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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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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
340 Bites interviews arranged by theme 340 Bites interviews arranged alphabetically by interviewee Thanks again to Seth Adelman for compiling these lists. Seth is @sethadelman on Twitter. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at philosophy bites
How do our views about the. self affect our views about death? Shaun Nichols discusses this question with David Edmonds in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Listen to Shaun Nichols on Death and the Self (link fixed) This... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at philosophy bites
What, if anything, is wrong with swearing? Rebecca Roache discusses the philosophy of swearing in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Warning. This episode contains quite a lot of swearing. Listen to Rebecca Roache on Swearing Rebecca Roache is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at philosophy bites
Notes from Session 3 of The Image and the Body in Life and Death (Tate Modern, ticket holders only). We focused on Susan Sontag's scepticism about documentary photography in her book On Photography, and in particular the idea that photographs... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at art and allusion
We're all irrational some of the time. Yet many past philosophers have put a great emphasis on human rationality as what sets us apart, and even made it a condition of moral action. In this episode of Philosophy Bites Lisa... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at philosophy bites
'[A]gainst those who laud the present state of society, with its unjustly rich and its unjustly poor, with its palaces and its slums, its millionaires and its paupers, be it ours to proclaim that there is a higher ideal in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at virtual philosopher
For this second session of The Image and Body in Life and Death we focused on photography and particularly on the photographs within the Tate Modern exhibition Conflict, Time, Photography. I identified 4 relevant themes Traces/Pictures Absence Synecdoche Implicature Traces/Pictures... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at art and allusion
Lying is one way of deceiving with words, but it's not the only way. Jonathan Webber explores the morality of deception with words in conversation with Nigel Warburton. Listen to Jonathan Webber on Deception With Words Read Jonathan Webber's article... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at philosophy bites
These are notes and links from the Tate Modern course 'The Image and Body in Life and Death' led by Nigel Warburton (ticket holders only). We began by considering shame. This is a social emotion. The philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre went... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at art and allusion
According to Albert Camus it's the one really serious philosphical question: to live or die. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Simon Critchley discusses suicide with Nigel Warburton. Listen to Simon Critchley on Suicide Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at philosophy bites
Harvard philosopher Christine Korsgaard defends a Kantian account of the status of animals in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. She argues that we should treat animals as ends in themselves and spells out what that means in practice.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at philosophy bites
Historically the philosophy of education has been at the core of the subject. Today there are relatively few philosophers working in this area. Meira Levinson, a philosopher with experience of teaching in US public schools, is one of them. Here... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at philosophy bites
What is forgiveness? Whom does it benefit? Is it ever obligatory? Lucy Allais addresses these and other philosophical questions about forgiveness in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Listen to Lucy Allais on Forgiveness Previously on the Philosophy Bites... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at philosophy bites