Past Dissertations

This is a comprehensive list of UC Davis Philosophy Ph.D. Program graduates, their dissertations and their respective faculty advisers.

These UC Davis graduates made insightful contributions to the literature in the field of philosophy.

2011 - present

 

2018

2017

  • Christopher Healow
    Name and Object: The Semantic Role of Plato's Forms
    Supervised by: Jan Szaif
  • Edward Shear
    Belief Revision Beyond AGM
    Supervised by: Hanti Lin

2016

  • W. Brandon Biggerstaff
    The Need for a Bi-level Account for Reporting Beliefs
    Supervised by: Robert May
  • Danilo Fraga Dantas
    Almost Ideal: Computational Epistemology and the Limits of Rationality for Finite Reasoners
    Supervised by: Bernard Molyneux

2015

  • T. Scott Dixon
    Grounding, Regresses, and Universals
    Supervised by: Cody Gilmore

2014

  • Brian Coffey
    In Defense of an End-Relational Theory of Goodness
    Supervised by: David Copp
  • Emily Barranco Earlenbaugh
    Pluralities of Happiness: An Instrumentalist Argument in Support of Positive Psychology
    Supervised by: Elaine Landry
  • Joshua Earlenbaugh
    Philosophy as Virtuous Rhetoric
    Supervised by: Bernard Molyneux
  • Johnnie Pedersen
    A Defense of Evidentialism about Moral Intuitions
    Supervised by: David Copp
  • Jun Keat (Jared) Poon
    Against an Evolutionary Debunking of Morality
    Supervised by: David Copp
  • Sarah Roe
    The Salmon-Roe Approach to Mechanistic Explanation
    Supervised by: Roberta Millstein

2013

  • Bert Baumgaertner
    Vagueness Judgments: An Information Theoretic Approach
    Supervised by: Bernard Molyneux
  • Christopher Buckels
    Plato's Theory of Sensible Particulars
    Supervised by: Jan Szaif

2012

  • Vadim Keyser
    The Stabilization View of Measurement
    Supervised by: James Griesemer
  • Huaping Lu-Adler
    Kant's Conception of Logical Extension and Its Implications
    Supervised by: Henry Allison

2011

  • Greg Damico
    On Definitional Unity in Aristotle
    Supervised by: John Malcolm
  • Jonathan Dorsey
    Cutting The Problem Of Consciousness Down To Size
    Supervised by: Bernard Molyneux
  • Lucas Halpin
    Meta-Philosophy: Contra-Quine
    Supervised by: G. Aldo Antonelli
  • Nate Smith
    Essentialist Heuristics in Biology
    Supervised by: James Griesemer

2001 - 2010

2010

  • 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

2009

  • 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 Teller

2008

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

2007

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

2006

  • 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

2005

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

2004

  • 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

2003

  • 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

2002

  • Todd Harris
    The Construction and Evaluation of Data Models in Cell Biology
    Supervised by: James Griesemer
  • William Russell Payne
    On the Nature of Dispositions
    Supervised by: Michael Jubien

2001

  • 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

1991 - 2000

2000

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

1999

  • Judith Worth Cross
    The Nature of Events
    Supervised by: Michael Jubien
  • Richard Constanz Schubert
    Moral Judgments, Normative Reasons, and the Motivation of the Practically Rational
    Supervised by: David Copp

1998

  • Elizabeth Volk Forrester
    Emergent Properties
    Supervised by: Paul Teller

1997

  • Scott Andrew Merlino
    Are Biological Species Individuals?
    Supervised by: James 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 Jubien

1996

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

1995

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

1994

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

1993

  • 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

1992

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

1991

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

1981 - 1990

1988

  • 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

1987

  • Dirk Meier Leben (deceased)
    On the Possible, the Impossible and God: The Medieval Latin Philosophical Development of New Testament Sources

1985

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

1984

  • 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

1983

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

1981

  • Burke Hilden
    Excluded-Opposite Arguments
    Supervised by: Ronald A. Arbini
  • Paula Hunter Manchester
    Architectonic and Critical Philosophy
    Supervised by: George J. Mattey II

1971 - 1980

1979

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

1978

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

1977

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

1974

  • John Michael King
    Functionalist Explanations of Behavior
  • Judy Carol Williams
    The Philosophical Significance of the Notion of Seeing-as
    Supervised by: Ronald A. Arbini

1972

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

1971

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