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  1. Stephen Law, Think.
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  2. Stephen Law (forthcoming). Natural Kinds of Substance. Australasian Journal of Philosophy:1-18.
    This paper presents an extension of Putnam's account of how substance terms such as ‘water’ and ‘gold’ function and of how a posteriori necessary truths concerning the underlying microstructures of such kinds may be derived. The paper has three aims. I aim to refute a familiar criticism of Putnam's account: that it presupposes what Salmon calls an ‘irredeemably metaphysical, and philosophically controversial, theory of essentialism’. I show how all of the details of Putnam's account—including those that Salmon believes smuggle in (...)
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  3. Stephen Law (forthcoming). The Pandora’s Box Objection to Skeptical Theism. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion:1-15.
    Skeptical theism is a leading response to the evidential argument from evil against the existence of God. Skeptical theists attempt to block the inference from the existence of inscrutable evils to gratuitous evils by insisting that given our cognitive limitations, it wouldn’t be surprising if there were God-justifying reasons we can’t think of. A well-known objection to skeptical theism is that it opens up a skeptical Pandora’s box, generating implausibly wide-ranging forms of skepticism, including skepticism about the external world and (...)
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  4. Stephen Law (2015). Introduction. Think 14 (39):5-8.
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  5. Stephen Law (2014). Introduction. Think 13 (36):5-9.
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  6. Stephen Law (2013). Introduction. Think 12 (34):5-7.
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  7. Stephen Law (2013). What is Humanism? In Stephen Bullivant & Michael Ruse (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Atheism. Oxford University Press. 263.
  8. Charles Pigden, Stephen Law, Julian Baggini & John Bigelow (2013). Obituaries. The Philosophers' Magazine 60 (60):9-12.
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  9. Stephen Law (2012). Introduction. Think 11 (32):5-10.
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  10. Stephen Law (2012). Just Knowing. The Philosophers' Magazine 56 (56):51-57.
    I remain entirely unconvinced that anyone who claims to “just know” that the dead walk among us, or that God exists, knows any such thing. Not only do I think the rest of us have good grounds for doubting their experience, I don’t believe it’s reasonable for them to take their own experience at face value either.
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  11. Stephen Law (2012). The Meaning of Life. Think 11 (30):25 - 38.
    This is an article that explores the question "what is the meaning of life?" particularly with respect to humanism and theism. It defends a humanist position, and refutes a number of arguments for the conclusion that a meaningful human existence requires the existence of God.
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  12. Stephen Law (2011). Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked Into an Intellectual Black Hole. Prometheus Books.
    Playing the mystery card -- "But it fits!" -- Going nuclear -- Moving the semantic goalposts -- "But I just know!" -- Pseudo-profundity -- Piling up the anecdotes -- Pressing your buttons -- Conclusion -- The Tapescrew letters.
     
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  13. Stephen Law (2011). Evidence, Miracles, and the Existence of Jesus. Faith and Philosophy 28 (2):129-151.
    The vast majority of Biblical historians believe there is evidence sufficient to place Jesus’ existence beyond reasonable doubt. Many believe the New Testamentdocuments alone suffice firmly to establish Jesus as an actual, historical figure. I question these views. In particular, I argue (i) that the three most popular criteria by which various non-miraculous New Testament claims made about Jesus are supposedly corroborated are not sufficient, either singly or jointly, to place his existence beyond reasonable doubt, and (ii) that a prima (...)
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  14. Stephen Law (2011). Humanism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press.
    Stephen Law explores how humanism uses science and reason to make sense of the world, looking at how it encourages individual moral responsibility and shows ...
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  15. Stephen Law (2011). Introduction. Think 10 (29):5-7.
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  16. Stephen Law (2011). Intellectual Black Holes and Bullshit. Free Inquiry 31.
     
