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?Accept: Platonism
Aesthetic value: objective or subjective?Accept: objective
Analytic-synthetic distinction: yes or no?Agnostic/undecided
Epistemic justification: internalism or externalism?Accept: internalism
External world: idealism, skepticism, or non-skeptical realism?Accept: non-skeptical realism
Free will: compatibilism, libertarianism, or no free will?Accept: libertarianismof the agent causation variety.
God: theism or atheism?Accept: theismbut reject all religions.
Knowledge: empiricism or rationalism?Accept: rationalism
Knowledge claims: contextualism, relativism, or invariantism?Lean toward: invariantismI reject the idea of special philosophical contexts for knowledge. Haven't fully ruled out the possibility of more mundane shifts in contexts.
Laws of nature: Humean or non-Humean?Accept: non-Humean
Logic: classical or non-classical?Skip
Mental content: internalism or externalism?Accept: internalism
Meta-ethics: moral realism or moral anti-realism?Accept: moral realismIt is wrong to toss babies into wood chippers.
Metaphilosophy: naturalism or non-naturalism?Accept: non-naturalismI take the world as I find it: full of minds, and numbers, and irreducible moral properties, and other wonderful things.
Mind: physicalism or non-physicalism?Accept: non-physicalism
Moral judgment: cognitivism or non-cognitivism?Accept: cognitivism
Moral motivation: internalism or externalism?Accept an intermediate viewI think being motivated by what is right or good is essential to moral agency. However, I don't see why there couldn't be a creature who could recognize moral facts but fail to be motivated by them. I just wouldn't call such a creature a moral agent.
Newcomb's problem: one box or two boxes?Accept: two boxes
Normative ethics: deontology, consequentialism, or virtue ethics?Reject all
Perceptual experience: disjunctivism, qualia theory, representationalism, or sense-datum theory?Skip
Personal identity: biological view, psychological view, or further-fact view?Accept: further-fact viewMinds, souls, spirits, whatever you want to call 'em.
Politics: communitarianism, egalitarianism, or libertarianism?Accept: libertarianismI'm reading this as about how to prioritize political values (equality, community, individual liberty).
Proper names: Fregean or Millian?Agnostic/undecided
Science: scientific realism or scientific anti-realism?Lean toward: scientific realism
Teletransporter (new matter): survival or death?Lean toward: death
Time: A-theory or B-theory?Skip
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?Accept: correspondence
Zombies: inconceivable, conceivable but not metaphysically possible, or metaphysically possible?Lean toward: metaphysically possibleWant to say accept, but since I'm a realist about causation, a libertarian, and an interactive dualist, I'm not certain there is a consistent set of laws that could replicate our behavior without the influence of a mind.