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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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  2. Naturalism, Evolution and True Belief.Stephen Law - 2012 - Analysis 72 (1):41-48.
    Plantinga's Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism aims to show that naturalism is, as he puts it, ‘incoherent or self defeating’. Plantinga supposes that, in the absence of any God-like being to guide the process, natural selection is unlikely to favour true belief. Plantinga overlooks the fact that adherents of naturalism may plausibly hold that there exist certain conceptual links between belief content and behaviour. Given such links, natural selection will favour true belief. A further rather surprising consequence of the existence of (...)
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    The X-Claim Argument Against Religious Belief.Stephen Law - 2018 - Religious Studies 54 (1):15-35.
  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. 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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  6. The War for Children's Minds.Stephen Law - 2006 - Routledge.
    First Published in 2007. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
     
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    Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing.Stephen Law - 2004 - Philosophical Review 116 (2):300-303.
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    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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  9. 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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    Naturalism Versus Theism is a False Dilemma.Stephen Law - 2020 - Think 19 (56):103-107.
    This article argues that it is a mistake to assume that atheism entails naturalism, that naturalism is what leads someone to embrace atheism, and that atheists must sign up to a ‘naturalistic world-view’.
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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.
  12. 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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    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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    Introduction to the Evil God Challenge.Stephen Law - 2019 - Think 18 (51):5-9.
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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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  17. 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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    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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    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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    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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  21. Introduction.Stephen Law - 2013 - Think 12 (34):5-7.
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  22. Introduction: Editorial.Stephen Law - 2005 - Think 4 (11):5-6.
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  23. Introduction.Stephen Law - 2011 - Think 10 (29):5-7.
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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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    Thinking Tools: The Sherlock Holmes Fallacy: Law Thinking Tools.Stephen Law - 2008 - Think 6 (17-18):219-221.
    Thinking Tools is a regular feature that introduces pointers on thinking clearly and rigorously.
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    The God of Eth: Law The God of Eth.Stephen Law - 2005 - 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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    Thinking Tools. Fallacy: Two Wrongs Make a Right: Law Thinking Tools.Stephen Law - 2008 - 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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    Thinking Tools: Suppressed Evidence: Law Thinking Tools.Stephen Law - 2008 - Think 7 (20):105-105.
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    A New Problem of Evil.Stephen Law - unknown
    Stephen Law explains his challenge for theists.
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    Obituaries.Charles Pigden, Stephen Law, Julian Baggini & John Bigelow - 2013 - The Philosophers' Magazine 60 (60):9-12.
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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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    Introduction.Stephen Law - 2012 - Think 11 (32):5-10.
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    Thinking Tools: Seductive Secrets of the Shopping Mall: Law Thinking Tools.Stephen Law - 2004 - Think 3 (8):53-54.
    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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    Introduction.Stephen Law - 2009 - Think 8 (23):5-5.
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    Thinking Tools: The Bandwagon Fallacy.Stephen Law - 2006 - Think 4 (12):111-111.
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    Introduction.Stephen Law - 2014 - Think 13 (36):5-9.
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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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    Thinking Tools: The Lottery Fallacy: Law Thinking Tools.Stephen Law - 2005 - Think 4 (11):65-66.
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    About Think: About Think.Stephen Law - 2002 - Think 1 (1):5-6.
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    Thinking Tools: The Relativist Fallacy: Law Thinking Tools.Stephen Law - 2005 - Think 3 (9):57-58.
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    Thinking Tools: Weak Analogy: Law Thinking Tools.Stephen Law - 2007 - Think 5 (15):59-60.
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    Introduction.Stephen Law - 2015 - Think 14 (39):5-8.
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    Thinking Tools: The Fallacy of Affirming the Consequent: Law Thinking Tools.Stephen Law - 2004 - Think 3 (7):31-32.
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    Introduction.Stephen Law - 2013 - Think 12 (33):5-8.
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    Thinking Tools 4: How to Sound Like a Guru: Law Thinking Tools.Stephen Law - 2003 - Think 2 (4):85-87.
    Thinking Tools is a regular feature that introduces pointers on thinking clearly and rigorously. Here l explain some of the techniques commonly used by ‘gurus’ to dupe people into thinking they have something profound to say.
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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 - 2015 - Think 14 (41):5-7.
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    Thinking Tools: The Genetic Fallacy.Stephen Law - 2006 - Think 5 (13):23-24.
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    Thinking Tools 3: Flying Saucers and Open Minds: Law Thinking Tools.Stephen Law - 2003 - 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 ‘open-mindedness’.
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    Thinking Tools 2: Superstition and the Miser's Favourite: Law Thinking Tools.Stephen Law - 2002 - Think 1 (2):99-101.
    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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