu of ideology, which is no more real than stories of future and fantastic places.


Fundamental Awareness: A Framework For Integrating Science, Philosophy And Metaphysics, Neil D. Theise, Menas Kafatos 2016 Icahn School of Medicine

Fundamental Awareness: A Framework For Integrating Science, Philosophy And Metaphysics, Neil D. Theise, Menas Kafatos

Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science Faculty Articles and Research

The ontologic framework of Fundamental Awareness proposed here assumes that non-dual Awareness is foundational to the universe, not arising from the interactions or structures of higher level phenomena. The framework allows comparison and integration of views from the three investigative domains concerned with understanding the nature of consciousness: science, philosophy, and metaphysics. In this framework, Awareness is the underlying reality, not reducible to anything else. Awareness and existence are the same. As such, the universe is non-material, self-organizing throughout, a holarchy of complementary, process driven, recursive interactions. The universe is both its own first observer and subject. Considering the world ...


A Psychological Approach To The Special Composition Question, Connor Drake Dantzler 2016 College of William and Mary

A Psychological Approach To The Special Composition Question, Connor Drake Dantzler

Undergraduate Honors Theses

When does composition occur? There are historical accounts that claim there are no composite objects, or that composite objects can consist of any given objects. These views fail to preserve our intuitions and warrant a different understanding of the term “object”. I present a psychological approach wherein observers ascribe objecthood to an arrangement in the form of a secondary quality. This subjective behavior can be traced back to the development of our perceptual capacities in our natural history.


The Constellations Of Empiricism, New Science, And Mind In Hobbes, Locke, And Hume, Lisa Pelot 2016 The University of Western Ontario

The Constellations Of Empiricism, New Science, And Mind In Hobbes, Locke, And Hume, Lisa Pelot

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

In this thesis, positive and negative tensions among the “unit-ideas” of New Science and empiricism are explored as they relate to explanations of aspects of mind in the Modern period. Some constellations of ideas are mutually supporting, and provide fruitful discussion on how mind can fit into the natural world. This project aims to clarify the adequacy of this type of framework in accommodating and explaining mind, and aspects of mind. I proceed by analyzing key texts via the “unit-ideas” of New Science and empiricism. The three central chapters are case studies, looking at Hobbes, Locke, and Hume. Each chapter ...


Theories Of Properties And Ontological Theory-Choice: An Essay In Metaontology, Christopher Gibilisco 2016 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Theories Of Properties And Ontological Theory-Choice: An Essay In Metaontology, Christopher Gibilisco

Philosophy Dissertations, Theses, & Student Research

This dissertation argues that we have no good reason to accept any one theory of properties as correct. To show this, I present three possible bases for theory-choice in the properties debate: coherence, explanatory adequacy, and explanatory value. Then I argue that none of these bases resolve the underdetermination of our choice between theories of properties.

First, I argue considerations about coherence cannot resolve the underdetermination, because no traditional theory of properties is obviously incoherent. Second, I argue considerations of explanatory adequacy cannot resolve the underdetermination, because every traditional theory of properties lacks the theoretical resources to adequately explain resemblance ...


A Black Art: Ontology, Data, And The Tower Of Babel Problem, Andrew J. Iliadis 2016 Purdue University

A Black Art: Ontology, Data, And The Tower Of Babel Problem, Andrew J. Iliadis

Open Access Dissertations

Computational ontologies are a new type of emerging scientific media (Smith, 2016) that process large quantities of heterogeneous data about portions of reality. Applied computational ontologies are used for semantically integrating (Heiler, 1995; Pileggi & Fernandez-Llatas, 2012) divergent data to represent reality and in so doing applied computational ontologies alter conceptions of materiality and produce new realities based on levels of informational granularity and abstraction (Floridi, 2011), resulting in a new type of informational ontology (Iliadis, 2013) the critical analysis of which requires new methods and frameworks. Currently, there is a lack of literature addressing the theoretical, social, and critical dimensions of such informational ontologies, applied computational ontologies, and the interdisciplinary communities of practice (Brown & Duguid, 1991; Wenger, 1998) that produce them. This dissertation fills a lacuna in communicative work in an emerging subfield of Science and Technology Studies (Latour & Woolgar, 1979) known as Critical Data Studies (boyd & Crawford, 2012; Dalton & Thatcher, 2014; Kitchin & Lauriault, 2014) by adopting a critical framework to analyze the systems of thought that inform applied computational ontology while offering insight into its realism-based methods and philosophical frameworks to gauge their ethical import. Since the early 1990s, computational ontologies have been ...


