Hilary Lawson

Post-postmodern Philosopher

Hilary Lawson is a post-postmodern philosopher and a renowned critic of philosophical realism. He is best known for his work on reflexivity and his theory of Closure, which puts forward a non-realist metaphysics arguing that we close the openness of the world with our thought and language. Find out more at https://www.hilarylawson.com.

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Hilary Lawson is a post-postmodern philosopher and a renowned critic of philosophical realism. He is best known for his work on reflexivity and his theory of Closure, which puts forward a non-realist metaphysics arguing that we close the openness of the world with our thought and language. Find out more at https://www.hilarylawson.com.

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The Edge of Reality

Where mathematical metaphors meet reality

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Is the era of objective truth over?

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Post-Truth and Postmodernism

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Beyond Experience

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After the End of Truth

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The Strangeness of Things

Are things a necessary foundation of reality?

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The Limits of My World

Was philosophy's linguistic turn a mistake?

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In the Beginning Was the Word

Is the world dependent on language?

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Language and the World

How does language describe the world?

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Down the Rabbit Hole

Confronting the limits of perception.

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Story Time

Is objective news an illusion?

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Limits of Language

Can we find the right words for everything?

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After Post-Truth

How do we navigate a world where truth is tribal?

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After Relativism

The ways forward from post-modernity

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The Stuff of the Universe

Is materialism wrong?

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The Secrets of the World

Can we have a complete description of reality?

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It's an Immaterial World

Do particles exist?

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Pythagoras' Dream

Is reality mathematical?

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The Secrets of the Uncanny

What does our sense of the uncanny say about us?

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Beyond Knowledge

Is truth an illusion?

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Language, Metaphor, and Reality

Methaphors to change the world

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Truth, Error & Adventure

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Uncovering Reality

Physics, truth and metaphor

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The Ultimate Map of Reality

Could a metaphysical revival be on the agenda?

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After Postmodernity

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Beyond Reality

What are the limits of our understanding?

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Facts and Fantasy

Are facts a fiction?

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Everywhere and Nowhere

Are binary oppositions real?

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The Strangeness of Force

Do forces really exist?

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True to Myself

Morality, virtues & consequences

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Dangerously Big Ideas

Do we need grand theories?

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This Debate Has No Title

Solving the self-referential paradox

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God's Map

Charting the universe

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Theories, Mysteries and Mistakes

Contradictions in reality

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Sensuality and Deception

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The Screen Age

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Beyond Words

Is meaning a human fantasy?

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A Wonder Full World

Is the sublime real?

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The Mirror to Nature

The wonder of the wild vs. our imagination

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Michael Eavis and the Paradise Hunters

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The Ultimate Particle

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Irony, Truth and Reality

Confronting the limits of sincerity

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Error, Lies and Adventure Part 2

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Maps of Mystery

Can art help us catch sight of the ineffable? Or, do we mystify existence at our peril?

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Shooting Truth

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Rise of the Machines

AI: a science fiction fantasy?

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The perception bias

Is bias at the heart of how we see the world?

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Beyond time and space

Locking horns over the arrows of time

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Uncovering the universe

Can science really reveal its secrets?

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A world by any other name

Can we crack our relationship to language?

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In search of freedom

Do we choose to follow the rules?

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Postmodernism in the dock

Are we right to abandon objective truth?

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The matrix, myths, and metaphysics

Is metaphysics still relevant?

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Mind, Maps and Reality

Finding order in our universe

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The Trouble with Truth

Embracing a radical alternative to reality

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Philosophy at war

A battle at the heart of philosophy

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Consciousness and the world

The relationship between experience and reality

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The oldest gods

Should we return to the gods of nature?

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The search for certainty

Should we give up the dream of certainty?

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Being good and being bad

Morality in the modern world 

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The unsayable

Can language adequately capture reality?

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Virtue and vice

Is our belief in morality a dangerous fantasy?

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In Conversation: Iain McGilchrist and Hilary Lawson

Can we make sense of the cosmos?

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Belief, hypocrisy and reason

The difference between opinion and truth

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Lost in language

Is analytic philosophy's fixation on language holding us back?

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Reality after realism

Embracing the death of language

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The return of metaphysics

Should we return to grand stories about reality?

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Nothing but the truth

Are all views essentially perspectival?

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The world after reality

Reality is dead

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Memes all the way down

Is Dawkins' concept useful?

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Necessity and lies

Is it ever right to lie? Is honesty ever wrong?

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Tribal Truths and New Wisdoms

In a 'post-truth' world, what can we believe in?

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The making of reality

An interview with Hilary Lawson

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New gods and lost rituals

Should religion play a role in modern life?

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The mystery of emergence

Is complexity a cop-out?

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The AI illusion

What does the future really have in store?

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A Crack In Everything

Slavoj Žižek debates whether Paradoxes are here to stay

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The theory to end all theories

Is a theory of everything possible?

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Reality, fantasy and metaphor

Are scientific metaphors a real description of reality?