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According to Russell’s theory of descriptions, a sentence of the form “The F is G” expresses the general proposition There is exactly one F and whatever is an F is G. According to Donnellan, there are two types of uses of a definite description: an attributive use and a referential use. A...
In contemporary scientific theories of evolution, organisms are construed as if they were the products of genes and gene-expression. Much of our biological research operate on the assumptions that (1) organisms are reducible to and reconstructible from their genes, and (2) the organism, as a...
A crossdisciplinary exploration of essentialism about kinds: philosophical perspectives in feminism and the philosophy of biologyDownload
“Essentialism about kinds” is the belief that there are necessary and sufficient conditions for membership in a kind. This thesis addresses the parallels in the discussions of essentialism across feminism and the philosophy of biology. Specifically, I address the similarities and differences...
Cognitive Homology: Psychological Kinds as Biological Kinds in an Evolutionary Developmental Cognitive ScienceDownload
In this philosophy of science thesis I develop a conceptual framework for thinking about cognitive activities by drawing on the conceptual resources of evolutionary developmental biology, providing first steps toward an evolutionary developmental cognitive neuroscience. Focusing on ontological,...
Critical Thinking, Philosophical Theories of Testimony, and the Challenge of Wikipedia Knowledge ClaimsDownload
Providing students with the necessary critical thinking skills to scrutinize knowledge claims is generally recognized as an important educational goal. Many critical thinking textbooks utilize a criteria-based practice of critical thinking whereby a number of criteria are set out for the...
In a world inundated with information that is becoming increasingly more digital by the day there is value in unique academic disciplines that can make sense of this new landscape—interdisciplinary fields like the Digital Humanities (DH). DH scholars have the ability to breach the divide between...
This thesis is framed in terms of a larger project — articulating a dialectical materialist conception of STS based, largely, on the work of Marx and Engels. Here, “materialist” is to be understood as a commitment to the proposition that being precedes thought in the order of ontological primacy;...