This is the website/blog of Philosopher Stephen Law. Stephen is Reader in philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London, and editor of the Royal Institute of Philosophy journal THINK. He has published several books (see sidebar). For school talks and media email: think-AT-royalinstitutephilosophy.org
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Can Science Solve Every Mystery? - this Saturday June 8th - see some of you there I hope...
11.00-11.40 Peter S Williams 11.40-12.20 Peter Atkins 12.20-1.00 David Papineau 1.00-1.30 lunch 1.30-2.30 panel discussion with Williams, Atkins and Papineau
for Inquiry UK and Conway Hall present
science solve every mystery? A scientist, a philosopher and a Christian discuss.
Atkins, David Papineau, Peter S. Williams
Can science answer every question? Should
scientists show a little humility and acknowledge there are questions that only
religion can answer? Are science and religion “non-overlapping magisteria”, as
the scientist Stephen Jay Gould claimed, or is science capable of showing that
religion is false, as Richard Dawkins believes? And what, exactly, do
Presented and chaired by Stephen Law
(Philosophy, Heythrop and Provost of CFI UK).
Saturday June 8th, 2013
25 Red Lion Square
£7 (£4 students) Free to friends of CFI UK. Book here or pay on door.
10.30am registration. 11am-2.30pm
Professor Peter Atkins (Univ. of Oxford).
Chemist, atheist and author of many books including Galileo’s Finger and Four
Laws That Drive the Universe:
closes off the central questions of existence by attempting to dissuade us from
further enquiry by asserting that we cannot ever hope to comprehend. We are,
religion asserts, simply too puny.”
around thinking about the world … [that] is philosophy. And we know where that
leads to in understanding. My argument is - nowhere.”
Peter S. Williams (Damaris Trust). Philosopher and leading British
Christian apologist. Author of C.S. Lewis vs the New
Atheists and A Faithful Guide to Philosophy:
existence of scientific laws is inexplicable unless we move beyond science into
the realm of metaphysics, postulating a God who intends those laws for a
Professor David Papineau (KCL). One of Britain’s
leading philosophers and humanists and author of Philosophical Devices:
problems are characterized by a special kind of difficulty, a difficulty which
means that they cannot be solved, as scientific problems normally are, simply
by the uncovering of further empirical evidence. Rather they require some
conceptual unravelling, a careful unpicking of implicit ideas, often
culminating in the rejection of assumptions we didn't realize we had.”