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Giving Voice To The Vulnerable: Discourse Ethics And Amnesty For Undocumented Immigration, Kyle Thomsen Jan 2011

Giving Voice To The Vulnerable: Discourse Ethics And Amnesty For Undocumented Immigration, Kyle Thomsen

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The purpose of my dissertation is to explore the unique challenges facing undocumented migrants, and the claims to amnesty they can make. I take a discourse theoretic approach to this issue, following in the footsteps of Jürgen Habermas and Seyla Benhabib, among others. My thesis consists of the following claims. First, a rights-based approach to amnesty does not clearly distinguish between different types of immigrants (i.e. undocumented and potential immigrants). Second, the relevant distinguishing factor between undocumented and potential immigrants is what I refer to as rooted residency, a category which captures factors such as time spent in a ...


Interpretive Teleology Without Eschatology: A Study Of The Hermeneutic Strategies Of Nietzsche's Genealogical Project, Darin Sean Mcginnis Jan 2010

Interpretive Teleology Without Eschatology: A Study Of The Hermeneutic Strategies Of Nietzsche's Genealogical Project, Darin Sean Mcginnis

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In contemporary philosophy, there exists a vigorous debate between those thinkers who advocate the need for a truth that exists outside of historical forces and those who hold that all understanding must be historical in its basis. My research is focused on deciphering this problem by providing a description of how understanding and interpretation occur. More specifically, I have proposed a project that explores how the philosophical writings of Friedrich Nietzsche can give some insight into this problem of understanding truth. I argue that Nietzsche develops a method of interpretation - a hermeneutics - that focuses on the manner in which expressions ...


An Experiential Approach To Kant's Moral Philosophy: A Reply To Dogmatism, Formalism And Rigorism, Chris Mctavish Jan 2010

An Experiential Approach To Kant's Moral Philosophy: A Reply To Dogmatism, Formalism And Rigorism, Chris Mctavish

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Many of Kant's commentators and critics interpret his moral philosophy solely in terms of the cognitive dimension of his categorical imperative. Such a predominant manner of reading Kant gives rise to the criticism that his moral philosophy is too far removed from the actual way in which human beings orient themselves as moral persons in the world. In response to this general tendency in Kant interpretation, my dissertation proposes to offer an experiential approach to Kant's ethics. By the expression experiential I mean an approach to Kant's thinking that attends to the living sense in which we ...


Law And Its Order, Daniele Manni Jan 2010

Law And Its Order, Daniele Manni

Master's Theses

Daniele Manni

Loyola University Chicago

LAW AND ITS ORDER: THE PRIORITY OF ETHICS OVER LEGISLATION

IN PLATO'S LAWS.

Despite the fact that the Laws are almost twenty four hundred years old, their reserve of philosophically and politically interesting points is still copious and relevant for the contemporary reader. The present work is an initial attempt to analyze the nature of law as treated in the Laws and to highlight especially the reliance of the legislative sphere on the ethical sphere.

In spite of the many, and often painfully detailed, laws posited by the Athenian in the course of books ...


Reorientation Through Interruption: On The Relation Of Immanuel Kant's Modes Of Egoism To His Critical Philosophy, Giancarlo Tarantino Jan 2010

Reorientation Through Interruption: On The Relation Of Immanuel Kant's Modes Of Egoism To His Critical Philosophy, Giancarlo Tarantino

Master's Theses

The relationship between Immanuel Kant's anthropology, and his Critical philosophy has proven to be a notoriously difficult problem, both for specifically Kantian scholarship as well as for philosophy in general. This thesis attempts to investigate this relationship by showing the importance of Kant's modes of egoism at work in his three Critiques. In doing so this thesis will highlight the phenomena of interruption, and orientation as playing crucial interpretive roles for parsing out the aforementioned relationship. I will try to show that anthropology and Critique mutually interrupt, and re-orient one another's specific contributions to the major themes ...


The Soul And The Body In Hegel's Anthropology, Nicholas Mowad Jan 2010

The Soul And The Body In Hegel's Anthropology, Nicholas Mowad

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I provide a close exegetical reading of Hegel's "anthropology," his doctrine of the human body and soul, located in the first part of the Philosophy of Spirit, volume three of the Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences. In the course of this exegesis I show how Hegel demonstrates that all of the phenomena there under investigation must be understood as at once corporeal and distinctively human. Accordingly, anthropological phenomena should not be understood as essentially the same in humans as it is in animals, though many commentators allege that they should be. I provide a survey of the secondary literature ...


