This is a survey of professional philosophers and others, concerning their views on the distribution of philosophical views within the profession.
For each of the 30 questions on the Philosophical Survey (which you should have already answered), we will ask for your prediction about the percentage of respondents in the target population who will either "accept" or "lean toward" each one of the main options (with acceptances and leanings grouped together), or that will choose one of the "other" alternatives (including skipping the questions).
The target population includes the regular faculty members (about 2000 altogether) in 99 leading departments of philosophy: 62 in the US, 18 in the UK, 7 each in Canada and in Europe outside the UK, and 5 in Australasia. The full list of departments is here.
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