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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 ...
    • 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 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 ...
    • 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. ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • Moral enhancement: the case of oxytocin 

      Kıyak, Bilge Sever (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. ...