Stephen Law | Closer to Truth


Stephen Law is a philosopher and Reader in Philosophy at Heythrop College in the University of London. He also edits the philosophical journal Think, which is published by the Royal Institute of Philosophy and aimed at the general public. He is also Provost of Center For Inquiry UK. Law has published both a variety of academic papers and more popular, introductory books (including three children's philosophy books).

He attended Long Road Sixth Form College, in Cambridge, England. However, having been "asked to leave” he began his working life as a postman. At 24 he successfully managed to persuade City University in London to accept him for the BSc in Philosophy, despite his lack of A levels. He then took the BPhil at Trinity College, Oxford and was for three years Junior Research Fellow at The Queen's College, Oxford, where he obtained his doctorate in Philosophy.

Law has published academic papers on a variety of topics including Wittgenstein, modality, and philosophy of mind (for example, "Loar's Defence of Physicalism", Ratio 2004). His most recent focus is on philosophy of religion, especially on Plantinga’s Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism, The Problem of Evil, and Sceptical Theism.

Law's book, The Philosophy Gym is an introduction to philosophical thinking aimed at adults. It covers twenty-five philosophical questions, chosen for their relevance to today's society. The book aims for accessibility. The German version won the first Mindelheim Philosophy Prize. His most recent book is Believing Bullshit: How Not To Get Sucked Into an Intellectual Black Hole which looks at irrational belief systems and how they snare people.

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