Lewis Powell State University of New York, Buffalo
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  • Faculty, State University of New York, Buffalo
  • PhD, University of Southern California, 2011.

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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?Accept: Platonism
Aesthetic value: objective or subjective?Accept: objective
Analytic-synthetic distinction: yes or no?Lean toward: yes
Epistemic justification: internalism or externalism?Accept: internalismI am answering this question on the assumption that views like Conee/Feldman mentalism is a form of internalism.
External world: idealism, skepticism, or non-skeptical realism?Accept: non-skeptical realism
Free will: compatibilism, libertarianism, or no free will?Accept: compatibilismCompatibilism in principle, but not willing to commit on the question of whether determinism is true.
God: theism or atheism?Accept: atheismBut I would be very excited if someone can convince me I am wrong
Knowledge: empiricism or rationalism?Accept both
Knowledge claims: contextualism, relativism, or invariantism?Accept: invariantism
Laws of nature: Humean or non-Humean?Accept: non-Humean
Logic: classical or non-classical?OtherI'm not sure whether to regard the question as unclear or myself as insufficiently familiar with the question.
Mental content: internalism or externalism?The question is too unclear to answer"Content" is simply used in too many ways by too many people for me to know what this question purports to be asking. Though I suspect on most views, I would accept externalism.
Meta-ethics: moral realism or moral anti-realism?Accept: moral realism
Metaphilosophy: naturalism or non-naturalism?Insufficiently familiar with the issueIf this is asking something like arm-chair vs. ex-phi, then I have an opinion, but I can't tell if that is what the question is asking about, in part because I am not sufficiently familiar with the literature on metaphilosophy
Mind: physicalism or non-physicalism?Accept: physicalism
Moral judgment: cognitivism or non-cognitivism?Accept: cognitivism
Moral motivation: internalism or externalism?Lean toward: externalism
Newcomb's problem: one box or two boxes?The question is too unclear to answerIf the question is asking what I would do in the scenario, I would pick one box. If the question is asking what I think is rational to do in the scenario, I lean towards two-boxes.
Normative ethics: deontology, consequentialism, or virtue ethics?Lean toward: virtue ethics
Perceptual experience: disjunctivism, qualia theory, representationalism, or sense-datum theory?Reject one or two, undecided between othersI reject disjunctivism and sense-data theory. I am insufficiently well informed about the distinctions among the others to have a settled view.
Personal identity: biological view, psychological view, or further-fact view?Agnostic/undecided
Politics: communitarianism, egalitarianism, or libertarianism?Insufficiently familiar with the issueI am reasonably sure I do not adhere to libertarianism.
Proper names: Fregean or Millian?Accept: Millian
Science: scientific realism or scientific anti-realism?Accept: scientific realism
Teletransporter (new matter): survival or death?Lean toward: death
Time: A-theory or B-theory?The question is too unclear to answer
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?Accept more than oneI accept both Correspondence and Deflationary
Zombies: inconceivable, conceivable but not metaphysically possible, or metaphysically possible?Accept: conceivable but not metaphysically possible