Who is Antony Garrard Newton Flew?December 13, 2020
Antony Garrard Newton Flew, (born February 11, 1923, London – d. April 8, 2010, London), British philosopher. He is known for his commitment to the analytical school of thought. He is known for his work on the philosophy of religion.
Flew had strongly supported atheism in the past, arguing that atheism had to be accepted until evidence about God was revealed. He also criticized belief in life after death, the solution of free will against the problematic of evil and the meaning of the concept of God.
However, he announced that he returned to deism in 2004. After that, he published the book God Is: How The World’s Most Famous Atheist Changed His Mind (English: There is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind), with the contribution of Roy Abraham Varghese. Following the publication of the book, an article was published in the New York Times claiming that Flew was losing his mental faculties and that Varghese was the original author. The subject remains controversial, with some authors including PZ Myers and Richard Carrier supporting the claims, while others (including Flew) reject it.
Flew has taught at Oxford, Aberdeen, Keele and Reading Universities and at York University in Toronto. He is known for putting forward the Nonsense No Real Scotsman and his debate with Michael Dummett.