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.

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, George Ellis, Nancy Cartwright, Philip Ball

The Edge of Reality

Where mathematical metaphors meet reality

Steve Fuller, Polly Toynbee, Hilary Lawson, Rae Langton

The Future of the Post-Truth World

Is the era of objective truth over?

Robert Rowland Smith, Matthew D'Ancona, Hilary Lawson, Hannah Dawson

Post-Truth and Postmodernism

Is truth just a construct?

Hilary Lawson, James Garvey, Tara Shears, Alison Milbank

Beyond Experience

What is the nature of reality?

Rana Mitter, Hilary Lawson, Hannah Dawson, John Searle

After the End of Truth

Is there such a thing as objective truth?

Robert Rowland Smith, David Malone, Hilary Lawson, John Ellis

The Strangeness of Things

Are things a necessary foundation of reality?

Robert Rowland Smith, Hilary Lawson, Michael Potter, John Searle

The Limits of My World

Was philosophy's linguistic turn a mistake?

Hilary Lawson, Janne Teller, Joanna Kavenna, Stephen Neale

In the Beginning Was the Word

Is the world dependent on language?

Christopher Hamilton, Corine Besson, Hilary Lawson, Nancy Cartwright

Language and the World

How does language describe the world?

Berit Brogaard, David Malone, Hilary Lawson, Karl Friston

Down the Rabbit Hole

Confronting the limits of perception.

Hilary Lawson, John Lloyd, Stephen Hull, Jonathan Calvert

Story Time

Is objective news an illusion?

Hilary Lawson, Stanley Fish, Joanna Kavenna, Genia Schönbaumsfeld

Limits of Language

Can we find the right words for everything?

Rana Mitter, Hilary Lawson, Rebecca Goldstein, Homi Bhabha

After Post-Truth

How do we navigate a world where truth is tribal?

Hilary Lawson, Michela Massimi, Shahidha Bari

After Relativism

The ways forward from post-modernity

John Ellis, Susan Blackmore, Hilary Lawson, Phillip Ball

The Stuff of the Universe

Is materialism wrong?

Rufus Duits, Paul Boghossian, Rupert Sheldrake, Hilary Lawson, Rebecca Roache

The Secrets of the World

Can we have a complete description of reality?

Hilary Lawson, Peter Atkins, Tara Shears, Alok Jha

It's an Immaterial World

Do particles exist?

Peter Hacker, Gabriel Gbadamosi, Hilary Lawson, Lee Smolin

Pythagoras' Dream

Is reality mathematical?

Richard K. Morgan, Hilary Lawson, Sam Roddick, Mark Salter

The Secrets of the Uncanny

What does our sense of the uncanny say about us?

Hilary Lawson, Joanna Kavenna, Michela Massimi, Ray Brassier

Beyond Knowledge

Is truth an illusion?

Hilary Lawson, Joanna Kavenna, Maurice Glasman, Michael Erard

Language, Metaphor, and Reality

Methaphors to change the world

Hilary Lawson

Truth, Error & Adventure

Hilary Lawson, Lev Vaidman, David Tong

Uncovering Reality

Physics, truth and metaphor

Hilary Lawson, Giles Fraser, Adrian Moore, James Ladyman

The Ultimate Map of Reality

Could a metaphysical revival be on the agenda?

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After Postmodernity

Roger Penrose, Robert Rowland Smith, Joanna Kavenna, Hilary Lawson

Beyond Reality

What are the limits of our understanding?

Hilary Lawson, Marcus Brigstocke, David Nutt, Natalie Bennett, Steve Richards

Facts and Fantasy

Are facts a fiction?

Andrew Copson, Barry C. Smith, Hilary Lawson, Hilary Rose, Luciano Floridi

Everywhere and Nowhere

Are binary oppositions real?

David Malone, Hilary Lawson, Peter Cameron, Eleanor Knox

The Strangeness of Force

Do forces really exist?

Katie Derham, Joanna Kavenna, Parashkev Nachev, Hilary Lawson

True to Myself

Morality, virtues & consequences

Hannah Dawson, Hilary Lawson, Robert Eaglestone, Shahidha Bari

Dangerously Big Ideas

Do we need grand theories?

David Malone, Hilary Lawson, Peter Cameron, Patricia Waugh

This Debate Has No Title

Solving the self-referential paradox

Roger Davies, Hilary Lawson, David Malone, Anita Avramides

God's Map

Charting the universe

Hilary Lawson, Adam Roberts, Carlo Rovelli, Jennifer Hornsby

Theories, Mysteries and Mistakes

Contradictions in reality

Jonathan Derbyshire, Mary Warnock, Hilary Lawson, Mark Salter, Robert Rowland Smith

Sensuality and Deception

George Barber, Justina Robson, Gabriel Gbadamosi, Hilary Lawson

The Screen Age

Hilary Lawson, Hannah Dawson, Emma Borg, Daniel Everett

Beyond Words

Is meaning a human fantasy?

Hilary Lawson, Julian Baggini, Alastair Reynolds, Sally Phillips

A Wonder Full World

Is the sublime real?

