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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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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 5 days ago 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
This 38 minute bonus episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast is a compilation of responses to the question 'Who is the most impressive philosopher you've met?' It includes the late Ronald Dworkin's answer. Listen to Who is the most impressive... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2014 at philosophy bites
Julia Annas outlines the key features of Virtue Ethics, the approach to living well derived from Aristotle's writings, and explains what she thinks the purpose of this ethical approach is. Listen to Julia Annas on What is Virtue Ethics For?... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2014 at philosophy bites
What is probability? Not an easy question to answer, that. We figured our best chance of clarity on the issue was to speak to the Cambridge philosopher and author of a book on the topic, Hugh Mellor... Listen to Hugh... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at philosophy bites
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 Nov 17, 2014 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 Nov 17, 2014 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