Graduate Student Placement

The following tables display the placements of all students who have finished our MA program 1999-Present. The Results column indicates placement into Philosophy PhD programs with full funding unless otherwise noted.

2016

Thesis Title Applied to PhD Programs? Results
Earning the Right Means Paying the Costs: Metaphysical Problems for Quasi-Realism Yes University of California, San Diego
Two Contemporary Metaethical Schemes Considered Yes Florida State University (graduated in 2015)
Reformulating Modalism Yes Syracuse University
Kant on Radical Evil Yes University of Illinois, Chicago
Locutionary Disablement and Epistemic Injustice Yes CUNY Graduate Center
Attitudinal Commitments and the Scope of Rational Requirements Yes University of Pittsburgh
Nietzsche and the problem of nihilism Yes may re-apply next year
What Science Doesn’t Need to Know: Scientific Realism, Anti-Realism and the Continuum of Knowledge Yes may re-apply next year
Nietzsche’s Autonomy, Responsibility, and Will Unification Yes may re-apply next year
Decent Peoples, Political Legitimacy, and Informed Consent Yes University of Minnesota Law School (graduated in 2013)
Nietzsche’s Signpost for Feminism No  
Exam Option No  
Exam Option No  
Exam Option No University of Texas Law School (graduated in 2015)

Other schools that admitted our students in 2016: U Arizona, UC-Irvine, U Cinncinnati, U Illinois-Urbana, Champaign, Ohio State, U Pennsylvania, U Texas-Austin.

2015

Thesis Title Applied to PhD Programs? Results
Constitutive Inescapability and the Search for Normative Authority Yes University of California, San Diego
Life and Agency: Constitutivism and the Source of Prescriptive Norms Yes University of California, Riverside
Berkeley and the Mind of God Yes University of Rochester
The Function of Blame Yes New York University (MA in Bioethics)
Rethinking Responding to Raymond: Re-Replying to Reproaches of Transsexualism Yes May re-apply next year
Kaplan’s Puzzle, Dynamic Senses, and Diachronically Individuated Propositions Yes University of Illinois, Chicago (graduated in 2014)

Other schools that admitted our students in 2015: UC-Davis, U Minnesota (Twin Cities), Syracuse, Washington U (Seattle)

2014

Thesis Title Applied to PhD Programs? Results
Colocated Object? A New Challenge to the Intentionalists’ Solution to the Grounding Problem Yes University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Grounding the Free Lunch: Can Grounding Theory Escape Ontological Commitment? Yes University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Freedom as Morality Yes Northwestern University
Intentions and Advisorial Relations Yes Florida State University
From Self-Trust to Other-Trust: The Role of Reasons and the Theoretical Insignificance of Behavioral Inconsistency Yes Northwestern University
Two Essays On Constructivism: Lessons From Semantic Theory Yes Brown University
The Modal Status of Kant’s Postulate of God’s Existence Yes University of Pittsburgh
Solving the Problem of Resultant Luck: Extrapolating from Hegel Yes University of California, San Diego
Commitment and Temporal Mediation in Korsgaard’s Self-Constitution Yes University of California, Riverside (graduated in 2013)
The Duty of Assistance is a Liberal Duty Yes University of Pennsylvania (graduated in 2012)
A Greater Scope for Error: Judgment, Sensation, and the Material Falsity of Sensory Ideas Yes University of Notre Dame (HPS) (graduated in 2012)
Exam Option No

Other schools that admitted our students in 2014: Alberta, Boston, Calgary, UC-Santa Barbara, Georgetown, Illinois-Chicago, Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, Johns Hopkins, Kansas, Maryland, UW-Madison, New School, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh (HPS), Purdue, Rochester, Syracuse, Virginia, Western Ontario

