Stratford University

My philosophical views

Question Answer Comments
A priori knowledge: yes and no Accept: yes We can absolutely ascertain certain truths without experience.
Abstract objects: Platonism and nominalism Accept: Platonism
Aesthetic value: objective and subjective Accept: subjective
Analytic-synthetic distinction: yes and no Accept: yes
Epistemic justification: internalism and externalism Lean toward: internalism
External world: idealism, skepticism or non-skeptical realism Lean toward: skepticism
Free will: compatibilism, libertarianism or no free will Lean toward: compatibilism
God: theism and atheism Accept: atheism There can be no proof of god. I agnostically accept that there may be a god, but reject that we can ever know the truth of this matter.
Knowledge: empiricism and rationalism Accept: empiricism To know, we must see, unless the knowledge is a priori (known by definition).
Knowledge claims: contextualism, relativism or invariantism Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Laws of nature: Humean and non-Humean Accept: Humean
Logic: classical and non-classical Accept: classical
Mental content: internalism and externalism Accept both We are both subjective and objective animals.
Meta-ethics: moral realism and moral anti-realism Lean toward: moral realism I accept error theory, but believe there is truth in social facts.
Metaphilosophy: naturalism and non-naturalism Lean toward: naturalism
Mind: physicalism and non-physicalism Lean toward: physicalism There is something inherent to the subjective self, but it is likely explainable using mental processes.
Moral judgment: cognitivism and non-cognitivism Accept an intermediate view There is truth to social facts, but they are dependent on there being a "society"
Moral motivation: internalism and externalism Accept: internalism Motivations and intentions are internal.
Newcomb's problem: one box and two boxes Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Normative ethics: deontology, consequentialism or virtue ethics Accept: virtue ethics Good character will lead to good actions, good motivations, and good intentions.
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 Accept: psychological view We are who we decide we are.
Politics: communitarianism, egalitarianism or libertarianism Lean toward: egalitarianism Strongly Platonic. The simple life is the most desirable, but if we must have our luxuries, then let us be equal to our functions.
Proper names: Fregean and Millian Accept: Fregean
Science: scientific realism and scientific anti-realism Accept: scientific realism Science is directly related to empirical reality. Everything else is metaphysical.
Teletransporter (new matter): survival and death Accept: death You are a new entity, and there is no way that the "you" that was destroyed is the "you" that is created. The teletransporter cannot perfectly reconstruct the perfect copy.
Time: A-theory and B-theory Insufficiently familiar with the issue
Trolley problem (five straight ahead, one on side track, turn requires switching, what ought one do?): switch and don't switch Accept: switch Dr. Foot's problem requires a solution that saves lives. The more the merrier.
Truth: correspondence, deflationary or epistemic Accept: epistemic
Zombies: inconceivable, conceivable but not metaphysically possible or metaphysically possible Accept: conceivable but not metaphysically possible