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nigel warburton
Oxford and London
I'm a freelance philosopher, writer and podcaster.
Interests: philosophy, art, photography
Recent Activity
Are mental disorders like other illnesses? Can they be adequately categorised in relation to a set of symptoms? Steven E. Hyman discusses some philosophical questions that arise from the widely-used DSM-5 with David Edmonds. Listen to Steven Hyman on Categorising... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at philosophy bites
Does it matter where our oil and other resources come from? Leif Wenar, author of the recent book Blood Oil, argues that Western democracies are compromising themselves by buying oil either directly or indirectly from tyrants with atrocious records on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2016 at philosophy bites
Just published: Big Ideas in Social Science (SAGE publishing) edited by David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton - this is based on the podcast series Social Science Bites and consists of modified transcripts of 18 interviews with social scientists, including Kate... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at art and allusion
Just published: Big Ideas in Social Science (SAGE publishing) edited by David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton - this is based on the podcast series Social Science Bites and consists of modified transcripts of 18 interviews with social scientists, including Kate... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at virtual philosopher
Just published: Big Ideas in Social Science (SAGE publishing) edited by David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton - this is based on the podcast series Social Science Bites and consists of modified transcripts of 18 interviews with social scientists, including Kate... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at philosophy bites
Is there a distinctive African philosophy? Katrin Flikschuh of the LSE discusses philosophy in Africa with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Listen to Katrin Flikschuh on Philosophy in Africa Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at philosophy bites
Some eminent physicists, including Stephen Hawking, have been sceptical about the value of philosophy to physics. Carlo Rovelli, a theoretical physicist who is author of the bestselling book Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, disagrees. Listen to Carlo Rovelli on Philosophy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2015 at philosophy bites
How trustworthy are the experiments on which evidence-based medicine rests? John Worrall of the London School of Economics discusses cause and effect with David Edmonds in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Listen to John Worrall on Evidence-Based Medicine Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at philosophy bites
We take for granted the fact that we can combine concepts together to give new thoughts that we easily understand. How do we do this? Joshua Greene, who is both a psychologist and a philosopher, explores this question in conversation... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2015 at philosophy bites
In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Graham Priest discusses some key philosophical ideas that emerge from the Buddhist tradition, including questions about the nature of the self, reality, and how we should live. Listen to Graham Priest on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at philosophy bites
Could every aspect of reality exist only in relation to viewpoints on it? Is everything about us socially constructed rather than given? Jesse Prinz explores these questions in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2015 at philosophy bites
How do you tell science from non-science? Karl Popper thought that the falsifiability of a hypothesis was the best indicator. Massimo Pigliucci is not so sure about this. Here he discusses the important issue of demarcation with Nigel Warburton. Listen... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2015 at philosophy bites
What is duty? Why do we put ourselves under moral obligations to others? David Owens discusses this phenomenon in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Listen to David Owens on Duty Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at philosophy bites
We are a highly social species, but what follows from that? Do we have a right to human contact? In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Kimberley Brownlee takes on the difficult question of what sort of contact we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at philosophy bites
Peter Singer famously argued that many of us are guilty of speciesism in our dealings with animals - we give unreasonable priority to humans over other the interests of other animals. Speciesism is like racism and other prejudices in many... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at philosophy bites
There is a discount if you decide to take both courses - details at end of this post. NB Courses begin 26th Oct. 2015. Monday evenings. If you have previously taken any of my Philosophy courses, are a full-time student,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at virtual philosopher
Details of 2 courses, Philosophy: the Basics and Philosophy and Death, both led by Philosophy Bites interviewer Nigel Warburton at Conway Hall, London... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at philosophy bites
Michel Foucault was a prolific and original thinker. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Susan James discusses some of the ways in which he explored questions about knowledge in his writing. Listen to Susan James on Michel Foucault... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at philosophy bites
If A is a better course of action than B, and B is better than C, it seems to follow that A must be a better course of action than C. This is what is known as the axiom of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at philosophy bites
How should we live? That's one of the basic philosophical questions. The Stoics had some answers. But are these at all relevant today? William B. Irvine, along with a number of other contemporary philosophers, believes we can learn from Stoicism.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at philosophy bites
Relations of power affect us all. But do we know what power is? Steven Lukes sets out his three-dimensional account of this key concept in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Listen to Steven... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2015 at philosophy bites
What is the relation between philosophy and history? Theodore Zeldin gives a personal take on this important question. Listen to Theodore Zeldin on Philosophy and History Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2015 at philosophy bites
How do works of art affect us? Conceptual art seems too cool for it to be connected with emoiton. Jesse Prinz argues that our experience of art is fundamentally emotional, and wonder is the key. Listen to Jesse Prinz on... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at philosophy bites
What is a conspiracy theory? Why does anybody believe a conspiracy theory? Quassim Cassam investigates these fascinating questions in conversation with Nigel Warburton. Listen to Quassim Cassam on Conspiracy Theories Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at philosophy bites
Relativism has popular appeal. But why? Tim Williamson Wykeham Professor of Logic at Oxford University, (and also @tetralogue on Twitter), discusses this question, and attempts to immunise us against sloppy thinking in this area. Listen to Tim Williamson on the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at philosophy bites