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Toward a linguistic conception of thought
The traditional, and still most common, view of the relationship between language and thought is that language is merely a tool for expressing thoughts. I argue that this view is mistaken and that language is the very thing that makes thought possible in the first place. I mean a number of things by this. I mean that no one ...
Perceptual knowledge: explorations and extensions of the Sellarsian framework
The aim of my thesis is to outline a theory of epistemic justification for beliefs formed by sense perception. The project takes as its starting point the philosophical framework of Wilfrid Sellars. I begin with a discussion of the notion of the epistemological given that is appealed to in a wide variety of philosophical ...
Expanding the child's range of open futures: a proposed basis for the ethical assessment of parental genetic trait selections
This dissertation considers the bases upon which ethical assessments of parental genetic trait selections for their children can be made. It argues that if parents engage in genetic trait selections, they must act to expand their child's range of open futures, not to constrict their child's range of open futures or to ...