Graduate Student Placement Record

Placement of all students who have finished our M.A. program 1999-Present.

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Thesis Title Applied
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(Philosophy PhD program with full funding unless otherwise noted)

2014

Colocated Object? A New Challenge to the Intentionalists' Solution to the Grounding Problem
Yes
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Grounding the Free Lunch: Can Grounding Theory Escape Ontological Commitment?
Yes
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Kaplan's Puzzle, Dynamic Senses, and Diachronically Individuated Propositions
Yes
May re-apply next year
Freedom as Morality
Yes
Northwestern University
[TBA]
Yes
Florida State University
From Self-Trust to Other-Trust: The Role of Reasons and the Theoretical Insignificance of Behavioral Inconsistency
Yes
Northwestern University
Two Essays On Constructivism: Lessons From Semantic Theory
Yes
Brown University
The Modal Status of Kant's Postulate of God's Existence
Yes
University of Pittsburgh
Solving the Problem of Resultant Luck: Extrapolating from Hegel
Yes
University of California, San Diego
Commitment and Temporal Mediation in Korsgaard's Self-Constitution
Yes
University of California, Riverside (graduated in 2013)
The Duty of Assistance is a Liberal Duty
Yes
University of Pennsylvania (graduated in 2012)
A Greater Scope for Error: Judgment, Sensation, and the Material Falsity of Sensory Ideas
Yes
University of Notre Dame (HPS) (graduated in 2012)
Exam Option
No
Other schools that admitted our students in 2014: Alberta, Boston, Calgary, UC-Santa Barbara, Georgetown, Illinois-Chicago, Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, Johns Hopkins, Kansas, Maryland, UW-Madison, New School, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh (HPS), Purdue, Rochester, Syracuse, Virginia, Western Ontario

2013

Disagreement, Dispositions, and Higher-Order Evidence
Yes
Notre Dame
Second Nature in Kant's Theory of Artistic Creativity
Yes
Columbia University
Hume, Skepticism, and Induction
Yes
University of California, Santa Barbara
How I Spent My Summer Defending-or-Defeating Anscombe: Anscombian Action Theory and the Possibility of Logically Complex Actions
Yes
University of Pittsburgh
How To Think About Indiscernible Particles
Yes
Ohio State University
Decent Peoples, Political Legitimacy, and Informed Consent
Yes
Reapplied for Fall 2014
The Starry Heavens Above Me and the Starmaking Power Within Me
Yes
Marquette University
"Just Perceiv'd & Next Door to Nothing:" An investigation of Minima in the Work of George Berkeley
Yes
Western Ontario University
The Supersubstantivalist Response to the Argument from Vagueness
Yes
Notre Dame
The Myth of Given Reasons
Yes
University of Pittsburgh
Other schools that admitted our students in 2013: Boston, Brown, UCLA, UC-Riverside, UC-San Diego, U Chicago, Georgetown, Illinois-Chicago, U Iowa, Johns Hopkins, UMAss-Amherst, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, UNC-Chapel Hill, Princeton, Rochester, St Louis U, Syracuse, Temple, Yale

2012

Intelligibility and Reliability: A Relational Conception of the Constitutive Aim of Agency
Yes
University of California, San Diego
Exam Option
Yes
University of California, Riverside (graduated in 2007)
Who’s Counting? Cognitive Disability and Rawlsian Contractualism
Yes
May re-apply to PhD programs in the future
Sympathy and Causal Inference: Hume on Other Minds
No
Pepperdine Law School (attended one year); Washington University, St. Louis School of Law (Fall 2013)
The Moral Status of the Deceased in Kant's Ethics
No
University of Chicago Law School (graduated in 2011)
Exam Option
No

