PhDs Awarded

Graduates and Their Dissertations

This page lists the graduates of Brown's PhD program from 1939 until as recent as we have, along with the titles of their dissertations and the names of their thesis advisors. For information on our more recent graduates, see the placement page.


  • Harrison Chalmers, Moral Authority, Normative Totality (James Dreier)
  • Thomas Fisher, How Much Blameworthiness Do We Share?  All of Nothing Principles of Proportionality in Accounts of Individual Blameworthiness for Collective Harms (David Estlund)
  • Geoffrey Grossman, From Reference to Content:  Semantic Intuitions and the Theoretical Basis for Externalism (Richard Kimberly Heck)
  • Leo YanMaking Sense of Seeming Incomparability (James Dreier)


  • Zachary BarnettThe Opinions of Others and the Role of Rational Belief (David Christensen)
  • Iain LaidleyForms and Physics in Plato's Timeaus (Mary Louise Gill)
    Brett Topey, Apriority for Empiricists:  Making Sense of Truth by Convention (Christopher Hill)


  • Han Li, The Demand of Epistemic Rationality: Permissivism and Supererogation (David Christensen)
  • Jakob Reckhenrich, Questions of Partiality: What May and Must We Do for Friends and Strangers (David Estlund)
  • Ho Kin Siu, Intuition and Semantic Explanation (Richard Kimberly Heck)
  • Nicholas SmythMaking Sense of Moral Progress (Bernard Reginster)
  • Steven Yamamoto, Perceptual Content and Perceptual Justification (Christopher Hill)


  • Phillip Galligan, How to Explain Remarkable Features of Evaluative Epistemology (James Dreier)


  • Miquel Miralbes del Pino, Paralysis and Periphrasis: The Multiple Relation Theory of Judgment in Russell and in Modern Theories of Propositional Content (Richard Heck)
  • Timothy SymeEveryday Life and the Demands of Justice (David Estlund)


  • Nicolas BommaritoInner Virtue (Nomy Arpaly)
  • Alexandra KingPractical Reason and the Limit of Ability (James Dreier)
  • Antonio Ramirez, Righteous Villainy: A Defense of 'Offence' (Felicia Nimue Ackerman)
  • Sun Hyung Rhee, Agent Causation and Reduction (Jaegwon Kim)


  • Derek BowmanUtopian Models and the Ideal Theory Debate (David Estlund)
  • Dana HowardOn Behalf of Another (David Estlund)
  • Paul Klumpe, Addiction and Responsibility (Nomy Arpaly)
  • Matthew KonigTaking Seriously the Metaphysics of Mental Causation: A Nonreductivist Account (Jaegwon Kim)
  • Eoin Ryan, Unifying the Pluralism of Introspection (Nomy Arpaly)
  • Kateryna SamoilovaThe Case for Pluralism About Introspection (Joshua Schechter)
  • Vladimir Vlaovic, Normative Reality: Heavy-Duty Realism and the Expressivist Challenge (James Dreier)


  • Sean AasUnderstanding Global Injustice (David Estlund)
  • Andrew RotondoStanding Your Ground: Epistemic Justification in the Face of Disagreement (David Christensen)
  • Jed Silverstein, 'Not the Boss of Me': Reviving the Relationship Between Political and Parental Authority (David Estlund)
  • Chiwook WonReasons, Actions, and Causes (Jaegwon Kim)


  • Katherine Jarvis, Towards an Anti-Permissive Epistemology (David Christensen)
  • Maxwell Pines, Understanding Actions (James Dreier)


  • Ali Eslami, The Feeling of Justification: A Phenomenological Amendment to Virtue Epistemology (Ernest Sosa)
  • Kevin MorrisPhysicalism and A Priori Connections, Realization, and Reduction: Two Issues in the Metaphysics of Mind (Jaegwon Kim)


  • Jason D'CruzImagination and Emotion in Action (Nomy Arpaly)
  • Ben JarvisTeleology and Intentionality: A Challenge to the Deflationary View (Richard Heck)
  • James TaggartHumean Theory of Motivation (James Dreier)
  • Nick TreanorThe World in Mind (Jaegwon Kim)


  • Aaron-Dirk Boyden, Reducing Realism (Jaegwon Kim)
  • Benjamin Fiedor, Doxastic Involuntarism and Epistemic Deontology (Ernest Sosa)
  • Paul Neufeld, The Fitting and the Virtuous in Stoic Ethics (Victor Caston)
  • Rebekah RiceA Causal Approach to the Nature of Human Action (Jaegwon Kim)
  • Jerry SteinhoferEpistemic Desert and the Value of Knowledge (Ernest Sosa)


