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David Edmonds (Uehiro Centre, Oxford University) and Nigel Warburton (freelance philosopher/writer) interview top philosophers on a wide range of topics. Two books based on the series have been published by Oxford University Press. We are currently s...Show More

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Christian Miller on the Character Gap

20:38 | Feb 25th

Christian Miller believes that there is a character gap, a gap between what we think we are like morally and how we actually behave. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he explores the psychology of moral behaviour, and how we can become ...Show More

Philip Pettit on the Birth of Ethics

20:44 | Feb 25th

Where did ethics come from? Philip Pettit tells an 'as if' story about the birth of ethics that is designed to illuminate what ethics is and why it evolved on this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. We are grateful for support from the Marc San...Show More

Helen Beebee on Possible Worlds

16:38 | Jan 14th

Philosophers often talk about possible worlds. Is this just a way of describing counterfactual situations? As Helen Beebee explains, some of them believe that possible worlds actually exist. This episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast is supported b...Show More

Paul Sagar on Scepticism about Philosophy

20:50 | Nov 27th, 2018

Throughout its history there have been challenges to the status of philosophy. Paul Sagar discusses some of these in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. We are grateful for support from the Marc Sanders Foundation in making this podcast, an...Show More

Katherine Hawley on Trustworthiness

16:09 | Oct 7th, 2018

Is it always good to be trustworthy? Can trustworthiness come into conflict with other values, such as generosity? Katherine Hawley discusses these and other questions about trustworthiness with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bite...Show More

Teresa Bejan on Civility

21:48 | Aug 20th, 2018

Civility is a conversational virtue that governs how people talk to each other. How important is it in political life? In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Teresa Bejan discusses this manner of speaking and writing and its history.  We are...Show More

Robert B. Talisse on Overdoing Democracy

18:34 | Jul 23rd, 2018

You can overdo most things, but can you overdo democracy? Political philosopher Robert B. Talisse thinks you can. He explains why in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. We are very grateful for sponsorship from the Marc Sanders Foundation f...Show More

Robert Wright on Why Buddhism is True

19:56 | May 7th, 2018

Robert Wright believes that there are a number of key tenets of Buddhism which are both compatible with present day evolutionary theory, and accurate about our relationship with the world and with our own minds. In this episode of the Philosophy Bite...Show More

Larry Temkin on Obligations to the Needy

21:04 | Apr 2nd, 2018

How can we best help other people? Peter Singer has argued that we should give aid. Despite a lifetime spent believing this, Larry Temkin has started to question whether the effects of aid are beneficial. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podca...Show More

Sarah Fine on the Right to Exclude

21:10 | Feb 14th, 2018

Do states have a moral right to exclude people from their territory? It might seem obvious that states do have such a right, but Sarah Fine questions this in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.  This episode of Philosophy Bites was sponsor...Show More

Eric Schwitzgebel on Scepticism

18:32 | Jan 11th, 2018

How do I know I'm not dreaming? This sort of question has puzzled philosophers for thousands of years. Eric Schwitzgebel discusses scepticism and its history with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. This episode of Philos...Show More

Philip Pettit on Robustly Demanding Goods

18:28 | Dec 10th, 2017

Philip Pettit discusses the concept of robustly demanding goods with Nigel Warburton

Katalin Farkas on Knowing a Person

13:58 | Nov 6th, 2017

Philosophers talk about 'knowing how' and 'knowing what'. But what is involved in knowing a person? Katalin Farkas discusses this question with David Edmonds in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. This episode was sponsored by the Examining...Show More

Roger Scruton on Human Nature

18:03 | Aug 29th, 2017

Are human beings fundamentally different from the rest of the animal world? Can what we essentially are be captured in a biological or evolutionary description? Roger Scruton discusses the nature of human nature with Nigel Warburton in this episode o...Show More

Anil Seth on the Real Problem of Consciousness

23:08 | Jul 19th, 2017

The Hard Problem of consciousness is the difficulty of reconciling experience with materialism. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast, in conversation with Nigel Warburton, Anil Seth, a neuroscientist, explains his alternative approach to c...Show More

Michael Puett on Ritual in Chinese Philosophy

20:05 | Jun 26th, 2017

Why does apparently trivial ritual play such an important part in some ancient Chinese philosophy? Michael Puett, co-author of The Path, explains in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. This episode of Philosophy Bites was sponsored by the E...Show More

Aaron Meskin on the Definition of Art

17:05 | May 30th, 2017

What is Art? That's not an easy question to answer. Some philosophers even think it can't be answered. Aaron Meskin discusses this question on this episode of Aesthetics Bites. Aesthetics Bites is a podcast series of interviews with top thinkers in t...Show More

Shelly Kagan on Death and Deprivation

23:57 | Apr 18th, 2017

The process of dying can be horrible for many, but is there anything bad about death itself? The obvious answer is that deprives us of something that we might otherwise have experienced. But that leads to further philosophical issues...Shelly Kagan d...Show More

Elisabeth Schellekens Dammann on Disagreement About Taste

20:38 | Apr 18th, 2017

We certainly disagree about aesthetic judgments in a range of cases. But is anyone right? Is there  no disputing about taste? Are all tastes equal? Elisabeth Schellekens Damman discusses disagreement about taste in this episode of Aesthetics Bites.  ...Show More