Other schools that admitted our students in 2012: UC-Irvine, Ohio State

2011

Problems with Causal Reasoning in Cognitive Neuroscience
Yes
Arizona State University (HPS)
The Problem From Memory and Moral Responsibility
Yes
University of California, Irvine
Deliberating to Believe: A Critical Examination of How Truth Functions as a Normative Constraint on Belief
Yes
Northwestern
Essence and Modality: the alleged conflict between Actualism and Kind Essentialism
Yes
Purdue University
The A Priority of the Intelligible
Yes
Stanford University
The Prole Machine: Politics and Revolution in the Cramped Conditions of Capital
Yes
University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Political Science)
A Defense of Rawls's Account of Toleration in The Law of Peoples
Yes
University of Illinois, Chicago
Justice for the Cognitively Disabled: Obligations to Those at the Margins of Our Moral Community
Yes
University of California, Riverside
Idealism in Kant and Berkeley: A Defense of Berkeley's Concept of Objectivity
Yes
Ohio State University
Moral Requirements, Moral Reasoning, and the First Two Formulations of the Categorical Imperative
Yes
University of Pennsylvania (graduated in 2010)
Taking the "Peep-Show" Public: Intersubjectivity, Psychologism, and Conceptual Realism
Yes
Yale University (graduated in 2010)
The Case for Government Anti-Obesity Legislation
No
Federal Judicial Clerk
Other schools that admitted our students in 2011: Alberta, CUNY Graduate Center, Iowa, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Minnesota, New School, North Texas, Notre Dame, Utah, Washington-Seattle, Vanderbilt

2010

Quantifier Variance, Classical Logic, and Neo-Fregeanism
Yes
University of Virginia
Making Sense of Intelligibility: A Discussion of Velleman's Constitutive Aim of Action
Yes
University of California, Riverside
Necessary Identity Statements Trivialized
Yes
University of British Columbia
Free Citizens and the Coercive Account of the Site of Justice
Yes
University of Arizona
Moral Incentive and Respect in Kant's Ethics
Yes
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
A Dilemma for Hellman's Modal Structuralism
Yes
University of California, Irvine
Autonomy, Estrangement, and External Reasons
Yes
University of Pittsburgh (graduated in 2008)
The Role of Emotions in Akrasia
No
Cornell Law School
Intimates, Self-Trust and Self-Awareness in Autonomous Decision Making
No

Other schools that admitted our students in 2010: Alberta, UC-Davis, UC-Santa Barbara, Connecticut, Florida State, Illinois-Chicago, Indiana, Maryland, McGill (Political Science), Miami, SUNY-Buffalo, Purdue, Rochester, St. Louis U, Syracuse, Toronto, Washington-Seattle, Western Ontario, UW-Madison

2009

Can We Contextualize Skepticism?
Yes
CUNY Graduate Center
Kant’s Derivation of the Formula of Universal Law
Yes
Harvard University
The Implications of Special Relativity for Persistence
Yes
Syracuse University
Inquiry, Attention and Relevance: An Account of Knowledge and its Role in Discourse
Yes
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Incentives and Goodness in Kant’s Ethics
Yes
University of California, Los Angeles
The Concept of Belief and Epistemic Rationality
Yes
University of Texas, Austin
Agency and the Theoretical View of Persons
Yes
University of Miami
Self-Deception & Culpable Ignorance
Yes
University of California, Riverside (graduated in 2008)
Exam Option
No

Moore, Dewey, and the Reconstruction of Ethics
No

Gibson on Perceiving Affordances Directly
No

Other schools that admitted our students in 2009: Arizona State, Bowling Green, UC-San Diego, UC-Santa Barbara, Colorado-Boulder, Connecticut, Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan, Missouri, UNC-Chapel Hill, Stanford, Washington U, Yale.

2008

The Tractarian Operation N: Its Role and Expressive Capacity
Yes
University of Illinois, Chicago
A Pragmatic Account of the Referential Use of Definite Descriptions
Yes
University of California, Davis
Shame and the Self
Yes
Harvard University
Disagreeing About Modal Disagreement
Yes
Syracuse University
The Development of Kant's Conception of Respect for the Moral Law
Yes
Stanford University
Agency and Morality
Yes
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
G.E. Moore on Common Sense and Analysis
Yes
Vanderbilt University (graduated in 2007)
Systematicity and Mental Content
Yes
Duke University (Center for Cognitive Neuroscience PhD) (graduated in 2007)
A Defense of Gilbert Harman's Moral Relativism
Yes
University of Florida (graduated in 2004)
A Critical Analysis of John Hick's Pluralist Hypothesis
Yes
Marquette University (graduated in 2003)
Boundaries of the Self: A Critical Discussion of Harry Frankfurt's Conception of Identification
No

Metaphor, Comparison, and Aesthetic Success
No

Other schools that admitted our students in 2008: Brown, Connecticut, Florida State, Fordham, Illinois-Chicago, Indiana, Loyola, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Rochester, UC-Berkeley, UC-Riverside, UC-San Diego, UC-Santa Barbara

