Mark G. Thames El Centro College
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  • Faculty, El Centro College
  • PhD, University of Texas at Dallas, 2004.

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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?Agnostic/undecided
Abstract objects: Platonism or nominalism?Lean toward: Platonism
Aesthetic value: objective or subjective?Accept both
Analytic-synthetic distinction: yes or no?Lean toward: no
Epistemic justification: internalism or externalism?Lean toward: externalism
External world: idealism, skepticism, or non-skeptical realism?Accept another alternativePeircean realism in a somewhat (Galen) Strawsonian world.
Free will: compatibilism, libertarianism, or no free will?Accept another alternativeCurrent options fairly hopeless.
God: theism or atheism?Accept: theism
Knowledge: empiricism or rationalism?Accept both
Knowledge claims: contextualism, relativism, or invariantism?Accept another alternativePeircean / Habermasian.
Laws of nature: Humean or non-Humean?Accept another alternative
Logic: classical or non-classical?Accept both
Mental content: internalism or externalism?Accept both
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-physicalism
Moral judgment: cognitivism or non-cognitivism?The question is too unclear to answer
Moral motivation: internalism or externalism?Accept both
Newcomb's problem: one box or two boxes?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Normative ethics: deontology, consequentialism, or virtue ethics?Accept another alternativeA metatheory (not metaethics as it is known) must account for the cogency of not only these three but care and contractarianism as well (which are not subsumable under the three given).
Perceptual experience: disjunctivism, qualia theory, representationalism, or sense-datum theory?Lean toward: sense-datum theoryBerkeley remains unanswered, however one chooses to anachronistically classify him among the above. And Peircean perception is closer to Berkeley and worth rethinking.
Personal identity: biological view, psychological view, or further-fact view?Accept another alternative
Politics: communitarianism, egalitarianism, or libertarianism?Lean toward: communitarianismI notice the fallacy of misplaced concreteness: no Continental and few historical options in these lists.
Proper names: Fregean or Millian?Accept another alternativePeirce again, but there is more to it.
Science: scientific realism or scientific anti-realism?Reject bothExcept insofar as scientific realism is Peircean.
Teletransporter (new matter): survival or death?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Time: A-theory or B-theory?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Trolley problem (five straight ahead, one on side track, turn requires switching, what ought one do?): switch or don't switch?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Truth: correspondence, deflationary, or epistemic?Accept: correspondenceI sometimes lean towards sanity, and when I do, I accept correspondence of some kind.
Zombies: inconceivable, conceivable but not metaphysically possible, or metaphysically possible?Lean toward: conceivable but not metaphysically possible