Sue Lowe Dissertation

Our undergraduate students are encouraged to engage with, and be a part of, our research community. In their final year students have the option to compose a serious piece of research of their own design, on a topic of their own choice, under supervision of a leading expert in the field. Examples of recent dissertations are listed below.

Final Year Dissertations 2015-2016

NameTitleDegree prog.Supervisor
Lucy AllenA Philosophical Account of Evil Actions and Evil PersonsSH PhilosophyProf. Geoffrey Scarre
Anthony AvisThe ideology of Darwinism: Marx's critique of the theory of natural selectionNatural SciencesDr. Matthew Eddy
Kate BartonIntervention vs. information: The competing duties of a war photojournalistSH PhilosophyMs. Sue Lowe
Chris BeirneIs there any reason to take animals into our moral consideration if they canot suffer?SH PhilosophyDr. Simon James
Lizzi BellmanInvestigating the psychoanalysis of melancholia: A reading of Janet Frame's Faces in the WaterNatural SciencesDr. Sylvie Gambaudo
Poppie BouchJudith Butler and the body: A critical reading of Butler's use of biology in her theory of genderSH PhilosophyDr. Sylvie Gambaudo
Luke BoultonAn examination of shame in relation to immoral artJH Philosophy & TheologyDr. Clare Mac Cumhaill
Claudia BowmanThe ethics of ambush marketing: A social contract theory perspectiveJH Philosophy & PsychologyDr. Andreas Pantazatos
Toby BradshawMoral landscapes: Perceiving evil and overcoming empathySH PhilosophyDr. Liz McKinnell
Anna ChambersTheatre as political art: The aesthetics of Bertolt BrechtSH PhilosophyDr. Richard Stopford
Alysha ChelliahAn analysis of depression on the basis of natural and interactive kindsJH Philosophy & PsychologyDr. Benedict Smith
Tash CliffordMadness in dreamsJH Philosophy & PsychologyProf. Andy Hamilton
Anya Cooklin-LoftingThe centrality of evolution and degeneration in Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeSH PhilosophyDr. Matthew Eddy
Lauren CooperConstructing a human right to informational privacy: An investigation into how our personal information is used on the internetPPEDr. Andreas Pantazatos
Sam Courtney-GuyWhat kind of problem is Kripke's rule-following paradox?PPEDr. Sara L. Uckelman
Louisa CrowderHuman Nature, Value and Identity in Modern Virtue TheorySH PhilosophyDr. Liz McKinnell
Lucie Daniel-WatanabeCan voluntary euthanasia be legalised? Examing the ethical and practical argumentsJH Philosophy & PsychologyProf. Geoffrey Scarre
Meg EdmondCorporate social responsibility: An application to the fashion industrySH PhilosophyDr. Andreas Pantazatos
Peter EllisImproving Aristotelian accounts of virtue: The argument for a more consequentialist understanding of virtuous actionSH PhilosophyDr. Andreas Pantazatos
Shanae Ennis-MelhadoDoes the arousal of emotion in the listener have any significance in musical experience?Combined ArtsDr. Clare Mac Cumhaill
Lydia Feerick"Can we help others without helping ourselves?" Investigating the perceived altruism of international volunteering and aid workJH Philosophy & PsychologyMs. Sue Lowe
Frank GilliesDefending the ethics of authenticitySH PhilosophyDr. Paula Satne
Amy GrahamThe depravity of humanity: A philosophical investigation into the nature of evilSH PhilosophyProf. Geoffrey Scarre
Simeon HanceIs the transhumanist idea of human enhancement morally permissable?SH PhilosophyDr. Andreas Pantazatos
David HarrisArtificial Intelligence and Philosophical LogicNatural SciencesDr. Sara L. Uckelman
Ellie HattersleyEffective altruism: A better approach to charity?Combined ArtsDr. Benedict Smith
Jen HeApplying rule utilitarianism to enable businesses to behave ethically, indstead of just presenting an ethical imagePPEDr. Andreas Pantazatos
Jack HealdShould modern science be pluralistic or monistic?Natural SciencesDr. Peter Vickers
Virut HemnilratColonialism: Mill's utilitarianism for the development of all peoplesPPEProf. Andy Hamilton
Dirk HoflandThe school choice trilemma: Matching students to high schools in the Amsterdam public school systemPPEDr. Sara L. Uckelman
Dodie JamesFulford's values based practice and its role in contemporary medicineSH PhilosophyDr. Benedict Smith
Millie JonesTechnology, public concerns, and politics: The emergence of bioethics in the second half of the twentieth centuryCombined ArtsProf. Holger Maehle
Wan KimCivil disobedience and willingness to accept punishmentPPEProf. Geoffrey Scarre
Ben KirkThe inescapability of mental externalismJH Philosophy & PsychologyDr. Peter Vickers
James KnightThe aesthetics of rhythmic ambiguitySH PhilosophyDr. Clare Mac Cumhaill