2007

G.E. Moore and E.M. Forster
Yes
Johns Hopkins University (English PhD Program)
Can Humean supervenience be reconciled with the Principal Principle?
Yes
Princeton University
J.G.H. Feder's Simultaneity Objection to Kant's Claim to the Apriority of Space
Yes
University of Pennsylvania
Kant's Idea of Pure Morality and Hegel's Critique
Yes
University of California, Riverside
Nietzsche's Weapon of War: the Method of Science
Yes
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Exam Option
No
Harvard Law School
Other schools that admitted our students in 2007: Arizona State, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Cornell, Miami, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, UC-Irvine

2006

The Demands of Incompatibilism Upon Libertarian Theories of Free Will
Yes
Florida State University
The Ideas of the Kingdom of Ends and the Highest Good in Kant's Moral Theory
Yes
Harvard University
Exam Option
Yes
Rice University
Performativity and Social Kinds: Race, Gender, and the Pursuit of Justice
Yes
Rutgers University (Women's & Gender Studies PhD Program)
Can Accounts of Naturalistic Virtue Ethics Survive?
Yes
University of Missouri (non-funded)
Epistemic Responsibility and the Concept of Belief
Yes
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
A Look at the Conception of Care in Three Ethical Theories
Yes
University of Kentucky (graduated in 2004)
The Fold in the Other Night: Foucault on Desubjective Technologies of the Self
No
Lecturer at UWM
Justifying Morality: An Essay on the Rationality of Moral Actions
No
 
The Nature of Mental Existence in Anselm's Ontological Argument
No
 
On Constructing an Argument Against Tyler Burge's Preservative Theory of Memory Based on Memory Construed as an Inferential Communicative Process
No
 
Other schools that admitted our students in 2006: Arizona, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Georgetown, Illinois-Chicago, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota (Women's Studies), Northwestern, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Stanford, UC-Riverside, Wisconsin-Madison

2005

What Does the Scientist See? Does it Matter?
Yes
Duke University
Is Morality a Skill?
Yes
Harvard University
Exam option
Yes
Marquette University
Beyond the Meaning of 'Meaning': Rigidity and Semantic Externalism
Yes
Ohio State University
On the Nature of Value Properties and Judgments at the Intersection of Aesthetics and Ethics
Yes
SUNY-Buffalo
Saving the In-Itself World: Some Responses To Putnam's Internal Realism
Yes
University of California, Irvine
The Nature of Second Nature
Yes
University of Florida
Three Arguments for Nonconceptual Content
Yes
University of Minnesota
Reconciliation & Quasi-Realist Moral Truth & Objectivity
Yes
University of Reading (UK)
Belief and Responsibility
Yes
University of Rochester
General Laws and Causal Relations: Scientific Explanation
Yes
University of Southern California
Propositional Attitudes, Reference, and Pragmatics
Yes
University of Southern California
Signs and Generality: An Examination of the Berkeleyan Alternative to Abstract Ideas
Yes
University of Toronto
The Philosophical Basis of Clement Greenberg's Art Criticism: The Union between Kantian and Hegelian Aesthetics
Yes
University of Washington-Seattle
Other schools that admitted our students in 2005: Arizona State, Birkbeck College, London (UK), British Columbia, Cincinnati, Connecticut, CUNY, Edinburgh (UK ), Florida State, Illinois-Chicago, Indiana, Iowa, Loyola (Chicago), Maryland, Missouri, Northwestern, Sheffield (UK), St. Andrews (UK), Stirling (UK), Syracuse, Temple, UC-Davis, U-Mass, Western Ontario, Wisconsin-Madison

2004

Objecting to Objectifying Desires: An Objection to the Kantian Model of Deliberation
Yes
Cornell University
Defense of Marx's Scientific Socialism
Yes
Northwestern University
The Last Metaphysician: An Analysis of Heidegger's Interpretation of Nietzsche
Yes
University of California, Riverside
Real Selves or Bust?
Yes
University of Cincinnati
An Analysis of Kant's Treatment of Suicide
Yes
University of Illinois-Chicago
Nature, Priority and Political Animals in Aristotle's Politics
Yes
University of Illinois-Chicago
A Three-Mechanism Structure of Mind to Explain Human Language and Responsibility
Yes
University of Waterloo (Canada)
The Problem with "Self" Competition
No
Marquette Law School; Fall '07 - Clerkship with New Mexico Supreme Court
Other schools that admitted our students in 2004: Bowling Green, CUNY, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio State, Southern California, Syracuse, UC-Irvine, UC-Santa Cruz, U-Mass, Virginia, Wisconsin-Madison

