Emergence and the Mind

This is my research paper for my Intro to Interdisciplinary Studies program. This is rather unique as a scholarly work (and intentionally due to the aims of the course): the first half is a sort of historical overview of both the mind-brain dilemma and emergence theory, while the second half deals with the support for … Continue reading Emergence and the Mind

Free Will in the Age of Materialism

This is my research paper written for my Consciousness course. For a PDF version instead, click here. Enjoy! In a monist, materialist world, how is it that the mind can act on the body? Virtually no one today believes that the mind is of a separate substance from the body, immaterial and ethereal; most believe … Continue reading Free Will in the Age of Materialism

Distributive Justice: Egalitarianism versus Libertarianism

This paper was written for my Intro to Philosophy course... For a PDF version, click here. John Rawls’ “veil of ignorance”-based egalitarian justice, as he describes it in “Justice and Fairness,” presents a very different view of what a fair society looks like compared to Robert Nozick’s account in “Distributive Justice” of the libertarian stance. … Continue reading Distributive Justice: Egalitarianism versus Libertarianism

Going Beyond the Evidence: James’ “Will to Believe”

This essay was written for my Intro to Philosophy course. For a PDF version, click here. In his essay “The Will to Believe,” William James argues that in special cases, a person is justified in believing a hypothesis which has positive implications for the believer but is not necessarily supported by sufficient evidence. James begins … Continue reading Going Beyond the Evidence: James’ “Will to Believe”