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  • Unreliable narratives and scepticism: what can we learn from fiction? 

    Vural, Fatma Zehra (Bilkent University, 2021-05)
    This thesis investigates whether we can learn from fiction. First, I analyse accounts of how we understand fiction and of the concepts that need to be analysed. Then I look more specifically at accounts that suggest we can ...
  • Plant mind through amalgamated functionalism and its impact on the definition of mind 

    Meriç, Cansu İrem (Bilkent University, 2021-05)
    The definition of the mind seems to be a vague and unstable one in the philosophy of mind. This thesis aims to find some solid features through which we could define the mind or chose to remove from its definition with the ...
  • Pathologically chronic pain and pain avoidance behavior within predictive processing framework 

    Demirkaya, Eyşan (Bilkent University, 2021-06)
    Pain as the most enquired philosophical theme is a complex experience, which includes sensation, emotion, motivation, cognition, and social interaction. However, there is not a single overarching philosophical theory that ...
  • Is relativized BSA anti-realist? 

    Sonsayar, Utku (Bilkent University, 2021-01)
    This thesis investigates one version of Best System Accounts (BSA) of laws of nature: relativized BSA. I argue that relativized BSA, unlike its proponents claim, is an anti-realist account. In the second chapter, I argue ...
  • The normative force of certainty: a defense of realism 

    Bölek, Sena (Bilkent University, 2021-01)
    Crispin Wright, in Truth and Objectivity, introduces his anti-realist paradigm, arguing that discourse about morality can be truth-apt without holding a realist stance. There, he formulates the criterion of Cognitive Command ...
  • What stream exactly? The better nature of the early stream of consciousness fiction 

    Sağbaş, Kemal Doğukan (Bilkent University, 2021-01)
    The term “the stream of consciousness” refers to two different notions: a philosophical psychology theory purported by William James (“the Stream”), and a genre in 20th-century fiction that deals with the conscious ...
  • Knowledge and wisdom: a reading of the digression in the Theaetetus 

    İsmet, Doğacan (Bilkent University, 2020-06)
    The Theaetetus digression has attracted scholars in both its form and content. No final answer is given as to how we should read the digression. I propose another reading, which engages in the structural intricacies of the ...
  • The development of preschoolers’ understanding of culpability 

    Alimujiang, Reyihanguli (Bilkent University, 2020-06)
    The effect of outcome and intention on children’s moral judgment is much debated in developmental literature. Combining this debate with norm understanding literature we investigated children’s ability to understand ...
  • Carnap on the method of philosophy 

    Kaya, Hatice (Bilkent University, 2020-05)
    This thesis examines Carnap’s view on the method of philosophy. More specifically, it examines his gradual inclusion of non-formal elements to an initially formal method of philosophy. In his early period, Carnap proposes ...
  • Can we see non-human animals are agents? 

    Pamukcu, Efsun İlayda (Bilkent University, 2020-06)
    In this thesis, I investigate non-human animal agency and I question whether we can see non-human animals are agents or not. I shall adopt a Moorean approach to animal agency and argue that we can see animals are agents ...
  • A new outlook on the problem of natural kind status of emotions 

    Küçük, Kardelen (Bilkent University, 2020-06)
    This thesis deals with the question of whether emotions are natural kinds or not. Those who take a negative stance in this ongoing debate argue that the emotion categories that scientists make use of are not appropriate ...
  • A re-examination of computational creativity through non-human animals 

    Ahmed, Nashiha (Bilkent University, 2020-06)
    The advancement of artificial intelligence suggests signs of computational creativity; however, the case for computational creativity is undermined by an anthropocentric bias. In this thesis, I attempt to broaden the ...
  • Neuroscience, gender and morality: a neuro-feminist defense 

    Çamlıca, Gizem (Bilkent University, 2020-01)
    Neuroscientific research shows that female brains and male brains have differences in terms of grey and white matter, corpus callosum size, hormone levels and the complexity of neural connections between the two hemispheres. ...
  • Neuroscience and the free will problem 

    Açıköz, Ömer Hamza (Bilkent University, 2020-01)
    The free will problem examines whether people can control their behaviours or not. This problem is highly debated in philosophy. It is a multidimensional phenomenon and it includes social, ethical and psychological ...
  • Color-blindness in rawls’s theory of justice 

    Oktay, Emine Naz (Bilkent University, 2019-05)
    I argue that Rawls’s theory of justice cannot be a guide to rectify or even to address racial injustice. While critics of Rawls’s theory do not particularly focus on colorblind discourse, my critique builds on this ...
  • Moral enhancement: the case of oxytocin 

    Sever Kıyak, Bilge (Bilkent University, 2019-05)
    Biomedical moral enhancement is the interventions to improve normal, healthy human beings’ moral capacities via biomedical methods. In this paper oxytocin use in these interventions and whether they are urgent are questioned. ...
  • Armies as corporate agents: a new response to Lazar’s ‘responsibility dilemma’ 

    Boğa, Dilara (Bilkent University, 2019-05)
    The ‘Responsibility Dilemma’ is a significant issue for Just War Theory. The dilemma deals with the question of how to explain why non-combatants are not liable for lethal defensive harms despite being blameworthy. In this ...
  • Unreliable narrator: memory, accuracy and function 

    Torun, Gülce (Bilkent University, 2019-05)
    If the past is in the past then, why cannot we just let it go? The answer is simple. We are obsessed with our past and it is always running alongside us. Moreover, we are inclined to think that what we remember is true ...
  • The paradox of horror or the value of negative aesthetic experiences 

    Yücel, Uğur Eylül (Bilkent University, 2019-05)
    David Hume (1982) in Of Tragedy asks the question that how is it possible for audiences to get pleasure from disagreeable emotions? My dissertation addresses the contemporary version of the paradox of tragedy that raises ...
  • Imagination in the study of history: Collingwood reconsidered 

    Hadley, John (Bilkent University, 2019-05)
    Philosopher and historian R.G. Collingwood made bold claims for the role imagination plays in the study of history, but does not adequately qualify his claims. In this thesis I add content to Collingwood’s conception of ...

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