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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: yesWe have pre-existing inclinations determined by our evolutionary past, but calling this 'knowledge' seems a bit of a stretch.
Abstract objects: Platonism or nominalism?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Aesthetic value: objective or subjective?There is no fact of the matter
Analytic-synthetic distinction: yes or no?Lean toward: noAlthough it possible that we are predisposed to divide knowledge in this way.
Epistemic justification: internalism or externalism?Lean toward: externalism
External world: idealism, skepticism, or non-skeptical realism?OtherWhat people usually call the external world exists, but there is no clear distinction between internal and external.
Free will: compatibilism, libertarianism, or no free will?There is no fact of the matter
God: theism or atheism?Accept: atheism
Knowledge: empiricism or rationalism?Accept an intermediate viewI pretty much agree with Merleau-Ponty on this one.
Knowledge claims: contextualism, relativism, or invariantism?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Laws of nature: Humean or non-Humean?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Logic: classical or non-classical?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Mental content: internalism or externalism?Reject both
Meta-ethics: moral realism or moral anti-realism?Agnostic/undecided
Metaphilosophy: naturalism or non-naturalism?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Mind: physicalism or non-physicalism?Reject bothI have never discovered a coherent account of what physicalism entails.
Moral judgment: cognitivism or non-cognitivism?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
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?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Perceptual experience: disjunctivism, qualia theory, representationalism, or sense-datum theory?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Personal identity: biological view, psychological view, or further-fact view?The question is too unclear to answer
Politics: communitarianism, egalitarianism, or libertarianism?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Proper names: Fregean or Millian?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Science: scientific realism or scientific anti-realism?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Teletransporter (new matter): survival or death?There is no fact of the matter
Time: A-theory or B-theory?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Trolley problem (five straight ahead, one on side track, turn requires switching, what ought one do?): switch or don't switch?Accept: switchIf this is a philosophical problem, it shows that people can't think straight.
Truth: correspondence, deflationary, or epistemic?OtherHeideggerian.
Zombies: inconceivable, conceivable but not metaphysically possible, or metaphysically possible?Lean toward: conceivable but not metaphysically possibleWe can clearly imagine the possibility of P-zombies, but living as if they were a real possibility seems quite difficult.