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Back in Black, Back in Ireland

Back in Black, Back in Ireland

I am interested in, and thus, write about, philosophy, music, politics and caffeine. My specific philosophical interests are in metaethics (the metaphysics, epistemology and philosophy of language of ethics), normative ethics, and political philosophy. I am also interested in philosophy of mind and action. I like playing guitar and bass, listening to jazz, rock, and hip-hop, socialist and liberal ideals, and my coffee black.

Here are the results of a survey taken for my profile on Philpapers.org (the best online archive of philosophy papers that I know of).

My Philosophical Views

Question Answer Comments
A priori knowledge: yes or no? Accept: yes
Abstract objects: Platonism or nominalism? Accept: Platonism
Aesthetic value: objective or subjective? Lean toward: objective
Analytic-synthetic distinction: yes or no? Lean toward: yes
Epistemic justification: internalism or externalism? Lean toward: internalism
External world: idealism, skepticism, or non-skeptical realism? Lean toward: non-skeptical realism
Free will: compatibilism, libertarianism, or no free will? Lean toward: libertarianism … but might not have free will.
God: theism or atheism? Accept: atheism
Knowledge: empiricism or rationalism? Lean toward: rationalism
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: naturalism  Open to non-naturalism in metaethics.  
Mind: physicalism or non-physicalism? Lean toward: non-physicalism  
Moral judgment: cognitivism or non-cognitivism? Accept: cognitivism  
Moral motivation: internalism or externalism? Lean toward: externalism  
Newcomb’s problem: one box or two boxes? Accept: one box  
Normative ethics: deontology, consequentialism, or virtue ethics? Accept: deontology  Particularly, duty-based moral pluralism (Rossian).  
Perceptual experience: disjunctivism, qualia theory, representationalism, or sense-datum theory? Agnostic/undecided  
Personal identity: biological view, psychological view, or further-fact view? Lean toward: biological view  
Politics: communitarianism, egalitarianism, or libertarianism? Accept: egalitarianism  
Proper names: Fregean or Millian? Lean toward: Fregean  
Science: scientific realism or scientific anti-realism? Lean toward: scientific realism  
Teletransporter (new matter): survival or death? Accept: death  
Time: A-theory or B-theory? Accept: B-theory  
Trolley problem (five straight ahead, one on side track, turn requires switching, what ought one do?): switch or don’t switch? Accept: don’t switch
Truth: correspondence, deflationary, or epistemic? Lean toward: Correspondence
Zombies: inconceivable, conceivable but not metaphysically possible, or metaphysically possible? Lean toward: inconceivable
The original photo. Believe or not this, is candid.

The original photo. Believe or not, this is candid.

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  1. #1 by Sreejith on December 7, 2013 - 11:05 am

    Great to meet you! Thaks for visiting my blog.
    Cheers,
    Sreejith

    • #2 by ausomeawestin on December 7, 2013 - 11:17 am

      My pleasure, I look forward to reading more of your work!

  2. #3 by Brett on August 26, 2014 - 7:06 am

    Nice about page. Very detailed. Thanks for the follow and best of luck as you pursue your philosophical musings.

    • #4 by ausomeawestin on August 26, 2014 - 10:18 pm

      Thank you, I look forward to reading your work.

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