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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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Nigel Warburton on A Little History of Philosophy At 11am on Saturday August 5th, Nigel Warburton will be giving a talk about his book A Little History of Philosophy at Blackwell's Bookshop, Oxford. This is a free event and all... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at philosophy bites
Sometimes disorder and messiness can be more efficient than planned tidiness. Tim Harford discusses his recent book, Messy, with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Thinking Books podcast. Thinking Books is also available on iTunes. Listen to Tim Harford on Messy: Books by Tim Harford: Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at Thinking Books
How can we begin to explain the relationship between our brains and our conscious experience? This problem has vexed philosophers, and more recently neuroscientists, at least since the time of Descartes. Here Anil Seth, a neuroscientist, suggests a way forward.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at philosophy bites
How can we learn from our mistakes? How can we avoid catastrophes? In this first episode of the podcast Thinking Books, Matthew Syed explores how we learn from feedback in a range of situations. Listen to Matthew Syed on Black Box Thinking: Books by Matthew Syed: Thanks to Geoff Rogers... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Thinking Books
Ritual plays a large part in the work of some of the ancient Chinese philosophers. Here Michael Puett, co-author of The Path, explains the significance of some apparently trivial rituals. Listen to Michael Puett on Ritual in Chinese Philosophy This... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at philosophy bites
Nigel Warburton on A Little History of Philosophy At 11am on Saturday Auygust 5th, Nigel Warburton will be giving a talk about his book A Little History of Philosophy at Blackwell's Bookshop, Oxford. This is a free event and all... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at philosophy bites
Women interviewees on Philosophy Bites updated 20th May 2017 compiled by Seth Adelman Key to numbering: xxx (3 digit number) = Philosophy Bites (including 4 Ethics Bites and all Bio-Ethics Bites, Mind Bites and Aesthetics Bites podcasts) Exx = the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at philosophy bites
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What is Art? That's not an easy question to answer. Some philosophers even think it can't be answered. Aaron Meskin discusses this question on this episode of Aesthetics Bites. Listen to Aaron Meskin on the Definition of Art Aesthetics Bites... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at philosophy bites
What, if anything, is bad about death, apart from the process of dying? Death often involves deprivation - is that the what makes death bad? Perhaps. Shelly Kagan discusses death and deprivation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at philosophy bites
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People clearly do disagree about aesthetic judgments. But does that mean that when such disagreements occur, at least one of the parties is wrong? Elisabeth Schellekens Damman discusses disagreement about taste in this episode of Aesthetics Bites. Listen to Elisabeth... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at philosophy bites
This list has been compiled by the amazing Seth Adelman. These links should take you to the interviews. To offer comments about this list, please contact Nigel (via email link in lefthand column of this weblog) or Seth (biteslist AT... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at philosophy bites
This list has been compiled by the amazing Seth Adelman. These links should take you to the interviews. To offer comments about this list, please contact Nigel (via email link in lefthand column of this weblog) or Seth (biteslist AT... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at philosophy bites
Does your mind extend beyond your skull? Andy Clark, who developed the theory of the extended mind with David Chalmers thinks it does. He explains the idea here. Listen to Andy Clark on The Extended Mind Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at philosophy bites
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The relation between art and morality is complex. Eileen John explores some of the ways that art, and literature in particular, can explore questions about how we should live. Listen to Eileen John on Art and Morality Aesthetics Bites is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at philosophy bites
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What is the best evolutionary explanation of why art of some kind is found in every human culture? Stephen Davies discusses a variety of evolutionary accounts in this episode of the Aesthetics Bites podcast. Listen to Stephen Davies on Art... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at philosophy bites
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Jeremy Bentham's Auto-Icon in UCL In the South Cloisters of University College London is Jeremy Bentham's Auto-Icon, a sort of relic-statue made out of the remains of Bentham and his clothes, and with a wax head. There are all kinds of myths about this object. Philip Schofield, an expert on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at philosophy sites
We know we have it, but what is it for? Neuroscientist Chris Frith discusses the point of consciousness with Nigel Warburton in this episode of Mind Bites, a series made in association with Philosophy Bites as part of Nick Shea's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at philosophy bites
Conscious thought allows us to think about the world, but also about counterfactual situations. It is part of what makes us human. Keith Frankish discusses the nature of conscious thought in this episode of Mind Bites which we are releasing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2017 at philosophy bites
'What is a woman?' may seem like a straightforward question, but as Amia Srinivasan explains, it is not quite as easy to answer as you might think. Here she discusses key feminist ideas about what a woman is, beginning with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at philosophy bites
Do we have maps in the brain? That sounds an odd question to ask, but how else can we understand how we find our way around? Neuroscientist Kate Jeffery discusses recent findings about how animals represent the world around them.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at philosophy bites
Pierre Bayle was one of the most famous and respected philosophers of his day, but few today know much about him. Anthony Gottlieb, author of a recent book about the early Enlightenment, The Dream of Enlightenment, argues that Bayle should... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at philosophy bites
David Edmonds has a new podcast: Philosophy247 Nigel Warburton has a new podcast about places associated with philosophers: Philosophy Sites Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at philosophy bites
Imagine a heap of sand. You carefully remove one grain. Is there still a heap? The obvious answer is: yes. Removing one grain doesn’t turn a heap into no heap. That principle can be applied again as you remove another... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at virtual philosopher
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How should we treat the emotions we feel towards fictional characters? Kathleen Stock discusses this question with Nigel Warburton in this second episode of Aesthetics Bites. Listen to Kathleen Stock on Fiction and the Emotions Aesthetics Bites is a podcast... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at philosophy bites
Immigration is a major issue in politics. But can political philosophers shed any light on what is at stake? David Miller thinks so. Here he speaks to David Edmonds. Listen to David Miller on Immigration Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at philosophy bites