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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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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
Clive Bell's theory of Significant Form was the focus of this week's session of 6 Ways of Thinking About Art. Bell, whose polemic Art was published in 1914, was a passionate advocate of Post-Impression. His book is a polemic designed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at art and allusion
Bites interviewees and their podcasts updated 13th June 2014 compiled by Seth Adelman Key to numbering: xxx (3 digit number) = Philosophy Bites (including 4 Ethics Bites and all Bio-Ethics Bites podcasts) Exx = the other Ethics Bites podcasts Mxx... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at philosophy bites
Bites podcast links arranged by theme updated 13th June 2014 compiled by Seth Adelman Key to numbering: xxx (3 digit number) = Philosophy Bites (including 4 Ethics Bites and all Bio-Ethics Bites podcasts) Exx = the other Ethics Bites podcasts... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at philosophy bites
Art as Personal The main focus of this week’s session of 6 Ways of Thinking About Art (Tate Modern course, ticket only, sold out) was the tension between treating works of art as catalysts for subjective musing and the idea... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at art and allusion
Regina Rini suggests that discoveries in experimental psychology can contribute to our moral self development. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast she explores how we might be able to revise our understanding of what we are, to build... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at philosophy bites
Philosophy: the Basics 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... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at virtual philosopher
How does narcissism differ from vanity, smugness, conceit? What's wrong with it? Simon Blackburn addresses these questions in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Listen to Simon Blackburn on Narcissism Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2014 at philosophy bites
Walk along any city street and you'll be confronted by philosophical topics, whether you realise it or not. This one-day course in central London is a chance to learn about and discuss a range of philosophical topics that arise quite... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at philosophy bites
Street Philosophy - a one day event in Central London led by Nigel Warburton. Further details here. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at art and allusion
Walk along any city street and you'll be confronted by philosophical topics, whether you realise it or not. This one-day course/workshop in central London is a chance to learn about and discuss a range of philosophical topics that arise quite... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at virtual philosopher
Good health opens opportunities to us; poor health closes them down. This suggests that access to adequate healthcare should be part of a theory of justice. Suprisingly this is not a topic that John Rawls addressed in any detail in... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at philosophy bites
George Berkeley is famous for the counterintuitive position that objects are just ideas. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Tom Stoneham clarifies what Berkeley actually believed and his grounds for believing it. Listen to Tom Stoneham on George... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2014 at philosophy bites
Philosophy: the Basics Machiavelli to Mill 6 Ways of Thinking About Art (Tate Modern) Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2014 at philosophy bites
Michael Ignatieff is in the unusal position of having seen both philosophy and politics from the inside. He had a career as an academic and as a writer and presenter before entering politics and going on to become leader of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at philosophy bites
Booking will open soon for this Tate Modern course (6 Monday evening sessions) led by Nigel Warburton. Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at art and allusion