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Past Ph.D.s

The following is a list of all Ph.D.s awarded by the UC Davis Graduate Program in Philosophy, with the dissertation title and faculty adviser(s). Names link to each person's webpage (if available).



Brian Coffey
In Defense of an End-Relational Theory of Goodness
Supervised by: David Copp

Sarah Roe
The Salmon-Roe Approach to Mechanistic Explanation
Supervised by: Roberta Millstein 



Bert Baumgaertner
Vagueness Judgments:  An Information Theoretic Approach
Supervised by: Bernard Molyneux 

Christopher Buckels
Plato's Theory of Sensible Particulars
Supervised by: Jan Szaif



Huaping Lu-Adler
Kant's Conception of Logical Extension and Its Implications
Supervised by: Henry Allison 

Vadim Keyser
The Stabilization View of Measurement
Supervised by: James Griesemer



Greg Damico
On Definitional Unity in Aristotle
Supervised by: John Malcolm

Lucas Halpin
Meta-Philosophy: Contra-Quine
Supervised by: G. Aldo Antonelli 

Jonathan Dorsey
Cutting The Problem Of Consciousness Down To Size
Supervised by: Bernard Molyneux

Nate Smith
Essentialist Heuristics in Biology
Supervised by: James Griesemer



Gina Marie Calderone
The Indeterminacy of Meaning
Supervised by: Michael Jubien and Paul Teller

Nicholas Jeremiah Diehl
Narration in Literature and Film
Supervised by: George Wilson and James Griesemer 

Michael Trestman
Goal-Directedness, Behavior and Cognition
Supervised by: James Griesemer



Dana Lynn Goswick
Ontology and Modality
Supervised by: L.A. Paul and Cody Gilmore

David Ian Spencer
Time, Tense, and Mind: A Case Study in Metaphysics and Perspectival Representation
Supervised by: Paul R. Teller



Brooke S. Roberts
A Reactive Attitudes Account of Desert
Supervised by: Gerald Dworkin and Pekka Väyrynen



James Craig Blackmon
Computationalism and the Putnam-Searle Thesis
Supervised by: Paul R. Teller and Robert C. Cummins



Christian Lang Coons
The Value of Individuals and the Value of States of Affairs
Supervised by: Pekka Väyrynen and Connie S. Rosati

David James Freelove
The Axioms and Substance in Aristotle's Science of Metaphysics
Supervised by: Michael V. Wedin

Alexa Heidi Lee
A Defense of Descriptivism
Supervised by: Michael Glanzberg and Robert C. Cummins



Matthew Horace Haber
The Centrality of Phylogenetic Thinking
Supervised by: James R. Griesemer



Lynne O'Neil Fox
Equality in Meeting Basic Needs: Reasons for, and Challenges to, a Theory of Distributive Justice that Focuses on Basic Needs
Supervised by: Gerald Dworkin and David Copp



James David Byrd, Jr.
Is a Unified Account of Concepts Possible?
Supervised by: Robert C. Cummins 

Martin Anthony Anderson Roth
The Role of Programs in Connectionist Explanations of Cognition
Supervised by: Robert C. Cummins



Todd Harris
The Construction and Evaluation of Data Models in Cell Biology
Supervised by: James R. Griesemer

William Russell Payne
On the Nature of Dispositions
Supervised by: Michael E. Jubien



Patrick John Findler
Moral Properties, Secondary Qualities, and Moral Motivation
Supervised by: David Copp 

Robert Scofield
Skepticism and Analogical Reasoning in Law
Supervised by: David Copp

Christina Waters
Sartre on the Magical
Supervised by: William H. Bossart



Sherry Lynn Deveaux
The Essence of Spinoza's God
Supervised by: Joel I. Friedman and Don Garrett



Judith Worth Cross
The Nature of Events
Supervised by: Michael E. Jubien

Richard Constanz Schubert
Moral Judgments, Normative Reasons, and the Motivation of the Practically Rational
Supervised by: 
David Copp