Mysticism, Enlightenment, And Morality, Philip Novak 2016 Department of Religion and Philosophy, Dominican University of California

Mysticism, Enlightenment, And Morality, Philip Novak

Philip Novak

"Our outspoken anthropologist friend, Dr. A. Bharati, once remarked that if someone is a stinker before a mystical experience, he'll be a stinker afterwards .1 The swami's observation stemmed from years spent among the holy men of India and , no doubt, from considerable personal experience. It is an exaggeration , of course, but we cannot dismiss his crucial point: it is quite possible to be a mystic and a stinker. If we refuse to take Bharati's word for it, we need only to examine the numerous recent accounts of the oafish behavior displayed by acclaimed mystic-teachers. Or we ...


Book Reviews: Alien Phenomenology, Or What It’S Like To Be A Thing By Ian Bogost, Jet Plane: How It Works By David Macaulay, Andvibrant Matter: A Political Ecology Of Things By Jane Bennett, Nathaniel A. Rivers 2016 Saint Louis University

Book Reviews: Alien Phenomenology, Or What It’S Like To Be A Thing By Ian Bogost, Jet Plane: How It Works By David Macaulay, Andvibrant Matter: A Political Ecology Of Things By Jane Bennett, Nathaniel A. Rivers

Criticism

In this review essay, I review Ian Bogost’s Alien Phenomenology, or What It’s Like to Be a Thing (2012) and Jane Bennett’s Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things (2010) alongside David MacAuley’s Jet Plane: How It Works (2012), which is devoted to a child’s experience of airplanes. While composed for different audiences in traditionally discrete contexts, all three books do critical, speculative work in providing explicit articulations and implicit performances of alternative ontologies from which Critical Air Studies might benefit.


Haecceity 2.7.4, Jeffrey Strayer 2016 Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne

Haecceity 2.7.4, Jeffrey Strayer

Jeffrey Strayer

24 and ½" x 27 and ½"
Transparent positive film, paper, Plexiglas, hex bolts with washers, and cap screws mounted on Gatorfoam
German silver frame
2014


Haecceity 2.7.2, Jeffrey Strayer 2016 Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne

Haecceity 2.7.2, Jeffrey Strayer

Jeffrey Strayer

anything that is not ( ) now but is something that is ( ) to have its particular identity in virtue of its being conceptually and/or causally related to ( ) now

32" x 40"
positive transparent film, paper, Plexiglas, and hardware mounted to ½" Gatorfoam
Silver frame
2014


Haecceity 2.7.2, Jeffrey Strayer 2016 Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne

Haecceity 2.7.2, Jeffrey Strayer

Jeffrey Strayer

anything that is not ( ) now but is something that is ( ) to have its particular identity in virtue of its being conceptually and/or causally related to ( ) now

32" x 40"
positive transparent film, paper, Plexiglas, and hardware mounted to ½" Gatorfoam
Silver frame
2014


Haecceity 2.0.0, Jeffrey Strayer 2016 Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne

Haecceity 2.0.0, Jeffrey Strayer

Jeffrey Strayer

30" x 32 1/4" Transparent positive film, paper, Plexiglas, hex bolts, washers, mounted on Gatorfoam with film cartridges Anodic black frame.


Haecceity 2.19.0, Jeffrey Strayer 2016 Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne

Haecceity 2.19.0, Jeffrey Strayer

Jeffrey Strayer


25 and 1/8" x 28 and 1/2".
Transparent positive film, paper, Plexiglas, hex bolts, and washers mounted on Gatorfoam.
German silver frame.
2014


Haecceity 2.10.1, Jeffrey Strayer 2016 Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne

Haecceity 2.10.1, Jeffrey Strayer

Jeffrey Strayer

41 and 13/16" x 50 and 11/16". Contact prints and paper mounted to Gatorfoam. German silver metal frame.


Haecceity 2.12.1, Jeffrey Strayer 2016 Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne

Haecceity 2.12.1, Jeffrey Strayer

Jeffrey Strayer

48" x 62 ¾" positive transparent film, contact prints, paper, Plexiglas, and hardware mounted to ½” Gatorfoam. Silver frame.


Haecceity 2.14.0, Jeffrey Strayer 2016 Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne

Haecceity 2.14.0, Jeffrey Strayer

Jeffrey Strayer

33 ½" x 40 ¾" Contact prints and paper mounted to Gatorfoam. Silver frame.


Haecceity 2.10.0, Jeffrey Strayer 2016 Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne

Haecceity 2.10.0, Jeffrey Strayer

Jeffrey Strayer

48 x 72. Contact prints and paper mounted to Gatorfoam with film cartridges, Plexiglas, hexagonal bolts, washers. Black metal frame.


Haecceity 1.2.0, Jeffrey Strayer 2016 Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne

Haecceity 1.2.0, Jeffrey Strayer

Jeffrey Strayer

24" x 26 and 1/4". Transparent print, hex bolts, washers, screws, contact prints, and paper mounted to Gatorfoam. German silver frame.


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