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  1. Toward a More Hospitable Conception of Race & The Political: The Play of Difference & Economy in a Politic of Disruption.Zachary Thomas Settle - unknown
    The body of this thesis is framed around Carl Schmitt's articulation of the political as the distinction between friend and enemy; more importantly, though, it revolves around opposition as the necessary foundation of the political. Making use of Derrida and Agamben, this particular argument critiques/radicalizes Schmitt's notion. After establishing the necessary limits and boundaries at play in the binary opposite embedded within Schmitt's understanding of the political, this essay aims to level a certain generative critique of Schmitt's definition. A certain (...)
     
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  2. "Another Way": The Pneumatology of Deleuzean Minoritarian Communal Interpretation in Scripture, the 16th Century Radical Reformation, and Alternative 21st Century Anabaptist Community. [REVIEW]Jeremy Garber - unknown
    This dissertation proposes a constructive theology of the Holy Spirit called the "pneumatology of minoritarian communal interpretation," the alternative creation of meaning within an oppressive majority context. It illustrates the convergence of Deleuzean philosophy with Anabaptist pneumatology and media communal interpretation theory in three particular locations: 1) selected mentions of the Holy Spirit in the Hebrew Bible and Christian New Testament; 2) the 16th century Radical Reformation; and 3) "Another Way," a 21st century alternative Anabaptist group focused around the spiritual (...)
     
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  3. Sense-Making Bodies: Feminist Materiality and Phenomenology in Constructive Body Theologies.Heike Peckruhn - unknown
    Constructive body theology provides an ethical commitment to and a set of analytical principles for understanding bodily experience. If we insist upon the theological value of embodied experience, how can we give an adequate account of it? Are feminist appeals to the senses useful in developing theological truth claims based in embodied experiences? Feminist theologies which explicitly seek to overcome body/mind dualisms often reinscribe them when they neglect to attend to perception as a critical element of bodily experience. Phenomenological analyses (...)
     
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  4. Beware of Mad John: Political Theology, Psychedelics and Literature.Roger Green - unknown
    Using the discourse of Political Theology as a mode of inquiry we can overcome a longstanding tension between aesthetics and history that characterized much of twentieth century thought. Focusing on literary and occasionally musical works from the mid twentieth century, my aim is to show how works displaying psychedelic aesthetics are important venues for political deliberation with regard to citizenship. Through affective means, psychedelic aesthetics re-imagine the boundaries of liberal subjectivity through a consciousness expansion and return from that expansion. The (...)
     
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  5. Thinking, with Heidegger, the Religion-Science-Theology Relation.David Leonard Carlson - unknown
    This work is an attempt to think the essential nature of the interrelationships among religion, science, and theology out of Heidegger's engagement with the question of Being. Three primary questions initially motivated this inquiry: First, how are the interrelations among religion, science, and theology to be understood? Second, is a relation of "dialogue," in some sense, possible among the three elements of the RST triad? And third, does theology have a rightful place in the public square dominated by the view (...)
     
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  6. The Last Citizen--A Response to Rawls's Challenge on Impairment: A Third Principle of Justice, and Extra-Rational Contribution.Michael Neil - unknown
    John Rawls, in Political Liberalism, acknowledges that justice as fairness, as it stands, "may fail" to deliver justice to people with severe cognitive impairment. He continues, "How deep a fault this is must wait until the case itself can be examined." The intent of this work, then, is to revisit Rawls's justice as fairness in light of intervening decades of disability consciousness and the emergence of competing theoretical constructs pertinent to the lives of people with impairment, specifically to people with (...)
     
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  7. Miracles and Militancy: The Evental Origins of Religious Revolution.Timothy John Isaacson - unknown
    Utilizing the theoretical framework of philosopher Alain Badiou, this paper will examine the force and movement of religiously fueled, revolutionary politics. Badiou's definition of event is read through the theological concept of miracle, put forward by jurist Carl Schmitt in order to elucidate the inauguration of new order. The theological concept of miracle radicalizes Alain Badiou's definition of event by manner of divine authorization. While Schmitt uses miracle to explicate sovereign preservation of the State, and Badiou's interest lies in its (...)
     
