A Major Survey of What Philosophers Believe Just Released.

David Bourget and David Chalmers have released the results of the largest survey of professional philosophers ever conducted. There were 931 respondents from 99 leading philosophy departments around the world. Luke over at Common Sense Atheism tells us some of the results:
Here are a few important results:

72.8% atheism
14.6% theism
12.5% other

59% compatibilism (usually a rejection of contra-causal free will)
12.2% no free will
13.7% libertarianism
14.9% other

56.3% moral realism
27.7% moral anti-realism
15.8% other

49.8% naturalism
25.8% non-naturalism (but not necessarily supernaturalism)
24.2% other

75% scientific realism
11.6% scientific anti-realism
13.3% other



Larian LeQuella said...

Well, it's not like philosophers actually contribute to society. They just stare at their navels, so of course a lot of them will be atheist!


Wow, channeling believers actually makes your head hurt.

Joshua Jung said...

"Be careful not to allow anyone to captivate you through an empty, deceitful philosophy that is according to human traditions and the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ."

I feel a little dirty now for posting that verse...

Mark Plus said...

Well, Gregory S. Paul argues that social safety nets tend to make people dramatically less religious. Don't university philosophy professors have tenure (guaranteed employment for life), good health insurance and pensions?

Shane said...

BwaaaaaHAAAAA!! And here I was thinking that philosophy was the last fortress of God of the Gaps, the world was created five minutes ago, WLC fanboy, thought processes.

Shane said...

lol and here I thought philosophy was the last fortress of supernatural speculation, God of the Gaps, the world ain't really real, thinking.

Kel said...

It would be interesting to see the justifications for some of the positions listed, to me especially the justifications for free will. Why compatibilism? Why libertarianism? It would be interesting to see how such positions dwell with the pattern that is coming out of modern neuroscience.

stamati anagnostou said...

hmmm i've thought that mark plus posts out of jest... but your posts are too uniform... dry sense of humor? are you serious?