  • Teresa CeladaProcreative Liberty and its Critics (James Dreier)
  • Simon FeldmanReason and the Limits of Morality (James Dreier)
  • Christopher Kane, The Naive Counterfactual Analysis of Causation (Jaegwon Kim)



  • Derek Ettinger, Making Sense of Things (Ernest Sosa)
  • Allan HazlettGrice's Razor and Moore's Gambit (Ernest Sosa)
  • Alyssa NeyThe Metaphysics of Unified Science (Jaegwon Kim)
  • Lilian O'BrienA Non-Causalist Theory of Rationalization (Jaegwon Kim)


  • Michael PacePerceptual Consciousness and Epistemic Justification (Ernest Sosa)



  • John AbruzzeseTrue and Immutable Natures in Descartes' Ontological Proof (James Van Cleve)
  • Robert HowellSelf-Knowledge and Self-Reference (Jaegwon Kim and Ernest Sosa)
  • Uriah KriegelConscious Content (Jaegwon Kim)
  • David MathesonUnderstanding, Validation and the Everyday in Epistemology (Ernest Sosa)
  • Jay Newhard,  A Correspondence Theory of Truth (James Van Cleve)
  • David PrentissDoing What a Good Person Would Do: An Exploration of Pure Virtue Theory (John Ladd)
  • Baron ReedKnowledge, Agency, and Personhood (Ernest Sosa)
  • Joseph ShieberThe Reasons Others Give Us: The Norms of Assertion Account of the Epistemic Status of Testimony (Ernest Sosa)


  • Patrick Durning, Philosophical Anarchism and the Duty to Obey (David Estlund)
  • Douglas Webb, On the Libertarian Approach to Freedom and Responsibility (James Van Cleve)


  • Jeffrey Auker, Eidolons: An Argument Against Explanatory Exclusion (Gary Gates)
  • Jason KawallVirtues, Ideal Observers, and the Foundations of Normativity (Ernest Sosa)
  • Jennifer LackeyRationality, Defeaters, and Testimony (Ernest Sosa)
  • Peter MartonSkeptical Games (Ernest Sosa)
  • John Stone, Disadvantage and the Allocation of Health-Care Resources (Dan Brock)
  • Dale TuggyAgent Causation (James Van Cleve)
  • Katherine Witzig, Racial Concepts: An Epistemological and Ethical Critique (Richard Schmitt)



  • Insoo HyunIndividual Autonomy and the Authentic Self: Toward a Coherence Conception of Authenticity (Dan Brock)
  • Douglas McDermidIs Pragmatism Coherent? (Ernest Sosa)
  • Matthew McGrathBetween Deflationism and the Correspondence Theory (Ernest Sosa)
  • Lewis YelinOn What Can We Reasonably Agree? Political Liberalism and the Idea of Political Justification (David Estlund)


  • John Bellwoar, A Realist Theory of Understanding (Jaegown Kim)
  • Shannon FrenchThe Problem of Motivating Ethical Behavior (Dan Brock)
  • Brie GertlerIntrospectivist View of the Mental (Ernest Sosa)


  • Jean ChambersTemptation and Commitment: Evolved Preferences and Moral Norms (Dan Brock)
  • Marcelo SabatesMental Causation (Jaegwon Kim)


  • Stephen Beck, Towards a contractualist account of moral considerability (Dan Brock)


  • John GibbonsIssues in externalism (Jaegwon Kim)
  • Amy Scammell, Anomalous Monism and the Causal Efficacy of the Mental (Jaegwon Kim)  Now known as "Amy Friesen".
  • George Strander, The Pragmatics of Epistemology (Ernest Sosa)
  • Robert WelshonMental events (Ernest Sosa)


  • Steven HalesOn the possibility of epistemic certainty a posteriori (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • Dean ZimmermanCould Extended Objects Be Made Out of Simple Parts? (Roderick M. Chisholm)


  • Heather GertThe role of resemblance (Felicia Nimue Ackerman)
  • Bindu MadhokThe onotological status of ethics (Ernest Sosa)
  • David Thomasson, Permission and Justification: Two requirements for Conceptual Adeqauacy in a Moral Theory (Dan Brock)
  • Jeffrey WhitmanThe power and value of philosophical skepticism (Ernest Sosa)


