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How philosophy can help your business or organisation - two testimonials

Can philosophy and critical thinking benefit your business or organisation? Yes! Here are two testimonials regarding work I've done recently for the Government of Malta and E.On Next: Charles Deguara, Auditor General at National Audit Office (Malta): 'In line with our policy of offering diverse professional development opportunities to our staff, Dr Stephen Law, a well renowned professor in philosophy in international circles , was invited recently by the National Audit Office to conduct a three hour webinar on critical thinking to all its employees...[T]his webinar made us even more aware of the beneficial effect of philosophy especially to facilitate our thinking and reasoning processes. Undoubtedly, as auditors this is extremely important in our work, particularly when it comes to collecting and evaluating audit evidence and eventually to the expression of professional judgement. In actual fact, this webinar’s success exceeded all expectations, as clearly evidenced by the ex

My book The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Adventures in Thinking

My book The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Adventures in Thinking! Philip Pullman called it 'a vivid, enlightening introduction to clear thinking.' 'Where did the universe come from? Is time travel possible? Are genetically designed babies morally acceptable? If you have ever asked yourself such questions, then you have already begun to think philosophically. This book is for those who want to take the next step. Teachers - LOTS of stuff in here relevant to the IB Theory of Knowledge, as well as A Level Religious Studies (God, personal identity, meta-ethics, etc.). Includes essays, dialogues. Sometimes irreverent! On here . On here .

Why do the British public support moderately left-wing policies, but fail to vote Labour?

Centrists, like Blair, who argue Labour must return to centrist policies to have any chance of winning again, have a problem with polling that shows moderately left-leaning Corbyn-style policies (e.g. free university tuition, free childcare, nationalised rail, higher taxes on wealthiest, etc.) were and still are popular. Centrists need to explain that polling away. Of course, they respond by saying ‘But Labour lost in 2017 and 2019! So the policies can’t be popular, can they?’ In addition, Tony Blair is now adding this : ‘In a 3 sec conversation people say they support rail nationalisation, say, but after a 30 sec or 3 minute conversation they’re much less keen.’ An obvious problem with this reply is that, while it explains why people would   drop support for such policies given longer exposure to centrist counter-arguments (assuming that’s true, which I doubt), it obviously doesn’t explain why, when the public haven’t  dropped support for such policies (which they haven't), they

'That May Be True For You, But It's Not True For Me' - Relativism Explained

According to the relativist, people who speak simply of what’s ‘true’ are na├»ve. ‘Whose truth?’ asks the relativist. ‘No claim is ever true, period. What’s true is always true for someone. It’s true relative to a particular person or culture. There’s no such thing as the absolute truth on any issue. This sort of relativism is certainly popular. For example, many claim that we ought never to condemn cultures with different moral points of view to our own. Differing moral perspectives are all equally valid. Similarly, some claim that while astrology and Feng Shui might be ‘false’ from a Western, scientific viewpoint, they are ‘true’ when viewed from alternative, New Age perspectives. What’s ‘true’ ultimately comes down to ones point of view. This is a chapter adapted from my book The Philosophy Gym . Introduction Let’s begin with a couple of illustrations of how appeals to relativism can creep into everyday conversation. 1. Olaf’s condemnation of female circumcision OLAF

My new Critical Thinking course - ideal for pupils, students, teachers, sceptics.

My new Critical Thinking course - ideal for pupils & teachers wanting to sharpen their thinking skills! 3 hours of snappy entertaining videos. Plus multiple choices quizzes. And if you get baffled, I'm on hand to respond to queries. Price of a paperback book!   Comprises all the most useful and fun bits of my teaching. Ideal for teachers and pupils wanting to sharpen their thinking.  The course (with sample videos) is here: And here's a sample video:    

Book Zoom sessions with me for your RS or Philosophy class

  TEACHERS. I'm offering online (via Zoom) talks and sessions to schools on A Level RS, Philosophy, and more.   ZOOM sessions can be organised to suit your exact class and needs, and can involve interaction, powerpoint slides, etc.   All sessions are accompanied by a pdf explaining the key points.   Sessions offered include: · Ontological Arguments · Natural Law and its practical application to e.g. embryo research and designer babies, abortion, assisted suicide, capital punishment, etc. · The Kalam Cosmological Argument (incl. William Lane Craig) · The Principle of Sufficient Reason · Religious Experience (e.g. including Persiger and Dawkins) · Religious Language: Ayer, Flew, Wittgenstein · MetaEthics - especially emotivism and intuitionism · The Logical and Evidential Problems of Evil (and my own Evil God Challenge)   Plus any other syllabus-related content you might want covered. I am happy to tailor sessions to your exact needs and syllab