Recent Submissions

  • The ethical foundations for animal rights. 

    Prober, Clare. (Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.), 2016)
    In my thesis, I accept the premise that animals possess inherent value and as a result, are deserving of certain protections. I argue that a rights-based approach is required to sufficiently ensure such protections, since ...
  • Does freedom imply morality? : the understanding and interrelation of freedom, action, and morality in Kant and Nietzsche's normative philosophy. 

    Green, John. (Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.), 2015)
    This paper imagines a debate between Nietzsche and Kant in the realms of normativity, metaphysics of the self, and philosophy of action. It also displays how these concepts are necessarily interrelated in these two ...
  • Respect for individuals in theories of criminalization 

    Kestigian, Aidan E. (Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.), 2013-06-06)
    Considers the five most prominent theories of criminalization that have been put forward by criminal legal philosophers: Antony Duff, Douglas Husak, Hyman Gross, Michael Moore, and Joel Feinberg. Shows that the concept of ...
  • Freedom and normative neutrality: assessing Robert Nozick's libertarianism 

    Monroe, Kenneth P. (Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.), 2013-06-06)
    Defends a normatively neutral conception of freedom. Using that conception, the author argues that the libertarianism Robert Nozick articulates in Anarchy, State and Utopia is inadequate as a defense of freedom.
  • Happiness through virtue: the egoistic reasons for morality 

    Speth, Christopher (Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.), 2013-06-05)
    In this thesis, I advance the notion that moral virtues are necessary to live a truly happy life. This is a response to the Humean claim that agents do not have a reason to be moral. I examine what happiness is, and how ...
  • The satisfactions of subjectivity: a defense of idealism. 

    Osborne, Robert Carry. (Wheaton College; Norton, Mass., 2011-11-14)
    What is the nature of reality? What makes something “real”? This is one of the fundamental questions of philosophy, and realism and idealism have long stood as two diametrically opposed and mutually exclusive answers to ...
  • Answers to the Tragedy of the Commons. 

    Nussbaum, Gabrielle. (Wheaton College ; Norton, Mass., 2008)
    The Tragedy of the Commons is an environmental dilemma made famous by Garrett Hardin in 1968. Since Hardin brought attention to the subject, much discourse has centered around the tragedy and many solutions to the dilemma ...