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  8. Poetry and the Multiple Drafts Model: The Functional Similarity of Cole Swensen's Verse and Human Consciousness.Connor Ryan Kreimeyer Fisher - unknown
    This project compares the operational methods of three of Cole Swensen's books of poetry with ways in which the human mind and consciousness function. I use Daniel Dennett's Multiple Drafts Model of consciousness, as described in Consciousness Explained, alongside concepts presented in several other philosophical works , to demonstrate that significant similarities exist between the operations of poetry and consciousness in general, and that these operational similarities are especially noticeable in Swensen's work. This thesis examines several operational modes that are (...)
     
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  9. Margaret Cavendish's Exploration of Consciousness in Her Writings.Cynthia Lynne Rogan de Ramirez - unknown
    Writing at a time when women had few property rights, were given scarce educational opportunities, and were viewed as incorrigibly irrational, the largely autodidactic English intellectual Margaret Cavendish is fascinated by knowledge and how to secure for herself a place in the micro- as well as macrocosmic community of letters. In particular, Cavendish holds an abiding interest in what we now call "consciousness" which she attributes to every piece of matter. Throughout the universe, the three aspects of matter--inanimate, sensate, and (...)
     
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  10. Alchemical Transformation and the Grief-Threshold in H.D.'S Helen in Egypt.Eliza Claire Bennett - unknown
    In H.D's lyric epic, Helen in Egypt , Helen of Troy experiences a phenomenological transformation in the brazier of the heart, which burns both on the beach of her new home in Egypt and in the depths of her psychic life. I have envisioned a process by which Helen psychologically enters into the brazier's flames to begin an alchemical process, so that she might see the beauty of the earth emerge and understand the rhythmic significance of the heart's perception. I (...)
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  11. Women Leaders Resolving Conflict in Higher Education: A Feminist Epistemological Perspective.Maureen C. Silva - unknown
    In an American postsecondary context, conflict is inherent . Successful navigation of conflict in the academy is vital for those who aspire to leadership positions . Presently, however, women face significant barriers to achieving success in higher education administration, including gender expectations for conflict resolution behavior .While a considerable body of literature exists for understanding gender negotiation, it remains rooted in a masculine paradigm , and, as such, established theories lack a feminist epistemological perspective. Consequently, my primary research question is, (...)
     
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  12. Effects of International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme on Teacher Philosophy, Perceptions of Efficacy, and Outlook on Education.Leroy Alfred Getchell - unknown
    Our nation, if it is going to keep a competitive edge versus the rest of the world, must reform the current system of educating children. The purpose of this study is to provide evidence that implementation of one increasingly popular reform effort, theInternational Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme , changes teachers' perceptions of what is important about education, the need for international understanding for all students, and the future of education, in general. This dissertationhelped answer those questions through an extensive study (...)
     
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  13. The Passions and Self-Esteem in Mary Astell's Early Feminist Prose.Kathleen Ann Ahearn - unknown
    This dissertation examines the influence of Cambridge Platonism and materialist philosophy on Mary Astell's early feminism. More specifically, I argue that Astell co-opts Descartes's theory of regulating the passions in his final publication, The Passions of the Soul, to articulate a comprehensive, Enlightenment and body friendly theory of feminine self-esteem that renders her feminism modern. My analysis of Astell's theory of feminine self-esteem follows both textual and contextual cues, thus allowing for a reorientation of her early feminism vis-a-vis contemporary feminist (...)
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  14. Search for Home in a Subsidized Housing Setting: Existential Crisis of Russian Elderly Refugees.Isabella Morozova - unknown
    This phenomenological study explored the lived experience of home as it was experienced existentially by Russian Jewish elderly refugees living in a senior/disability apartment complex in Denver, Colorado. Applying the procedure of purposeful sampling, data was collected in a series of in-depth, semi-structured individual interviews from 8 participants, both male and female, aged 70 to 83. All of the participants originated in the region of Ukrainian and Belorussian Poles'e, within 70 km from Chernobyl, Ukraine, and lived there at the time (...)
     
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  15. Orthodoxy and the Existential Recovery of Liberation Theology.Joshua Carey Coleman - unknown
    Author: Joshua Carey Coleman Title: Orthodoxy and the Existential Recovery of Liberation Theology Advisor: Frank Seeburger Degree Date: March 2008Past liberation theology has sought to reemphasize the concerns of the poor by recovering a union between theory and praxis in theological discourse. In doing this, Liberation thought has shied away from strands of asceticism that devalue the body and its needs. However, by focusing on the Augustinian tradition and ignoring alternative approaches, liberation thought has unduly relied on political theory when (...)
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