Andy Clark on The Extended Mind

18:06 | Mar 18th, 2017

Andy Clark, who with David Chalmers proposed the theory of the extended mind, explains what he means by this idea in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Stephen Davies on Art and Evolution

13:17 | Mar 1st, 2017

Why do we have art at all? There must be some evolutionary explanation. In this episode of the Aesthetics Bites podcast series, Stephen Davies discusses some of the evolutionary theories about where art came from in conversation with Nigel Warburton....Show More

Eileen John on Art and Morality

15:34 | Mar 1st, 2017

In this episode of  Aesthetics Bites, Eileen John discusses some of the ways that art explores moral questions. Nigel Warburton is the interviewer. Aesthetics Bites is a  series of interviews with top thinkers in the philosophy of art. It is a collab...Show More

Chris Frith on The Point of Consciousness

16:10 | Feb 3rd, 2017

Why do we have consciousness at all? Neuroscientist Chris Frith discusses this question with Nigel Warburton in this episode of Mind Bites which is part of a series made in association with Philosophy Bites for Nick Shea's AHRC-funded Meaning for the...Show More

Keith Frankish on Conscious Thought

11:59 | Jan 14th, 2017

One distinctive feature of human beings is that we can represent aspects of the world to ourselves, and also counterfactual situations. We do this through our conscious thoughts. Keith Frankish discusses this phenomenon in this episode of Mind Bites,...Show More

Amia Srinivasan on What is a Woman?

19:46 | Jan 1st, 2017

'What is a woman?' may seem a straightforward question, but it isn't. Feminist philosophers from Simone de Beauvoir onwards have had a great deal to say on this topic. Amia Srinivasan gives a lucid introduction to some of the key positions in this de...Show More

Kate Jeffery on Concepts and Representation

16:26 | Dec 5th, 2016

Neuroscientist Kate Jeffery discusses how the brain represents the world. This episode is is part of a short series Mind Bites made in association with Nicholas Shea's AHRC-funded Meaning for the Brain and Meaning for the Person project. That website...Show More

Anthony Gottlieb on Pierre Bayle

15:02 | Dec 2nd, 2016

Pierre Bayle was one of the best-known philosophers in the Eighteenth Century, but his work is now rarely studied. Anthony Gottlieb, author of The Dream of Enlightenment, argues that he should be better known, particularly his work on toleration and ...Show More

Kathleen Stock on Fiction and the Emotions

17:30 | Nov 12th, 2016

How should we understand the emotions that readers feel about fictional characters? Kathleen Stock discusses this question with Nigel Warburton in this, the second episode of Aesthetics Bites, a collaboration between the London Aesthetics Forum and P...Show More

David Miller on Immigration

21:00 | Nov 12th, 2016

Immigration is one of the major, and most contentious, political issues of our day. Can philosophy help here? David Miller thinks so. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he speaks to David Edmonds about border controls and their justifica...Show More

Sophie Scott on the Meaning of Laughter

20:20 | Oct 11th, 2016

What is laughter? What roles does it serve? Sophie Scott, a neuroscientist, discusses this serious question with Nigel Warburton for this episode of Mind Bites, a series made in association with Philosophy Bites as part of Nicholas Shea's AHRC-funde...Show More

Peter Godfrey-Smith on Mental Representations

19:04 | Oct 3rd, 2016

Do we map the world in our minds? Does that imply that we have a little inner map-reader in our heads interpreting mental representations? Peter Godfrey-Smith discusses these issues with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast...Show More

Noel Carroll on Criticism

16:15 | Oct 2nd, 2016

Noel Carroll argues that evaluation is a central element of criticism of art, drama, dance, music, and literature.  Nigel Warburton is the interviewer for this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. This is the first of a series of 6 interviews on ...Show More

Cecile Fabre on Remembrance

21:37 | Sep 20th, 2016

How should we remember and commemorate those who die in war? What about the enemy dead? Cecile Fabre discusses this issue with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Jesse Prinz on Thinking with Pictures

21:40 | Aug 1st, 2016

Many philosophers deny the common sense view that we think with pictures. Are they right to do so? Jesse Prinz doesn't think so. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he explains to Nigel Warburton why we need to think again about thinking ...Show More

Kieran Setiya on the Mid-Life Crisis

12:32 | Jul 6th, 2016

The mid-life crisis is a well-observed phenomenon. Is there a philosophical angle on this? MIT philosopher Kieran Setiya thinks there is. He discusses it in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Catherine Wilson on Epicureanism

17:20 | May 30th, 2016

Epicureanism has been caricatured as a philosophy of indulgence. But what did followers of the Ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus really believe? Catherine Wilson discusses Epicureanism with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites pod...Show More

Gregg Caruso on Freewill and Punishment

16:42 | Apr 26th, 2016

If determinism is true, can there be any justification for punishment? Gregg Caruso discusses this issue on Philosophy Bites.

