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  • Student Theses 

    Since the MA Program in Philosophy began in 1993 almost 200 students have completed their degree. The following list of MA theses is a representative sample that gives some indication of the areas and themes of philosophy investigated by graduate students at Franciscan University. 

    • Patrick Toner: Aquinas, Zagzebski, and the Levels of Knowledge 
    • Steven Brust: Law, Morality and the Common Good 
    • Rebecca Bratten: A Comparison of Nietzsche and Scheler on the Tragic 
    • Aaron Urbanczyk: The Role of Mind-Contribution in Perception. A Critical Study of John Locke's Distinction between Primary and Secondary Qualities 
    • Vance Opdyke: Sickness and Consolation. A Kierkegaardian reading of Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy 
    • Teresa Asam: A Room with a Different View. An Inquiry into Feminine Being-in-the-World 
    • Anthony Flood: Augustine's Notions of Will and Ordo Amoris. Keys to the Ethics of John Duns Scotus and Dietrich von Hildebrand 
    • Jason Rivers: A Dialectical Comparison of Bonaventure and Hegel on Divine Self-Expression 
    • John-Michael Muller: Mechanistic Perception and Philosophy. An Evaluation of Hume's Theory of Perception and Phenomenological Examinations of Human Acts of Perceiving 
    • Sr. M. Regina van den Berg: Obedience in Light of Karol Wojtyla's Personalism 
    • Nicholas J. Healy: Incommunicability as Gift: A Study in the Philosophical Anthropology of Hans Urs von Balthasar 
    • Szabolcs Stikker: The Theodicy of G. W. Leibniz 
    • Irene Marie Lagan: Love and Bonum in Saint Thomas Aquinas 
    • Joshua Miller: On the Knowledge of Personal Uniqueness 
    • Mark Spencer: The Value of the Holy and the Trace of God. The Sacramental Experience 
    • Celeste-Marie Weber Moore: Human Essence. Existential Concerns and Zubiri's Theory of Open Essence 
    • Stefan Hoffmann: Thomas' Dynamic Notion of Being (esse) and Its Significance for Man and the Many 
    • Karl Orborn: Abortion and the Personhood of the Fetus. An Ethical Analysis Examining the Philosophical Understanding of Preborn Human Beings 
    • Scott Henderson: A Philosophical Examination and Evaluation of Some Issues Involving Near-Death Experiences 
    • Matthew Brounstein: Relational Space and the Theory of Relativity 
    • Margaret Puyat: Beyond Duty. Virtue Ethics and the Critique of Modern Ethical Theory 
    • Robert Lee Miller: The Problem of Other Minds in Max Scheler's The Nature of Sympathy 
    • Kyle Cupp: The Splendor of Mystery. An Analysis of Truth in The Literary Work of Art 
    • Michael Kleissler: Generosity, a Fundamental Affective Attitude. The Thought of Descartes, Marion and Henry 
    • Danny Desmond: A Clarification of Hegel's Understanding of History and Ethics. From Hegel to Hegel through Kierkegaard 
    • Rosemary Fehlner: Justice in the State. Ruling Well and Providing for the Common Good. A Study of Platonic Justice as Contrasted with the Machiavellian Practice of Virtú 
    • Michael J. Miller: Karol Wojtyla and Karl Marx on Alienation and Self-Creation 
    • David Klassen: Illusions and the Reality of Natural Law. An Inquiry into Hans Kelsen's Tribunal of Science 
    • Poul Lundgren: The Principle of Double Effect and Its Critics 
    • Jesse Russell: Goodnight Sweet Ladies. A Reading of the Nature of Poetic Imagination as a Mode of Knowing within the Poetry of William Butler Yeats and Frederick Nietzsche 
    • Peter Michael Chukwu: Consciousness and Man's Experience of Subjectivity. A Critical Exposition of Karol Wojtyla's Phenomenology
    • Natalie Polzar: Embodiment in Marcel 
    • Pamela Osborn: The Role of Love in the Life of the Individual Person 
    • Matthew Barry: Metaphysical and Moral Evil: The Influence of Neoplatonism on Saint Thomas Aquinas 
    • Andrew Haines: Esse et intelligere et vivere convertunter: Uncovering the Neoplatonic Roots of Thomas Aquinas’ Realist Philosophy
    • Joel Potter: Descent, Ascent, and Service: Scheler on the Philosophical Significance of Humility


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