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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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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 7 days ago at philosophy bites
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
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
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
Nigel Warburton's series of Philosophy in the Bookshop events continues at Blackwell's Bookshop, Oxford on Saturday 6th May 2017 Philosophy Bites interviewee Jonathan Wolff will be talking with Nigel Warburton about Political Philosophy in the Age of Donald Trump at... 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
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
What is laughter? What roles does it serve? Neuroscientist Sophie Scott discusses this very serious question with Nigel Warburton for this episode of Mind Bites made for Philosophy Bites. Mind Bites is part of Nicholas Shea's AHRC-funded project Meaning for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at philosophy bites
28 Dean Street as it looks today: Karl Marx and his family came to England in 1849, settling into 28 Dean Street, Soho, in London. They were in abject poverty and lived in squalid conditions in a two-roomed apartment. They lost three children while they lived in this and another... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at philosophy sites
Do we represent the world in our minds? Do we have the equivalent of inner maps? Does that imply an inner map-reader, a homunculus, in the mind? Peter Godfrey-Smith discusses these questions with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at philosophy bites
Noël Carroll argues that evaluation is a central feature of criticism of art, dance, music, drama, movies, and literature. He discusses art criticism with Nigel Warburton in this first episode of the Aesthetics Bites podcast. This is the first of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at philosophy bites
Philosophy Sites has just launched. This is a podcast series focusing on places linked to philosophers. The first episode, available from and on iTunes, is an interview with the award-winning biographer of Wittgenstein, Ray Monk, on the topic of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at virtual philosopher
Nigel Warburton has launched a new podcast series, Philosophy Sites, which looks at places linked with philosophers. The first episode is an interview with Ray Monk on Wittgenstein's grave. You can find Philosophy Sites at and on iTunes. Forthcoming... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at philosophy bites
Tucked behind the Huntingdon Road on the way out of Cambridge, near Storey’s Way, lies a small cemetery: Ascension Parish Graveyard. 83 of the people buried there are mentioned in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Among them are quite a few philosophers, including the author of Principia Ethica G.E.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at philosophy sites
How should we remember and commemorate those who die in war? What about the enemy dead? Cécile Fabre, author of several books on the philosophy of war, discusses these issues with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at philosophy bites
Do you think racial stereotypes are false? Are you sure? I’m not asking if you’re sure whether or not the stereotypes are false, but if you’re sure whether or not you think that they are. That might seem like a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at virtual philosopher
Do we think in pictures? Many philosophers deny this. Yet Jesse Prinz thinks they're wrong to do so. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he explains why. Listen to Jesse Prinz on Thinking with Pictures This episode of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at philosophy bites
We know it's common enough, but can philosophers shed any light on the midlife crisis? MIT philosopher Kieran Setiya thinks he can. Here he discusses middle age with David Edmonds. Listen to Kieran Setiya on the Midlife Crisis Please help... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at philosophy bites
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