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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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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 yesterday 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 (£120 for single tutorial with written feedback). Price for a course of 6 Skype tutorials (chosen from 8 topics) £350 Price for a course of... 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
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 philosophy bites
Why do philosophers use examples? Tamar Gendler explores this question in conversation with Nigel Warburton for this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Listen to Tamar Gendler on Why Philosophers Use Examples Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at philosophy bites
Friedrich Nietzsche famously diagnosed Christian morality as a descendant of form of slave morality. But did he simply commit the Genetic Fallacy? Amia Srinivasan discusses this style of reasoning, known as genealogy, with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at philosophy bites
In war there are legitimate and illegitimate targets. Combatants can be killed; civilians shoudn't be deliberately targeted. This is a matter of international law, but is also believed to be a moral principle. Some philosophers have argued that a combatant/civilian... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at philosophy bites
Art as Curated For the final session of this course we looked at the Louis Bourgeois: Works on Paper exhibition at Tate Modern. Bourgeois's art transforms autobiography, and particularly childhood trauma and tension. It is replete with symbolic representations that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at art and allusion
Art as Realistic This week we talked about pictorial realism in both painting and photography. The word 'realism' is used in many different ways. Sometimes it refers to a specific movement in art, particularly the nineteenth century movement exemplified by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at art and allusion
Extracts from Nigel Warburton Ernö Goldfinger: the Life of an Architect (out of print - copyright Nigel Warburton) From Ch8: The cinema consisted of an auditorium with a single bank of seats with space for 1044, replacing the 4000 seater... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at art and allusion
Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a prolific writer in a number of genres. His insights into moral psychology, and particularly what he had to say about human needs for approval from others, have continuing resonance. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at philosophy bites
Booking is now open for two courses in Conway Hall, near Holborn, this Autumn Philosophy: the Basics (a 6-session introduction) Machiavelli to Mill (a 6-session introduction to political philosophy) Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at art and allusion
Art as Material Many works of art are physical objects. Their materiality affects us. In this week's session of the '6 Ways of Thinking About Art' course at Tate Modern we focussed on some of the psychological associations of particular... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at art and allusion
This week we looked at the question of how relevant an artist's intentions might be to interpreting a work of art. I was not attempting to give a conclusive argument in favour of one or other stance, but rather to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at art and allusion
A six-session introductory course led by Nigel Warburton Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL (a short walk from Holborn tube station) maximum class size 35 teaching style: a mixture of lectures and discussion No prior knowledge of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at virtual philosopher
Is there a place for the sacred in contemporary life? Roger Scruton believes there is. In this discussion he explains his understanding of the experiences he calls sacred. Listen to Roger Scruton on the Sacred Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at philosophy bites