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: yessuuitably defined
Abstract objects: Platonism or nominalism?Accept both
Aesthetic value: objective or subjective?Accept an intermediate view
Analytic-synthetic distinction: yes or no?Accept: yesNeither counterexamples nor shifting boundaries eliminate the underlying distinction
Epistemic justification: internalism or externalism?Insufficiently familiar with the issuewhen I earlier answered 'rational and empiricism' I probably revealed my answer to this question as well-but am insufficiently familiar
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: atheism
Knowledge: empiricism or rationalism?Accept bothaccept both but since empiricism is always present rationalism (whichh is not always present)is the independent variable
Knowledge claims: contextualism, relativism, or invariantism?The question is too unclear to answerAs often, I don't see the necessary incompatibility of these views-particularly the first two options seem compatible depending on the (kind of) knowledge claim in question
Laws of nature: Humean or non-Humean?Lean toward: non-Humeanlean heavily-re: historical a priori
Logic: classical or non-classical?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Mental content: internalism or externalism?Insufficiently familiar with the issueinclined towards ecumenical view but am insufficiently familiar
Meta-ethics: moral realism or moral anti-realism?Accept: moral realism
Metaphilosophy: naturalism or non-naturalism?Lean toward: naturalismLean rather then accept because I may not fully grasp the issue
Mind: physicalism or non-physicalism?Accept: physicalism
Moral judgment: cognitivism or non-cognitivism?Accept bothecumenical views often seem most plausible
Moral motivation: internalism or externalism?Lean toward: internalismI think moral judgments very often motivate but need not do so necessarily (therefore I lean)
Newcomb's problem: one box or two boxes?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Normative ethics: deontology, consequentialism, or virtue ethics?Accept more than oneaccept elements of all views with special place accorded to consequentialism-only it seems to me capable of holding up mostly on its own
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 probably would accept ecumenical versions of all three views-but am insufficiently familiar with the details
Politics: communitarianism, egalitarianism, or libertarianism?Accept: egalitarianismobviously while keeping many of the commitments of the other two options at a fairly abstract level
Proper names: Fregean or Millian?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Science: scientific realism or scientific anti-realism?Accept: scientific realismAbout the most justified scientific theories- obviously not all of them!
Teletransporter (new matter): survival or death?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
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: switch
Truth: correspondence, deflationary, or epistemic?Accept more than one
Zombies: inconceivable, conceivable but not metaphysically possible, or metaphysically possible?Lean toward: metaphysically possibleBut the issue (if I get it) is not one of possibility but of probability-compare theism-