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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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Epicureanism is often caricatured as a philosophy of indulgence. But what did followers of Epicurus really believe and do? Catherine Wilson discusses Epicureanism and its legacy in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Listen to Catherine Wilson on Epicureanism Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at philosophy bites
If all our actions are determined by prior causes, that doesn't seem to leave much scope for punishment. Gregg Caruso discusses this issue with David Edmonds in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Listen to Gregg Caruso on Freewill... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at philosophy bites
Events Nigel Warburton is interviewing a number of philosophers at Blackwell's bookshop in Oxford for the series Philosophy in the Bookshop. All events are free and no booking is required. Forthcoming interviews: Saturday 4th June 11am Blackwell's Bookshop, Oxford (free):... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at philosophy bites
Events On 19th May at 7.30pm in London Nigel Warburton will be interviewing Andrew Park, creator of the RSAnimate series, and the BBC Radio 4 'History of Ideas' Animations, on the topic of Visual Communication at Second Home in London.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at art and allusion
Events On 19th May at 7.30pm in London Nigel Warburton will be interviewing Andrew Park, creator of the RSAnimate series, and the BBC Radio 4 'History of Ideas' Animations, on the topic of Visual Communication at Second Home in London.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at virtual philosopher
365 Bites podcasts arranged by theme updated 5th February 2016 Thanks very much to Seth Adelman for compiling this list Please email Nigel Warburton using the 'email me' button in the sidebar of this weblog if you find any broken... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2016 at philosophy bites
For this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Nigel Warburton speaks to Greg Currie about the nature of film, addressing questions about perception and time in relation to the movies. Listen to Greg Currie on the Philosophy of Film Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2016 at philosophy bites
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These notes complement the 4-session Tate Modern course Philosophy - Art - Society led by Nigel Warburton (ticket only, fully booked). For the final session of the course we considered the idea of Aestheticism. The word 'Aesthetics' is used in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at art and allusion
These notes complement the 4-session Tate Modern course Philosophy - Art - Society led by Nigel Warburton (ticket only, fully booked).For this week’s class we looked at the idea of the self as a social construct, both in the work... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at art and allusion
Maurice Merleau-Ponty was one of the most interesting of the French phenomenologists, but his reputation has been eclipsed by Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir's. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Katherine Morris discusses some of his ideas... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at philosophy bites
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These notes complement the 4-session Tate Modern course Philosophy - Art - Society led by Nigel Warburton (ticket only, fully booked). For the second session we focussed on the idea of dissent. We discussed the value of dissent - ideas... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at art and allusion
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These notes complement the 4-session Tate Modern course Philosophy - Art - Society led by Nigel Warburton (ticket only, fully booked). For the first session we focussed on the concept of Power, using Steven Lukes' useful categorisation of the Three... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at art and allusion
What does the name 'Kurt Gödel' refer to? Most people think it refers to the person who came up with the incompleteness theorem. But does it matter what most people think? Are our intuitions consistent, or even relevant here? Michael... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2016 at philosophy bites
Are mental disorders like other illnesses? Can they be adequately categorised in relation to a set of symptoms? Steven E. Hyman discusses some philosophical questions that arise from the widely-used DSM-5 with David Edmonds. Listen to Steven Hyman on Categorising... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at philosophy bites
Does it matter where our oil and other resources come from? Leif Wenar, author of the recent book Blood Oil, argues that Western democracies are compromising themselves by buying oil either directly or indirectly from tyrants with atrocious records on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2016 at philosophy bites
Just published: Big Ideas in Social Science (SAGE publishing) edited by David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton - this is based on the podcast series Social Science Bites and consists of modified transcripts of 18 interviews with social scientists, including Kate... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at art and allusion
Just published: Big Ideas in Social Science (SAGE publishing) edited by David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton - this is based on the podcast series Social Science Bites and consists of modified transcripts of 18 interviews with social scientists, including Kate... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at virtual philosopher
Just published: Big Ideas in Social Science (SAGE publishing) edited by David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton - this is based on the podcast series Social Science Bites and consists of modified transcripts of 18 interviews with social scientists, including Kate... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at philosophy bites
Is there a distinctive African philosophy? Katrin Flikschuh of the LSE discusses philosophy in Africa with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Listen to Katrin Flikschuh on Philosophy in Africa Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at philosophy bites
Some eminent physicists, including Stephen Hawking, have been sceptical about the value of philosophy to physics. Carlo Rovelli, a theoretical physicist who is author of the bestselling book Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, disagrees. Listen to Carlo Rovelli on Philosophy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2015 at philosophy bites
How trustworthy are the experiments on which evidence-based medicine rests? John Worrall of the London School of Economics discusses cause and effect with David Edmonds in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Listen to John Worrall on Evidence-Based Medicine Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at philosophy bites
We take for granted the fact that we can combine concepts together to give new thoughts that we easily understand. How do we do this? Joshua Greene, who is both a psychologist and a philosopher, explores this question in conversation... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2015 at philosophy bites
In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Graham Priest discusses some key philosophical ideas that emerge from the Buddhist tradition, including questions about the nature of the self, reality, and how we should live. Listen to Graham Priest on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at philosophy bites
Could every aspect of reality exist only in relation to viewpoints on it? Is everything about us socially constructed rather than given? Jesse Prinz explores these questions in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2015 at philosophy bites
How do you tell science from non-science? Karl Popper thought that the falsifiability of a hypothesis was the best indicator. Massimo Pigliucci is not so sure about this. Here he discusses the important issue of demarcation with Nigel Warburton. Listen... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2015 at philosophy bites