Susan M. Purviance University of Toledo
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  • Faculty, University of Toledo
  • PhD, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1987.

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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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A priori knowledge: yes or no?Accept: yesAs a provisional heuristic.
Abstract objects: Platonism or nominalism?OtherConstructivist Platonism, okay.
Aesthetic value: objective or subjective?Accept both
Analytic-synthetic distinction: yes or no?Accept: yesYes, as a provisional heuristic.
Epistemic justification: internalism or externalism?Skip
External world: idealism, skepticism, or non-skeptical realism?Lean toward: idealismThis cannot be real, and we both know it.
Free will: compatibilism, libertarianism, or no free will?Accept: libertarianism
God: theism or atheism?Accept bothI am polytheistically perverse, and ready to roll: "your God, or mine?"
Knowledge: empiricism or rationalism?Accept: rationalismBecause it is the most inclusive option offered here.
Knowledge claims: contextualism, relativism, or invariantism?Accept: contextualism
Laws of nature: Humean or non-Humean?Accept: non-Humean
Logic: classical or non-classical?Skip
Mental content: internalism or externalism?Accept: externalism
Meta-ethics: moral realism or moral anti-realism?Lean toward: moral realism
Metaphilosophy: naturalism or non-naturalism?Accept: naturalismBut I take 'nature' very inclusively.
Mind: physicalism or non-physicalism?Accept: physicalismIt is my theory of expressible truth of mind, not what mind is.
Moral judgment: cognitivism or non-cognitivism?Accept: cognitivism
Moral motivation: internalism or externalism?Lean toward: internalism
Newcomb's problem: one box or two boxes?SkipI am clueless.
Normative ethics: deontology, consequentialism, or virtue ethics?Accept: deontologyBut Deontology is a bee-itch!
Perceptual experience: disjunctivism, qualia theory, representationalism, or sense-datum theory?Accept an intermediate view
Personal identity: biological view, psychological view, or further-fact view?Otherthe moral self fears the phenomenal self, and hopes it is realized as a unity of character through noumenal self.
Politics: communitarianism, egalitarianism, or libertarianism?Accept: egalitarianism
Proper names: Fregean or Millian?Reject both
Science: scientific realism or scientific anti-realism?Lean toward: scientific realism
Teletransporter (new matter): survival or death?Skip
Time: A-theory or B-theory?Skip
Trolley problem (five straight ahead, one on side track, turn requires switching, what ought one do?): switch or don't switch?Accept: don't switchLife sucks, then you die. So Lose/Lose conforms to this best.
Truth: correspondence, deflationary, or epistemic?OtherSpinozistic--truth is adequation.
Zombies: inconceivable, conceivable but not metaphysically possible, or metaphysically possible?Accept: conceivable but not metaphysically possibleDoes not keep me up at night.