Trent Dougherty Baylor University

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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: yesElse broad skepticism.
Abstract objects: Platonism or nominalism?OtherConceptualism!!!! For crying out loud! How is that not on the list?!
Aesthetic value: objective or subjective?Accept: objective
Analytic-synthetic distinction: yes or no?Accept: yesSorry Willard.
Epistemic justification: internalism or externalism?Accept: internalismDon't even get me started... #Fumerton
External world: idealism, skepticism, or non-skeptical realism?Accept: non-skeptical realismWish I could be an idealist. Find it very plausible.
Free will: compatibilism, libertarianism, or no free will?Accept: libertarianismMore clear to me than any other philosophical thesis, perhaps more than any thesis of any kind (yes, even more than the cogito).
God: theism or atheism?Accept: theism
Knowledge: empiricism or rationalism?Accept bothOr reject both, depending on definition. Bonjour kind of view.
Knowledge claims: contextualism, relativism, or invariantism?Accept: invariantismDon't even get me started.
Laws of nature: Humean or non-Humean?Accept: non-HumeanUniversals baby!
Logic: classical or non-classical?Lean toward: non-classical
Mental content: internalism or externalism?Accept: internalismNarrow content...i.e....content.
Meta-ethics: moral realism or moral anti-realism?Accept: moral realism
Metaphilosophy: naturalism or non-naturalism?Accept: non-naturalism
Mind: physicalism or non-physicalism?Accept: non-physicalismProbably a substance dualist, but maybe only a property dualist. Depends on how one is thinking about it. I'm fine with being a substance dualist though.
Moral judgment: cognitivism or non-cognitivism?Accept: cognitivism
Moral motivation: internalism or externalism?Accept: internalismFirmly.
Newcomb's problem: one box or two boxes?Accept: one boxProving democracy is not always right!
Normative ethics: deontology, consequentialism, or virtue ethics?Lean toward: consequentialismThough a very broad-based one. For example, the exemplification of virtues has very, very high intrinsic value. I think a humane axiology can get you a humane consequentialism.
Perceptual experience: disjunctivism, qualia theory, representationalism, or sense-datum theory?OtherBad partition. Mike Huemer has it right. Chisholmian.
Personal identity: biological view, psychological view, or further-fact view?Lean toward: biological viewIn that I am an animalist. But I take this to be consistent with the fact that I am a substance dualist.
Politics: communitarianism, egalitarianism, or libertarianism?OtherProbably an anarchist. Definitely one on some seemingly standard definitions.
Proper names: Fregean or Millian?Accept an intermediate viewAt least a guise or something. Tend to be Fregean, but these terms seem to have shifted a bit recently. Definitely like the Fregean view if I had to choose.
Science: scientific realism or scientific anti-realism?Accept: scientific realismOr go home.
Teletransporter (new matter): survival or death?Accept: survival
Time: A-theory or B-theory?Accept: B-theoryB-theory gets an "A" in being right.
Trolley problem (five straight ahead, one on side track, turn requires switching, what ought one do?): switch or don't switch?Accept: switchGotta do it, man. Just gotta.
Truth: correspondence, deflationary, or epistemic?Accept more than oneI'm inclined to think CT properly understood is not so inflated.
Zombies: inconceivable, conceivable but not metaphysically possible, or metaphysically possible?Accept: metaphysically possible