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  1. Austin Boyle, Philosophy of Education.
    This powerpoint presentation examines the philosophy of education.
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  2. Andrea Gagaoudakis, Philosophy of Education: Why Am I Doing This?
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  3. Jana Seidl, Philosophy of Education.
    This powerpoint presentation examines the philosophy of education framing academic subjects in cultural and global context.
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  4. Simon Glynn, The Three Fallacies of Pandora: The Case Against Nuclear Power.
    At a time when global warming due to greenhouse gas emissions pose a present and clear threat to the environment, the Nuclear Energy Industry is gearing up to provide a solution to this problem, trading upon a number of fallacies to argue that it neither makes, nor will in future make, any significant contribution to these or to other radiation-linked diseases. This paper exposes these fallacies and argues, to the contrary, that even should the industry be able to avoid all (...)
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  5. Erin Burns-Davies, Simulation, Creation and Reproduction in Dystopian Science Fiction.
    Dystopian science fiction, while portraying horrific possibilities of existence, often depicts an atmosphere analogous to our own world, conveying a harsh landscape only a few decades into the future. Erin Burns-Davies is a Ph.D. student in the LLL track of the Comparative Studies program at Florida Atlantic University. This paper was presented at the Comparative Studies Association 2008 Conference: Interdisciplinarity and Environmental Sustainability.
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  6. Raymie E. McKerrow, The Role of Argument in Civics Education: Enhancing Citizenship in a Transcultural Society.
    Argument plays a critical role in the creation and maintenance of a civil society. How arguments function, and how arguers manage their discursive roles, is key to their enactment of citizenship. While contemporary scholarship in deliberative practices privileges the role of reason and decorum as the best means to protect civility, this essay will argue for an alternative view. The orientation toward how argument functions in civic education is thus critical in enhancing citizenship in a transcultural society.
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  7. Robert James Leivers, Tomorrow is Yesterday [Electronic Resource] : Protoscience From the Medieval Manuscript to the Golden Age of Science-Fiction.
    Protosciences, or new sciences trying to establish their legitimacy, are ubiquitous in literature. In the old stories we hear of alchemists who can only dream of the discoveries that modern chemists take for granted, and in the new stories we hear of travelers moving faster than light as our greatest physicists attempt to make that fantasy a reality. Limiting our viewpoint to the modern scientific reductionist view of the universe not only makes little sense if we consider Michael Polanyi's theories (...)
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  8. Adella Irizarry, The Amtal Rule [Electronic Resource] : Testing to Define in Frank Herbert's Dune.
    In this project, I focus on the function of the "amtal" or test of definition or destruction, in Frank Herbert's Dune. It is my argument that these tests "to destruction" determine not only the limits or defects of the person being tested, but also - and more crucially - the very limits and defects of the definition of humanity in three specific cultural spheres within the novel: the Bene Gesserit, the Fremen, and the Faufreluches. The definitions of "amtal" as well (...)
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  9. Robin R. Vallacher & Daniel M. Wegner, Levels of Personal Agency: Individual Variation in Action Identification.
    This research examined individual differences in action identification level as measured by the Behavior Identification Form. Action identification theory holds that any action can be identified in many ways, ranging from low-level identities that specify how the action is performed to high-level identities that signify why or with what effect the action performed. People who identify action at a uniformly lower or higher level across many action domains, then, may be characterized in terms of their standing on a broad personality (...)
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  10. Tiffany J. Frost, Liberating Menageries [Electronic Resource] : Animal Speaking and "Survivance" in Elizabeth Bishop and Gerald Vizenor.
    This thesis demonstrates the ways that nonhuman characters in the literature of Elizabeth Bishop and Gerald Vizenor subvert anthropocentrism, thereby contributing to an ongoing reconsideration of political and ethical approaches to species discourse. Jacques Derrida's work on the philosophical questions regarding nonhuman animals is combined with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak's postcolonial perspective on "subaltern speaking" and representation, while Gerald Vizenor's theory of "survivance" provides the theoretical grounding for approaching literary representations of animals within this project. The authors in this study challenge (...)
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  11. Amanda Simpson, Waking Sleeping Beauty.
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  12. Nicholas Martens, What's so Fair About the Status Quo? [Electronic Resource] : Examining Fairness Criteria as Moderators of System Justification.
    System justification theorists have proposed that people are motivated to view their political, economic, and social circumstances as desirable, necessary, and fair (e.g., Jost, Nosek & Banaji, 2004). Despite more than 15 years of system justification research, the meaning of fairness within this context has not been investigated directly. Over the past several decades three major criteria have been identified as contributing to people's perceptions of fairness: distributive justice, procedural justice, and one's own idiosyncratic set of personal values. Focusing on (...)
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  13. Nora I. Ayala, The Influence of Plotinus on Marsilio Ficino's Doctrine of the Hierarchy of Being [Electronic Resource].
    Marsilio Ficino provides the ground to consider Renaissance Platonism as a distinctive movement within the vast context of Renaissance philosophy. Ficino's Platonism includes traces of earlier humanistic thought and ideas from Neoplatonic philosophers such as Plotinus, Proclus, and Dionysius the Areopagite. Ficino was able to rebuild a traditional philosophy that, from the ancient Greeks to Plotinus, had established the harmony between paganism and Christianity. Neoplatonism, characterized by complex metaphysical, ethical, and psychological canons, provided the grounds for Ficino's cosmological challenge to (...)
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  14. Robert L. J. Axberg, Empathy as a Factor of the Sublime and Beautiful in a Wilderness Environment [Electronic Resource].
    Contemporary views on the aesthetics of nature fall into two opposing schools of thought; the cognitive school where philosophers such as Allen Carlson believe that science can explain everything about the aesthetics of nature, and the non-cognitive where, for example, Arnold Berleant maintains that science is a sufficient though not a necessary condition for the aesthetic appreciation of nature. Berleant and others of his kind contend that an engaged multi-sensuous relationship with nature will manifest the required experience. Empathy with nature, (...)
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  15. Val Czerny, Let Them Run Wild: [Electronic Resource] : Childhood, the Nineteenth-Century Storyteller, and the Ascent of the Moon.
    Drawing from literary criticism, ecological philosophy, psychoanalysis, and the wisdom of the female principle - or what Paula Gunn Allen perceives as "Her presence," the "power to make and relate"- this interdisciplinary study challenges dominant assumptions that habitually prevail in western cultural thinking. Let Them Run Wild investigates alternative, "buried" articulations which emerge in nineteenth-and early twentieth-century narratives that especially engage an audience of both children and adult readers. Recognizing the fictions inherent in linear-driven thought, these articulations celebrate narrative moments (...)
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  16. Ashley King, Development of Inhibition as a Function of the Presence of an Intentional Agent [Electronic Resource].
    This thesis examined the developmental differences in inhibition and theory-of-mind of 4-8 year olds as a function of the suggested presence of a supernatural agent. All children played four games designed to assess their current level of inhibition and theory-of-mind performance; Children in the experimental condition, only, were also introduced to an invisible Princess Alice and were told that she was watching during the games. Following these measures, all children engaged in a resistance-to-temptation task to determine any differences in inhibition (...)
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  17. Janine McAdams, Gender and the Abject in the Symbolic Landscapes of Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Olive Schreiner's The Story of an African Farm [Electronic Resource].
    The literature of the fin de siáecle challenged established societal norms through its use of avant-garde literary forms and controversial subject matter. This study will examine the use of landscape metaphors in two major works of fin de siáecle literature, Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Olive Schreiner's The Story of an African Farm, in order to reveal how these texts critique and re-vision the social dualities of gender. A wide range of literary theories-including, (...)
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