Greg Currie on the Philosophy of Film

19:27 | Mar 26th, 2016

This episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast focuses on several questions about representation and perception in the philosophy of film. Nigel Warburton talks to Greg Currie.

Katherine Morris on Merleau-Ponty on the Body

17:58 | Mar 2nd, 2016

Maurice Merleau-Ponty was one of the most interesting of the French phenomenological thinkers, but his reputation has been eclipsed by those of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Katherine Morris discusses some of Merleau-Ponty's ideas about th...Show More

Michael Devitt on Experimental Semantics

15:12 | Feb 14th, 2016

Does the word 'Gödel' straightforwardly refer to the person who came up with the incompleteness theory of arithmetic? Some think the best way to find out to ask people about their intuitions on the topic? This creates all kinds of problems, as Michae...Show More

Steven Hyman on Categorising Mental Disorders

16:43 | Jan 29th, 2016

Steven E. Hyman discusses the philosophical issues that arise from attempting to categorise mental disorders with David Edmonds in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Leif Wenar on Trade and Tyranny

18:32 | Jan 10th, 2016

Where does our oil come from? Does it matter? Leif Wenar, author of the recent book Blood Oil, argues that Western democracies are compromising themselves by buying either directly or indirectly from vicious tyrants.

Katrin Flikschuh on Philosophy in Africa

17:21 | Dec 16th, 2015

In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Katrin Flikschuh addresses the question 'What sort of philosophy is going on in Africa?'

Carlo Rovelli on Philosophy and Physics

22:26 | Nov 29th, 2015

Some eminent physicists, including Stephen Hawking, have been sceptical of the value of philosophy to physics. Carlo Rovelli, a theoretical physicist with a strong interest in philosophy, disagrees. Here he discusses the relationship between philosop...Show More

John Worrall on Evidence-Based Medicine

12:26 | Nov 17th, 2015

What sort of conclusions can we legitimately draw from the experiments that support evidence-based medicine? John Worrall questions some of the received opinion on this topic in this interview with David Edmonds for Philosophy Bites.

Joshua Greene on the Construction of Thought

12:19 | Oct 31st, 2015

We take for granted the fact that we can combine concepts to give new thoughts, and understand the thoughts too. How do we do that? Joshua D. Greene discusses this question in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Graham Priest on Buddhism and Philosophy

17:52 | Oct 13th, 2015

What is the nature of the self? What is reality? How should we live? These are fundamental philosophical questions. Graham Priest discusses how such questions have been discussed in the Buddhist tradition for this episode of the Philosophy Bites podc...Show More

Jesse Prinz on Is Everything Socially Constructed?

20:27 | Sep 27th, 2015

To what degree is reality something created by us? Jesse Prinz explores this fascinating question in conversation with Nigel Warburton.

Massimo Pigliucci on the Demarcation Problem

23:56 | Sep 13th, 2015

How can you tell science from non-science? Karl Popper argued that the falsifiability of a hypothesis is the mark of science. Massimo Pigliucci is not so sure about that.

David Owens on Duty

12:42 | Sep 1st, 2015

What is a duty and what sort of obligation does it put us on? David Owens explores the nature of duty in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. If you enjoy Philosophy Bites, please consider supporting us via Patreon.

Kimberley Brownlee on Social Deprivation

17:24 | Aug 19th, 2015

We are a highly social species: we need human contact. But do we have a right to it? In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Kimberley Brownlee suggests that this is an ingredient in a minimally decent human life...

Shelly Kagan on Speciesism

24:33 | Aug 1st, 2015

The philosopher Peter Singer is famous for his attack on speciesism, the alleged prejudice that many exhibit in favour of human interests when compared with the interests of other animals. Here Shelly Kagan outlines Singer's position and takes issue ...Show More

Susan James on Foucault and Knowledge

21:37 | Jul 22nd, 2015

Michel Foucault's work explores a wide range of topics; it includes histories of both punishment and sex. He also wrote more abstractly about philosophical topics. One theme to which he kept returning, whatever the topic, was the nature of our knowle...Show More

Larry Temkin on Transitivity

20:57 | Jul 6th, 2015

How do you choose which course of action is best? It seems reasonable that if A is better than B, and B is better than C, A must be better than C. But is it? Larry Temkin challenges this idea, known as the axiom of transitivity.

William B. Irvine on Living Stoically

13:30 | Jun 21st, 2015

How should we live? is a basic philosophical question. The Stoics had some answers. But are they relevant today? William B. Irvine thinks so. Listen to his conversation with Nigel Warburton on this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Steven Lukes on Power

14:25 | Jun 6th, 2015

What is power? Steven Lukes argues for a three-dimensional account of this concept in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Theodore Zeldin on Philosophy and History

12:09 | Jun 6th, 2015

The historian and writer Theodore Zeldin gives his personal take on the relation betwen philosophy and history in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Jesse Prinz on Art and Emotion

20:29 | May 22nd, 2015

What part do emotions play in our appreciation of art? Jesse Prinz explores the sense of wonder at artworks in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Cassim Quassam on Conspiracy Theories

20:47 | May 10th, 2015

What is a conspiracy? Why do conspiracies - real or imagined -  matter to philsophy? Cassim Quaassam explores these questions in conversation with Nigel Warburton

Tim Williamson on the Appeal of Relativism

13:47 | Apr 28th, 2015

Are all truths relative? That's an attractive idea for many people. Tim Williamson, Wykeham Professor of Logic at Oxford University discusses why and attempts to immunise us against sloppy thinking in this area.

