Philosophy Honors Theses are the written presentations of research conducted under the guidance of Colby faculty by senior Philosophy majors. A bound copy of each thesis is kept in the Department library.


Sarah Bash, Fertile Femininity: Ontological and Phenomenological Perspectives on Reproduction and Feminine Embodiment

Daniel Ellison, The Transcendental Ground of Kant’s Cosmopolitanism

Sam Sessions, The Tetralemma of Nothingness


Ronahn Clarke, Socrates and the Divine Mission of Political Friendship


Kieran Dunn, Racism: Who is Responsible?


Ethan Ashley, The New White Moderate: Bearing Witness to the Differend of Race

Erin Maidman, Didn’t I used to be me?” Personal Identity after Trauma and Mental Illness


Ryan Lam, Political Philosophy of the Impossible:  Authority, Domination, and Social Movements


Griffen Isaac Allen, Don’t Know, Do Not Resuscitate: A Principle for the Creation of the Kingdom of Ends in the ICU

Alex Sarappo, In Trust We Trust: An Epistemological Investigation of Ethical and Aesthetic Testimony


Uzoma Orchingwa, Unfreedom.

Kelsey Park, Beyond Our Conscience: A Proposal for and Improved Model of Self-Forgiveness


Clare Saunders, Philosophical Approaches to the Catholic Church’s Prohibition of Contraceptives


Michael Yohai, We the Peoples of the United States: Constituting American Identities Through Pluralism and Narrative


Kevin P. Smith, The Metaphysics of Modality
William A. Price, The Purely Reflected Self
Kristen Psaty, On Perfect Friendship: An Outline and a Guide to Aristotle’s Philosophy of Friendship


Jason Stigliano, The Conceptual Being in Contemporary Life: A Pontification
Kris Miranda, Break the Sky: an exploration of ethics with swords and superheroes
Carlie Minichino, Gender Specific Rules in Sport are based on an Outdated Idea of Femininity


Elizabeth Coogan, Rawls and Health Care
Adam Marvin, Interpretation Stops Here: Judicial Politics in a Constitutional Republic
Allyson Rudolph, Collective Moral Responsibility


Emily Brostek, An Impoverished Philosophy
Gregory Lusk, Truth, Knowledge and Understanding


Megan Burd, Mysticizing Philosophy
Josh Kahn, Separating the Good from the Great:  Toward an Objective Criterion for Value in Music
Chris Surprenant, Cultivating the Good Will:  Moral Progress and the Kantian State
Alex Telis, Ethics and the Akeda:  An Existenial Exegesis of Genesis 22


Edward F. Smith, Rationality, Warrant, and Theistic Belief


Peter K. Osborn, Lost in the Woulds:  Why I am Not a Counterpart and Other Lessons from Modal Logic
Tracy E. Schloss, When Morality Builds:  An Analysis of Art, City Planning, and The Ethics of Iris Murdoch
Edwin Stone, Positivism in the Wasteland:  An Essay on the Nature of International Law


John S. Brownell, Ethical and Legal Issues of Informed Consent in Medicine
Ryan M. Wepler, Boats, Bats, and Bootstraps: A Defense of American Neopragmatism


Bryan P. Kessler, The Importance of the Ontological Relationship Between Absolute Spirit and Individual Minds in G.W.F. Hegel’s Philosophy


Scott J. Bridges, Challenging the Laws of Thought


Dennis N. D’Angelo, If I’d Known Then What I Know Now
Katie Quackenbush, Literature, Drama, and Philosophy in Plato:  The Trials and Death of Socrates


John S. Brunero III, Autonomy, Authority, and Discourse:  Can Habermas and Mill Resolve Philosophical Anarchism?


Michael S. Barber (senior scholar), Reading Nietzsche, Reading Emerson:  (Con) Texts for Creative Meaning
Andrew B. Glos, The Mystic, the Heretic, and the Dame of Norwich


Paul J. Fontana, The Existence of Evil and the Problem of God
Christopher McMath (senior scholar), Medical Treatment and the Good Death


John E. Costenbader, Buddhism and the Unveiling of an Environmental Ethic
Caleb E. Mason, The Early Genealogy of the Concept of Will