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    Stephen Law, A New Problem of Evil.
    Stephen Law explains his challenge for theists.
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  2. 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 skepticism about the external world and (...)
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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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  4. 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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  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). Natural Kinds of Substance. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 94 (2):283-300.
    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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    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 (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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    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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    Charles Pigden, Stephen Law, Julian Baggini & John Bigelow (2013). Obituaries. The Philosophers' Magazine 60 (60):9-12.
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    Stephen Law (2015). Introduction. Think 14 (41):5-7.
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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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  13. 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 (2011). Introduction. Think 10 (29):5-7.
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    Stephen Law (2016). Natural Kinds of Substance. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 94 (2):283-300.
    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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    Stephen Law (2016). Introduction. Think 15 (42):5-7.
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    Stephen Law (2013). Introduction. Think 12 (34):5-7.
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    Stephen Law (2013). Introduction. Think 12 (33):5-8.
    Introduction Stephen Law, Think, FirstView Article.
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    Stephen Law (2015). Introduction. Think 14 (39):5-8.
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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 (2016). Introduction. Think 15 (43):5-7.
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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 (2003). Thinking Tools 3: Flying Saucers and Open Minds. Think 1 (3):65-68.
    Thinking Tools is a regular feature that introduces pointers on thinking clearly and rigorously. Here I tell a cautionary tale about flying saucers and take a brief look at the virtues of.
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    Stephen Law (2007). Thinking Tools: Weak Analogy. Think 5 (15):59-60.
    Thinking Tools is a regular feature that introduces pointers on thinking clearly and rigorously.
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    Stephen Law (2007). 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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    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 (2008). Thinking Tools: The Straw Man. Think 6 (16):75.
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    Stephen Law (2013). Introduction. Think 12 (34):5-7.
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    Stephen Law (2014). Introduction. Think 13 (36):5-9.
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    Stephen Law (2012). Introduction. Think 11 (32):5-10.
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    Stephen Law (2010). Introduction. Think 9 (26):5-6.
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    Stephen Law (2004). Editorial: Editorial. Think 3 (8):5-6.
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    Stephen Law (2007). Free Their Minds. The Philosophers' Magazine 37 (37):67-74.
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    Stephen Law (2006). Honderich and the Curse of Epiphenomenalism. Journal of Consciousness Studies 13 (7-8):61-70.
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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 (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 (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). 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 (2007). Enlightened Scepticism. The Philosophers' Magazine 38 (38):55-57.
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  40. Stephen Law & Daniel Postgate (2003). The Outer Limits.
     
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  41. 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 (2002). About Think. Think 1 (1):5.
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    Stephen Law (2002). 1: Celebrity Endorsements and a Salesperson's Trick. Think 1 (1):77.
    Thinking Tools is a regular feature that introduces tips and pointers on thinking clearly and rigorously. Here we get to grips with two everyday reasoning errors.
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    Stephen Law (2002). Thinking Tools 2: Superstition and the Miser's Favourite. Think 1 (2):99.
    Thinking Tools is a regular feature that introduces pointers on thinking clearly and rigorously. Here we get to grips with two everyday reasoning errors.
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    Stephen Law (2004). Thinking Tools: The Fallacy of Affirming the Consequent. Think 3 (7):31.
    Thinking Tools is a regular feature that introduces pointers on thinking clearly and rigorously.
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    Stephen Law (2003). Kids' Law. The Philosophers' Magazine 24 (24):38-39.
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    Stephen Law (2005). Systems of Measurement. Ratio 18 (2):145–164.
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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 (2009). Introduction. Think 8 (23):5-5.
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    Stephen Law (2005). Introduction. Think 4 (11):5-6.
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