Shaun Nichols on Death and the Self

14:43 | Apr 14th, 2015

How does your view of the self affect your attitude to your own death? Shaun Nichols discusses this question in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Rebecca Roache on Swearing

17:40 | Mar 29th, 2015

Warning: this episode on the philosophy of swearing includes swearing. Rebecca Roache discusses swearing and whether there are good arguments for refraining from it.

Lisa Bortolotti on Irrationality

17:18 | Mar 19th, 2015

We're all irrational some of the time, probably more of the time than we are ready to acknowledge.  Lisa Bortolotti discusses the nature of irrationality with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Jonathan Webber on Deceiving With Words

13:32 | Mar 1st, 2015

There are many ways to deceive with words, some of which don't involve lying. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Jonathan Webber considers whether it matters or not if you lie.

Simon Critchley on Suicide

17:37 | Feb 16th, 2015

Albert Camus described suicide as the 'one really serious philosophical problem'. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Simon Critchley discusses suicide with Nigel Warburton.

Christine Korsgaard on the Status of Animals

15:53 | Feb 3rd, 2015

Many philosophers argue in favour of the welfare of animals because of their capacity for feeling pain. Harvard philosopher Christine Korsgaard is unusual in using Kantian arguments to defend the status of animals as ends in themselves. She discusses...Show More

Meira Levinson on the Aims of Education

19:06 | Jan 18th, 2015

What are the aims of education? Meira Levinson discusses this important question with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosoph Bites podcast.

Lucy Allais on Forgiveness

17:04 | Jan 4th, 2015

What is forgiveness? Whom does it benefit? Is it ever obligatory? Lucy Allais discusses these questions in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Who is the most impressive philosopher you've met? A compilation.

38:12 | Dec 20th, 2014

We've collected a range of answers to the question 'Who's the most impressive philosopher you've met?' This includes the late Ronald Dworkin's response along with many others. Some of the answers are expected, but quite a few are suprising.

Julia Annas on What is Virtue Ethics For?

15:15 | Dec 20th, 2014

Julia Annas explains what Virtue Ethics is for and how it differs from other approaches to the question of how we should live in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Hugh Mellor on Probability

13:44 | Dec 7th, 2014

What is probability? Not an easy question to answer. We thought our best chance of clarity on this question was from Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge University and author of a book on the subject, Hugh Mellor...

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein on Progress in Philosophy

15:30 | Nov 13th, 2014

In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Nigel Warburton interviews the philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein about whether Philosophy has made any progress since the time of Plato. If you enjoy Philosophy Bites, please support ...Show More

Adam Swift on Parental Partiality

17:27 | Oct 27th, 2014

Most people think it is acceptable to advantage their children, but how far should this go? Adam Swift discusses the limits of parental partiality in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Keith Frankish on the Hard Problem and the Illusion of Qualia

15:04 | Oct 11th, 2014

Keith Frankish discusses consciousness, subjective experience and the brain in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Ted Honderich on What It Is to be Conscious

16:39 | Oct 11th, 2014

In this episode Ted Honderich sketches his theory of the nature of consciousness.

John Dupre on Genomics

16:11 | Sep 29th, 2014

Genomics is a new approach to understanding our biology, one with far-reaching consequences for our understanding of what we are and where are responsibilities lie. Philosopher of biology John Dupre explains in this episode of the Philosophy Bites po...Show More

Peter Lamarque on Literature and Truth

17:53 | Sep 14th, 2014

Many people have claimed that one of the benefits of reading writers like Dostoevsky and Shakespeare is that they convey important truths about the human condition. Peter Lamarque is sceptical about this way of speaking about literature. He explains ...Show More

Jennifer Nagel on Intuitions about Knoweldge

18:40 | Aug 31st, 2014

Knowledge is part of our everyday lives. We know all kinds of things without even thinking about them. But what is going on here? Jennifer Nagel discusses our intutions about knowledge with Nigel Warburton for this episode of the Philosophy Bites pod...Show More

Tamar Gendler on Why Philosophers Use Examples

14:25 | Aug 17th, 2014

Why do philosophers use examples? Tamar Gendler explores this question in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Amia Srinivasan on Genealogy

19:21 | Aug 2nd, 2014

Does it matter where our ideas came from? Friedrich Nietzsche famously diagnosed the origin of Christian morality in what he thought of as a slave mentality. Amia Srninivasan discusses genealogical reasoning with Nigel Warburton in this episode of th...Show More

Seth Lazar on Sparing Civilians in War

15:54 | Jul 19th, 2014

Why is it morally wrong to target civilians in war? Can civilians be distinguished clearly from combatants? Seth Lazar discusses these issues in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Chris Betram on Rousseau's Moral Psychology

19:42 | Jul 6th, 2014

Jean-Jacques Rousseau's insights into moral psychology and its impact on how we live are the subject of this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Roger Scruton on the Sacred

16:05 | Jun 24th, 2014

Is there any place for a notion of the sacred in contemporary life? Roger Scruton believes that there is. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he discusses his understanding of the sacred and the part it plays in our experience of each oth...Show More

Regina Rini on the Moral Self and Psychology

17:51 | Jun 8th, 2014

What can experimental psychology contribute to our self-development as moral agents? Philosopher Regina Rini explores this question in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Simon Blackburn on Narcissism

15:29 | May 24th, 2014

Vanity, smugness, narcissism - they're not good, but they're not all the same thing. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Simon Blackburn explores what's wrong with narcissism and how it differs from related concepts.

