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    • 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 ...
    • Finding the middle way: the formation of democracy and the conflict of authority and autonomy 

      Civelek, Mert (Bilkent University, 2018-06)
      This thesis aims to find a place where in the conflict of autonomy and authority there is a place for a democratic state to exist. The possibility of a democratic state that could have legitimate authority over its ...
    • How to be fragmented? 

      Eroğlu, Ali Kerem (Bilkent University, 2018-05)
      Actual human agents have limited cognitive capacity. They might display deductive failure, contradictory beliefs and imperfect recall. These and other similar cases raise a problem for idealized models of belief and behavior. ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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. ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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. ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • On the impossibility of the ontic view of mechanistic explanations 

      Başdemir, Alican (Bilkent University, 2019-05)
      This thesis addresses the ongoing dispute among the New Mechanists on the epistemic and ontic conceptions of mechanistic explanations. The ontic view stipulates that explanations should be based on an identity relation ...
    • On the reflection principle 

      Kavas, Gizem (Bilkent University, 2018-06)
      In ‘Belief and the Will’ van Fraassen (1984: 255) argues that traditional epistemology allows one to believe in propositions that are not entailed by the evidence at hand, while at the same time acknowledging that what ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • The possibility of theorising the law as a normative social phenomenon: the prior phase and theoretical presuppositions 

      Gürkanlı, Çağrı (Bilkent University, 2019-05)
      For the last two decades, there has been an impasse between the two main camps of positivism and normativism in the ongoing methodology debate in jurisprudence. Furthermore, there have been recent attacks on the foundations ...
    • 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 ...
    • Strengthening the pre-established harmony response to the epistemic challenge of evolution in non-naturalist metaethical realism 

      Gudmunsen, Seyed Zacharus (Bilkent University, 2018-05)
      This thesis outlines a popular non-naturalist response to evolutionary debunking arguments against metaethical realism: the pre-established harmony response. I argue that the pre-established harmony response is unsuccessful ...
    • 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 ...