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nigel warburton
Oxford and London
I'm a freelance philosopher, writer and podcaster.
Interests: philosophy, art, photography
Recent Activity
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 5 days ago 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 7th January 2017, when he will be speaking to Julian Baggini about his recent book The Edge of Reason.This will take place in the... 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
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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
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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
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Philosophy Sites has just launched. This is a podcast series focusing on places linked to philosophers. The first episode, available from www.philosophysites.com 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 www.philosophysites.com and on iTunes. Forthcoming... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at philosophy bites
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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
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 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 Philosophy in the Bookshop (Blackwell's bookshop, Oxford) 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... 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