  • Michael GillettePaternalism in psychiatric medicine: a philosophical perspective (Gregory L. Murphy)
  • David MartensSome descriptional theories of first-person thoughts (Ernest Sosa)


  • David Bennett, Psychophysical Laws: A Framework (Ernest Sosa)
  • Sung Ho Chung, Objective reference: a study of its background, nature, and recent controversies (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • John GrecoThe foundationalism-coherentism debate in epistemology (Ernest Sosa)
  • Bryan Neilson, The foundations of moral theory (Richard Schmitt)
  • Peter WakefieldOn the separation of the forms (Martha Nussbaum)


  • Linda AlcoffNew versions of the coherence theory: Gadamer, Davidson,Foucault, and Putnam (Ernest Sosa)
  • Vrinda DalmiyaEpistemological arguments against the external world (Ernest Sosa)
  • Steven EmmanuelThe logic of Christian revelation in the works of Kierkegaard (Richard Schmitt)
  • Jong-Ho Ha, A direct attribution theory of perceptual knowledge (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • Richard Olsen, Logical necessity (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • Douglas Oro, The liar paradox and bivalence (Ernest Sosa)
  • Allen RenearThe paradoxes of doxastic implications: an essay on the logic of belief (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • Ill-Hwan Rim, Foundationalisms and epistemic supervenience: a study of the foundationalist theory of epistemic justification (Roderick M. Chisholm)


  • Deborah BerlyneThe role of integrity in an adequate moral theory (Dan Brock)
  • Selmer BringsjordThe failure of computationalism (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • Jeffrey Cobb, The paradox of analysis (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • Juan DepascualeKierkegaard's Socratic philosophy (Richard Schmitt)
  • Jesus DiazToward an intentional nonlogical interpretation of Cartesian epistemology (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • Salvatore Fratantaro, The methodology of G.E. Moore: an exegetical and critical exposition (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • Matthew KapsteinSelf and personal identity in Indian Buddhist scholasticism: aphilosophical investigation (James Van Cleve, James Moeller), Pragmatism: the Copernican revolution continued (Ernest Sosa)
  • Constance MuiSartrean ontology: a dialectical reconstruction (Richard Schmitt)


  • Charles Newman, Serving a nation (John Lenz)
  • David Rosner, A defense of negative events (Roderick M. Chisholm)


  • Bradford Art, The Mysterious abyss of existence: groundwork for the life of the virtuous sage (Richard Schmitt)
  • Judith Carson, Egoism and the structure of practical reasoning (Dan Brock)
  • Patrick GooldThe faith of hidden inwardness: theses possibly or actuallyattributable to Kierkegaard (Philip L. Quinn)
  • Young-Jung Kim, A defense of the no event theory of events: an inquiry intoevent-reduction methodology and its application (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • Lynn Pasquerella, Brentano's theory of intristic value (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • Matthias Steup, The direct and indirectly evident (Roderick M. Chisholm)



  • Michael DePaul, Intuitionism, reliability and reflective equilibrium (Dan Brock)
  • Dale JacquetteThe object theory logic of intention (Roderick M. Chisholm)


  • Susan Levine, A critical analysis of some of the limitations on the scope of moral prohibitions suggested by two quasi-absolutist moral theorists (Dan Brock)


  • Carol ClelandCausation: an irreducible physical relation (Ernest Sosa)
  • Neil GallagherThe concept of blame (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • James Gorrell, The explanatory, heuristic and meaning-constituting functions of theoretical models (Philip L. Quinn)
  • George MillerThe problem of paternalism (Dan Brock)
  • William ThroopWorlds and paradigms: an essay on Kuhnian relativism (Philip L. Quinn)


  • Onesimo AlmeidaThe concept of ideology: a critical analysis (Philip L. Quinn)
  • Susan KrantzBrentano's theodicy (Roderick M. Chisholm)
    Now known as "Susan Krantz Gabriel".
  • Richard Potter, Intentionality and the paradox of the liar (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • Richard Rose, Belief and the reference of proper names (Ernest Sosa)
  • Theodore SchickMeaning, truth, and belief: an inquiry into the natures of propositions and states of affairs (Ernest Sosa)


  • Timothy ColburnA foundationalist theory of empirical justification (Ernest Sosa)
  • Blanche Radford Curry, An unconventional theory of progress (Richard Schmitt)
  • Nancy Gifford, "Taking" as perceptual evidence (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • Eric KraemerFunction, intentionality and organism (Ernest Sosa)