2013

Thesis Title Applied to PhD Programs? Results
Disagreement, Dispositions, and Higher-Order Evidence Yes Notre Dame
Second Nature in Kant’s Theory of Artistic Creativity Yes Columbia University
Hume, Skepticism, and Induction Yes University of California, Santa Barbara
How I Spent My Summer Defending-or-Defeating Anscombe: Anscombian Action Theory and the Possibility of Logically Complex Actions Yes University of Pittsburgh (attended one year); University of California, Los Angeles (Fall 2014)
How to Think About Indiscernible Particles Yes Ohio State University
The Starry Heavens Above Me and the Starmaking Power Within Me Yes Marquette University
“Just Perceiv’d & Next Door to Nothing:” An investigation of Minima in the Work of George Berkeley Yes Western Ontario University
The Supersubstantivalist Response to the Argument from Vagueness Yes Notre Dame
The Myth of Given Reasons Yes University of Pittsburgh

Other schools that admitted our students in 2013: Boston, Brown, UCLA, UC-Riverside, UC-San Diego, U Chicago, Georgetown, Illinois-Chicago, U Iowa, Johns Hopkins, UMass-Amherst, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, UNC-Chapel Hill, Princeton, Rochester, St Louis U, Syracuse, Temple, Yale

2012

Thesis Title Applied to PhD Programs? Results
Intelligibility and Reliability: A Relational Conception of the Constitutive Aim of Agency Yes University of California, San Diego
Exam Option Yes University of California, Riverside (graduated in 2007)
Who’s Counting? Cognitive Disability and Rawlsian Contractualism Yes May re-apply to PhD programs in the future
Sympathy and Causal Inference: Hume on Other Minds No Pepperdine Law School (attended one year); Washington University, St. Louis School of Law (Fall 2013)
The Moral Status of the Deceased in Kant’s Ethics No University of Chicago Law School (graduated in 2011)
Exam Option No

Other schools that admitted our students in 2012: UC-Irvine, Ohio State

2011

Thesis Title Applied to PhD Programs? Results
Problems with Causal Reasoning in Cognitive Neuroscience Yes Arizona State University (HPS)
The Problem From Memory and Moral Responsibility Yes University of California, Irvine
Deliberating to Believe: A Critical Examination of How Truth Functions as a Normative Constraint on Belief Yes Northwestern
Essence and Modality: the alleged conflict between Actualism and Kind Essentialism Yes Purdue University
The A Priority of the Intelligible Yes Stanford University
The Prole Machine: Politics and Revolution in the Cramped Conditions of Capital Yes University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Political Science)
A Defense of Rawls’s Account of Toleration in The Law of Peoples Yes University of Illinois, Chicago
Justice for the Cognitively Disabled: Obligations to Those at the Margins of Our Moral Community Yes University of California, Riverside
Idealism in Kant and Berkeley: A Defense of Berkeley’s Concept of Objectivity Yes Ohio State University
Moral Requirements, Moral Reasoning, and the First Two Formulations of the Categorical Imperative Yes University of Pennsylvania (graduated in 2010)
Taking the “Peep-Show” Public: Intersubjectivity, Psychologism, and Conceptual Realism Yes Yale University (graduated in 2010)
The Case for Government Anti-Obesity Legislation No Federal Judicial Clerk

Other schools that admitted our students in 2011: Alberta, CUNY Graduate Center, Iowa, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Minnesota, New School, North Texas, Notre Dame, Utah, Washington-Seattle, Vanderbilt

2010

Thesis Title Applied to PhD Programs? Results
Quantifier Variance, Classical Logic, and Neo-Fregeanism Yes University of Virginia
Making Sense of Intelligibility: A Discussion of Velleman’s Constitutive Aim of Action Yes University of California, Riverside
Necessary Identity Statements Trivialized Yes University of British Columbia
Free Citizens and the Coercive Account of the Site of Justice Yes University of Arizona
Moral Incentive and Respect in Kant’s Ethics Yes University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
A Dilemma for Hellman’s Modal Structuralism Yes University of California, Irvine
Autonomy, Estrangement, and External Reasons Yes University of Pittsburgh (graduated in 2008)
The Role of Emotions in Akrasia No Cornell Law School
Intimates, Self-Trust and Self-Awareness in Autonomous Decision Making No

