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Antony Flew

Brief Biography of Antony Flew

Personal Particulars

Date of Birth: February 11, 1923
Nationality: British, by birth
Family: Married since June 28, 1952. Two daughters: One born July 11, 1961; the other born March 8, 1964.

Academic Career

I. Schools

St. Faith's Preparatory School, Cambridge (1930-36) and Kingswood School, Bath (1936-41).

II. War Service

State Scholar in Japanese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London (1942-43). RAF Intelligence (1943-45). Final Rank: Flying Officer. Final Appointment: Attached to Air Ministry.

III. University

Exhibitioner and, later, Casberd Scholar of St. John's College, Oxford. First Class Honors in Litterae Humaniores('Greats') in December 1947. Awarded the University Prize in Philosophy, the John Locke Scholarship in Mental Philosophy twelve months later.

IV. Degrees

B.A.(Oxon..), 1947; converted into M.A., 1949. D.Litt.(Keele), 1974.

V. Permanent Teaching Appointments

  1. Lecturer in Philosophy at Christ Church, University of Oxford (January 1949-September 1950).
  2. Lecturer in Moral Philosophy at King's College, University of Aberdeen (October 1950-September 1954).
  3. Professor of Philosophy, University of Keele (October 1954-December 1974).
  4. Professor of Philosophy in the University of Reading (May 1973-December 1982).
  5. On taking early retirement from Reading, appointed on a half-time basis as Professor of Philosophy at York University, Toronto; spending the first semesters of the calendar years 1983, 1984 and 1985 there.

VI. Temporary Teaching Appointments

  1. Attached to the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science, and taught a summer course at the University of Minnesota, in Summer 1954.
  2. Visiting Professor at New York University for the Spring Semester of 1957/58.
  3. Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania for the Fall semester of 1961/62.
  4. Visiting Professor of Philosophy in the Universities of Adelaide and Melbourne, July-September 1963.
  5. Visiting Professor of Philosophy in the University of Pittsburgh for the Summer Trimester of 1964/65.
  6. Visiting Professor of Philosophy and curriculum adviser in University of Malawi for term three of 1966/67.
  7. Visiting Professor of Philosophy in the University of Maryland for the Fall semester of 1970/71.
  8. Visiting Professor of Philosophy in the University of New Buffalo, for the Spring semester of 1970/71.
  9. Visiting Professor of Philosophy in the University of Southern California at Los Angeles, for the Summer session of 1971.
  10. Professor of Philosophy in the University of Calgary, January 1972-April 1973. This was undertaken on a permanent basis; but, mainly for domestic reasons, I had to return to England after only three semesters.
  11. Visiting Professor of Philosophy in the University of California at San Diego for the academic year 1978/79.
  12. Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian National University, Canberra in July-August 1980.

VII. Other Appointments

  1. Gavin David Young Lecturer in the University of Adelaide, 1963.
  2. Visiting Research Professor in the Research School of the Social Sciences in the Australian National University for the (Northern Hemisphere) Summer of 1980.
  3. Gifford Lecturer in the University of St. Andrews in the Michaelmas term of 1986-87.
  4. Prometheus Lecturer in Buffalo, NY during November 1991.
  5. Distinguished Research Fellow at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center, Bowling Green, Ohio for the first semesters of the calendar years 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, and 1990; also for the first semester of academic 1991-92.

Philosophical Publications


  1. A New Approach to Psychical Research(London: C.A. Watts, 1953), pp.161 (hardcover). O/P
  2. Hume's Philosophy of Belief(London, and New york: Routlefge and Kegan Paul, and the Humanities Press, respectively, 1961), pp. ix+286 (hardcover).
  3. God and Philosophy(London:Hutchinson, 1966). Simultaneous hardcover and paperback editions), pp.208.
  4. Evolutionary Ethics(London, and New York: Macmillan and St. Martin's, 1967), pp.70.
  5. An Introduction to Western Philosophy(London and Indianapolis: Thames & Hudson, and Bobbs-Merrills, respectively, 1971). Simultaneous hardcover and paperback editions in both cases, pp.511.
  6. Crime or Disease?(London, New York: Macmillan and Barnes & Noble, respectively, 1973), pp. xii+139.
  7. Thinking about Thinking(London: Collins Fontana, 1975), pp.127.
  8. The Presumption of Atheism, and other philosophical essays on God, Freedom and Immortality(London, and New York: Pemberton/Elek, and Barnse & Noble, 1976), pp. viii+183 (hardcover).
  9. Sociology, Equality and Education: Philosophical Essays in Defence of a Variety of Differences (London, and New York: Macmillan, and Barnes & Noble, 1976), pp. viii+143 (hardcover).
  10. (With T.B.Warren) The Warren-Flew Debate (Jonesboro, Arkansas: National Christian Press, 1977), pp. x+254.
  11. A Raional Animal: Philosophical Essays on the Nature of Man (Oxford: Clarendon, 1978), pp.245.
  12. Philosophy: An Introduction (London,and Buffalo: Hodder & Stoughton, and Prometheus, 1979), pp.194.
  13. The Politics of Procrustes: Contradictions of Enforced Equality (London, and Buffalo: Temple Smith, and Prometheus, 1981), pp.215.
  14. Darwinian Evolution London:Granada/Paladin, 1984), pp.149.
  15. David Hume: Philosophy of Moral Science (Oxford: Blackwell, 1986), pp. 189.
  16. (With Godfrey Vesey) Agency and Necessity, in the Great Debates in Philosophy series (Oxford: Blackwell, 1987), pp. 187.
  17. The Logic of Mortality (Oxford: Blackwell, 1987), pp. x+200.
  18. Power to the Parents: Reversing Educational Decline (London: Sherwood, 1987), pp.171.
  19. Equality in Liberty and Justice (London: Routledge, 1989), pp.224.
  20. (With T.L. Miethe) Does God Exist? (San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1991), pp.226.
  21. Thinking about Social Thinking. This was originally published in 1985 by Blackwell of Oxford in both hardcover and paperback. But like items 15 and 17 above it was, apparently in response to a cash-flow crisis, remaindered in 1988-9. A substantially revised and extended edition, paperback only and uniform in format with Item 7 above, was published by Harper-Collins of London in 1992. P/.278. This Second Edition went O/P in the UK in early 1995 but was reissued in 1996 by Prometheus Books of Buffalo, NY.
  22. Atheistic Humanism (Buffalo, NY: Prometheus, 1993), pp.302.
  23. Shephard's Warning: Setting Schools Back on Course (London: Adam Smith Institute, 1994), pp. xii+161.
  24. Philosophical Essays of Antony Flew, edited by John Shosky is due to be published early 1997 by Rowman and Littlefield of Lanham, MD, pp.209.

Other Works

72 articles and pamphlets published
12 books edited

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