  • David Henderson, Relativsm and the concept of empirical knowledge (Ernest Sosa)
  • Scott HestevoldA metaphysical study of aggregates and continuous wholes (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • Walter HornSubstance and mode: a Spinozistic study (James Van Cleve)
  • Margaret Rooney, Temporal relations and the concept of the present (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • David ZaretAbsolute space and space-time ontologies (Philip L. Quinn)


  • Thomas CarsonHappiness... (Dan Brock)
  • Elliot CohenSupervenience: a study in the theory of value (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • Arnold CusmariuA platonist theory of properties (Ernest Sosa)
  • Stephen Scher, Persons and Practical Reason: The Relation Between Kant's Theory of Action and Ethical Reasoning (John Lenz)


  • Charles McLean, Understanding counterfactuals (Philip L. Quinn)
  • Gary RosenkrantzIndividual essences (Roderick M. Chisholm)


  • Richard FoleyThe desire theory and metaethics (Dan Brock)
  • Michael GorrThe structure of human action (Ernest Sosa)
  • Bruce Hunter, Empiricism and the foundations of empirical knowledge (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • Selton Peters, A dualistic materialist theory of mind (Vincent Tomas)
  • Agnes Ring, Explicability and determinism (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • Josiah Strandberg, Some metaphysical questions about parts and wholes (Roderick M. Chisholm)


  • Samuel Fry, An examination of some ontological problems from the point of viewof the philosophy of Franz Brentano - an application of some of the basicprinciples of his philosophy (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • Richard FumertonPhenomenalism (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • Gerald Ingham, Sellars' theory of Universals and Particulars (Philip L. Quinn)
  • Myung Lee, The later Wittgenstein's reflection on Meaning, Language, and Forms of Life (Richard Schmitt)
  • Andrew Schoedinger, F.R. Tennants Pscyhogenetic Account of Perceptual Consciousness and Teleological Argument (Vincent Tomas)


  • David Benfield, The problem of defining knowledge (Ernest Sosa)
  • Frederick Bohl, Davidson and Chisholm on events (Ernest Sosa)
  • Alan Burk, Intentional propositions de dicto and de re and nonpropositional seeing (Robert J. Swartz)
  • Peter DeVos, Metaphysics, science, and certainty: a study of some keyCartesian notions (John Lenz)
  • Michael Feld, The derivation of "ought" from "is" (John Ladd)
  • William Friffith, G. E. Moore's concept of analysis and its relation tometaphysics (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • Thomas Lockridge, Philosophical problems of historical explanation (John Lenz)
  • Thomas Steel, Some definitions concerning knowing how (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • Deborah Thomas, The individuation of minds (Robert J. Swartz)
  • Herbert Yarvin, Some Cartesian questions (Ernest Sosa)


  • Marlene Fried, Marx's historical materialism and the problem of explanation in history (Ernest Sosa)
  • Carolyn Korsemeyer, Aesthetic form: Formal beauty and the problem of relativism in the theories of Hutcheson and Kant (John Ladd)
  • James Lamb, Fundamental concepts in the theory ofrule-sets (Ernest Sosa)
  • Stuart Rosenbaum, Properties and categories (Ernest Sosa)


  • Richard Brockhaus, The relational theory of space: Some metaphysical epistemologicaland scientific considerations (Philip L. Quinn)
  • Duane Cady, Knowledge in Plato's Theaetetus (John Lenz)
  • David DeLange, Three theories of free action (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • Peter Hess, Certain questions related to the freedom-determinism problem (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • Gary Hochberg, Kant's theory of obligation (John Ladd)
  • Lanius Johnson, A contribution toward a non-substantial theory oftime (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • Robert Keim, An investigation of epistemic preference (Roderick Chisholm)
  • Henning Meyn, Husserl's trascendental logic and the problem of itsjustification (Richard Schmitt)
  • Frederick Mulder, The concept of miracles (John Lenz)
  • Dion Schaff, Aristotle's Categories (John Lenz)
  • Sheri Wiersma, Intentionality and the emotions (Robert J. Swartz)


  • Michael Corrado, Modality de re and the problem of essentialism (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • Stephen Croddy, Meeting in oral communication (Robert J. Swartz)
  • Thomas Feehan, An analysis of lying and some thoughts on its moralevaluation (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • James Fulton, The elements of causation (Roderick M. Chisholm)
  • William Parent, Mill's conception of the Summum Bonum (John Ladd)

PhDs awarded, 1939-1969