Hilary Lawson, Sean Curran, Imogen Stubbs, Anthony Neilson

The Mirror to Nature

The wonder of the wild vs. our imagination

Michael Eavis, Melvin Benn, Hilary Lawson

Michael Eavis and the Paradise Hunters

David Malone, Rolf Dieter Heuer, Gwyneth Jones, Hilary Lawson

The Ultimate Particle

Hilary Lawson, Marcel Theroux, Peter Watson, Sophie Fiennes

Irony, Truth and Reality

Confronting the limits of sincerity

Joanna Kavenna, Hilary Lawson, Jamie Whyte, Parashkev Nachev

Error, Lies and Adventure Part 2

Adrian Noble, Semir Zeki, Hilary Lawson, Patricia Ellis

Maps of Mystery

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

Hilary Lawson, Jerry Rothwell, Roger Graef, Susan Richards

Shooting Truth

Hilary Lawson, Henrietta Moore, Peter Hacker, Lilian Edwards, Alan Winfield

Rise of the Machines

AI: a science fiction fantasy?

Hilary Lawson, Shahidha Bari, Sophie Allen

A Crack In Everything

Slavoj Žižek debates whether Paradoxes are here to stay

Julian Baggini, Hilary Lawson, David Aaronovitch, Hannah Dawson, Paul Broks

In search of freedom

Do we choose to follow the rules?

Hilary Lawson, Bernardo Kastrup, Annaka Harris, Reza Negarestani, Mary-Jane Rubenstein

Consciousness and the world

The relationship between experience and reality

Graham Harman, Anandi Hattiangadi, Hilary Lawson

Belief, hypocrisy and reason

The difference between opinion and truth

Hilary Lawson, Michael Shermer, Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

Nothing but the truth

Are all views essentially perspectival?

Laura Mersini-Houghton, Hilary Lawson, Craig Callender, Paul Davies, Sara Walker

Beyond time and space

Locking horns over the arrows of time

Maria Balaska, Quassim Cassam, Hilary Lawson, Lisa Feldman Barrett

Mind, Maps and Reality

Finding order in our universe

Joanna Kavenna, Raymond Tallis, Hilary Lawson, Maria Balaska

The unsayable

Can language adequately capture reality?

Hilary Lawson, Galen Strawson, Patricia Churchland, Maria Balaska

The return of metaphysics

Should we return to grand stories about reality?

Hilary Lawson, Massimo Pigliucci, Güneş Taylor, Joanna Bryson

Memes all the way down

Is Dawkins' concept useful?

Myriam François, Hilary Lawson, Peter Atkins, Mark Salter

New gods and lost rituals

Should religion play a role in modern life?

Hilary Lawson, Joanna Kavenna, Rupert Sheldrake, Peter Atkins, Güneş Taylor

Reality, fantasy and metaphor

Are scientific metaphors a real description of reality?

David Aaronovitch, Hilary Lawson, Minna Salami, Julie Bindel, Julian Baggini

Postmodernism in the dock

Are we right to abandon objective truth?

Hilary Lawson, Maria Balaska, Simon Blackburn, Ruth Chang

The search for certainty

Should we give up the dream of certainty?

Rufus Duits, Hilary Lawson, Barry C. Smith, Maria Balaska

Lost in language

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

Hilary Lawson

The world after reality

Reality is dead

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The making of reality

An interview with Hilary Lawson

Hilary Lawson, Peter Woit, Becky Parker, David Malone

The theory to end all theories

Is a theory of everything possible?

Joanna Kavenna, Hilary Lawson, Arif Ahmed, Ruth Kempson

A world by any other name

Can we crack our relationship to language?

Maria Balaska, Hilary Lawson, Paul Horwich, Lisa Randall

Philosophy at war

A battle at the heart of philosophy

Iain McGilchrist, Hilary Lawson

In Conversation: Iain McGilchrist and Hilary Lawson

Can we make sense of the cosmos?

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Hilary Lawson on Closure

Hilary Lawson, Rebecca Roache, Simon Baron-Cohen, Samira Shackle

Necessity and lies

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

Suchitra Sebastian, Hilary Lawson, Philip Goff, Jack Symes

The mystery of emergence

Is complexity a cop-out?

Daniel Kahneman, Ellen Langer, Hilary Lawson, Sophie Scott-Brown

The perception bias

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

Hilary Lawson, Melanie Challenger, Peter Sjöstedt-H, Tim Palmer

The oldest gods

Should we return to the gods of nature?

Paul Mason, Hilary Lawson, Ella McPherson, Roger Bolton

Tribal Truths and New Wisdoms

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

Kate Devlin, Martin Rees, Hilary Lawson, Laura Mersini-Houghton, Stephanie Hare

The AI illusion

What does the future really have in store?

Sundar Sarukkai, Claudia de Rham, Hilary Lawson, James Ladyman

Uncovering the universe

Can science really reveal its secrets?

Hilary Lawson

The Trouble with Truth

Embracing a radical alternative to reality

Matthew Taylor, Rebecca Roache, Hilary Lawson, Danielle Sands

Virtue and vice

Is our belief in morality a dangerous fantasy?