Norman Daniels on the Philosophy of Healthcare

16:58 | May 13th, 2014

Should we be striving to reduce health inequalities? If so, how? Harvard philosopher Norman Daniels discusses this question in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Tom Stoneham on George Berkeley's Immaterialism

18:55 | Apr 27th, 2014

George Berkeley was famous for arguing that objects are really just ideas. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Tom Stoneham clarifies what he meant by this.

Michael Ignatieff on Political Theory and Political Practice

18:11 | Apr 12th, 2014

Michael Ignatieff was an academic with a keen inerest in political theory before he learnt the hard way about politics in practice. He was an academic who became leader of the opposition in Canada then lost heavily in the 2011 Prime Ministerial elect...Show More

Stephen Darwall on Moral Accountability

16:57 | Mar 30th, 2014

Moral accountability is at the heart of moral obligation and it reveals much about the attitudes we hold to each otehr. Yale professor Stephen Darwall explains what this means in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

David Papineau on Philosophy and Sport

21:45 | Mar 13th, 2014

David Papineau discusses a range of specific sporting incidents that are of philosophical interest in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. David Papineau has a weblog on philosophy and sport: 'More Important Than That'

Roberto Mangabeira Unger on Deep Freedom

17:18 | Mar 4th, 2014

Roberto Unger argues that contemporary political progressives have abandoned what 19th century liberals knew: that some ways of living are better than others. In this conversation with Nigel Warburton he argues that we need a different concept of fre...Show More

Nicola Lacey on H.L.A.Hart and Legal Positivism

18:23 | Feb 24th, 2014

H.L.A. Hart made significant contributions to legal philosophy. Nicola Lacey discusses his legal positivism in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

John Skorupski on Normativity

16:57 | Feb 9th, 2014

Some statements are descriptive, such as 'Philosophy Bites is a podcast series'; others are normative, such as 'You ought to tell the truth'. But what exactly is normativity? John Skorupski explores this question in conversation with David Edmonds.

Tim Scanlon on What's Wrong with Inequality?

14:53 | Jan 25th, 2014

Is a concern for inequality of wealth just a form of envy? Are there good reasons for objecting to inequality? Harvard philosopher Tim Scanlon discusses these questions in converation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podca...Show More

Emma Borg on Language and Context

20:36 | Jan 7th, 2014

How much of the meaning of what we say depends on its context of utterance? Is there a role for literal meaning. Emma Borg discusses these questions with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Patricia Churchland on Self Control

18:19 | Dec 22nd, 2013

Neurophilosopher Pat Churchland discusses the insights that neuroscience can give us into the nature of self control in this episode of the Philosophyh Bites podcast.

Jennifer Saul on Implicit Bias

16:01 | Dec 7th, 2013

Implicit biases are tricky. We all have them, apparently, but we don't realise we have them. What are the implications of these biases? Does it, perhaps, go some way to explaining why there are so few women in academic philosophy? Jennifer Saul discu...Show More

Adrian Moore on Bernard Williams on Ethics

21:32 | Nov 23rd, 2013

Bernard Williams was one of the most brilliant philosophers of his generation. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Adrian Moore discusses his ideas about Ethics.

Rom Harre on the Linguistic Turn in Philosophy

15:47 | Nov 10th, 2013

For this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Rom Harre discusses and illustrates the so-called Linguistic Turn in Philosophy, the focus on actual uses of language that was advocated by the later Wittgenstein, J.L. Austin, Gilbert Ryle and others.

Robert Talisse on the Importance of Arguments in Politics

18:59 | Oct 26th, 2013

Why is argument so important in politics? Bob Talisse, co-author of Why We Argue (and how we should), explores this issue in conversation with David Edmonds for this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

John Tasioulas on Human Rights

21:13 | Oct 12th, 2013

What are human rights? Are they simply legal rights? What is their relation to morality? John Tasioulas discusses the basis of human rights in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Eric Schwitzgebel on the Ethical Behaviour of Ethics Professors

16:06 | Sep 28th, 2013

You might expect people who specialize in moral philosophy to behave better than other people. Eric Schwitzgebel has done some empirical investigation of whether this is the case, and it doesn't seem to be. What does that show about ethics? Philosoph...Show More

Alison Gopnik on Hume and Buddhism

15:50 | Sep 14th, 2013

Many people have noticed similarities between what David Hume wrote about the self and Buddhist teaching on this subject. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites archive Alison Gopnik discusses the possibility that there was a direct route of influen...Show More

