Jim Kelly Miami University, Ohio
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  • Faculty, Miami University, Ohio
  • PhD, Ohio State University, 1983.

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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: yesWhen discussed in terms of presuppositions that cannot be consistently denied
Abstract objects: Platonism or nominalism?The question is too unclear to answer
Aesthetic value: objective or subjective?Accept: objective
Analytic-synthetic distinction: yes or no?The question is too unclear to answer
Epistemic justification: internalism or externalism?Accept: externalism
External world: idealism, skepticism, or non-skeptical realism?Accept: non-skeptical realism
Free will: compatibilism, libertarianism, or no free will?The question is too unclear to answer
God: theism or atheism?The question is too unclear to answerI understand atheism as the view that there is no meaning or purpose to life. Life does have meaning and purpose. I do not accept the view that there is a supreme BEING.
Knowledge: empiricism or rationalism?Accept: empiricismBut an empiricism not limited to the five senses.
Knowledge claims: contextualism, relativism, or invariantism?The question is too unclear to answerI deny relativism.
Laws of nature: Humean or non-Humean?Lean toward: non-Humean
Logic: classical or non-classical?Lean toward: classical
Mental content: internalism or externalism?Lean toward: externalism
Meta-ethics: moral realism or moral anti-realism?Accept: moral realism
Metaphilosophy: naturalism or non-naturalism?Lean toward: non-naturalismAs long as this does not involve dualism. It is a categorial issue.
Mind: physicalism or non-physicalism?Accept: non-physicalismDo not accept scientific naturalism or dualism.
Moral judgment: cognitivism or non-cognitivism?Accept: cognitivismBut I accept that our emotive powers are cognitive.
Moral motivation: internalism or externalism?The question is too unclear to answerWhen one desires X, one takes it that X ought to be/or be done. One can be mistaken about this.
Newcomb's problem: one box or two boxes?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Normative ethics: deontology, consequentialism, or virtue ethics?The question is too unclear to answerCategories are too simplistic.
Perceptual experience: disjunctivism, qualia theory, representationalism, or sense-datum theory?The question is too unclear to answerDeny qualia as nonphysical things, but see semantic intentionality as the real issue.
Personal identity: biological view, psychological view, or further-fact view?The question is too unclear to answer
Politics: communitarianism, egalitarianism, or libertarianism?Accept: egalitarianismIf this refers to equal opportunities.
Proper names: Fregean or Millian?The question is too unclear to answer
Science: scientific realism or scientific anti-realism?Lean toward: scientific realismI take it there are empirical facts that scientific investigation can access. I also take it that there are moral truths (context dependent)that scientific investigation cannot access. But there is a value structure to reality that we can access.
Teletransporter (new matter): survival or death?The question is too unclear to answer
Time: A-theory or B-theory?The question is too unclear to answer
Trolley problem (five straight ahead, one on side track, turn requires switching, what ought one do?): switch or don't switch?Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Truth: correspondence, deflationary, or epistemic?Accept: correspondenceaccept that there a value dimension to reality
Zombies: inconceivable, conceivable but not metaphysically possible, or metaphysically possible?The question is too unclear to answerWhat is imaginable is not always thinkable.