The Senior Program
The Senior Program in philosophy has two parts: In the fall semester, majors take a Senior Seminar that frames and completes the undergraduate study of philosophy. Here students develop their research interests through intensive reading and discussion. They then compose a major research paper, first submitting drafts for peer review, then completing the paper and defending it orally to a panel of fellow students and faculty members. Some students also choose to develop a thesis proposal, which may expand on their work or take a new direction. A student may enroll in the spring semester Senior Thesis project only if the formal thesis proposal submitted in the fall is approved by the department.
Recent Senior Thesis projects include:
- Non-Therapeutic Infant Male Circumcision: The Ethical Issues
- Atrocities on Camera: On The Moral Responsibility of Filmmakers Who Include Atrocities in their Work
- The Subject Side of Respect: Why and How to be a Respecter
Sexual Healing: Does Language Preclude Authenticity?
Working Towards Happiness: An Exposition of Epicureanism and Guidelines to Happiness
Metaphysical Realism: The Door Not the Window
Why climb mountains? An investigation into what mountain climbing can teach us about the self
On the Rationality & Moral Permissibility of Physician-Assisted Suicide in Light of the Theoretical Nature of Suicide as an Action
- Truth Pluralism without Realism
- The Epistemic Value of Art and Emotions
- Loosening the Grip of Subjectifying Social Conventions Holistically
- Epoché and Pyrrhonian Discourse
- Meaning in Life
- The Limits of the Market: Aristotle and Sandel on Commodification
- From Ideal to Institution: Is Punishment Justified?
- Violence: Covert Violence and Education in the U. S.
- Famine, Common Morality, and the Punishability Distinction
- Science Fiction as Thought Experiment on the Question of Personal Identity
- Thoreau’s Moral-Epistemological Attunement Regarding the Sustainability of Nature
- Rethinking Urban Violence