David KongFolk psychology and ethics: Can moral philosophy improve our understanding of folk psychology?PPEDr. Benedict Smith
Pippa LeadleyThree-parent babies: An ethical exploration of mitochondrial replacement therapyPPEProf. Holger Maehle
Emily LokCan artificial intelligence, as currently conceived, ever be considered a truly creative entity?JH Philosophy & PsychologyDr. Peter Vickers
Imogen MaclarenReappraising The Harm in Hate Speech: A dynamic approach to freedom of speechSH PhilosophyDr. Sara L. Uckelman
Beth McGarrickDo performance-enhancing drugs cohere within the current paradigm of sport?SH PhilosophyMs. Sue Lowe
Florence MorrisonFiction, empathy, and morality: The role of reading fiction in moral developmentNatural SciencesDr. Benedict Smith
Lauren Munro-BennettCan sport help develop the virtues?JH Philosophy & PsychologyMs. Sue Lowe
Alex NesbittIs involuntary hospitalisation of the suicidal ever justifiable?SH PhilosophyMs. Sue Lowe
Susan NotessSacred languages: A phenomenological and pragmatic acocunt of sacred language useGraduate DiplomaDr. Richard Stopford & Dr. Sara L. Uckelman
Afam OkohIs it possible to build a positive ethical theory for Nietzsche and to what extent do his attitudes towards free will and his perspectivism influence his theory?PPEDr. Richard Stopford
Jamie OyebodeAdorno's critique of popular music: An analysis of contemporary music within the 21st centuryJH Philosophy & TheologyProf. Andy Hamilton
Christopher PerrettShould the liberal care about equality?PPEProf. Geoffrey Scarre
Alexander PerryPower, knowledge, and benevolence: Is the omniGod theory coherent?Combined ArtsDr. Thomas Ball
Alicia PolleyAuthenticity, abstraction, and action: A defense of Sartre's aesthetics in light of Jackson Pollack's drip paintingsSH PhilosophyProf. Andy Hamilton
Daniel PryorAre postmodern philosophy and market anarchism allies or enemies?PPEProf. Julian Reiss
Anna ReidAn investigation into the philosophical implications of 'Type II Yips'SH PhilosophyDr. Clare Mac Cumhaill
Nicholas ReimannTowards pursuit---Reframing the debate on fine-tuningCombined ArtsDr. Peter Vickers
Kiera RosenwoldWho should make decisions in end-of-life care?Combined ArtsProf. Geoffrey Scarre
Lizzie RudinIs it justifiable to give prisoners in the United Kingdom the right to vote?SH PhilosophyMs. Sue Lowe
Byul Ryan-ImThe purpose of life: Finding universal consensus on human rightsCombined ArtsDr. Liz McKinnell
Anna SafferyA philosophical investigation into the nature of griefSH PhilosophyDr. Clare Mac Cumhaill
Jacob SeniorWithout external programming, an artificial intelligence would act in ways which were morally unacceptableSH PhilosophyDr. Clare Mac Cumhaill
Toby SmithModelling knowledge- and belief-based moral obligation: an accessible tool for philosophical analysisSH PhilosophyDr. Sara L. Uckelman
Gemma StanleyEssentialist theory and its usefulness to the feminist movementJH Philosophy & PsychologyDr. Sylvie Gambaudo
Emma Stubbe-SastreFrom cafés to concentration camps: A critique of Sartre's Being-for-Others in historical contextCombined ArtsDr. Benedict Smith
Jae SulThe methodology of MarxGraduate DiplomaDr. Richard Stopford
Cora SweetWhat is it that makes an act evil?JH Philosophy & PoliticsMs. Sue Lowe
Matthew ThorntonHave the recent victories in the fight for equal legal status of the LGBTQIA+ community come at greater cost than they merit? Has the community abandoned its willingness to challenge gender norms in order to assimilate into heteronormative patriarchy?Combined ArtsDr. Sylvie Gambaudo
Will ThropNietsche's anti-theory: Evaluating his alternative ethical vision in light of ancient Greek philosophySH PhilosophyDr. Andreas Pantazatos
Jen ToothillFriedrich Nietzsche: The great moral philosopherSH PhilosophyDr. Andreas Pantazatos
Kim TullarClarifying and solving Newcomb's ProblemNatural SciencesDr. Sara L. Uckelman
Grace WeeUsing feminist theories to uncover the ways in which Chinese patriarchy controlled women pre and post 1949 Communist RevolutionSH PhilosophyDr. Liz McKinnell
Lisa WhitingSituationism and Strawson: Blameworthiness as the failure to meet a reasonable moral demandSH PhilosophyDr. Benedict Smith
Laurence WilliamsA Nagarjunian assessment of Nietzsche's doctrine of the will to powerPPEDr. Simon James
Justine WongA defence and analysis of the concept of evilPPEProf. Geoffrey Scarre
Xiyuan YinTechnocrats: Better policy makers?Graduate DiplomaProf. Julian Reiss
Sarah YipFantasy and desire: Using Freudian psychoanalysis to investigate the role of violent pornography in rape cultureSH PhilosophyDr. Sylvie Gambaudo
Danny ZhaoWhy should I be moral? Karma and moral motivatio in BuddhismCombined ArtsDr. Simon James

