Dissertations in Progress

This page lists the titles of dissertations being written by students at Purdue.


  • Tom Capelli, “Immanent Normativity” (Dan Smith)
  • Berman Chan, "The Metaphysics of Goodness" (Pat Kain)
  • Lacey Davidson, “Bias, Norms, and the Move to Liberation” (Dan Kelly)
  • Timothy Folk, “Leibniz on Reasons for Acting and Moral Obligation” (Pat Kain)
  •  Brian Johnson, “Culture, Education, and Conscience in Late-Eighteenth Century Philosophy” (Chris Yeomans)
  •  Joseph Krylow, “Against Physicalism: Augustine on the Nature and Existence of Incorporeal Beings” (Jeff Brower)
  • Calista Lam, “The Normativity of Aristotle's Categories” (Patricia Curd)
  • James Mollison,“Dialogues with Nietzsche: Re-Thinking Amor Fati, Perspectivism, and the Ubermensch with the Stoics, Leibniz, and Deleuze.” (Dan Smith)
  • Tiffany Montoya, “Human Ontology as the Foundation for Normative Political Economy: Why Our Species Cannot Flourish within Economic Liberalism” (Leonard Harris)
  • Keunchang Oh, “A Defense of Realist Accounts of Race” (Leonard Harris)
  • Michael Popejoy, “Pantheism in Spinoza, Hegel, & Contemporary Philosophy of Religion” (Chris Yeomans)
  • Brandon Rdzak, “It is of the nature of reason to regard things as necessary, not as contingent”: A Defense of Spinoza’s Necessitarianism (Dan Frank)
  • Max Spears, “Technology and Topology: Rethinking the Space of Existence” (Dan Smith)
  • Taylor Sutton, “Malerogation” (Pat Kain)
  • Ryan Van Nood, “'Vital ethics: the meaning effect and seeing the world aright” (Dan Frank)


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