Antony Flew

Antony Garrard Newton Flew (; 11 February 1923 – 8 April 2010) was an English philosopher. Belonging to the analytic and evidentialist schools of thought, Flew worked on the philosophy of religion. During the course of his career he taught philosophy at the universities of Oxford, Aberdeen, Keele, and Reading in the United Kingdom, and at York University in Toronto, Canada.

For much of his career Flew was an advocate of atheism, arguing that one should presuppose atheism until empirical evidence suggesting the existence of a God surfaces. He also criticised the idea of life after death, the free will defence to the problem of evil, and the meaningfulness of the concept of God. In 2003, he was one of the signatories of the Humanist Manifesto III. He also developed the No true Scotsman fallacy, and debated retrocausality with Michael Dummett.

However, in 2004 he changed his position, and stated that he now believed in the existence of an intelligent designer of the universe, shocking colleagues and fellow atheists. In order to further clarify his personal conception of God, Flew openly made an allegiance to Deism, more specifically a belief in the Aristotelian God, a Divine Watchmaker removed from human affairs but responsible for the intricate workings of the universe, and dismissed on many occasions a hypothetical conversion to Christianity, Islam, or any other religion. He stated that in keeping his lifelong commitment to go where the evidence leads, he now believed in the existence of a God.

In 2007 a book outlining his reasons for changing his position, ''There is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind'', was written by Flew in collaboration with Roy Abraham Varghese, and included a chapter on the resurrection of Jesus. An article in ''The New York Times Magazine'' alleged that Flew's intellect had declined due to senility, and that the book was primarily the work of Varghese; Flew himself specifically denied this, stating that the book represented his views; although he acknowledged that due to his age Varghese had done most of the actual work of writing the book. Provided by Wikipedia
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    Essays in conceptual analysis / by Flew, Antony, 1923-2010

    Published 1956
    Book
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    Hume's philosophy of belief. by Flew, Antony, 1923-2010

    Published 1961
    Book
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    God & philosophy / by Flew, Antony, 1923-2010

    Published 1966
    Book
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    Logic and language : (second series) / by Flew, Antony, 1923-2010

    Published 1953
    Book
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    Evolutionary ethics / by Flew, Antony, 1923-2010

    Published 1968
    Book
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    An introduction to Western philosophy : ideas and argument from Plato to Sartre / by Flew, Antony, 1923-2010

    Published 1971
    Book
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    New essays in philosophical theology / by Flew, Antony, 1923-2010

    Published 1963
    Book
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    Essays on logic and language / by Flew, Antony, 1923-2010

    Published 1951
    Book
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    Philosophy, an introduction / by Flew, Antony, 1923-2010

    Published 1980
    Book
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    Logic and language : (first and second series) / by Flew, Antony, 1923-2010

    Published 1965
    Book
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    The politics of Procrustes : contradictions of enforced equality / by Flew, Antony, 1923-2010

    Published 1981
    Book
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    Equality in liberty and justice / by Flew, Antony, 1923-2010

    Published 2017
    Full Text (via Taylor & Francis)
    eBook
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    Darwinian evolution / by Flew, Antony, 1923-2010

    Published 2017
    Full Text (via Taylor & Francis)
    eBook
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    Thinking about social thinking : the philosophy of the social sciences / by Flew, Antony, 1923-2010

    Published 1985
    Book
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    Atheistic humanism / by Flew, Antony, 1923-2010

    Published 1993
    Book
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    Agency and necessity / by Flew, Antony, 1923-2010

    Published 1987
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    The logic of mortality / by Flew, Antony, 1923-2010

    Published 1987
    Book
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