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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: yes
Abstract objects: Platonism or nominalism?Skip
Aesthetic value: objective or subjective?Skip
Analytic-synthetic distinction: yes or no?Skip
Epistemic justification: internalism or externalism?Accept: externalism
External world: idealism, skepticism, or non-skeptical realism?Skip
Free will: compatibilism, libertarianism, or no free will?Lean toward: compatibilismContra-causal free will is an illusion, of course, but we have voluntaristic free will.
God: theism or atheism?Accept: atheism
Knowledge: empiricism or rationalism?Lean toward: empiricism
Knowledge claims: contextualism, relativism, or invariantism?Skip
Laws of nature: Humean or non-Humean?Skip
Logic: classical or non-classical?Skip
Mental content: internalism or externalism?Skip
Meta-ethics: moral realism or moral anti-realism?Lean toward: moral realismI defend the moral theory of Alonzo Fyfe. Moral realism has the burden of proof, and virtually all arguments for moral realism are as bad as the arguments for theism. So I am more sympathetic with anti-realists than with realists. But I happen to be a realist.
Metaphilosophy: naturalism or non-naturalism?Accept: naturalism
Mind: physicalism or non-physicalism?Accept: physicalism
Moral judgment: cognitivism or non-cognitivism?Accept: cognitivism
Moral motivation: internalism or externalism?Skip
Newcomb's problem: one box or two boxes?Skip
Normative ethics: deontology, consequentialism, or virtue ethics?Lean toward: consequentialism
Perceptual experience: disjunctivism, qualia theory, representationalism, or sense-datum theory?Skip
Personal identity: biological view, psychological view, or further-fact view?Skip
Politics: communitarianism, egalitarianism, or libertarianism?Lean toward: egalitarianismParecon.
Proper names: Fregean or Millian?Skip
Science: scientific realism or scientific anti-realism?Lean toward: scientific realism
Teletransporter (new matter): survival or death?Skip
Time: A-theory or B-theory?Lean toward: B-theory
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?Skip
Zombies: inconceivable, conceivable but not metaphysically possible, or metaphysically possible?Skip