Comps, honors papers, and prize-winning works of the Philosophy Department are featured here. All works have been self-submitted by the student authors. Descriptive information about each work is available to search or browse. Access to the full text of the works is limited to current Carleton affiliates with faculty permission. Learn more about how to submit your work and how to request access to the full text of works.


Submissions from 2019

David Gallagher, Obligation and Autonomy: Legal Paternalism in the Context of Oppression, 2019, Philosophy (PHIL)

Elliot Schwartz, Coming apart at the Seems: Intuition, Skepticism, and Self-defeat, 2019, Philosophy (PHIL)

Submissions from 2018

Kuan Chen, The South Korean Conscription Law: Why Is It Unjust?, 2018, Philosophy (PHIL)

Daihui Meng, On Happiness: A Conversation Between Daoism and Existentialism, 2018, Philosophy (PHIL)

Soren Weigt Schlassa, Rational Induction: A Reply to Goodman, 2018, Philosophy (PHIL)

Mark Dailey Steitz, Parkour and Freerunning Philosophy: How the way we move influences our relationship with our environment, 2018, Philosophy (PHIL)

Zixuan Wang, "Knowing Beyond the Socio-historical and the Collective": A Critical Analysis of Miranda Fricker's Epistemic Injustice, 2018, Philosophy (PHIL)

Submissions from 2017

Laura Katherine Soter, Implicit Bias, Responsibility, and Criticism, 2017, Philosophy (PHIL)

Submissions from 2016

Alexandra Katherine Chang, Self-as-Process: Towards and Existential Account of Agency, 2016, Philosophy (PHIL)

Katherine Marie Koza, Secrecy, Self-Determination, and Sacred Lands: Motivating Native American Land Policy Reform Through International Political Philosophy, 2016, Philosophy (PHIL)

David Clinton Racine, Reconciling Partiality and Impartiality: How Morality Separates Good Partial Reasons from the Bad, 2016, Philosophy (PHIL)

Submissions from 2015

Eric Timothy Wittenburg, Vagueness and Fuzzy Logic, 2015, Philosophy (PHIL)

Austen Roxanne Yeager, Memory Enhancement and Emotional Authenticity, 2015, Philosophy (PHIL)

Submissions from 2014

Annette Martin, Truth and Proof: Defending a Provability Account of Mathematical Truth in Light of Godel's First Incompleteness Theorem, 2014, Philosophy (PHIL)

Christopher Andrew Wong, Health Care is not a Human Right: The Principle of Non-Interference and Alternative Rights to Health Care, 2014, Philosophy (PHIL)

Submissions from 2013

David Matthew Abel, Toward the Defense of Hypercomputation, 2013, Philosophy (PHIL)

David Risberg McNeil, The Mirror of Nonexistence: Evaluating Lucretius's Symmetry Argument, 2013, Philosophy (PHIL)

Zoe Susanne Suche, The Heaviest Burden: Selfhood, Unity, and Nietzsche's Eternal Recurrence, 2013, Philosophy (PHIL)

Elissa Ann Walter, Utilitarianism and the Futility Problem: Can Utilitarianism Serve as a Satisfactory Animal Ethics Framework which Articulates Prominent Human Intuitions?, 2013, Philosophy (PHIL)

Submissions from 2012

Simone Childs-Walker, The Cosmological Argument, or What I Mean When I Say the Word God, 2012, Philosophy (PHIL)

Patrick Thomas Doty, The Possibility of Panentheistic Free Will, 2012, Philosophy (PHIL)

Rebekah Ann Frumkin, Caritas ad mundum: Love of the Particular in St. Augustine, 2012, Philosophy (PHIL)

Matthew Robert Hunter, What Would You Have Done? Examining the Role of Empathy in Assessments of Responsibility, 2012, Philosophy (PHIL)

Nicholas Alexander Ickovic, What Could Modal Claims Be, 2012, Philosophy (PHIL)

Hai Hoang Ngo, The Relationship Theory & Finally Valuable Relationships: A Discussion on Love and its Reasons, 2012, Philosophy (PHIL)

Sarah Jane Pinkham, Duties to Ecosystems, 2012, Philosophy (PHIL)

Submissions from 2011

Javier Caride, An Objective Concern: The Underlying Subjectivity of Foot's Natural Normativity, 2011, Philosophy (PHIL)

Mollie Frances Feldman, Continuous Group Identity in a Changing World, 2011, Philosophy (PHIL)

Submissions from 2010

Jabir Bin Mohd Yusoff, Philosophical intuitions and experimental threats: The coast is clear, 2010, Philosophy (PHIL)

Jessica Petrini Briol, A Right to Education, 2010, Philosophy (PHIL)

Christopher R. Clark, The Debate over Liberal Eugenics, 2010, Philosophy (PHIL)

Daniel Frank Kagan-Kans, The Role of Science Fiction and Contingency in Decision-Making, 2010, Philosophy (PHIL)

Submissions from 2009

Erinrose Mager, Importance of the contextual framework when addressing kitsch objects and why this framework validates kitsch aesthetically and socially, 2009, Philosophy (PHIL)

Ryan Andrew Smith, Semantic externalism and Quine's indeterminacy of translation, 2009, Philosophy (PHIL)

Hannah Weinstein, Identifying with your country : an argument for immigrants' cultural rights in liberal democracies, 2009, Philosophy (PHIL)