The Philosophy Department participates in the college-wide honors program by allowing students to, under the advisorship of a faculty member, research a topic of interest and write a longer thesis paper to be defended to a panel of faculty and/or outside advisors. Theses are bound and stored in the library collection and a note is made on the student’s transcript following successful completion and acceptance by the panel of the thesis.

Honors Project Guidelines

2015 Honors Theses
Alexander Coppins
“Wittgenstein and the Problems of Abusive Language.”
Joy Laine, Advisor

Brendan Rome
“‘The New Flesh:’ The Phenomenology of Embodiment in the Digitized Lifeworld
Diane Michelfelder, Advisor

2014 Honors Theses
Samuel Henry Eklund
A Cardinal Sin: The Infinite in Spinoza’s Philosophy
Geoffrey Gorham, Advisor

Emily Rachel Wade
(Im)partiality, Compassion, and Cross-Cultural Change: Re-Envisioning Political Decision-Making and Free Expression
William Wilcox, Advisor

2012 Honors Theses
James Patrick Weismuller
Values and Beliefs: A Pragmatist Critique of Moral Nibilism
Martin Gunderson, Advisor

2011 Honors Theses
Gerbrand Hoogvliet
Patriotic Bias and Institutional Coercion
William Wilcox, Advisor

Simon Pickus
A Defense of Public Justification
William Wilcox, Advisor

2010 Honors Theses
Zachary John Dotray
Time and Temporality: A Heideggerian Perspective on McTaggart’s A-series
Geoffrey Gorham, Advisor

2009 Honors Theses
Miroslav Losonsky
On Kant’s Distinction Between Appearances and Things in Themselves
Janet Folina, Advisor

2008 Honors Theses
Michael Bennett McNulty
The Geometry of Intuitions Reconsidering Kantian Constructivism
Janet Folina, Advisor 

2007 Honors Theses
Gregory Page Taylor 
One Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus: Necessity and Normativity 
Janet Folina, Advisor