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Cambridge has occupied a uniquely distinguished place in the history of philosophy in the last 100 years. It was here in the early years of the 20th century, that Russell, Moore, Wittgenstein, Ramsey and others developed the analytic style of philosophy which is now prominent in much of the world. The Faculty of Philosophy today retains a strong commitment to this analytic tradition, combining it with study and teaching of the history of philosophy from Plato to the present day, as well as aesthetics and political philosophy.

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  • An Anscombean Approach to Animal Agency 

    Cash, Luke (2019-03-02)
    The ultimate aim of this thesis is to explain how the theory of action found in Anscombe’s Intention can be modified to deliver a plausible account of non-human animal agency (henceforth, animal agency). More specifically, ...
  • Reductive Aspects of Thermal Physics 

    Robertson, Katherine (2019-03-23)
    This thesis examines various reductive case studies in thermal physics. In particular, I argue that according to my account of reduction-as-construction, there are two suc- cessful examples of reduction. Thermodynamics ...
  • The Mind as a Predictive Modelling Engine: Generative Models, Structural Similarity, and Mental Representation 

    Williams, Daniel George (2018-12-07)
    I outline and defend a theory of mental representation based on three ideas that I extract from the work of the mid-twentieth century philosopher, psychologist, and cybernetician Kenneth Craik: first, an account of mental ...
  • Democratic Speech in Divided Times 

    Lepoutre, Maxime Charles (2018-11-24)
    Democratic theorists have influentially argued that inclusive deliberation, where citizens voice their concerns and exchange justifications, is crucial to democracy. However, this deliberative ideal has come under sustained ...

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