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  1. The Evil-God Challenge.Stephen Law - 2010 - 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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    The X-Claim Argument Against Religious Belief.Stephen Law - 2018 - Religious Studies 54 (1):15-35.
  3. Evidence, Miracles, and the Existence of Jesus.Stephen Law - 2011 - 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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  4. The Pandora’s Box Objection to Skeptical Theism.Stephen Law - 2015 - 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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  5. Five Private Language Arguments.Stephen Law - 2004 - 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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    Natural Kinds of Substance.Stephen Law - 2016 - 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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  7. Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked Into an Intellectual Black Hole.Stephen Law - 2011 - 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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    Sceptical Theism and a Lying God: Wielenberg's Argument Defended and Developed.Stephen Law - 2015 - Religious Studies 51 (1):91-109.
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    Skeptical Theism and Skepticism About the External World and Past.Stephen Law - 2017 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 81:55-70.
    Skeptical theism is a popular - if not universally theistically endorsed - response to the evidential problem of evil. Skeptical theists question how we can be in a position to know God lacks God-justifying reason to allow the evils we observe. In this paper I examine a criticism of skeptical theism: that the skeptical theists skepticism re divine reasons entails that, similarly, we cannot know God lacks God-justifying reason to deceive us about the external world and the past. This in (...)
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    Wittgensteinian Accounts of Religious Belief: Noncognitivist, Juicer, and Atheist‐Minus.Stephen Law - 2017 - European Journal of Philosophy 25 (4):1186-1207.
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    Loar's Defence of Physicalism.Stephen Law - 2004 - 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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    Connected or Informed?: Local Twitter Networking in a London Neighbourhood.Stephen Law & John Bingham-Hall - 2015 - Big Data and Society 2 (2).
    This paper asks whether geographically localised, or ‘hyperlocal’, uses of Twitter succeed in creating peer-to-peer neighbourhood networks or simply act as broadcast media at a reduced scale. Literature drawn from the smart cities discourse and from a UK research project into hyperlocal media, respectively, take on these two opposing interpretations. Evidence gathered in the case study presented here is consistent with the latter, and on this basis we criticise the notion that hyperlocal social media can be seen as a community (...)
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  13. The Meaning of Life.Stephen Law - 2012 - 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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  14. The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Adventures in Thinking.Stephen Law - 2003 - 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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    Humanism: A Very Short Introduction.Stephen Law - 2011 - 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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    Philosophy.Stephen Law - 2007 - 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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    Hegel and the Spirit of Comedy.Stephen C. Law - 2000 - Proceedings of the Hegel Society of America 14:113-130.
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    Systems of Measurement.Stephen Law - 2005 - Ratio 18 (2):145–164.
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    Free Their Minds.Stephen Law - 2007 - The Philosophers' Magazine 37:67-74.
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  20. Philosophy for AS and A2.Elizabeth Burns & Stephen Law (eds.) - 2004 - Routledge.
    Although the syllabus for AQA Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced Level Philosophy has now changed, this textbook still serves as a helpful introduction to six key topics in Philosophy. Following a lively foreword by Nigel Warburton, author of Philosophy: The Basics, a team of experienced teachers from Heythrop College, University of London, devote a chapter each to * Theory of Knowledge * Moral Philosophy * Philosophy of Religion * Philosophy of Mind * Political Philosophy and * Philosophy of Science. Each of (...)
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    A New Problem of Evil.Stephen Law - unknown
    Stephen Law explains his challenge for theists.
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    About Think: About Think.Stephen Law - 2002 - Think 1 (1):5-6.
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    Bede Rundle, Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing. [REVIEW]Stephen Law - 2007 - Philosophical Review 116 (2):300-303.
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    Could a Machine Think?: Law Could a Machine Think?Stephen Law - 2002 - 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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    1: Celebrity Endorsements and a Salesperson's Trick: Law Thinking Tools.Stephen Law - 2002 - Think 1 (1):77-79.
    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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    Dark Materials.Stephen Law - 2005 - The Chesterton Review 31 (3/4):299-300.
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    Editorial: Editorial.Stephen Law - 2004 - Think 3 (8):5-6.
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    Editorial: Editorial.Stephen Law - 2006 - Think 4 (12):5-6.
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    Editorial: Editorial.Stephen Law - 2005 - Think 3 (9):5-6.
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    Editorial: Editorial.Stephen Law - 2004 - Think 2 (6):5-6.
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    Enlightened Scepticism.Stephen Law - 2007 - The Philosophers' Magazine 38:55-57.
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    Free Their Minds.Stephen Law - 2007 - The Philosophers' Magazine 37 (37):67-74.
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    Get Them While They're Young.Stephen Law - 2000 - The Philosophers' Magazine 11 (11):11-12.
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    Get Them While They're Young.Stephen Law - 2000 - The Philosophers' Magazine 11:11-12.
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    Hope and Faith.Stephen Law - 2016 - Think 15 (44):5-6.
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    Honderich and the Curse of Epiphenomenalism.Stephen Law - 2006 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 13 (7-8):61-70.
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    Introduction.Stephen Law - 2012 - Think 11 (32):5-10.
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    Introduction.Stephen Law - 2014 - Think 13 (36):5-9.
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    Introduction.Stephen Law - 2015 - Think 14 (39):5-8.
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    Introduction.Stephen Law - 2013 - Think 12 (33):5-8.
    Introduction Stephen Law, Think, FirstView Article.
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    Introduction.Stephen Law - 2015 - Think 14 (41):5-7.
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    Introduction.Stephen Law - 2016 - Think 15 (42):5-7.
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    Introduction.Stephen Law - 2016 - Think 15 (43):5-7.
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    Introduction.Stephen Law - 2012 - Think 11 (30):5-9.
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    Introduction.Stephen Law - 2017 - Think 16 (47):5-7.
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    Introduction.Stephen Law - 2018 - Think 17 (48):5-10.
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    Introduction.Stephen Law - 2017 - Think 16 (45):5-6.
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    Introduction.Stephen Law - 2017 - Think 16 (46):5-7.
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    Introduction.Stephen Law - 2014 - Think 13 (37):5-11.
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    Introduction.Stephen Law - 2014 - Think 13 (38):5-6.
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