Elizabeth Volk Forrester
Emergent Properties
Supervised by: Paul R. Teller



Scott Andrew Merlino
Are Biological Species Individuals?
Supervised by: James R. Griesemer

Robert Wilson Mutti
The Semantic Content of Proper Names
Supervised by: Jeffrey C. King

David Eric Nachmanoff
A Moral Justification for the Right to National Self-Determination
Supervised by: David Copp

Howard Mark Pressman
Hume on Geometry and Infinite Divisibility
Supervised by: George J. Mattey II

Leslie Elizabeth Stapp
A Revision of David Lewis's "Golden Card": The Classification of Relations Via a New Intrinsic/Extrinsic Property Relation
Supervised by: Michael E. Jubien



Nancy Elizabeth Shaffer
Understanding Bias in Scientific Practice
Supervised by: Paul R. Teller



Jordi Cat
Maxwell's Interpretation of the Electric and Magnetic Potentials: The Methods of Illustration, Analogy and Scientific Metaphor
Supervised by: Paul R. Teller



Leonard David Olson
Hegel and the Doctrine of the Trinity
Supervised by: William H. Bossart



Melinda Lou Campbell
The Reality of Color: The Case for Subjective Realism
Supervised by: Richard Wollheim

William Stafford Hirstein
The Problem of Self-Belief
Supervised by: Richard Wollheim

Marina Alexandra Lise Oshana
Autonomy as a Social Phenomenon
Supervised by: John Martin Fischer



David Lopez
The Question of a Sartrean Ethics
Supervised by: William H. Bossart



Tony Daniel Roy
On Possibility and Possible Worlds
Supervised by: Michael E. Jubien



Jay Wallis Gallagher
Staking a Claim to Knowledge in an Alien Framework: From Foucault's Critique of the Confessional to Mae West on Men
Supervised by: George J. Mattey II and Mary Anne Warren



Dirk Meier Leben (deceased)
On the Possible, the Impossible and God: The Medieval Latin Philosophical Development of New Testament Sources
Supervised by: Neal W. Gilbert



Katarina Elsbeth Helene Dulckheit
Hegel on Meaning and Reference
Supervised by: George J. Mattey II


Theodore Ambrose Gracyk
Epistemological Sources of Kant's Aesthetic Theory
Supervised by: George J. Mattey II

Alistair Moles
The Metaphysical Principles of Nietzsche's Cosmology
Supervised by: Joel I. Friedman

Timothy Dean Roche
Aristotle on the Good of Man
Supervised by: Michael V. Wedin



Linda Kay Bomstad
The Corpuscular Theory and the Semantics of Natural Kind Terms in Locke's Essay
Supervised by: Ronald A. Arbini



Burke Hilden
Excluded-Opposite Arguments
Supervised by: Ronald A. Arbini

Paula Blanche Hunter
Architectonic and Critical Philosophy
Supervised by: George J. Mattey II



Jerald Lee Mosley
A Posteriori Necessity: Some Recent Views
Supervised by: Michael V. Wedin



Stephen Richard Hibbard
Particular Identity and Particular Reality in Plato's Middle Dialogues
Supervised by: John F. Malcolm



Bruce Alan Russell
Rawls and Utilitarianism: A Comparison and Critique
Supervised by: Fred R. Berger



John Michael King
Functionalist Explanations of Behavior
Supervised by: Ronald A. Arbini 

Judy Carol Williams
The Philosophical Significance of the Notion of Seeing-as
Supervised by: Ronald A. Arbini



Frederick Joseph O'Toole
Qualities and Powers in the Corpuscular Philosophy of Robert Boyle
Supervised by: Ronald A. Arbini



George Daniel Gale, Jr.
Leibniz: the Physicist and the Philosopher
Supervised by: 
Marjorie Grene

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