David Edmonds on Trolley Problems

17:16 | Sep 1st, 2013

Is it ever morally acceptable to kill one person to save many? Most people agree that in some extreme circumstances this, though psychologically difficult, can be the right action to take. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast, Nigel Warbur...Show More

Jessica Moss on Weakness of Will

12:58 | Aug 17th, 2013

You think you know what's best but don't do it. We've all been there. For Plato and Aristotle this weakness of will presented a philosophical problem. Jessica Moss explains their contrasting approaches to this topic in this episode of the Philosophy ...Show More

Michael Martin on Hume on Taste

17:37 | Aug 3rd, 2013

David Hume's 'Of the Standard of Taste' focuses on judgements about beauty in writing. Can we say with any authority that one writer or work is better than another? Michael Martin gives a clear analysis of Hume's essay on this topic in this episode o...Show More

Samuel Scheffler on the Afterlife

17:43 | Jul 20th, 2013

What do we really care about? In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Samuel Scheffler suggests that most of us care a lot about what happens after our deaths, and that affects what we feel about what is happening now and how we value it.

Noel Carroll on Humour and Morality

19:23 | Jul 6th, 2013

Must humour be moral? What about jokes that rely on immoral attitudes?  Can they be funny? Are humour and morality simply separate spheres. Noel Carroll explores the relationship between humour and morality in this episode of the Philosophy Bites pod...Show More

Daniel Dennett on the Chinese Room

16:29 | Jun 23rd, 2013

Can computers think? John Searle famously used the Chinese Room thought experiment to suggest that they can't. Daniel Dennett is suspicious about the way the thought experiment is set up. In this conversation with Nigel Warburton for the Philosophy B...Show More

Dale Jamieson on Green Virtues

18:53 | Jun 9th, 2013

'How should we live?' is a basic philosophical question. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Dale Jamieson addresses the question in a period when human beings are having devastating effects on the environment. Which virtues should we cul...Show More

Simon Glendinning on Philosophy's Two Cultures

16:48 | May 27th, 2013

Most philosophers today self-identify as within an Analytic or a Continental tradition. Where did these two cultures of philosophy come from? What role does Continental Philosophy play for Analytic Philosophy? Simon Glendinning investigates these que...Show More

Leslie Green on Same Sex Marriage

15:39 | May 11th, 2013

Is there any reasonable objection to same sex marriage? Les Green discusses this controversial issue from a philosphical perspective with Nigel Warburton for this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

John Mikhail on Battery and Morality

18:44 | Apr 27th, 2013

Hitting someone, throwing a ball hard at someone's head, spitting at someone: these are all examples of harmful acts, called 'battery' in Tort Law, and most of us judge those who do such things without the victim's implied or actual consent as morall...Show More

Noel Malcolm on Hobbes' Leviathan in Context

17:19 | Apr 14th, 2013

Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan, published in 1651, remains one of the great works of political philosophy. Noel Malcolm has recently published a 3 volume scholarly edition of this book, based on decades of research. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites ...Show More

Mark Rowlands on Philosophy and Running

11:38 | Mar 29th, 2013

Is there any connection between philosophy and running. Mark Rowlands, who began running to exercise his pet wolf thinks there is. Find out why in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast, which was recorded at the 2013 'Words by the Water' Liter...Show More

John Gardner on Constitutions

17:30 | Mar 17th, 2013

What are constitutions and how are we to interpret them? John Gardner addresses these questions in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in assocation with the Institute of Philoso...Show More

Fiona Macpherson on Hallucination

14:37 | Mar 3rd, 2013

What is a hallucination? How does it differ from an illusion? Fiona Macpherson of Glasgow University discusses these questions with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Inst...Show More

Jeff McMahan on Gun Control

18:54 | Feb 17th, 2013

Jeff McMahan argues against the private ownership of guns in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

Colin McGinn on Descartes on Innate Knowledge

15:07 | Feb 2nd, 2013

Descartes believed that we can have knowledge that was independent of experience. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Colin McGinn makes a case for there being some such knowledge. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institut...Show More

Tom Sorell on Surveillance

18:21 | Jan 25th, 2013

What, if anything, is wrong with surveillance? Why value privacy? Tom Sorrell answers these questions in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in assocation with the Institute of P...Show More

John Campbell on Schizophrenia

20:00 | Jan 8th, 2013

What can philosophers learn from schizophrenia? In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast John Campbell discusses this intriguing question with David Edmonds. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

Kendall Walton on Photography

20:18 | Dec 23rd, 2012

Philosopher Kendall Walton argues that we can literally see through photographs in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

Alan Ryan on Freedom and Its History

17:31 | Dec 8th, 2012

Ancient and modern concepts of freedom differ. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast political philosopher Alan Ryan compares and contrasts ancient and modern concepts of freedom in conversation with Nigel Warburton. Philosophy Bites is mad...Show More

Who's Your Favourite Philosopher?