2003

The Evolution of Guilt: A Defense of Norm-Expressivism
Yes
Michigan State University
Desires and Practical Reasoning: Three Accounts Considered
Yes
University of California, Davis (attended 1 year); University of Wisconsin-Madison (Fall '05)
The Substitutional Interpretation of the Quantifiers of Predicate Logic
Yes
University of Pittsburgh
A Critical Analysis of John Hick's Pluralist Hypothesis
No
Lecturer at UWM
A Study of Nietzsche's Gay Science
No
 

2002

Un-blocking Our Access to the Contents of Perceptual Experience
Yes
Duke University
An Analysis of Kierkegaard's Notion of Personhood
Yes
Saint Louis University (attended 1 year); St. Louis University Law School (attended 1 year); Lehigh University (History PhD, Fall 05)
Testimonial Justification and Epistemic Individualism
Yes
University of Missouri
Colors, Values and the Possibility of Analogy
No
Works in the Criminal Defense division of the Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office
Global Theories, Local Theories, Theories of Adjudication and Ronald Dworkin's Law as Integrity
No
Professor at Marquette Law School

2001

Chardin's Cycle
Yes
Marquette University
Moral Development and the Duty of Self-Perfection
Yes
Northwestern University
The Truth in Projectivism
Yes
Ohio State University
A Theistic Defense of Natural Evils
Yes
Purdue University
Philosophy as Therapy: An Elucidation of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Method
Yes
University of Iowa
Exam option
No
Teacher in Milwaukee Public Schools
Vagueness
No
Works in Pharmaceutical Sales

2000

Taking Occasionalism Seriously
Yes
Brown University
The Personal Ethics of Sustainable Development: An Application of Kant's Notion of the Categorical Imperative
Yes
CUNY
John Rawls, Justice as Fairness and the Failure of Froperty-Owning Democracy
Yes
Marquette University
Weakness of Will: Towards a Reformed Belief/Desire Account
Yes
Northwestern University
Exam Option
No
UWM (Urban Education/Educational Psychology PhD program)
Hybrid Theories of Justice: A New Foundation Based on T. M. Scanlon's Ethics of Reasonable Rejection
No
Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Air Force Academy
Non-thesis project
No
 
Understanding Kant's prohibition of revolution, his support of the French revolution, and our right to revolt
No
 

1999

The Inductive-Statistical and Deductive-Nomologicial Models of Probabilistic Explanation and the Problem of Explaining Particular Explanada
Yes
Indiana University
Themes in Kantian Moral Psychology: Humanity, Needs, and Autonomy
Yes
University of Florida
Assuring the Fair Value of the Political Liberties: The Need for an Ethos Justice
No
Attended Law School
Ducks, Rabbits, and Dubbits: A Wittgensteinian Study of Seeing
No
NYU (Obtained Social Work MSW; Social Work PhD program)
Exam option
No
UWM (Urban Studies)
Reference, Interpretation and Clarity
No
Harvard Law School
Other schools that admitted our students who graduated from 1999-2003 include: Bowling Green, CUNY, Duquesne, Emory, Fordham University, Georgetown, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Loyola, Marquette, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn, Rochester, UC-Davis, UC-Irvine, UCLA, UC-Riverside, UCSD, UC-Boulder, UI-Chicago, U Mass-Amherst, U Texas-Austin, U Utah, U Virginia, U Washington-Seattle, U Wisconsin-Madison, Vanderbilt
A partial list of the schools that admitted our students that graduated before 1999: Alberta, Bowling Green, Brown, UCLA, UC-San Diego, UC-Irvine, UC-Riverside, U of Chicago, Colorado, Columbia U., Cornell, CUNY, Emory, Georgetown, UI-Urbana-Champaign, UI-Chicago, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Marquette, Maryland, U Mass-Amherst, Minnesota, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rice, Rochester, St. Louis, Texas, Toronto, Vanderbilt, Virginia, UW-Madison, Washington U., and Yale