FINAL YEAR DISSERTATIONS FROM EARLIER YEARS

Name

Supervisor

Degree Prog

College

Long/Short

Title

Morgan Bestwick

Prof Andy Hamilton

SH Philosophy

St. Chad’s

Long

The Rationality of Taboo

Chris Blake-Turner

Dr Sophie Gibb

SH Philosophy

St. Cuthbert’s

Long

Laws of Nature in a Two Category Ontology

Louise Branth

Prof Geoffrey Scarre

SH Philosophy

St. Hild and Bede

Long

Is it unjust to allow the sanction of judicial punishment to depend on an agent’s ability to be responsible for the act of which he is accused?

Jessica Callaghan

Dr Matthew Eddy

Combined Arts

Collingwood

Long

How did John Lubbock view the Pre-historic Mind?

Kathleen Cameron

Prof Holger Maehler

SH Philosophy

St. Cuthbert’s

Long

Is it ever morally justifiable to sterilise another human being?

Philippa Cappleman

Prof Geoffrey Scarre

JH Philosophy & Psychology

St. Mary’s

Short

How is a person harmed by their own death?

Rowan Clapp

Dr Ian Kidd

JH Philosophy & Theology

Hatfield

Long

Valuing Illness: Nietzsche, Naturalism, and Phenomenology

Calley Clay

Mrs Sue Lowe

SH Philosophy

St. Aidan’s

Long

The Moral Obligation of Charity: An Analysis of the Duty to Give and its Limitations

Padrig Davies

Prof Wolfram Hinzen

Natural Sciences

St. Cuthbert’s

Long

Language and Thought in Schizophrenia: A Philosophical Investigation into Formal Thought Disorder

Jennet Dixon

Prof Holger Maehler

SH Philosophy

St. Chad’s

Long

Can a Phenomenological Approach to Mental Disorders Overcome the Limitations of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders?

Joseph Pieter Donnelly

Prof Andy Hamilton

PPE

St. Mary’s

Long

The Fake Divide: T.H. Green, J.S. Mill, and their relationship across metaphysics, ethics, and political philosophy

Peter Edwarde

Dr Benedict Smith

SH Philosophy

Collingwood

Long

On the Relationship between Schopenhauer’s Theory of Ethics and his Conception of Metaphysics

Alexandra Feast

Prof Wolfram Hinzen

SH Philosophy

Hatfield

Long

Internalism and Contextualism: The dimensions of linguistic meaning

Edmund Fincham

Dr Jan Westerhoff

PPE

Trevelyan

Long

The Bodhicaryavatara: How Santideva did not destroy the bodhisattva path

Alexander Friedlaender

Mrs Sue Lowe

PPE

St. Cuthbert’s

Long

Is banning performance enhancing drugs in sport morally justifiable?

