Allen Stairs University of Maryland, College Park
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  • Faculty, University of Maryland, College Park
  • PhD, University of Western Ontario, 1978.

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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?Agnostic/undecided
Aesthetic value: objective or subjective?Lean toward: objective
Analytic-synthetic distinction: yes or no?Agnostic/undecided
Epistemic justification: internalism or externalism?Accept both
External world: idealism, skepticism, or non-skeptical realism?Accept: non-skeptical realism
Free will: compatibilism, libertarianism, or no free will?Lean toward: compatibilism
God: theism or atheism?Reject both
Knowledge: empiricism or rationalism?OtherDoes anyone really accept a pure version of either view?
Knowledge claims: contextualism, relativism, or invariantism?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Laws of nature: Humean or non-Humean?Lean toward: non-Humean
Logic: classical or non-classical?The question is too unclear to answer
Mental content: internalism or externalism?Agnostic/undecided
Meta-ethics: moral realism or moral anti-realism?OtherI don't find the term "realism" particularly helpful in this context.
Metaphilosophy: naturalism or non-naturalism?The question is too unclear to answer
Mind: physicalism or non-physicalism?Lean toward: physicalism
Moral judgment: cognitivism or non-cognitivism?Lean toward: cognitivism
Moral motivation: internalism or externalism?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Newcomb's problem: one box or two boxes?Lean toward: one box
Normative ethics: deontology, consequentialism, or virtue ethics?The question is too unclear to answer
Perceptual experience: disjunctivism, qualia theory, representationalism, or sense-datum theory?Agnostic/undecided
Personal identity: biological view, psychological view, or further-fact view?Accept: further-fact view*Ordinary* further fact view.
Politics: communitarianism, egalitarianism, or libertarianism?Accept more than onePluralist about these options
Proper names: Fregean or Millian?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Science: scientific realism or scientific anti-realism?The question is too unclear to answerSome theories are worthy of realist interpretation, others less so. A one-size-fits-all attitude is stilly.
Teletransporter (new matter): survival or death?Lean toward: deathI lean even more strongly toward thinking that people who are confident of the answer are confident beyond reason.
Time: A-theory or B-theory?Agnostic/undecided
Trolley problem (five straight ahead, one on side track, turn requires switching, what ought one do?): switch or don't switch?Lean toward: switch
Truth: correspondence, deflationary, or epistemic?OtherDepends partly on the discourse.
Zombies: inconceivable, conceivable but not metaphysically possible, or metaphysically possible?Agnostic/undecided