Help me find this thesis
December 1, 2019 2:15 PM   Subscribe

Back in 2013 I read this summary on and ever since I've been itching to read it: Advice columns are where the real philosophy is getting done.

Over the years I have tried Google Scholar, the University of Chicago online library catalogue, and, but my search-fu is clearly lacking. Even if I can't access the full paper I'd like to read an abstract, at least.

I have thought that it may not even exist - the scholar may have given up, changed subject, taken all their notes out the middle of the desert and created a bonfire to dance around, etc. But I figured it'd be worth trying to seek it out, one more time.
posted by Gin and Broadband to Writing & Language (5 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Am I missing something, or are you going solely on that summary? Do you have access to the author or proper title? If not, that is really not a lot to go on.

If you can find some metadata like that, the official thesis and dissertation database is ProQuest. It's probably prohibitively expensive to search one-off online as an individual, but a public university library near you is probably subscribed if it's worth an in-person trip to do some searching. Good luck.
posted by Joey Buttafoucault at 2:22 PM on December 1, 2019

Sounds like it might be this, written by an undergraduate (which is why you wouldn't find it in the library catalog). The author's contact page. Also it looks like there is a copy (draft?) stored online... it comes up in search results for the title. Not gonna read the whole thing but she mentions columnists like Dear Sugar, etc so I'm quite certain this is what you're looking for.
posted by acidic at 2:41 PM on December 1, 2019 [6 favorites]

It's almost certainly not what you're looking for, but you might be interested in reading Beth Blum's work on modernism and self-help.
posted by dizziest at 3:45 PM on December 1, 2019 [1 favorite]

Well, here is a list of all the PhD theses from University of Chicago Philosophy department, between 2009 and 2013. I tried to get them from earlier, but they were not showing up on proquest. I suggest you google.scholar search these titles and see what comes up. Good luck!

(Also, I have a feeling Dr. D. Han was just , like, so over it by the time this thesis was written.)

Backstrom, S. (2013). The mind's movement: An essay on expression 

Boyce, K. (2010). Why wander into fiction? analytic philosophy and the case study of henry james 

Elliott, J. R. (2010). Prudent virtues 

Goodman, R. (2013). Singular thought: Making the most of the notion 

Gray, A. (2012). Names and name-bearing: An essay on the predicate view of names 

Groll, D. M. J. (2009). ‘It's my life and I'll do what I want’: The value of autonomy 

Han, D. (2010). Yet another study of wittgenstein's “Tractatus logico-philosophicus” 

Hannon, J. F. (2011). Aristotle's conception of science: The case of “On youth and old age, and life and death, and respiration” 

Hansen, N. D. (2010). Radical contextualism 

Hasan, R. A. (2012). Obligation and happiness in rousseau 

Hensley, J. M. (2014). Equity strikes back: The lost ideal of aristotelian equitable justice in contemporary statutory interpretation 

Hicks, L. H. (2013). The ascetic ideal and the will to power: A reading of nietzsche's "on the genealogy of morals", essay three 

Holberg, E. A. (2011). Pleasure and the nature of the ethical subject 

Hopwood, M. (2014). Love's work: Eros and moral agency 

Hubner, K. (2010). Spinoza on substance as cause 

Land, T. C. (2010). Kant's theory of synthesis 

Lockhart, J. R. (2011). Kierkegaard: Indirect communication and ignorant knowledge 

Lockhart, T. (2012). Frege, singular terms, and logical objects 

Long, R. D. (2012). Responsibility, luck, and equality 

Lott, M. E. (2011). “Secundum naturam hominis” an essay on human form and moral goodness 

Lubenow, J. K. (2013). On the foundations of human rights 

Luboff, A. L. (2014). On the ground: Opening a coherent space for the insights of cultural relativism 

McKinney, T. (2014). Heidegger on human finitude and normative governance 

Patrick, C. M. (2012). Internalism, practical relations, and psychologism 

Remington, Clark A. (2012) Originary temporality: An essay on Heidegger's Being and Time and his interpretation of Kant

Rothschild, J. J. (2014). Striving to be better: Incomplete character and the unity of the virtues 

Ruvinsky, I. (2009). Proust: The circle of time 

Schwartz, J. F. (2014). Quine, disquotation, and truth 

Shaddock, J. B. (2011). Kant's transcendental methodology: An essay on justification, objectivity, and subjectivity in kant's transcendental deduction of the categories 

Small, C. W. (2012). Two kinds of practical knowledge 

Todd, C. N. (2011). Life interrupted: Akrasia, action, & active irrationality 

Tuma, J. R. (2011). Biological boundaries 

Zuckerman, N. M. (2012). Becoming who we already are: Human existence and originary temporality in "being and time" 
posted by EllaEm at 6:42 PM on December 1, 2019

acidic - I think you cracked it! Within an hour of me posting, damn, I am impressed. Thanks everyone for contributing, this has been itching at my brain since 2013.
posted by Gin and Broadband at 2:10 PM on December 2, 2019

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