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: yes
Abstract objects: Platonism or nominalism?Lean toward: nominalism
Aesthetic value: objective or subjective?Accept: subjective
Analytic-synthetic distinction: yes or no?Accept: no
Epistemic justification: internalism or externalism?Lean toward: internalism
External world: idealism, skepticism, or non-skeptical realism?Accept: non-skeptical realism
Free will: compatibilism, libertarianism, or no free will?Accept: compatibilism
God: theism or atheism?Accept: atheismOn aesthetic grounds. A Universe without God in it is more beautiful and interesting than a Universe with God in it.
Knowledge: empiricism or rationalism?Accept an intermediate viewBoth rationalists and empiricists are right about some claims and wrong about others. Extreme rationalism (e.g. Cartesian rationalism) is false; so is extreme empiricism -- the infant mind is not a tabula rasa.
Knowledge claims: contextualism, relativism, or invariantism?Lean toward: contextualismI don't know what 'invariantism' means.
Laws of nature: Humean or non-Humean?Lean toward: Humean
Logic: classical or non-classical?The question is too unclear to answerWhat is being asked here? Logic for what purpose?
Mental content: internalism or externalism?The question is too unclear to answer
Meta-ethics: moral realism or moral anti-realism?Accept: moral realism
Metaphilosophy: naturalism or non-naturalism?Accept: naturalism
Mind: physicalism or non-physicalism?Accept: 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?Accept: one box
Normative ethics: deontology, consequentialism, or virtue ethics?Accept another alternativeI accept pluralism about values a la Isaiah Berlin. Therefore none of the alternatives above can answer the question, 'what ought I (or anyone) do'?
Perceptual experience: disjunctivism, qualia theory, representationalism, or sense-datum theory?OtherEliminativist about qualia a la Dennett. Sense-datum theory and disjunctivism both hopeless. Representationalism I don't really understand, but if it means that the contents of perceptual experience are constructed by our brains to represent the world as being a certain way, and the representations exhaust the content, then I guess I lean towards it.
Personal identity: biological view, psychological view, or further-fact view?Accept: psychological view
Politics: communitarianism, egalitarianism, or libertarianism?Lean toward: communitarianism
Proper names: Fregean or Millian?Reject both
Science: scientific realism or scientific anti-realism?Accept: scientific realism
Teletransporter (new matter): survival or death?Accept: survival
Time: A-theory or B-theory?Accept: 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?Lean toward: epistemic
Zombies: inconceivable, conceivable but not metaphysically possible, or metaphysically possible?Accept: inconceivable