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    • 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, 2018-06)
      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. ...
    • 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 ...
    • Are fictional emotions SUI generis? 

      Arıcan, Bensu (Bilkent University, 2018-06)
      In this master‟s thesis, I address the question whether fictional emotions are sui generis or whether they are reducible to genuine emotions. I argue that we can neither put fictional emotions in a different category nor ...
    • Strengthening the pre-established harmony response to the epistemic challenge of evolution in non-naturalist metaethical realism 

      Gudmunsen, Seyed Zacharus (Bilkent University, 2018-06)
      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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Color-blindness in rawls’s theory of justice 

      Oktay, Emine Naz (Bilkent University, 2019-06)
      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 ...
    • The paradox of horror or the value of negative aesthetic experiences 

      Yücel, Uğur Eylül (Bilkent University, 2019-06)
      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 ...
    • Armies as corporate agents: a new response to Lazar’s ‘responsibility dilemma’ 

      Boğa, Dilara (Bilkent University, 2019-06)
      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 ...
    • Moral enhancement: the case of oxytocin 

      Sever Kıyak, Bilge (Bilkent University, 2019-06)
      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. ...
    • Unreliable narrator: memory, accuracy and function 

      Torun, Gülce (Bilkent University, 2019-06)
      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 ...
    • Imagination in the study of history: Collingwood reconsidered 

      Hadley, John (Bilkent University, 2019-06)
      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 ...
    • 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. ...
    • 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 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Carnap on the method of philosophy 

      Kaya, Hatice (Bilkent University, 2020-06)
      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 ...
    • The development of preschoolers’ understanding of culpability 

      Alimujiang, Reyihanguli (Bilkent University, 2020-07)
      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 ...