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nigel warburton
Oxford and London
I'm a freelance philosopher, writer and podcaster.
Interests: philosophy, art, photography
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325 Bites interviews arranged by theme (updated Nov. 2014). 325 Bites interviews arranged by interviewee (updated Nov. 2014). Thanks to Seth Adelman for these lists. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at philosophy bites
Booking is now open for these courses: An Introduction to Existentialism An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art Both are 5-session courses on Tuesday evenings in Central London from January 13th, 2015. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at philosophy bites
Has philosophy progressed at all since the time of Plato? In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Nigel Warburton discusses this question with the philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein. Listen to Rebecca Newberger Goldstein on Progress in Philosophy Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at philosophy bites
An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art A 5-session introductory course led by Nigel Warburton Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL (a short walk from Holborn tube station) Maximum class size 35 Teaching style: a mixture... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at virtual philosopher
An Introduction to Existentialism: Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre A 5-session introductory course led by Nigel Warburton Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL (a short walk from Holborn tube station) Maximum class size 35 Teaching style: a mixture... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at virtual philosopher
This animation was made by Cognitive from a script by Nigel Warburton. More on the Problem of Evil here: Listen to a Philosophy Bites interview with Stephen Law on Evil Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at virtual philosopher
This animation was made by Cognitive from a script by Nigel Warburton. More on John Stuart Mill and Freedom here: Listen to a Philosophy Bites interview with Richard Reeves on Mill on Liberty Watch Michael Sandel discuss Mill's Utilitarianism (from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at virtual philosopher
Script by Nigel Warburton, animation by Cognitive. This is one of 48 videos that accompany BBC Radio 4's series 'History of Ideas' Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at virtual philosopher
</iframe Script by Nigel Warburton. This is one of 48 animations made by Cognitive to accompany BBC Radio 4's 'History of Ideas' series. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at virtual philosopher
This is the first of 48 short videos made by Cognitive, scripted by Nigel Warburton, to accompany the BBC Radio 4 series 'A History of Ideas'. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at virtual philosopher
Most parents want their own children to do well in life. What are the morally acceptable limits on the benefits we can confer on our own children? Adam Swift, who has recently published a book on this question co-written with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at philosophy bites
Subjective experience leads to the so-called 'hard problem' of consciousness: the difficulty of explaining qualia in terms of the brain. Keith Frankish discusses both the problem and a possible solution in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Listen to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at philosophy bites
Ted Honderich sketches his theory of conscious experience in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Listen to Ted Honderich on What it is to be Conscious If you enjoy Philosophy Bites, please consider donating or subscribing via the Paypal... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at philosophy bites
What makes us what we are? Perhaps the new field of genomics holds the key. John Dupré a philosopher of biology explains what genomics is and how we may need to revise traditional views of how evolution works. Listen to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at philosophy bites
We want to provide the online equivalent of Oxbridge tutorials (or 'supervisions' as they are called in Cambridge) with top philosophical writers. You can sign up for an individual tutorial on any of the topics listed and pay for a Skype tutorial, written feedback on an essay, or both. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at philosophy skypes
The Philosophy of Art Tutor: Nigel Warburton 1. Plato and Censorship 2. Burke on the Sublime 3. Hume 'Of the Standard of Taste' 4. Nietzsche The Birth of Tragedy 5. Clive Bell's Formalism 6. R.G. Collingwood The Principles of Art 7. Art and Intention 8. What is Art? Weitz, Dickie,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at philosophy skypes
Philosophy: the Basics Tutor: Nigel Warburton 1. What is Philosophy? Socratic Method 2. The Argument from Design and Hume's Criticisms 3. Kant's Ethics 4. Utilitarianism for and Against 5. The Trolley Problem 5. The Life You Can Save 6. Descartes' Meditations 7. John Searle's Chinese Room 8. The Aesthetic Status... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at philosophy skypes
An Introduction to Political Philosophy: Machiavelli to Rawls Tutor: Nigel Warburton 1. Machiavelli The Prince 2. Hobbes Leviathan 3. Locke 2nd Treatise on Civil Government and Letter on Toleration 4. Rousseau The Social Contract 5. Marx German Ideology 6. John Stuart Mill On Liberty 7 Popper The Open Society and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at philosophy skypes
45 minutes Skype tutorial with the course tutor £60 Written feedback on an essay of up to 1200 words (on topics on the course) £60 (£100 for single essay with written feedback plus one Skype tutorial). Price for a course of 6 Skype tutorials (chosen from 8 topics) £350 Price... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at philosophy skypes
Great literature such as Dostoevsky's novels, Shakespeare's plays, and Kafka's stories are often claimed to convey important truths about the human condition. Peter Lamarque is sceptical about this way of discussing literature. He explains why in this episode of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at philosophy bites
When we interact with each other we appreciate that other people know many things, and believe many things. But what's the difference and why does it matter? Jennifer Nagel discusses our intuitions about knowledge with Nigel Warburton in this episode... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at philosophy bites
We are sometimes asked about the equipment we use to record Philosophy Bites podcasts. Here's the lowdown. We use a Marantz PMD620 hard disc recorder (about the size of a cigarette packet) with the excellent Sennheiser MD 46 microphone which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at philosophy bites
The Philosophy Bites podcast is unfunded. We want to keep the series going. Please help us if you can by pledging at Patreon, or by using the Paypal buttons in the lefthand column of this weblog. We are very grateful... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at philosophy bites
Nigel Warburton will be leading two 6-session evening courses on Thursday evenings from 4th September, 2014 in the Bertrand Russell Room at Conway Hall near Holborn, London. Details of the courses and booking can be found here: Philosophy: the Basics... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at virtual philosopher
Nigel Warburton will be leading two 6-session evening courses on Thursday evenings from 4th September, 2014 in the Bertrand Russell Room at Conway Hall near Holborn, London. Details of the courses and booking can be found here: Philosophy: the Basics... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at art and allusion