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    Stephen Law (2015). The Pandora’s Box Objection to Skeptical Theism. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 78 (3):285-299.
    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 (...)
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  2. 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) (...)
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    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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    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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  5. 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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    Stephen Law (2015). Sceptical Theism and a Lying God: Wielenberg's Argument Defended and Developed. Religious Studies 51 (1):91-109.
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    Stephen Law (2004). Five Private Language Arguments. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 12 (2):159-176.
    This paper distinguishes five key interpretations of the argument presented by Wittgenstein in Philosophical Investigations I, §258. I also argue that on none of these five interpretations is the argument cogent. The paper is primarily concerned with the most popular interpretation of the argument: that which that makes it rest upon the principle that one can be said to follow a rule only if there exists a 'useable criterion of successful performance' (Pears) or 'operational standard of correctness' (Glock) for its (...)
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  8. 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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    Stephen Law (2004). Loar's Defence of Physicalism. Ratio 17 (1):60-67.
    Brian Loar believes he has refuted all those antiphysicalist arguments that take as their point of departure observations about what is or isn't conceivable. I argue that there remains an important, popular and plausible-looking form of conceivability argument that Loar has entirely overlooked. Though he may not have realized it, Saul Kripke presents, or comes close to presenting, two fundamentally different forms of conceivability argument. I distinguish the two arguments and point out that while Loar has succeeded in refuting one (...)
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    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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    Charles Pigden, Stephen Law, Julian Baggini & John Bigelow (2013). Obituaries. The Philosophers' Magazine 60 (60):9-12.
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    Stephen Law (2007). Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing. Philosophical Review 116 (2):300-303.
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    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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  14. Stephen Law & Daniel Postgate (2003). The Outer Limits.
     
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  15. Stephen Law (2003). The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Adventures in Thinking. St. Martin's Press.
    From Descartes to designer babies, The Philosophy Gym poses questions about some of history's most important philosophical issues, ranging in difficulty from pretty easy to very challenging. He brings new perspectives to age-old conundrums while also tackling modern-day dilemmas -- some for the first time. Begin your warm up by contemplating whether a pickled sheep can truly be considered art, or dive right in and tackle the existence of God. In this radically new way of looking at philosophy, Stephen Law (...)
     
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    Stephen Law (2006). Honderich and the Curse of Epiphenomenalism. Journal of Consciousness Studies 13 (7-8):61-70.
  17. Stephen Law (2000/2002). Philosophy Rocks! Volo.
     
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  18. Stephen Law & Daniel Postgate (2000). The Philosophy Files.
     
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    Stephen Law, Think.
    other thinkers on any topic broadly related either to philosophy or to the development of thinking skills. It is anticipated that most contributors..
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    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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    Stephen Law (2008). Thinking Tools: The Sherlock Holmes Fallacy. Think 6 (17-18):219-221.
    Thinking Tools is a regular feature that introduces pointers on thinking clearly and rigorously.
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    Stephen Law (2007). Enlightened Scepticism. The Philosophers' Magazine 38 (38):55-57.
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    Stephen Law (2007). Free Their Minds. The Philosophers' Magazine 37 (37):67-74.
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    Stephen Law (2003). Kids' Law. The Philosophers' Magazine 24 (24):38-39.
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    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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    Stephen Law (2006). Thinking Tools: The Genetic Fallacy. Think 5 (13):23-24.
    Thinking Tools is a regular feature that introduces tips and pointers on thinking clearly and rigorously.
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    Stephen Law (2014). Introduction. Think 13 (36):5-9.
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    Stephen Law (2005). Thinking Tools: The Relativist Fallacy. Think 3 (9):57-58.
    Thinking Tools is a regular feature that introduces tips and pointers on thinking clearly and rigorously.
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    Stephen Law (2005). Dark Materials. The Chesterton Review 31 (3/4):299-300.
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    Stephen Law (2002). Could a Machine Think? Think 1 (1):55.
    The year is 2100. Geena is the proud new owner of Emit, a state-of-the-art robot. She has just unwrapped him, the packaging strewn across the dining room floor. Emit is designed to replicate the outward behaviour of a human being down to the last detail . Emit responds to questions in much the same way humans do. Ask him how he feels and he will say he has had a tough day, has a slight headache, is sorry he broke that (...)
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    Stephen Law (2002). Could a Machine Think?: Law Could a Machine Think? Think 1 (1):55-65.
    The year is 2100. Geena is the proud new owner of Emit, a state-of-the-art robot. She has just unwrapped him, the packaging strewn across the dining room floor. Emit is designed to replicate the outward behaviour of a human being down to the last detail . Emit responds to questions in much the same way humans do. Ask him how he feels and he will say he has had a tough day, has a slight headache, is sorry he broke that (...)
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    Stephen Law (2002). Is It All Relative? Think 1 (2):69.
    According to relativists, people who speak simply of what's ‘true’ are naïve. ‘Whose truth?’ asks the relativist. ‘No claim is ever true, period. What's true is always true for someone. It's true relative to a particular person or culture. There's no such thing as the absolute truth on any issue.’ This sort of relativism is certainly popular. For example, many claim that we are wrong to condemn cultures with moral codes different from our own: their moralities are no less valid. (...)
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    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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    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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    Stephen Law (2008). The Time Machine. Think 7 (19):47-48.
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    Stephen Law (2004). Thinking Tools: Seductive Secrets of the Shopping Mall. Think 3 (8):53.
    Thinking Tools is a regular feature that introduces pointers on thinking clearly and rigorously. In this installment, we focus, not on faulty reasoning per se, but on an example of how we can be led astray or manipulated without our even realizing what is going on. Our critical faculties are entirely sidestepped!
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    Stephen Law (2008). Indução e filosofia da ciência. Critica.
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    Stephen Law (2004). Thinking Tools: ‘Well I'm Not Going to Answer a Hypothetical Question…’. Think 2 (6):93.
    Thinking Tools is a regular feature that introduces pointers on thinking clearly and rigorously. Here we look at a particularly underhand way of avoiding answering a question. It is popular with politicians around the world.
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    Stephen Law (2015). Introduction. Think 14 (39):5-8.
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    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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    Stephen Law (2000). Get Them While They're Young. The Philosophers' Magazine 11 (11):11-12.
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    Stephen Law (2008). Introduction. Think 7 (20):5-5.
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    Stephen Law (2003). The Child's Mind. Journal of Philosophy of Education 37 (1):185–192.
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    Stephen Law (2005). Systems of Measurement. Ratio 18 (2):145–164.
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    Stephen Law (2005). Thinking Tools: The Lottery Fallacy. Think 4 (11):65-66.
    Thinking Tools is a regular feature that introduces tips and pointers on thinking clearly and rigorously.
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    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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    Stephen Law (2009). Introduction. Think 8 (23):5-5.
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    Stephen Law (2005). Introduction. Think 4 (11):5-6.
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    Stephen Law (2010). Introduction. Think 9 (26):5-6.
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    Stephen Law (2003). What's Wrong with Gay Sex? Think 2 (5):53.
    Mr Jarvis, a Christian, was asleep in bed, dreaming of the Last Judgement. In his dream, Jarvis found himself seated next to God in a great cloud-swept hall. God had just finished handing down judgement on the drunkards, who were slowly shuffling out of the exit to the left. Angels were now ushering a group of nervous-looking men through the entrance to the right. As the men were assembled before Him, God began to speak.
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