Other schools that admitted our students in 2010: Alberta, UC-Davis, UC-Santa Barbara, Connecticut, Florida State, Illinois-Chicago, Indiana, Maryland, McGill (Political Science), Miami, SUNY-Buffalo, Purdue, Rochester, St. Louis U, Syracuse, Toronto, Washington-Seattle, Western Ontario, UW-Madison

2009

Thesis Title Applied to PhD Programs? Results
Can We Contextualize Skepticism? Yes CUNY Graduate Center
Kant’s Derivation of the Formula of Universal Law Yes Harvard University
The Implications of Special Relativity for Persistence Yes Syracuse University
Inquiry, Attention and Relevance: An Account of Knowledge and its Role in Discourse Yes University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Incentives and Goodness in Kant’s Ethics Yes University of California, Los Angeles
The Concept of Belief and Epistemic Rationality Yes University of Texas, Austin
Agency and the Theoretical View of Persons Yes University of Miami
Self-Deception & Culpable Ignorance Yes University of California, Riverside (graduated in 2008)
Exam Option No
Moore, Dewey, and the Reconstruction of Ethics No
Gibson on Perceiving Affordances Directly No

Other schools that admitted our students in 2009: Arizona State, Bowling Green, UC-San Diego, UC-Santa Barbara, Colorado-Boulder, Connecticut, Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan, Missouri, UNC-Chapel Hill, Stanford, Washington U, Yale

2008

Thesis Title Applied to PhD Programs? Results
The Tractarian Operation N: Its Role and Expressive Capacity Yes University of Illinois, Chicago
A Pragmatic Account of the Referential Use of Definite Descriptions Yes University of California, Davis
Shame and the Self Yes Harvard University
Disagreeing About Modal Disagreement Yes Syracuse University
The Development of Kant’s Conception of Respect for the Moral Law Yes Stanford University
Agency and Morality Yes University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
G.E. Moore on Common Sense and Analysis Yes Vanderbilt University (graduated in 2007)
Systematicity and Mental Content Yes Duke University (Center for Cognitive Neuroscience PhD) (graduated in 2007)
A Defense of Gilbert Harman’s Moral Relativism Yes University of Florida (graduated in 2004)
A Critical Analysis of John Hick’s Pluralist Hypothesis Yes Marquette University (graduated in 2003)
Boundaries of the Self: A Critical Discussion of Harry Frankfurt’s Conception of Identification No
Metaphor, Comparison, and Aesthetic Success No

Other schools that admitted our students in 2008: Brown, Connecticut, Florida State, Fordham, Illinois-Chicago, Indiana, Loyola, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Rochester, UC-Berkeley, UC-Riverside, UC-San Diego, UC-Santa Barbara

2007

Thesis Title Applied to PhD Programs? Results
G.E. Moore and E.M. Forster Yes Johns Hopkins University (English PhD Program)
Can Humean supervenience be reconciled with the Principal Principle? Yes Princeton University
J.G.H. Feder’s Simultaneity Objection to Kant’s Claim to the Apriority of Space Yes University of Pennsylvania
Kant’s Idea of Pure Morality and Hegel’s Critique Yes University of California, Riverside
Nietzsche’s Weapon of War: the Method of Science Yes University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Exam Option No Harvard Law School

Other schools that admitted our students in 2007: Arizona State, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Cornell, Miami, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, UC-Irvine

