British philosopher, emeritus professor of philosophy, University of Reading


Antony Flew - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Professor Antony Garrard Newton Flew (born February 11, 1923) is a British philosopher, known principally as a supporter of libertarianism and atheism. Flew was born in London in 1923, the son of a Methodist minister. He was educated at St. Faith's Preparatory School, Cambridge followed by Kingswood School, Bath. During the Second World War he studied Japanese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, and was a Royal Air Force intelligence officer. ..."


Brief Biography of Antony G.N. Flew
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Awards Received

2001 Gary G. Schlarbaum Prize, granted by Mises Institute, 2001
"The 2001 Schlarbaum Laureate is Antony G. N. Flew, emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Reading, England. The prize ... recognizes Professor Flew's outstanding lifetime achievement in the cause of liberty. He has been a leading light in British philosophy for the past half-century. Throughout his long career, he has stressed conceptual clarity in philosophy and has resolutely defended human freedom against its detractors."


In Memoriam Research Fellow, Independent Institute


Book Review:: Libertarians and Liberalism: Essays in Honour of Gerard Radnitzky edited by Hardy Bouillon, by George Leef, The Freeman, Jul 1997
"Antony Flew's Social Democracy and the Myth of Social Justice ... improves upon Hayek's criticism, taking pains to argue that social justice as customarily conceived is precisely not a kind of justice. He leaves in tatters the theories of Rawls and other contemporary advocates of the idea that state-sanctioned coercion can make for a more just world."


Milton, John (1608-1674), The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, 15 Aug 2008
Biographical essay
"John Milton was one of the iconic figures of English literature. He is most familiar for his epic poem Paradise Lost and, in particular, his depiction of Satan. However, his legacy extends far beyond that one monumental work and indeed beyond poetry: He was a forceful and courageous writer on matters political and theological. In the turmoil preceding the English Civil War, he lent intellectual support to the republican cause and, upon the establishment of the Commonwealth, was employed to write tracts defending Oliver Cromwell's actions, in particular his execution of the king."
The Global Education Industry: Lessons from Private Education in Developing Countries, The Freeman, Sep 2000
Reviews the book The Global Education Industry by James Tooley
"The findings ... should prove invaluable to ... those ... who are working to ... introduce competition into the provision of education services. ... In helping to undermine the intellectual support for government education and ... demonstrating that private enterprise is providing superior education alternatives ... James Tooley has done truly valuable work."
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