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  17. Stephen Law (2011). Plantinga's Belief-Cum-Desire Argument Refuted. Religious Studies 47 (2):245-256.
    In Warrant and Proper Function, Alvin Plantinga develops an argument designed to show that naturalism is self-defeating. One component of this larger argument is what I call Plantinga's belief-cum-desire argument, which is intended to establish something more specific: that if the content of our beliefs does causally effect behaviour (that is to say, semantic content is not epiphenomenal), and if naturalism and current evolutionary doctrine are correct, then the probability that we possess reliable cognitive mechanisms must be either inscrutable or (...)
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  18. Stephen Law (2010). Introduction. Think 9 (26):5-6.
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  19. Stephen Law (2010). Introductory Essay. Think 9 (25):5-7.
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  20. Stephen Law (2010). The Evil-God Challenge. Religious Studies 46 (3):353 - 373.
    This paper develops a challenge to theism. The challenge is to explain why the hypothesis that there exists an omnipotent, omniscient and all-good god should be considered significantly more reasonable than the hypothesis that there exists an omnipotent, omniscient and all-evil god. Theists typically dismiss the evil-god hypothesis out of hand because of the problem of good–there is surely too much good in the world for it to be the creation of such a being. But then why doesn't the problem (...)
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  21. Stephen Law (2009). Introduction. Think 8 (23):5-5.
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  22. Stephen Law (2009). Rape is a Sex Act. Think 8 (21):69-70.
    In the preceding piece, Timothy Chambers agrees with some feminists that . Here, I briefly defend the view that, whatever else rape is, it is, indeed, a sexual act. Timothy will reply in another piece.
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  23. Stephen Law (2009). Really, Really Big Questions: About Life, the Universe, and Everything. Kingfisher.
    Life, the universe, and everything -- Thinking robots and mysterious minds -- The good, the bad, and the ugly -- Is seeing believing?
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  24. Stephen Law (2009). Thinking Tools. Fallacy: Division. Think 8 (21):83-83.
    Thinking tools is a regular feature that offers tips and pointers on thinking clearly and rigorously.
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  25. Stephen Law (2008). Editorial. Think 6 (17-18):5.
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  26. Stephen Law (2008). Introduction. Think 7 (20):5-5.
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  27. Stephen Law (2008). Indução e filosofia da ciência. Critica.
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  28. Stephen Law (2008). Thinking Tools. Fallacy: Two Wrongs Make a Right. Think 7 (19):71-71.
    Thinking tools is a regular feature that offers tips and pointers on thinking clearly and rigorously.
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  29. Stephen Law (2008). The Time Machine. Think 7 (19):47-48.
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  30. Stephen Law (2008). Thinking Tools: Suppressed Evidence. Think 7 (20):105-105.
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  31. Stephen Law (2008). Thinking Tools: The Sherlock Holmes Fallacy. Think 6 (17-18):219-221.
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  32. Stephen Law (2008). Thinking Tools: The Straw Man. Think 6 (16):75-75.
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  33. Make A. Right & Stephen Law (2008). Thinking Tools. Fallacy: Two Wrongs. Think 7 (19):71-71.
     
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  34. Stephen Law (2007). Free Their Minds. The Philosophers' Magazine 37 (37):67-74.
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  35. Stephen Law (2007). Enlightened Scepticism. The Philosophers' Magazine 38 (38):55-57.
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  36. Stephen Law (2007/2012). Philosophy. Dk.
    Learn to understand the major issues, theories and problems at the heart of philosophy and watch hard-to-grasp concepts come to life.
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  37. Stephen Law (2007). Thinking Tools: Weak Analogy. Think 5 (15):59-60.
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  38. Stephen Law (2007). Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing. Philosophical Review 116 (2):300-303.
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  39. Stephen Law (2006). Honderich and the Curse of Epiphenomenalism. Journal of Consciousness Studies 13 (7-8):61-70.
  40. Stephen Law (2006). Thinking Tools: The Bandwagon Fallacy. Think 4 (12):111-111.
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  41. Stephen Law (2006). Thinking Tools: The Genetic Fallacy. Think 5 (13):23-24.
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  42. Stephen Law (2006). The War for Children's Minds. Routledge.
    First Published in 2007. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
     
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  43. Stephen Law (2005). Dark Materials. The Chesterton Review 31 (3/4):299-300.
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  44. Stephen Law (2005). Introduction. Think 4 (11):5-6.
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  45. Stephen Law (2005). Introduction: Editorial. Think 4 (11):5-6.
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  46. Stephen Law (2005). Systems of Measurement. Ratio 18 (2):145–164.
  47. Stephen Law (2005). The God of Eth. Think 3 (9):13-26.
    A dialogue investigating whether the usual religious defences of belief in God are really up to the job.
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  48. Stephen Law (2005). The God of Eth: Law The God of Eth. Think 3 (9):13-26.
    A dialogue investigating whether the usual religious defences of belief in God are really up to the job.
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  49. Stephen Law (2005). Thinking Tools: The Lottery Fallacy. Think 4 (11):65-66.
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  50. Stephen Law (2005). Thinking Tools: The Relativist Fallacy. Think 3 (9):57-58.
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