2006

Thesis Title Applied to PhD Programs? Results
The Demands of Incompatibilism Upon Libertarian Theories of Free Will Yes Florida State University
The Ideas of the Kingdom of Ends and the Highest Good in Kant’s Moral Theory Yes Harvard University
Exam Option Yes Rice University
Performativity and Social Kinds: Race, Gender, and the Pursuit of Justice Yes Rutgers University (Women’s & Gender Studies PhD Program)
Can Accounts of Naturalistic Virtue Ethics Survive? Yes University of Missouri (non-funded)
Epistemic Responsibility and the Concept of Belief Yes University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
A Look at the Conception of Care in Three Ethical Theories Yes University of Kentucky (graduated in 2004)
The Fold in the Other Night: Foucault on Desubjective Technologies of the Self No Lecturer at UWM
Justifying Morality: An Essay on the Rationality of Moral Actions No
The Nature of Mental Existence in Anselm’s Ontological Argument No
On Constructing an Argument Against Tyler Burge’s Preservative Theory of Memory Based on Memory Construed as an Inferential Communicative Process No

Other schools that admitted our students in 2006: Arizona, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Georgetown, Illinois-Chicago, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota (Women’s Studies), Northwestern, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Stanford, UC-Riverside, Wisconsin-Madison

2005

Thesis Title Applied to PhD Programs? Results
What Does the Scientist See? Does it Matter? Yes Duke University
Is Morality a Skill? Yes Harvard University
Exam Option Yes Marquette University
Beyond the Meaning of ‘Meaning’: Rigidity and Semantic Externalism Yes Ohio State University
On the Nature of Value Properties and Judgments at the Intersection of Aesthetics and Ethics Yes SUNY-Buffalo
Saving the In-Itself World: Some Responses To Putnam’s Internal Realism Yes University of California, Irvine
The Nature of Second Nature Yes University of Florida
Three Arguments for Nonconceptual Content Yes University of Minnesota
Reconciliation & Quasi-Realist Moral Truth & Objectivity Yes University of Reading (UK)
Belief and Responsibility Yes University of Rochester
General Laws and Causal Relations: Scientific Explanation Yes University of Southern California
Propositional Attitudes, Reference, and Pragmatics Yes University of Southern California
Signs and Generality: An Examination of the Berkeleyan Alternative to Abstract Ideas Yes University of Toronto
The Philosophical Basis of Clement Greenberg’s Art Criticism: The Union between Kantian and Hegelian Aesthetics Yes University of Washington-Seattle

Other schools that admitted our students in 2005: Arizona State, Birkbeck College, London (UK), British Columbia, Cincinnati, Connecticut, CUNY, Edinburgh (UK), Florida State, Illinois-Chicago, Indiana, Iowa, Loyola (Chicago), Maryland, Missouri, Northwestern, Sheffield (UK), St. Andrews (UK), Stirling (UK), Syracuse, Temple, UC-Davis, U-Mass, Western Ontario, Wisconsin-Madison

2004

Thesis Title Applied to PhD Programs? Results
Objecting to Objectifying Desires: An Objection to the Kantian Model of Deliberation Yes Cornell University
Defense of Marx’s Scientific Socialism Yes Northwestern University
The Last Metaphysician: An Analysis of Heidegger’s Interpretation of Nietzsche Yes University of California, Riverside
Real Selves or Bust? Yes University of Cincinnati
An Analysis of Kant’s Treatment of Suicide Yes University of Illinois-Chicago
Nature, Priority and Political Animals in Aristotle’s Politics Yes University of Illinois-Chicago
A Three-Mechanism Structure of Mind to Explain Human Language and Responsibility Yes University of Waterloo (Canada)
The Problem with “Self” Competition No Marquette Law School; Fall ’07 – Clerkship with New Mexico Supreme Court

Other schools that admitted our students in 2004: Bowling Green, CUNY, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio State, Southern California, Syracuse, UC-Irvine, UC-Santa Cruz, U-Mass, Virginia, Wisconsin-Madison