39:28 | Nov 30th, 2012

To celebrate the launch of our second Philosophy Bites book Philosophy Bites Back, we've released this special episode of the podcast. We asked a wide range of philosophers the question 'Who's your favourite philosopher?' We got a wider range of answ...Show More

Peter Adamson on Avicenna's Flying Man

13:10 | Nov 26th, 2012

Are we purely physical beings? Is the mind or soul immaterial? These questions have vexed philosophers for millenia. Avicenna, born in the 10th Century, believed he had a thought experiment that showed that we are not purely physical beings, the Flyi...Show More

Tim Bayne on the Unity of Consicousness

15:07 | Nov 11th, 2012

Is conscious experience unified? A tricky question.  Philosopher of mind Tim Bayne investigates it in conversation with Nigel Warburton for this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Ph...Show More

Liane Young on Mind and Morality

12:55 | Oct 27th, 2012

An important aspect of understanding morality is accurate description of what happens when people make moral judgments. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Nigel Warburton talks to psychologist and philosopher Liane Young about her experi...Show More

Gary Francione on Animal Abolitionism

16:48 | Oct 13th, 2012

How should we treat animals? Jeremy Bentham argued that we should weigh animal suffering in our moral decision making, and Peter Singer's concept of speciesism is a modern version of that utilitarian approach. Gary L. Francione argues that philosophe...Show More

Richard Sorabji on Mahatma Gandhi as Philosopher

17:15 | Sep 28th, 2012

Richard Sorabji discusses Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of non-violence in this the 200th episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

Tim Crane on Non-Existence

15:49 | Sep 15th, 2012

How can we talk about things that don't exist? Tim Crane explores this question in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

Michael Tye on Pain

13:02 | Aug 31st, 2012

Consciousness of pain may seem straightforward, but as Michael Tye shows, in conversation with Nigel Warburton, a number of philosophical questions arise from the experience of pain. The Philosophy Bites podcast series is made in association with the...Show More

Daniel Dennett on Free Will Worth Wanting

15:40 | Aug 18th, 2012

What is free will and why should we care about it? Daniel C. Dennett addresses these questions in a wide-ranging Philosophy Bites interview with Nigel Warburton. Philosophy Bites is made in association with The Institute of Philosophy.

Patricia Churchland on What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About Morality (originally on Bioethics Bites)

19:48 | Aug 3rd, 2012

Can science give us any insight into morality? In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast, originally released on Bioethics Bites, neurophilosopher Patricia Churcland argues that it can. Bioethics Bites is made in association with the Uehiro Cen...Show More

Rae Langton on Hate Speech

15:20 | Jul 28th, 2012

Is it true that words can't harm you? What about hate speech? In the US the First Amendment protects a wide range of free expression, far wider than  is tolerated, for instance, in the United Kingdom. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast R...Show More

Molly Crockett on Brain Chemistry and Moral Decision-Making (originally on Bioethics Bites)

16:49 | Jul 22nd, 2012

Can moral decision-making be affected by chemical means? And if so, should we use drugs for this purpose? Molly Crockett's research in this area is the basis of this Philosophy Bites interview which was originally released on Bioethics Bites and made...Show More

Huw Price on Backward Causation

16:22 | Jul 15th, 2012

Effects can't precede their causes, can they? The direction of causation is forwards not backwards. But this common belief doesn't mesh with every aspect of contemporary physics. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Huw Price discusses the...Show More

Hanna Pickard on Responsibility and Personality Disorder (originally on Bioethics Bites)

16:04 | Jul 7th, 2012

Does a diagnosis of personality disorder exempt an individual from moral responsibility? Hanna Pickard discusses this question with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. This episode was originally released on Bioethics Bit...Show More

Jonathan Dancy on Moral Particularism

13:44 | Jun 29th, 2012

Is morality a matter of applying general principles? Jonathan Dancy, a moral particularist, thinks not. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he defends moral particularism in conversation with Nigel Warburton. Philosophy Bites is made in a...Show More

Tim Lewens on Selling Organs (originally on Bioethics Bites)

18:22 | Jun 22nd, 2012

Can it ever be acceptable to sell human body parts. Tim Lewens discusses this increasingly pertinent moral question with Nigel Warburton. This episode of the  Philosophy Bites podcast was originally released on Bioethics Bites and made in association...Show More

John Tomasi on Free Market Fairness

18:26 | Jun 16th, 2012

Is free market fairness an oxymoron? John Tomasi, author of Free Market Fairness, argues that economic freedom and social justice are compatible. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he explains his position in conversation with Nigel Warb...Show More

Jonathan Wolff on Political Bioethics (originally on Bioethics Bites)

20:06 | Jun 10th, 2012

How should health resources be distributed? Jonathan Wolff discusses this and related questions in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. This episode was originally released on Bioethics Bites in association with the Oxford Uehiro Centre for ...Show More

Fiery Cushman on Moral Luck

14:46 | Jun 2nd, 2012

Should morality be immune from luck? It seems so. Yet outcomes beyond participants' control seem to affect our judgements of culpability. Fiery Cushman, a psychologist in the area of experimental philosophy (x-phi), has been investigating the phenome...Show More

Onora O'Neill on Trust (originally on Bioethics Bites)

18:17 | May 27th, 2012

Trust is crucial in areas of medicine and health. But what sort of explicit consent should doctors obtain before medical treatment? Onora O'Neill discusses the place of trust in areas of bioethics with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosoph...Show More

