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Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection


Barrett, the Honors College accepts high performing, academically engaged students and works with them in collaboration with all of the other academic units at Arizona State University. All Barrett students complete a thesis or creative project, supervised and defended in front of a faculty committee. The thesis or creative project allows students to explore an intellectual interest and produce an original piece of scholarly research. The thesis or creative project is a student’s opportunity to explore areas of academic interest with greater intensity than is possible in a single course. It is also an opportunity to engage with professors, nationally recognized in their fields and specifically interested and committed to working with honors students. This work provides tangible evidence of a student’s research, writing and creative skills to graduate schools and/or prospective employers.


Date Range
2014 2018


This essay explores the role of religion, science, and the secular in contemporary society by showing their connection to social and political legitimacy as a result of historical processes. In Chapter One, the essay presents historical arguments, particularly linguistic, which confirm science and religion as historically created categories without timeless or essential differences. Additionally, the current institutional separation of science and religion was politically motivated by the changing power structures following the Protestant Reformation. In Chapter Two, the essay employs the concept of the modern social imaginary to show how our modern concept of the political and the secular subtly ...

Contributors
Bianchi, Joseph Anthony, Bennett, Gaymon, Wetmore, Jameson, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

Philippa Foot’s theory of Natural Goodness provides a theoretical ethical framework that encompasses Aristotelian notions of flourishing and practical rationality. Foot’s text provides a clear path to self-fulfillment, and her argument suggests that for a human being to flourish, they must experience happiness, actively enjoy good things, encompass human goodness, and exercise practical rationality. This thesis aims to evolve Foot’s project of Natural Goodness from a theoretical model into a configuration that may be applied to everyday practical living. This project begins by detailing Philippa Foot’s theory, walking through each step of the argument Foot provides in support for her ...

Contributors
Woods, Tyler, Watson, Jeffrey, Klein, Shawn, et al.
Created Date
2017-12

This thesis grew out of my own experiences of the sudden loss of a loved one. It turns to the philosophy of Martin Heidegger and Paul Tillich to examine how vertical and meditative thought, respectively, aid in interpreting art to overcome such a tragic event. The first section of this thesis begins with an explanation of how I came to realize that my capacity to understand and interpret life had been restricted by a lens of calculative thought. The second section of this thesis addresses the philosophical lessons about depth in thought in the vertical plane that Paul Tillich teaches ...

Contributors
Dillman, Blake A., Ramsey, Ramsey Eric, Gruber, Diane, et al.
Created Date
2017-12

Romania is in the midst of an identity emergency due to its relatively recent departure from a communist dictatorship. This paper will take a look at identities within Romania while paying close attention to the way that emerging political, economic, religious and gender identities have been and are being used to oppress the Romanian queer population. This paper seeks to justify an application of Western values towards the call for enfranchisement of Romanian queers. Western values, in this sense, will be based on Enlightenment notions of equality in all people and based on philosophers whose writings and paradigms are centered ...

Contributors
Woodmansee, Jon Wessley, Montesano, Mark, Brake, Elizabeth, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

Within the vast array of classical literature, many authors still have not been thoroughly examined. Among these, Palladas of Alexandria, a prominent epigrammatist in the Palatine Anthology, seems to import Epicurean themes. Based on the content and motifs of his poetry, I argue that Palladas leaned on Epicurean philosophy as presented in Lucretius’s De Rerum Natura to salvage pagan identity in the midst of Christianity’s increased popularity.

Contributors
Nikpour, Rodmanned Arya, Tueller, Michael, Lynch, John, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

Abstract. The term “sex trafficking” can mean many different things, depending on who uses it. To some, it may be synonymous with prostitution. To others, it may equate to slavery. And some may find that sex trafficking differs from both slavery and prostitution. But I find that the term “sex trafficking” is used improperly when referring to phenomena that may not entail the violation of rights of any individual involved. For this reason, various definitions of “sex trafficking” may inappropriately conflate sex trafficking with prostitution. In this essay, I argue against such a conflation through supporting a rights-based approach of ...

Contributors
Miller, Isaac Jonathan, de Marneffe, Peter, McGregor, Joan, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

The Paradox of Fiction can be understood as the acceptance of three plausible but inconsistent claims: Claim 1. We are genuinely moved by fiction Claim 2. We know that what is portrayed by fiction is not actual Claim 3. We are only genuinely moved by what we believe is actual. Taken individually, we intuitively accept each of the claims, however, they form a contradiction when taken together. The issue at hand is although we observe many instances of fiction moving a spectator/reader to tears, we know that the grief we observe does not reference an existent entity. How can we ...

Contributors
Goitia, Brice Edward, Bolton, Cynthia, de Marneffe, Peter, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

Some scholars have suggested that individuals are inclined to believe that they have souls because they are also inclined to believe that they have a core, immutable self. The present study will explore this question in several parts. First, what is the extent to which individuals report having a core self? Next, how do beliefs about a core self relate to belief or non-belief in an eternal soul? The final question looks at location as an extension of the core self and soul relationship. Where is the self perceived to reside within a dualistic framework, the body or the soul? ...

Contributors
Ly, Destiny, Hruschka, Daniel, Parker, John, et al.
Created Date
2014-11-25

We live in a world of inequality. Some thrive and live luxurious lives while others are deprived of the most basic necessities. With such extreme differences the question is raised, what is our moral obligation to help others? I will examine two theories, Peter Singer’s utilitarian theory and Michael Slote’s care ethical approach, both of which outline humankind’s moral obligation to help others. I will argue that Slote’s approach to tackling this complex question is superior to Singer’s approach, because it is more palatable and embraces human nature. I will then suggest a strategy to synthesize the two concepts, resulting ...

Contributors
Moore, Ashley Nicole, Brake, Elizabeth, Botham, Thad, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

The prospect of anti-aging or life extension technology is controversial in biogerentology but deemed even by skeptical experts to warrant discussion. I discuss the justifications that the probability of life extension technology being developed in the near future is reasonably high and that this research justifies the time and money it receives. I investigate potential ethical and societal issues anti-aging technology might create. This paper addresses inequality of access, economic cost, changes in quality of life, the role of death in human life, if and how the technology should be regulated and how parties who choose not to undergo treatment ...

Contributors
Glesener, Julia Hannah, McGregor, Joan, DeSerpa, Allan, et al.
Created Date
2015-05