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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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Spinoza expert Steven Nadler discusses Spinoza's views on free speech in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Listen to Steven Nadler on Spinoza on Free Speech Listen to an earlier Philosophy Bites interview with Steven Nadler on Spinoza on... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2021 at philosophy bites
What is the status of something that is an absence, like a hole? Suki Finn explores the metaphysics of nothing in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Suki is also the editor of a new book based on Philosophy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2021 at philosophy bites
We are delighted to announce that Suki Finn, lecturer in Philosophy at Royal Holloway, University of London, has selected and edited a collection of transcripts of Philosophy Bites interviews with women. This is to be published by Oxford University Press... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2021 at philosophy bites
Jacques Derrida was a controversial philosopher, and his writing could be fiendishly difficult to read. He nevertheless attracted many followers and imitators. Here Peter Salmon, author of a recent biography of Derrida, explains Derrida's key concept: deconstruction. Listen to Pete... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2021 at philosophy bites
Arthur Schopenhauer is best known for the pessimism of his The World as Will and Representation. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast we focus on a less pessimistic aspect of his thought: his views on compassion. Unusually for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2021 at philosophy bites
Hannah Arendt's experience of the Eichmann trial in 1961 and of the reaction to her book about this, Eichmann in Jerusalem, led her to think deeply about politics, truth, and plurality. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Samantha... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2020 at philosophy bites
David Edmonds has co-authored (with Bertie Frasier) a brilliant children's book Undercover Robot: My First Year as a Human. Listen to David discussing this book with Nigel Warburton on this bonus episode of Philosophy Bites originally released on Nigel's Thinking... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2020 at philosophy bites
Baruch Spinoza was famous for equating God with Nature - a view that many of his contemporaries, perhaps rightly, thought was a form of atheism. But what did he think about death? Spinoza expert Steven Nadler, author of A Book... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2020 at philosophy bites
Cornell philosopher Kate Manne discusses misognyn, male entitlement, together with the notion of 'himpathy', a term she coined, in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Manne is the author of two recent highly influential books, Down Girl and Entitlement.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2020 at philosophy bites
Verificationists believe that meaningful propositions are either true by definition (analytic) or else empirically verifiable or falsifiable. Propositions that fail to pass this two-pronged test for meaningfulness are literally meaningless. This approach, linked to the Vienna Circle, and popularised in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2020 at philosophy bites
David Edmonds, best known as the co-author of Wittgenstein's Poker, and as my co-podcaster on Philosophy Bites, has recently co-written a brilliant children's book, Undercover Robot. It tells the story of a young girl-robot going to school and trying to pass as human. For this episode of the Thinking Books... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2020 at Thinking Books
Who should we really care about? This is a basic ethical question. The great Chinese philosopher Mengzi had interesting things to say on this topic, and they're at odds with the Kantian tradition that focuses on the Golden Rule. Read Eric Schwitzgebel on Mengzi on Ethics Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at Philosophy on Aeon
Kate Kirkpatrick, author of a brilliant new biography of Simone de Beauvoir, explains what Simone de Beauvoir thought about authentic love. Read Kate Kirkpatrick's essay Love is a Joint Project Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at Philosophy on Aeon
Lakatos was a complicated man who seems to have been implicated in the death of a young woman. He was also an important philosopher of science whose work should be better known. Read James Baggott on Imre Lakatos's Philosophy of Science Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at Philosophy on Aeon
Marcus Aurelius, the Roman Emperor-Philosopher who used Stocisim to cope with life's vicissitudes was an inspiration and lifesaver for Jamie Lombardi when her husband died suddenly leaving her looking after their young children. Read Jamie Lombardi's powerful essay on how Marcus Aurelius helped her cope in a tragic situation Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at Philosophy on Aeon
Spinoza was a remarkable philosopher in many ways. Beth Lord explores his understanding of Nature (which he equated with God). Read We Are Nature. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at Philosophy on Aeon
Not all philosophy is written in the form of explicit argument. There is a long tradition of aphorisms in philosophy and it deserves to be discussed much more. Andrew Hui, author of a recent book on the topic discusses the aphoristic philosophical tradition and why it is so important. Read... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at Philosophy on Aeon
Henri Bergson had a massive influence on the thought and culture of his time. He had a huge female following too. Read Emily Herring's excellent essays about Bergson and his female fans, and Bergson's theory of laughter. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at Philosophy on Aeon
Peter Godfrey Smith discusses Australian philosophy and the various possible explanations for its strength in depth. Too often people speak of Anglo-American Philosophy, missing out a key continent in 20th and 21st Century Philosophy in the analytic tradition. Read the essay Australian Philosophy. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at Philosophy on Aeon
The caricature of a philosopher is of a lone figure working out the nature of reality from an armchair. How accurate is that? Nigel Warburton argues that philosophy is largely about conversation and always has been in this Aeon essay. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at Philosophy on Aeon
David Bather Woods has written a fascinating essay about how come Arthur Schopenhauer, the high priest of pessimism seemed to have been reasonably happy The Semi-Satisfied Life You might also be interested in Kieran Setiya's short essay about Schopenhauer and Middle Age Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at Philosophy on Aeon
Anil Seth, a leading figure in consciousness research discussed the way the mind predicts what will happen next and how our perceptual awareness if a matter of best guesses. Watch this short Aeon video. Anil has written a fascinating essay on this topic, The Real Problem Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at Philosophy on Aeon
For this second special lockdown episode of Philosophy Bites, Nigel Warburton interviewed David Edmonds about his bestseller Wittgenstein's Poker, which he wrote with John Eidinow. This brilliant book is an exploration of an event that occurred at the Moral Sciences... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2020 at philosophy bites
For this, the first of two special lockdown episodes, David Edmonds interviews Nigel Warburton about his bestseller, A Little History of Philosophy. In the second episode Nigel interviews David about his bestseller, Wittgenstein's Poker. Listen to Nigel Warburton on A... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2020 at philosophy bites
Frank Ramsey's biographer, the philosopher Cheryl Misak, discusses the relationship between Ramsey and Wittgenstein in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Ramsey was a brilliant thinker who made significant contributions to philosophy, mathematics, and economics, despite dying at the... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2020 at philosophy bites