Stephen Law

Stephen Law FRSA (born 1960) is an English philosopher and reader in philosophy, who previously worked at Heythrop College, University of London, until its closure in June 2018. He also edits the philosophical journal Think,[1] which is sponsored by the Royal Institute of Philosophy[2] and published by the Cambridge University Press. He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and Commerce and in 2008 became the provost of the Centre for Inquiry UK.[3]

Stephen Law

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Born (1960-12-12) 12 December 1960 (age 59)
Cambridge, England
Alma mater
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolAnalytic philosophy
ThesisReference, essence and natural kinds (1995)


Law was born 12 December 1960 in Cambridge, England, and attended Long Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge. However, having been "asked to leave",[4][5] 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. There he managed to achieve a first-class honours, allowing him to move on to Trinity College, Oxford, to read for a BPhil in philosophy. He was also for three years a junior research fellow at The Queen's College, Oxford, where he obtained a doctorate in philosophy. Law lives in Oxford, England, with his wife and two daughters.


Law has published both a variety of academic papers and more popular, introductory books (including three children's philosophy books). Law has debated many Christian apologists and theologians, including William Lane Craig, Alvin Plantinga, and John Lennox[citation needed] Law has developed the Evil God Challenge thought experiment.[6][7]


  • The Philosophy Files 1 (2000) ISBN 1-84255-053-5
  • The Philosophy Files 2 (2006) (formerly called The Outer Limits) ISBN 1-84255-525-1
  • The Outer Limits: More Mysteries from the Philosophy Files (2003) ISBN 1-84255-062-4
  • The Philosophy Gym (2003) ISBN 0-7472-3271-7
  • The Xmas Files (2003) ISBN 0-297-84722-8
  • The War For Children's Minds (2006) ISBN 0-415-37855-9
  • Philosophy (Eyewitness Companion Guides) (2007) ISBN 1-4053-1763-9 translated also into Hungarian (Filozófia, 2008)
  • The Great Philosophers (2008) ISBN 1-84724-398-3
  • Israel, Palestine and Terror (2008) ISBN 0-82649-793-4
  • Really, Really Big Questions (2009) ISBN 0-75341-781-2
  • A Very Short Introduction to Humanism (2011) ISBN 0-19-955364-5
  • Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole (2011) Prometheus Books: New York. ISBN 1-61614-411-4


  1. ^ "Royal Institute Philosophy".
  2. ^ "Royal Institute Philosophy".
  3. ^ "上質な風俗に蜂蜜をぶち撒けるが如き思想".
  4. ^ Underhill, William. "Stephen Law: Philosopher of 'Believing Bullshit'". Newsweek. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  5. ^ Steel, Mel. "Asking all the right questions". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  6. ^ 2010, Evil God Challenge in Journal of Religious Studies
  7. ^ Galen Orwell (27 January 2014). "Stephen Law - Evil God Anti God Evil Creator Hypothesis Reverse Theodicies" – via YouTube.

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