Jan Bransen University of Nijmegen
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  • Faculty, University of Nijmegen
  • PhD, Utrecht University, 1989.

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My philosophical views

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?Lean toward: yes
Abstract objects: Platonism or nominalism?Lean toward: Platonism
Aesthetic value: objective or subjective?Lean toward: objective
Analytic-synthetic distinction: yes or no?Lean toward: yes
Epistemic justification: internalism or externalism?Lean toward: externalism
External world: idealism, skepticism, or non-skeptical realism?The question is too unclear to answeris it a question about our knowledge of it or about its existence?
Free will: compatibilism, libertarianism, or no free will?Accept an intermediate view
God: theism or atheism?Accept: atheism"No-need-for-God-hypothesis"-ism, especially in the domain of moral motivation. Accept a simple atheism in the domain of natural science.
Knowledge: empiricism or rationalism?Accept an intermediate view
Knowledge claims: contextualism, relativism, or invariantism?Lean toward: contextualism
Laws of nature: Humean or non-Humean?Lean toward: Humean
Logic: classical or non-classical?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Mental content: internalism or externalism?Accept: externalism
Meta-ethics: moral realism or moral anti-realism?Accept: moral realism
Metaphilosophy: naturalism or non-naturalism?Accept: naturalism
Mind: physicalism or non-physicalism?The question is too unclear to answerphysicalism is on most (all?) accounts too implausible to make sense of its denial as a determinate view.
Moral judgment: cognitivism or non-cognitivism?The question is too unclear to answerI lean toward a rather uncommon account of cognitivism. I could perhaps also opt for 'accept an intermediate view'.
Moral motivation: internalism or externalism?Accept an intermediate view
Newcomb's problem: one box or two boxes?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Normative ethics: deontology, consequentialism, or virtue ethics?Accept: virtue ethics
Perceptual experience: disjunctivism, qualia theory, representationalism, or sense-datum theory?Lean toward: disjunctivism
Personal identity: biological view, psychological view, or further-fact view?Accept: further-fact viewNot a further fact about Cartesian Egos, but further facts about social practices (centres of responsibility in networks of shared agency).
Politics: communitarianism, egalitarianism, or libertarianism?Accept an intermediate view
Proper names: Fregean or Millian?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Science: scientific realism or scientific anti-realism?There is no fact of the matter
Teletransporter (new matter): survival or death?Lean toward: survival
Time: A-theory or B-theory?Insufficiently familiar with the issueForgot the meaning of the labels. I once was enthousiastic about the treatment of this in McGinn's *The Subjective View*.
Trolley problem (five straight ahead, one on side track, turn requires switching, what ought one do?): switch or don't switch?Reject bothNo 'oughts' here
Truth: correspondence, deflationary, or epistemic?Lean toward: correspondence
Zombies: inconceivable, conceivable but not metaphysically possible, or metaphysically possible?Lean toward: inconceivable