Joy As Attunement And End In The Philosophies Of Martin Heidegger And Henri Bergson, Justin Albert Harrison Jan 2010

Joy As Attunement And End In The Philosophies Of Martin Heidegger And Henri Bergson, Justin Albert Harrison

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Martin Heidegger claims that attunement is one of the primordial ways in which Dasein understands its world. He focuses on anxiety as the fundamental attunement in which Dasein can more authentically uncover its Being. However, it is necessary to ask if anxiety is the only attunement out of which one can most authentically appropriate Being. Heidegger seems to have an unexamined bias in favor of "negative" attunements (anxiety, boredom) and never undertakes an extended analysis of "positive" moods such as joy or happiness. This dissertation is an examination of joy as a fundamental attunement through the works of Henri Bergson ...


Humanity In The Balance: The Relationship Between The Moral Law And The Promotion Of The Moral World In Kant's Ethics, John J. Garcia Jan 2010

Humanity In The Balance: The Relationship Between The Moral Law And The Promotion Of The Moral World In Kant's Ethics, John J. Garcia

Dissertations

This dissertation deals with the tension between two seemingly divergent approaches to morality. On the one hand, there are those who take the view that morality concerns itself with the promotion of certain ends. This is a teleological or consequentialist view of ethics. On the other hand, we see thinkers who take the view that rationality or some other criteria provide us certain moral imperatives that may not be violated, regardless of our desire to bring about a particular end. Kant is usually depicted not only as a member of the latter camp, but indeed as the father of this ...


Corporations As Group Agents / Responsible Collectives In Theory And In Practice, Kathryn Real King Jan 2010

Corporations As Group Agents / Responsible Collectives In Theory And In Practice, Kathryn Real King

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The goals of this dissertation are to examine the existing philosophical literature on group agency and collective responsibility and to demonstrate that this literature fails to sufficiently address the hierarchical organization of corporations, thereby severely limiting the applicability of this literature to real-world business situations. Where references to corporate hierarchy are made in the group agency and collective responsibility literature, they are incidental and descriptive only. This is in contrast to general business literature, business ethics literature, and organizational theory literature, which each highlight the importance of corporate hierarchy from their respective points of view. In this dissertation, the concept ...


Rawls, Political Liberalism, And Moral Virtues, Joseph Alava Kabari Jan 2009

Rawls, Political Liberalism, And Moral Virtues, Joseph Alava Kabari

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The argument of this dissertation is that John Rawls, although primarily concerned with social and political justice, and not with virtue ethics, gives a major place and role to the moral virtues in his theory of political liberalism, as in all of his system of justice as fairness. Some philosophers, mostly of the Aristotelian-Aquinian traditions, have generally lamented what they regard as the abandonment of the moral virtues by modern and contemporary, liberal, moral philosophers. The liberals, the critics claim, turn instead to the principles of justice and right, and to the language of moral obligations and of human rights ...


Moral Reasons Arbitrariness, Brad Seeman Jan 2009

Moral Reasons Arbitrariness, Brad Seeman

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Bradley Nelson Seeman

Loyola University Chicago

MORAL REASONS ARBITRARINESS

The moral philosophies of Allan Gibbard, Christine Korsgaard, and John Post (following Ruth Garrett Millikan's "teleosemantics") each succumb to moral reasons arbitrariness. If a moral philosophy suffers from moral reasons arbitrariness, it fails to establish support relations for moral judgments that uniquely justify those judgments in terms that make essential reference to a person's ability to consider and weigh those support relations in making a moral decision. Moral reasons arbitrariness arises when (1) moral reasons are rooted in factors adventitious to the consideration of support relations, or (2) conflicting ...


Identity, Oppression, And Group Rights, Andrew Jared Pierce Jan 2009

Identity, Oppression, And Group Rights, Andrew Jared Pierce

Dissertations

The dissertation argues for a conception of group rights based on Habermasian discourse theory, as an alternative to the dominant multicultural liberal approach to group rights, which treats group rights as instrumental to individual rights.


