Eric Dietrich State University of New York at Binghamton

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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A priori knowledge: yes or no?Accept: yes
Abstract objects: Platonism or nominalism?Lean toward: Platonism
Aesthetic value: objective or subjective?Lean toward: objective
Analytic-synthetic distinction: yes or no?Lean toward: yesThis depends on who I've recently read. If Quine, then No. If Chalmers, then Yes.
Epistemic justification: internalism or externalism?Accept: internalismInternalist when I teach epistemology. When I'm out in the world doing errands, I'm an externalist.
External world: idealism, skepticism, or non-skeptical realism?Lean toward: idealism
Free will: compatibilism, libertarianism, or no free will?Lean toward: libertarianism
God: theism or atheism?Accept: atheism
Knowledge: empiricism or rationalism?Accept both
Knowledge claims: contextualism, relativism, or invariantism?Accept more than one
Laws of nature: Humean or non-Humean?Lean toward: non-Humean
Logic: classical or non-classical?Accept both Depends on what I need to do. Logics are like going to the grocery store and buying what you need.
Mental content: internalism or externalism?Lean toward: internalism
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-physicalismOn Tuesdays and Fridays. Other times I lean toward physicalism, except on Sundays, when I accept both (hey, I'm a dialetheist, after all)
Moral judgment: cognitivism or non-cognitivism?Reject bothStrong moral realism (even tho' I'm a scientific anti-realist)
Moral motivation: internalism or externalism?Accept both
Newcomb's problem: one box or two boxes?The question is too unclear to answerIt depends on how my stock portfolio is doing and whether on that day, I think ALL knowledge is defeasible or not (and even *how* defeasible)
Normative ethics: deontology, consequentialism, or virtue ethics?Accept: deontology
Perceptual experience: disjunctivism, qualia theory, representationalism, or sense-datum theory?Lean toward: qualia theory
Personal identity: biological view, psychological view, or further-fact view?Lean toward: further-fact view
Politics: communitarianism, egalitarianism, or libertarianism?Lean toward: libertarianism
Proper names: Fregean or Millian?Accept: Millian
Science: scientific realism or scientific anti-realism?Accept: scientific anti-realism
Teletransporter (new matter): survival or death?Lean toward: death
Time: A-theory or B-theory?Accept: B-theoryWell, *now* I do.
Trolley problem (five straight ahead, one on side track, turn requires switching, what ought one do?): switch or don't switch?Accept: switchWell, I'm with the neuroscientists here and Haidt as well. I really decide to let the "switch" part of my brain do the driving.
Truth: correspondence, deflationary, or epistemic?Reject all T(p) =/= p Why? B/c the LHS is from a different point of view than the RHS, hence they say different things.
Zombies: inconceivable, conceivable but not metaphysically possible, or metaphysically possible?Lean toward: conceivable but not metaphysically possibleSome of the most famous philosophers today are zombies (Dennett), but I always get hung up on the Zombie Paradox (Zombie twins are required (not just zombies in general), but how could my zombie twin possibly contemplate *its* consciousness?). I think this paradox is deadly . . . to zombies.