Tim Mawson was educated at St Peter’s College and then The Queen’s College in Oxford. He held a number of temporary lectureships at other Oxford colleges before returning to St Peter’s in 1998, where he is now one of two Philosophy Fellows. You can listen to an interview with him here. If you want to hear his series of lectures on the Philosophy of Religion, click here.
Publications in ORA
Why heaven doesn't make earth absolutely meaningless, just relatively
Religious Studies: an international journal for the philosophy of religion and theology
Monotheism and the Meaning of Life
Monotheism and the Meaning of Life explores the role of God, and the relationship to the question 'What is the meaning of life?' for adherents of the main monotheistic religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Exploring the various senses of 'meaning' and 'life', Mawson argues that there are various questions implicit in the notion of the meaning of life and that the God of monotheistic religion is central to the correct answers to all of them.
Does Anything We Do Matter Forever?
The Divine Attributes
God'S possible roles in the meanings of life. Reply to metz
T. J. Mawson, ‘Praying for Outcomes One Knows Would be Bad’, Religious Studies, 49 (2013)
T. J. Mawson, 'The Case Against Atheism', in S. Bullivant and M. Ruse (eds) The Oxford Handbook to Atheism (OUP, 2013)
T. J. Mawson, 'Recent Work on the Meaning of Life and the Philosophy of Religion', Philosophy Compass (2013)
T. J. Mawson, 'Is Whether or Not There's a God Worth Thinking About?', in D. Bradshaw (ed.) Ethics and the Challenge of Secularism (The Council for Research and Values in Philosophy, 2013)
T. J. Mawson, 'Safety and Knowledge of God', European Journal for Philosophy of Religion, June 2014
T. J. Mawson, 'Cognitive Science of Religion and the Rationality of Classical Theism', in R. Trigg and J. Barrett (eds) The Roots of Religion (Ashgate, 2014)
T. J. Mawson, 'What is This Thing Called The Philosophy of Religion?', in D. Pritchard (ed.) What is This Thing Called Philosophy? (Routledge, 2015)
T. J. Mawson, 'The Meaning of Life and God's Purpose for Us', Dialogue, 44, (2015)
T. J. Mawson, 'Freedom and the Causal Order' in N. Cartwright and K Ward (eds.), Re-thinking Order After the Laws of Nature (Bloomsbury, 2016)
T. J. Mawson, 'What God Could (and Couldn't) do to Make Life Meaningful', in J. Seachris and S. Goetz (eds), Theism and the Meaning of Life: New Essays (Bloomsbury, 2017)
T. J. Mawson, 'Divine Free Will', in Meghan Griffith, Neil Levy, & Kevin Timpe (eds), The Routledge Companion to Free Will (Routledge, 2017)
T. J. Mawson, 'Classical Theism has no implications for the Debate between Libertarianism and Compatibilism', in K. Timpe and D. Speak (eds.) Free Will and Theism (OUP, 2017)
T. J. Mawson, 'An Agreeable Answer to a Pro-Theism/Anti-Theism Question’, in Klaas J. Kraay (editor), Does God Matter? (Routledge, 2017)
T. J. Mawson, 'Doing Natural Theology Consistently with Theism and Why One Might Stop Trying’, Religious Studies 53 (2017)
T. J. Mawson, 'The Meaning of Life’ in S. Goetz and C.Taliaferro (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion (Blackwell, forthcoming)
T. J. Mawson, ‘God’s Possible Roles in the Meanings of Life. Reply to Metz’, European Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 10 (2018)
T. J. Mawson, ‘Does Anything We Do Matter Forever?’, Religious Studies, forthcoming.
T. J. Mawson, 'What has God to do with meaning?’, Logoi, forthcoming.
T. J. Mawson, ‘Why heaven doesn’t make earth absolutely meaningless, just relatively’, Religious Studies, forthcoming.
T. J. Mawson, Review of Jamie Mayerfield’s ‘Suffering and Moral Responsibility’ (OUP, 2002), Religious Studies, 39 (2003)
T. J. Mawson, Review of Paul Copan and William Lane Craig’s ‘Creation out of Nothing’ (Baker Academic, 2004), Philosophy, 80 (2005)
T. J. Mawson, Review of Harriet A. Harris and Christopher J. Insole (eds.) ‘Faith and Philosophical Analysis: The Impact of Analytical Philosophy on the Philosophy of Religion’ (Ashgate, 2005), Religious Studies, 42 (2006)
T. J. Mawson, Review of Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski, ‘Divine Motivation Theory’ (CUP, 2004), Ars Disputandi, 6 (2006)
T. J. Mawson, Review of W. P. Alston, ‘Beyond “Justification”: Dimensions of Epistemic Evaluation’ (Cornell, 2005), Philosophy, 81 (2006)
T. J. Mawson, Review of C. Stephen Layman, 'Letters to Doubting Thomas: A Case for the Existence of God', Ars Disputandi (2007)
T. J. Mawson, Review of J. Cottingham (ed.), ‘The Meaning of Theism’, Faith and Philosophy, 26 (2009)
T. J. Mawson, Review of D. Bartholomew, 'God, Chance and Purpose', Philosophy, 84 (2009)
T. J. Mawson, Review of David O’Connor, 'God, Evil, and Design, An Introduction to the Philosophical Issues', Hume Review, Forthcoming
T. J. Mawson, Review of Yujin Nagasawa, 'God and Phenomenal Consciousness', Faith and Philosophy, 26 (2009)
T. J. Mawson, Review of M. Murray, 'Nature Red in Tooth and Claw', Mind, 118 (2009)
T. J. Mawson, Review of T. O'Connor, 'Theism and Ultimate Explanation', Religious Studies, 45 (2009)
T. J. Mawson, Review of A. Plantinga and M. Tooley, 'Knowledge of God', Analysis Reviews, 69 (2009)
T. J. Mawson, Review of C. Taliaferro and C. Meister (eds.) 'The Cambridge Companion to Christian Philosophical Theology' (CUP, 2010), Religious Studies 47 (2010)
T. J. Mawson, Review of J. Angelo Corlett, 'The Errors of Atheism', Journal of Theological Studies (2011)
T. J. Mawson, Review of Derek Parfit ‘On What Matters’ (OUP, 2011), Faith and Philosophy, 30.2 (2013)
T. J. Mawson, Review of H. Philipse, 'God in the Age of Science?', Mind, 123 (2014)
T. J. Mawson, Review of R. Lovering, 'God and Evidence', The Journal of Theological Studies (2014)
T. J. Mawson, Review of B. Jantzen, 'An Introduction to Design Arguments', Religious Studies (2014)