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Dr Stephen Law

Dr Stephen Law Head of the Department of Philosophy
Telephone: 020 7795 4222


Before joining Heythrop, I was previously the Junior Research Fellow in Philosophy at The Queen’s College, Oxford , where I obtained my doctorate. I first entered university as a mature student, having previously worked as a postman. 

Current teaching

Contemporary Philosophical Problems (half of course)
Reason and Argument (Yr 1 course)
Wittgenstein option
Philosophy of Language option
Naming, Necessity and Natural Kinds option
Philosophy of Science
Also: contribute to evening MA on Philosophy teaching.
I am tutor for admissions BA Philosophy and also run the Heythrop A Level philosophy conferences  

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My book The War For Children’s Minds was Routledge’s lead title for 2006. It focuses on issues concerning moral and religious education, using philosophical tools to help clarify and assess key arguments. Phillip Pullman said it “should be read by every parent, every teacher and every politician”.
The book was based on a prize-winning essay (joint winner of the £5,000 ESRC-Prospect Millenium essay prize in 2000). The publication had considerable impact and was reviewed by e.g. The Economist and featured on Radio 4 Today programme and Radio 3 Nightwaves (where I was in discussion about the book with Prof. Anthony O’Hear). It was also focus of e.g. a two-page feature in The Guardian.
Other (introductory) books include:
• Very Short Introduction to Humanism (OUP, 2011)
• The Great Philosophers (Quercus, 2007)
• The Philosophy Gym (Headline, 2000) – German version was winner of the E5,000 Mindleheim Philosophy Prize in 2009