Michael Schmitz University of Vienna
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  • Faculty, University of Vienna
  • PhD, Universit├Ąt Konstanz, 2005.

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My philosophical views

The answers shown here are not necessarily the same provided as part of the 2009 PhilPapers Survey. These answers can be updated at any time.

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QuestionAnswerComments
A priori knowledge: yes or no?Accept an intermediate view
Abstract objects: Platonism or nominalism?Reject both
Aesthetic value: objective or subjective?Accept: subjective
Analytic-synthetic distinction: yes or no?Accept: no
Epistemic justification: internalism or externalism?Accept: internalism
External world: idealism, skepticism, or non-skeptical realism?Accept: non-skeptical realism
Free will: compatibilism, libertarianism, or no free will?Accept: compatibilism
God: theism or atheism?Accept: atheism
Knowledge: empiricism or rationalism?Accept an intermediate view
Knowledge claims: contextualism, relativism, or invariantism?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Laws of nature: Humean or non-Humean?Accept: non-Humean
Logic: classical or non-classical?Accept both
Mental content: internalism or externalism?Accept: internalism
Meta-ethics: moral realism or moral anti-realism?Accept another alternativeAs a non-cognitivist, I see this as a wrong alternative: anti-realism presupposes cognitivism.
Metaphilosophy: naturalism or non-naturalism?Accept: naturalism
Mind: physicalism or non-physicalism?The question is too unclear to answerI am a pluralist (polyist).
Moral judgment: cognitivism or non-cognitivism?Accept: non-cognitivism
Moral motivation: internalism or externalism?Accept: internalism
Newcomb's problem: one box or two boxes?Accept: two boxesIs this really one of the top 30 problems in philosophy?
Normative ethics: deontology, consequentialism, or virtue ethics?Accept an intermediate view
Perceptual experience: disjunctivism, qualia theory, representationalism, or sense-datum theory?Accept: representationalismWould prefer the label "intentionalism", as "representationalism" is associated with eliminativist views.
Personal identity: biological view, psychological view, or further-fact view?There is no fact of the matter
Politics: communitarianism, egalitarianism, or libertarianism?Reject all
Proper names: Fregean or Millian?Accept an intermediate view
Science: scientific realism or scientific anti-realism?Accept: scientific realismBut 'soft', not 'hard' realism.
Teletransporter (new matter): survival or death?Accept: survival
Time: A-theory or B-theory?Accept an intermediate view
Trolley problem (five straight ahead, one on side track, turn requires switching, what ought one do?): switch or don't switch?Accept: switch
Truth: correspondence, deflationary, or epistemic?Accept: correspondence
Zombies: inconceivable, conceivable but not metaphysically possible, or metaphysically possible?Accept: metaphysically possible