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?Accept an intermediate viewEssences are real, but abstract.
Aesthetic value: objective or subjective?Lean toward: objectiveBoth are relevant.
Analytic-synthetic distinction: yes or no?Reject both
Epistemic justification: internalism or externalism?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
External world: idealism, skepticism, or non-skeptical realism?Lean toward: non-skeptical realism
Free will: compatibilism, libertarianism, or no free will?Accept another alternativeChoices can be free at one level but determined at another.
God: theism or atheism?Accept: theism
Knowledge: empiricism or rationalism?Reject both
Knowledge claims: contextualism, relativism, or invariantism?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Laws of nature: Humean or non-Humean?OtherNeither desire nor reason as the basis of human nature.
Logic: classical or non-classical?Lean toward: classical
Mental content: internalism or externalism?Reject bothSince there is no 'mind', there is no question of 'content'.
Meta-ethics: moral realism or moral anti-realism?Accept: moral realism
Metaphilosophy: naturalism or non-naturalism?Accept: non-naturalism
Mind: physicalism or non-physicalism?Reject bothI think the 'mind' is a metaphor.
Moral judgment: cognitivism or non-cognitivism?Accept: non-cognitivismThe principle of non-contradiction underpins my view of epistemology (including moral knowledge).
Moral motivation: internalism or externalism?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
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?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Personal identity: biological view, psychological view, or further-fact view?Insufficiently familiar with the issueI see this as a false problem. Anyone can tell you who they are, though the terms in which they do so will vary.
Politics: communitarianism, egalitarianism, or libertarianism?Lean toward: communitarianism
Proper names: Fregean or Millian?Lean toward: Fregean
Science: scientific realism or scientific anti-realism?Lean toward: scientific anti-realism
Teletransporter (new matter): survival or death?The question is too unclear to answer
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?Accept: switchThe choice is not to kill some rather than others, but to save. The deaths are unwanted but accepted.
Truth: correspondence, deflationary, or epistemic?The question is too unclear to answerTruth is a transcendent property of reality.
Zombies: inconceivable, conceivable but not metaphysically possible, or metaphysically possible?Insufficiently familiar with the issue