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  1. Jessica Ekblaw, Ecological Dualisms Undone: Exploring The Roles Of Ideologies, Zero Waste, And Qualitative Life-Cycle Analysis In Punta Cana'S Building Material Culture.
    Materials, as the physical human-environment interface, are key challenges and requirements for sustainable design. This study investigates the epistemology of building materials to understand the considerations and consequences of material selection, both in and within the specific context of Punta Cana. By employing reflective research methods to interpret six environmental building philosophies, this study reveals the building community's need to resolve inflexible dualisms regarding technology, globalization, and cultural meaning to overcome professional divisions that hinder interventions toward sustainability. The results call (...)
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  2. John Patrick Frederick Wynne, Cicero on the Philosophy of Religion: De Natura Deorum and de Divinatione.
    Cicero wrote de Natura Deorum , de Divinatione and de Fato in succession and describes the latter two as continuations of the first. I argue that the three dialogues form a trilogy, in which Cicero as author indicates a stance on the material he presents . There are much-debated attributions of preferences to Cicero's propriae personae at the conclusions of dND and Div.; I take these preferences to express Cicero's authorial stance. I examine relevant parts of the speeches to which (...)
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  3. Eyja Brynjarsdottir, Instances of Instantiation: Distinguishing Between Subjective and Objective Properties.
    This thesis explores the prospects of a distinction between subjective and objective properties in terms of how they are instantiated. While there are many ways in which the subjective can be separated from the objective, the one that interests me here is the difference between properties instantiated subjectively and properties instantiated objectively. The idea is that in some cases what makes it so that object o has the property p is what a thinking subject thinks of it or how she (...)
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  4. Douglas Young, Soul as Structure: Plato and Aristotle on the Harmonia Theory.
    We are conscious beings who think, understand, feel and perceive. We are also material beings composed out of ordinary material stuff. Determining the precise connections between the psychological and the material remains problematic. The harmonia theory is one of the first attempts to frame this as a problem about composite objects. The theory itself is simple: the soul is the harmonia of the material parts of the body. But what a harmonia is and what the theory amounts to are matters (...)
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  5. Gregory Peter Brazeal, The Supreme Fiction: Fiction or Fact? Two Notes on Wallace Stevens and Philosophy.
    The thesis presents two reflections on what it might mean to read Wallace Stevens philosophically. The first section argues that we would be better off avoiding the search for a supreme fiction in Stevens' poetry. By the poet's own standards, he never succeeded in creating one. The second section attempts to justify the abandonment of the search for the supreme fiction by suggesting another, perhaps more productive way in which Stevens' poetry might be philosophically read. In particular, it will be (...)
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  6. Elbert P. Tuttle & Alfred C. Aman, Tuttle, Elbert P. - Clip 23.
    From the video archives of the Cornell Law School Heritage Project. The interviewer is Alfred C. Aman ; the videographer, Thomas R. Bruce. This video covers Elbert Tuttle's reflections the end of his military service and the effect of his years in the military on his professional career, as well as a summary of his judicial philosophy. The initial phase of this project was sponsored by a generous grant from the law firm of Sutherland Asbill and Brennan LLP.
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  7. Elbert P. Tuttle, Sarah S. Tuttle & Alfred C. Aman, Tuttle, Elbert P. - Clip 04.
    From the video archives of the Cornell Law School Heritage Project. The interviewer is Alfred C. Aman ; the videographer, Thomas R. Bruce. This video covers covers Elbert Tuttle's impressions of Andrew D. White, his views on preparation for law study, and the origins of Tuttle's approach to civil rights. The initial phase of this project was sponsored by a generous grant from the law firm of Sutherland Asbill and Brennan LLP.
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  8. Timothy Shaffer, Cultivating Deliberative Democracy Through Adult Civic Education: The Ideas And Work That Shaped Farmer Discussion Groups And Schools Of Philosophy In The New Deal Department Of Agriculture, Land-Grant Universities, And Cooperative Extension Service.
    This dissertation explores the ideas and philosophies of government administrators that animated a deliberative democracy effort which took place in rural communities in the 1930s and 1940s under the auspices of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in partnership with the Cooperative Extension Service and land-grant universities. It is the construction of a narrative about civic professionals cultivating spaces for citizens to become informed and educated about public problems. This deliberative democracy effort was an extraordinary attempt to take seriously (...)
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  9. Joseph Kaye, The Epistemology and Evaluation of Experience-Focused HCI.
    The topic of study of Human-Computer Interaction is constantly changing as people develop new uses for new technologies. In this thesis I present three contributions to the field of HCI that address these ongoing changes. These contributions are around the themes of epistemology, experience, and evaluation. I begin by importing from the field of Science & Technology Studies the notions of epistemology and comparative epistemology . STS researchers work from an intellectual position outside their field of study; I propose "epistemological (...)
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