Andrew Brook Carleton University
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  • Faculty, Carleton University
  • DPhil, Oxford University, 1973.

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My philosophical views


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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?Lean toward: yesI clicked only lean toward because it seems to me clear that there are a priori elements in most knowledge but not much knowledge is entirely a priori. Classify my answer as you choose.
Abstract objects: Platonism or nominalism?Accept another alternativeWow, here the choice field is seriously deficient.
Aesthetic value: objective or subjective?Lean toward: subjectiveOn the basis of absolutely nothing, however.
Analytic-synthetic distinction: yes or no?Accept: yesCan't do phil of science without it.
Epistemic justification: internalism or externalism?Lean toward: internalism
External world: idealism, skepticism, or non-skeptical realism?Accept: non-skeptical realismSee the previous comment.
Free will: compatibilism, libertarianism, or no free will?Lean toward: libertarianismBut the good lord alone knows. If I could come up with one good new idea about free will, I'd die happy.
God: theism or atheism?Accept: atheismThere is not the slightest reason to believe in a 'supreme being' of any sort, let alone one who cares about me.
Knowledge: empiricism or rationalism?Accept bothThis is the one silly question so far. Both mind and world are involved and, as Kant already argued, neither can do it alone.
Knowledge claims: contextualism, relativism, or invariantism?Lean toward: invariantism
Laws of nature: Humean or non-Humean?Accept: non-HumeanMechanisms
Logic: classical or non-classical?Accept: non-classical
Mental content: internalism or externalism?Lean toward: externalismBut not about consciousness.
Meta-ethics: moral realism or moral anti-realism?Lean toward: moral realismWhat an ugly, complicated topic!
Metaphilosophy: naturalism or non-naturalism?Accept: non-naturalismNaturalism has dick to say about epistemic or moral norms.
Mind: physicalism or non-physicalism?Accept: physicalismDuh!
Moral judgment: cognitivism or non-cognitivism?Accept: non-cognitivismBut this does not mean relativism
Moral motivation: internalism or externalism?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Newcomb's problem: one box or two boxes?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Normative ethics: deontology, consequentialism, or virtue ethics?Accept more than oneAll in different contexts.
Perceptual experience: disjunctivism, qualia theory, representationalism, or sense-datum theory?Accept: representationalismThere is a serious alternative? (Not a serious comment. It is getting late and I am getting bored.)
Personal identity: biological view, psychological view, or further-fact view?Accept: psychological viewIn a nutshell, memory is so important in such a high proportion of cases.
Politics: communitarianism, egalitarianism, or libertarianism?Accept: egalitarianismThe others are justifications for treating some people savagely.
Proper names: Fregean or Millian?Lean toward: Millian
Science: scientific realism or scientific anti-realism?Accept: scientific realismI am far from convinced that any serious form of antirealism can even be coherently described.
Teletransporter (new matter): survival or death?Lean toward: survivalThe crucial alternative is missing: As good as survival.
Time: A-theory or B-theory?Accept both
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?Lean toward: correspondence
Zombies: inconceivable, conceivable but not metaphysically possible, or metaphysically possible?Accept: inconceivableThere is not one good reason to believe that (philosophers') zombies are possible in any way stronger than round squares are possible