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  • Why Fiction Matters 

    Holliday, John-Gregory Bass (2015)
    I explore five features that bear upon literary value and what is involved in appreciating those features. In the introduction, I motivate the project, examine the notion of literary value itself, and sketch the major ...
  • Deutsch's CTC Model and its Implications for the Foundations of Quantum Theory 

    Dunlap, Lucas (2015)
    This dissertation is an exploration of several issues surrounding David Deutsch’s CTC model first introduced in his 1991 paper “Quantum Mechanics Near Closed Timelike Lines”. Deutsch developed his model to account for the ...
  • From Social Choice to System Choice: A Problem for Lewis’s Best System Analysis 

    Woo, Sungwon (2015)
    One of the most important results in social choice theory is Kenneth Arrow’s impossibility theorem (1951/1963), according to which there cannot exist any rational procedure of aggregating individual preferences into a ...
  • Internalist Deflationism: On the Limits of Ontological Investigation 

    Vogel, Christopher A. (2015)
    Since Frege(1879), the history of semantics identifies the meanings of natural language expressions with the mind external things they denote, be they pedestrian objects (e.g., cows and chairs), less pedestrian objects ...
  • Public Opinion, Political Representation, and Democratic Choice 

    Zenz, Michael (2015)
    In this dissertation I argue that political representatives have duties to be responsive to public opinion in their policy decisions. The existence of this duty, I claim, is a basic requirement of a truly democratic system ...

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