2003

Thesis Title Applied to PhD Programs? Results
The Evolution of Guilt: A Defense of Norm-Expressivism Yes Michigan State University
Desires and Practical Reasoning: Three Accounts Considered Yes University of California, Davis (attended 1 year); University of Wisconsin-Madison (Fall ’05)
The Substitutional Interpretation of the Quantifiers of Predicate Logic Yes University of Pittsburgh
A Critical Analysis of John Hick’s Pluralist Hypothesis No Lecturer at UWM
A Study of Nietzsche’s Gay Science No

2002

Thesis Title Applied to PhD Programs? Results
Un-blocking Our Access to the Contents of Perceptual Experience Yes Duke University
An Analysis of Kierkegaard’s Notion of Personhood Yes Saint Louis University (attended 1 year); St. Louis University Law School (attended 1 year); Lehigh University (History PhD, Fall 05)
Testimonial Justification and Epistemic Individualism Yes University of Missouri
Colors, Values and the Possibility of Analogy No Works in the Criminal Defense division of the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office
Global Theories, Local Theories, Theories of Adjudication and Ronald Dworkin’s Law as Integrity No Professor at Marquette Law School

2001

Thesis Title Applied to PhD Programs? Results
Chardin’s Cycle Yes Marquette University
Moral Development and the Duty of Self-Perfection Yes Northwestern University
The Truth in Projectivism Yes Ohio State University
A Theistic Defense of Natural Evils Yes Purdue University
Philosophy as Therapy: An Elucidation of Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Method Yes University of Iowa
Exam Option No Teacher in Milwaukee Public Schools
Vagueness No Works in Pharmaceutical Sales

2000

Thesis Title Applied to PhD Programs? Results
Taking Occasionalism Seriously Yes Brown University
The Personal Ethics of Sustainable Development: An Application of Kant’s Notion of the Categorical Imperative Yes CUNY
John Rawls, Justice as Fairness and the Failure of Froperty-Owning Democracy Yes Marquette University
Weakness of Will: Towards a Reformed Belief/Desire Account Yes Northwestern University
Exam Option No UWM (Urban Education/Educational Psychology PhD program)
Hybrid Theories of Justice: A New Foundation Based on T. M. Scanlon’s Ethics of Reasonable Rejection No Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Air Force Academy
Non-thesis project No
Understanding Kant’s prohibition of revolution, his support of the French revolution, and our right to revolt No

1999

Thesis Title Applied to PhD Programs? Results
The Inductive-Statistical and Deductive-Nomologicial Models of Probabilistic Explanation and the Problem of Explaining Particular Explanada Yes Indiana University
Themes in Kantian Moral Psychology: Humanity, Needs, and Autonomy Yes University of Florida
Assuring the Fair Value of the Political Liberties: The Need for an Ethos Justice No Attended Law Schooly
Ducks, Rabbits, and Dubbits: A Wittgensteinian Study of Seeing No NYU (Obtained Social Work MSW; Social Work PhD program)
Exam Option No UWM (Urban Studies)
Reference, Interpretation and Clarity No Harvard Law School

Other schools that admitted our students who graduated from 1999-2003 include: Bowling Green, CUNY, Duquesne, Emory, Fordham University, Georgetown, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Loyola, Marquette, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn, Rochester, UC-Davis, UC-Irvine, UCLA, UC-Riverside, UCSD, UC-Boulder, UI-Chicago, U Mass-Amherst, U Texas-Austin, U Utah, U Virginia, U Washington-Seattle, U Wisconsin-Madison, Vanderbilt

A partial list of the schools that admitted our students that graduated before 1999: Alberta, Bowling Green, Brown, UCLA, UC-San Diego, UC-Irvine, UC-Riverside, U of Chicago, Colorado, Columbia U., Cornell, CUNY, Emory, Georgetown, UI-Urbana-Champaign, UI-Chicago, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Marquette, Maryland, U Mass-Amherst, Minnesota, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rice, Rochester, St. Louis, Texas, Toronto, Vanderbilt, Virginia, UW-Madison, Washington U., and Yale