Rory Gallimore

Dr Benedict Smith

SH Philosophy

St. Cuthbert’s

Long

Nietzsche Against Utilitarianism

Catharine Gavan

Mrs Sue Lowe

Natural Sciences

St. Hild and St. Bede

Short

Opt-in vs. Opt-out: How to procure much needed organs

Eleanor Gerrans

Prof Nick Zangwill

Combined Arts

University

Long

Pluralism in the Ontology of Music: A Defence

Dominique Gibbons

Dr Jan Westerhoff

SH Philosophy

Josephine Butler

Long

How convincing is the passage in Santideva’s Bodhicaryavatara 8: 101-3 as an argument for altruism?

Freya Gibbs

Prof Geoffrey Scarre

SH Philosophy

St. Mary’s

Long

What is the moral difference, if any, between combatants killing other combatants in war and murder?

Yago Gomez-Reimo

Dr Sophie Gibb

PG Diploma, Philosophy

St. Chad’s

Long

Causation, Mechanisms, and International Relations

Hannah Hamblin

Dr Andy Hamilton

Combined Arts

University

Long

Philosophical Rhetoric and the Inducement of Aporia in Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations

Callum Higham

Dr Benedict Smith

SH Philosophy

Trevelyan

Long

Is the genre of post-apocalyptic fiction an appropriate foundation for the exploration of moral ideas?

Anthony Hoad

Dr Benedict Smith

Combined Arts

St. John’s

Short

A Self-Ownership Based Right to Welfare

Michael Holliday

Prof Andy Hamilton

SH Philosophy

St. Chad’s

Long

Is music an abstract art?

Ruby Holloway

Prof Nick Zangwill

SH Philosophy

Collingwood

Long

To what extent does feminist critique show the traditional liberal justification of prostitution to be flawed?

Sebastian Inglis-Jones

Prof Geoffrey Scarre

Combined Arts

Grey

Long

Is it ever justifiable to use ‘terror tactics’ in warfare?

Douglas Ligertwood

Dr Sophie Gibb

Natural Sciences

St. Aidan’s

Short

Characterisation, Constitution, and Consistency: A response to E.J. Lowe’s four category ontology

Edward MacIntosh

Dr Benedict Smith

SH Philosophy

St. Cuthbert’s

Long

Focusing on Folk Psychology and Phenomenology: how can we have an intersubjective understanding of others, and is this essential for an ability to view them as persons and to predict their behaviour?

Kirsty Muckle

Dr Benedict Smith

SH Philosophy

Josephine Butler

Long

Why can’t metaphysics define the nature of evil?

James Phippen

Dr Andreas Pantazatos

SH Philosophy

St. Hild and St. Bede

Long

Nietzsche’s Positive Ethical Vision: An anti-theorist interpretation

Ben Plumb

Prof Geoffrey Scarre

SH Philosophy

Grey

Long

Evolutionary Hedonism: Ethics, Pleasure, and the Theory of Evolution

Max Rawlinson

Mrs Sue Lowe

SH Philosophy

St. Cuth’s

Long

The order police have been condemned in history as evil men for the atrocities committed in World War II. Is this just or has the concept of evil been unfairly applied?

Thomas Rossetter

Prof Robin Hendry

SH Philosophy

St. Cuth’s

Long

On Thought Experiments in Science: Toward a Realist-Empiricist Account

Vartam Sanisar

Prof Geoffrey Scarre

SH Philosophy

Hatfield

Long

In search of a Framework for Understanding Moral Theory

Andrew Savill

Dr Andreas Pantazatos

SH Philosophy

St. Mary’s

Long

Business’s Obligations to Future Generations and Sustainability: A Kantian perspective

Jamie Sherman

Prof Julian Reiss

Natural Sciences

St. Mary’s

Long

Regulating Science: How can a society obtain the greatest benefit from its scientific resources?

Toby Simmons

Prof Geoffrey Scarre

SH Philosophy

St. John’s

Long

The Freedom to Be: A Philosophical Study of Forgiveness

Alys Tarr

Dr Peter Vickers

Natural Sciences

Collingwood

Short

Is there Room for Free Will in a Quantum Mechanical Universe?

