Eric B Dayton University of Saskatchewan

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: no
Abstract objects: Platonism or nominalism?Lean toward: nominalism
Aesthetic value: objective or subjective?Accept both
Analytic-synthetic distinction: yes or no?Accept: no
Epistemic justification: internalism or externalism?Accept both
External world: idealism, skepticism, or non-skeptical realism?The question is too unclear to answer
Free will: compatibilism, libertarianism, or no free will?Accept: compatibilism
God: theism or atheism?Accept: atheism
Knowledge: empiricism or rationalism?Accept: rationalism
Knowledge claims: contextualism, relativism, or invariantism?Accept: invariantism
Laws of nature: Humean or non-Humean?Accept: non-Humean
Logic: classical or non-classical?Accept: classical
Mental content: internalism or externalism?Accept: externalism
Meta-ethics: moral realism or moral anti-realism?Lean toward: moral realism
Metaphilosophy: naturalism or non-naturalism?Accept: naturalism
Mind: physicalism or non-physicalism?Accept: physicalism
Moral judgment: cognitivism or non-cognitivism?Accept: cognitivism
Moral motivation: internalism or externalism?The question is too unclear to answer"moral motivation" could be equivalent to "constitutively moral motivation" or simply any old motivation to be moral. Mom will love me if I am good" OK its a bad reason to be motivate to be good -- does a motivation need to give one a good reason? if so then internalism is true, if not then "I will obey the categorical imperative for cash" counts
Newcomb's problem: one box or two boxes?Accept: two boxes
Normative ethics: deontology, consequentialism, or virtue ethics?Accept: deontology
Perceptual experience: disjunctivism, qualia theory, representationalism, or sense-datum theory?Accept: representationalism
Personal identity: biological view, psychological view, or further-fact view?Lean toward: biological view
Politics: communitarianism, egalitarianism, or libertarianism?The question is too unclear to answerThese are all multi-stable and loaded terms in the community I live in. I am a moderate proceduralist-- that makes me a liberal of one stripe (one which is compatible with egalitarianism, I think)
Proper names: Fregean or Millian?Accept another alternativeBoth views are cosmically simplistic!
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?Accept both
Trolley problem (five straight ahead, one on side track, turn requires switching, what ought one do?): switch or don't switch?Accept another alternativehave a nervous breakdown, obviously acting to kill is wrong, but allowing more death is pretty troubling as well
Truth: correspondence, deflationary, or epistemic?Accept more than onecorrespondence is a platitude which I accept, and is compatible with fairly substantial deflationism
Zombies: inconceivable, conceivable but not metaphysically possible, or metaphysically possible?Accept: conceivable but not metaphysically possibleI think the options are somewhat unclear. I think that the argument which leads to the possibility of zombies is confused. So whether Zombies are inconceivable is the problem -- is a round square inconceivable or merely metaphysically impossible -- we tend towards inconceivable because the example is simply -- it is logically impossible -- but we don't have a clear (and I am tempted to say, distinct) conception of a zombie.