Solidarity And Difference : The Politics Of Enlightenment In The Aftermath Of Modernity, George A. Trey Jan 1993

Solidarity And Difference : The Politics Of Enlightenment In The Aftermath Of Modernity, George A. Trey

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The One's Knowledge In Plotinus By Atsushi Sumi., Atsushi Sumi Jan 1993

The One's Knowledge In Plotinus By Atsushi Sumi., Atsushi Sumi

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No abstract provided.


Aristotle And Sophocles On The Elements Of Moral Virtue, Lloyd W. J. Aultman-Moore Jan 1992

Aristotle And Sophocles On The Elements Of Moral Virtue, Lloyd W. J. Aultman-Moore

Dissertations

No abstract provided.


The Question Of Death In The "Work" Of Nietzsche, Heidegger, Levinas And Blanchot, Dennis King Keenan Jan 1992

The Question Of Death In The "Work" Of Nietzsche, Heidegger, Levinas And Blanchot, Dennis King Keenan

Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Heidegger And Levinas And The Crisis Of Phenomenology: Thinking The Propriety And A-Propriety Of Time, Travis Tenney Anderson Jan 1992

Heidegger And Levinas And The Crisis Of Phenomenology: Thinking The Propriety And A-Propriety Of Time, Travis Tenney Anderson

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Thinking Gelassenheit Through Heidegger: The Encounter With The Possible Impossible, Shahriar Mohammad Reza Shafaghi Jan 1992

Thinking Gelassenheit Through Heidegger: The Encounter With The Possible Impossible, Shahriar Mohammad Reza Shafaghi

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No abstract provided.


A Nominalistic Ontology Of Music: Compositions As Concrete Particulars, Scott Kenneth Tjaden Jan 1991

A Nominalistic Ontology Of Music: Compositions As Concrete Particulars, Scott Kenneth Tjaden

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No abstract provided.


A Theory Of Just War And Its Application To The American War In Vietnam, Andrew J. Boyd Jan 1991

A Theory Of Just War And Its Application To The American War In Vietnam, Andrew J. Boyd

Master's Theses

No abstract provided.


The Economy Of Time: Heidegger And Derrida On Aristotle, Time And Metaphysics, John Protevi Jan 1990

The Economy Of Time: Heidegger And Derrida On Aristotle, Time And Metaphysics, John Protevi

Dissertations

No abstract provided.


A Dual Perspective Approach To Time In Descartes, Kathleen Kerrott Madden Jan 1990

A Dual Perspective Approach To Time In Descartes, Kathleen Kerrott Madden

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Ethical Internalism And Externalism, Sharon E. Sytsma Jan 1990

Ethical Internalism And Externalism, Sharon E. Sytsma

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Heidegger And The Question Of The Political, Miguel De Beistegui Jan 1990

Heidegger And The Question Of The Political, Miguel De Beistegui

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No abstract provided.


The Problem Of The Imagination For Subjectivity: Kant And Heidegger On The Issue Of Displacement, Richard Findler Jan 1990

The Problem Of The Imagination For Subjectivity: Kant And Heidegger On The Issue Of Displacement, Richard Findler

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No abstract provided.


Mimesis And Intellectual Conversion Towards And Eschatological Imagination, Peter Bisson Jan 1989

Mimesis And Intellectual Conversion Towards And Eschatological Imagination, Peter Bisson

Master's Theses

No abstract provided.


Heidegger, Ontology, Metontology, And The Turn, Kelly Edward Mink Jan 1988

Heidegger, Ontology, Metontology, And The Turn, Kelly Edward Mink

Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Life (Zōḗ) In Plotinus' Explanation Of Reality, Roman T. Ciapalo Jan 1987

Life (Zōḗ) In Plotinus' Explanation Of Reality, Roman T. Ciapalo

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No abstract provided.


Moral Judgment Making: A Philosophical Analysis, Robert P. Craig Jan 1987

Moral Judgment Making: A Philosophical Analysis, Robert P. Craig

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No abstract provided.


Thomas Hobbes' Theory Of Obligation: A Modern Interpretation, Ralph P. Forsberg Jan 1987

Thomas Hobbes' Theory Of Obligation: A Modern Interpretation, Ralph P. Forsberg

Dissertations

No abstract provided.