Charles Thursby-Pelham

Prof Holger Maehler

Natural Sciences

St. Hild and St. Bede

Long

Does the Dutch Experience of Legalised Euthanasia Provide a Good Model for the UK to Follow?

David Van Pooyen

Mrs Sue Lowe

Graduate Diploma

St. Mary’s

Long

The Case for Freedom of Expression and the Case Against Blasphemy Laws

Jessica Waite

Dr Sylvie Gambaudo

Combined Arts

St. Cuthbert’s

Long

The Cult of Plath: Ecriture feminine and the deconstruction of a myth

Rebecca Wallbank

Dr Sylvie Gambaudo

SH Philosophy

Hatfield

Long

Christianity should not necessarily be regarded as a patriarchal mode of oppression: Is religious sacrifice really a sacrifice?

Josephine Walters

Dr Donnchadh O’Conaill

SH Philosophy

St. Mary’s

Long

Thought Insertion and the Cognitive Debate

Ibrahim Warsama

Prof Andy Hamilton

SH Philosophy

Josephine Butler

Long

Marx, Exploitation, and Morality

Ralf Webb

Dr Sylvie Gambaudo

SH Philosophy

University

Long

Saussurean Semiotics: Differance, temporality, and the conditions of the system

William Webb

Dr Simon James

SH Philosophy

Van Mildert

Long

Zen, Virtue, and Moral Particularism

Luke Wilson

Dr Andreas Pantazatos

JH English and Philosophy

St. Cuthbert’s

Short

The Rebirth of Virtue

Olivia Wilson-Holt

Dr Matthew Eddy

Natural Sciences

Hatfield

Long

How did Darwin use Analogy in a Visual Strategy in The Descent of Man?

The circus is coming to town – that’s the only conclusion I can immediately draw from this post at Retraction Watch. It provides an update on something I blogged about last in 2014, the fallout from a retracted paper from the Martin group at UT-Austin. When last heard from, the university was trying to retract the PhD degree granted to Suvi Orr, a co-author on the paper. They did go ahead and do that, Orr sued, and UT reinstated the degree.

But now they’re taking another shot at retracting it, and Orr is back in court with them. The Austin American-Statesmanhas the story:

The lawsuit, filed Thursday, said UT officials revoked her degree but promptly reinstated it for “a do-over” during the first round of litigation. The suit contends that UT now plans to subject her to a “kangaroo court” whose members include undergraduate students lacking the expertise to interpret scientific data stemming from her research involving synthesis of chemicals. . .

Retraction Watch has a PDF available of the lawsuit as filed, and yikes. It accuses UT of basically throwing everyone else under the bus to protect Prof. Martin, and blames the third author (a post-doc) for what went wrong. This post-doc, the suit says, took over the project after Orr left with her degree:

A paper was published in which Prof. Martin was the leading author, and the post-doc and S.O. were coauthors of the journal article. S.O. intended and expected that the post-doc would fully characterize the compounds as part of reproducing her work. Unbeknownst to S.O., the post-doc instead made markings, scanned, and submitted experimental data containing S.O.’s file names and some incorrect (and inaccurate) pages as part of the journal article. On relevant issues related to Compounds P, Q, and R, he reached the same or similar conclusions as S.O. that are discussed in his post-doctoral final report. Nonetheless, the article was ultimately retracted, and the decision to retract was apparently made by Prof. Martin without input from his co-authors (S.O. and the post-doc).

The suit goes on to accuse Martin of somehow not encouraging Orr from obtaining an X-ray crystal structure of a key intermediate (this part is rather odd-sounding), and includes this allegation about the fallout from the published article:

Before the investigation was launched, Prof. Martin told S.O. in a phone conversation that there was a structural mistake in the journal article they published and that he would probably have to retract the article. He did not inform her that he had made a complaint against her. After S.O. learned that there was an investigation against her regarding the journal article she asked Prof. Martin about the details or meaning of the investigation. Prof. Martin told her to co-operate and admit misconduct to speed up the process.

UT is not commenting, as one would expect. The hearing is set to take place a month from now, and there will be quite a path to get to it, from all appearances. More details as they become available – if they do, because this looks, to my inexpert legal eyes, to have “out of court settlement” all over it. We’ll see.

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