Peter Machamer University of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh
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  • Faculty, University of Pittsburgh
  • Faculty, University of Pittsburgh
  • PhD, University of Chicago, 1972.

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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 another alternative
Abstract objects: Platonism or nominalism?Accept another alternative
Aesthetic value: objective or subjective?Accept: objective
Analytic-synthetic distinction: yes or no?Accept: no
Epistemic justification: internalism or externalism?Accept both
External world: idealism, skepticism, or non-skeptical realism?Accept another alternative
Free will: compatibilism, libertarianism, or no free will?Accept another alternative
God: theism or atheism?Accept: atheism
Knowledge: empiricism or rationalism?Lean toward: empiricism
Knowledge claims: contextualism, relativism, or invariantism?Accept: contextualism
Laws of nature: Humean or non-Humean?Accept: non-Humean
Logic: classical or non-classical?Accept both
Mental content: internalism or externalism?Accept another alternative
Meta-ethics: moral realism or moral anti-realism?Lean toward: moral realism
Metaphilosophy: naturalism or non-naturalism?Accept: naturalismbUt not physicalism as usually understood
Mind: physicalism or non-physicalism?Accept another alternative
Moral judgment: cognitivism or non-cognitivism?Accept another alternative
Moral motivation: internalism or externalism?Accept both
Newcomb's problem: one box or two boxes?Accept another alternative
Normative ethics: deontology, consequentialism, or virtue ethics?Lean toward: virtue ethics
Perceptual experience: disjunctivism, qualia theory, representationalism, or sense-datum theory?Accept another alternative
Personal identity: biological view, psychological view, or further-fact view?Accept another alternative
Politics: communitarianism, egalitarianism, or libertarianism?Accept another alternative
Proper names: Fregean or Millian?Reject both
Science: scientific realism or scientific anti-realism?Accept another alternative
Teletransporter (new matter): survival or death?The question is too unclear to answer
Time: A-theory or B-theory?Accept another alternative
Trolley problem (five straight ahead, one on side track, turn requires switching, what ought one do?): switch or don't switch?Accept another alternative
Truth: correspondence, deflationary, or epistemic?Lean toward: epistemic
Zombies: inconceivable, conceivable but not metaphysically possible, or metaphysically possible?Accept: inconceivable