Adina Roskies on Neuroscience and Free Will

17:48 | May 20th, 2012

Some recent research in neuroscience seems to point to the conclusion that free will is an illusion. That's certainly the conclusion that some have drawn. But Adina Roskies is sceptical. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast she explains to...Show More

NIck Bostrom on the Status Quo Bias

19:18 | May 13th, 2012

Are we systematically biases against changing the status quo? It seems that we are. In this interview, originally released as part of the Bioethics Bites series, Nick Bostrom discusses this tendency and its implications when it comes to making decisi...Show More

Galen Strawson on Panpsychism

11:03 | May 5th, 2012

Could everything that exists have experiences? Is there something that it is like to be an electron? This sounds unlikey on first hearing, but in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Galen Strawson argues in conversation with Nigel Warburton,...Show More

Peter Singer on Life and Death Decision-Making (originally on Bioethics Bites)

16:21 | Apr 29th, 2012

How should doctors, patients and family make end of life decisions? Peter Singer explores questions about euthanasia, abortion and autonomy in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this bonus episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast (originally release...Show More

Philip Pettit on Republicanism

22:24 | Apr 21st, 2012

What is republicanism? In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Philip Pettit outlines the key features of this important strand in political philosophy, one which has a continuing relevance today. Philosophy Bites is made in association with ...Show More

Jeff McMahan on Moral Status (originally on Bioethics Bites)

18:57 | Apr 15th, 2012

Disagreement about moral status is at the heart of many issues in practical ethics. In this bonus episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast (originally released on Bioethics Bites) Jeff McMahan, in conversation with Nigel Warburton, explores some of th...Show More

Adrian Moore on Philosophy and Its History

13:51 | Apr 6th, 2012

What is the point of studying philosophy's past? Is it just to learn about the history of ideas? Is there something special about the history of philosophy that makes it different from the history of other subjects? Adrian Moore, author of a new book...Show More

Julian Savulescu on Designer Babies (originally on Bioethics Bites)

21:05 | Apr 2nd, 2012

Is it ethical to select advantageous genes and select against disadvantageous genes when having babies? Julian Savulescu, Director of the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics in Oxford, discusses this question with Nigel Warburton. This bonus episode w...Show More

Neil Levy on Moral Responsibility and Consciousness

18:35 | Mar 23rd, 2012

Do recent discoveries in neuroscience threaten the notion of moral responsibility? Could we have moral responsibility without full consciousness of the significance of our actions? Neil Levy discusses these questions in conversation with Nigel Warbur...Show More

Ronald Dworkin on the Unity of Value

18:26 | Mar 9th, 2012

Is liberty compatible with equality? Many philosophers think it can't be, and that pluralism is the correct response. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Ronald Dworkin argues that there is a fundamental unity of value. Philosophy Bites i...Show More

Guy Longworth on J.L. Austin and Ordinary Language

15:25 | Feb 25th, 2012

J. L. Austin, who died in 1960, was an immensely influential philosopher whose method involved precise scrutiny of ordinary language: the precise words, the contexts  in which they were uttered, and what people were doing by uttering them. In this ep...Show More

Philip Schofield on Jeremy Bentham's Utilitarianism

15:19 | Feb 11th, 2012

Jeremy Bentham, legal reformer and philosopher, was an early Utilitarian. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Nigel Warburton interviews Bentham scholar and head of the Bentham Project, Philip Schofield about Bentham's contribution to mor...Show More

Nicola Lacey on Criminal Responsibilityhttp

17:40 | Jan 27th, 2012

What is criminal responsibility? Is it a timeless concept, or does it have a historical aspect? Nicola Lacey addresses these questions in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in a...Show More

Alain de Botton on Atheism 2.0

15:28 | Jan 16th, 2012

Some atheists despise religion and ridicule it as absurd. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Alain de Botton, author of Religion for Atheists, takes a more pragmatic line, arguing that atheists can learn a great deal from religion. Philo...Show More

Kit Fine on What is Metaphysics?http

14:33 | Jan 1st, 2012

Metaphysics is the philosophical study of reality. But what does that mean in pratice, and what are the limits of what it can reveal? Kit Fine addresses the question 'What is Metaphysics?' in discussion with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Phi...Show More

Brian Leiter on the Analytic/Continental Distinction

17:19 | Dec 18th, 2011

Is there a useful distinction to be made between analytic and continental philosophy? Brian Leiter thinks not. Listen to him in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association...Show More

Melissa Lane on Plato and Sustainability

14:50 | Dec 3rd, 2011

What can Plato teach us about sustainability? According to Princeton's Melissa Lane, author of Eco-Republic, quite a lot. Melissa discusses this topic with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in a...Show More

Tim Crane on Animal Minds

18:45 | Nov 20th, 2011

What sort of minds do other animals have? Tim Crane discusses this intriguing question with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

Sean Kelly on Homer and Philosophy

17:43 | Nov 5th, 2011

Homer is a great poet, but is he relevant to philosopy? Harvard University's Sean Kelly believes that he is and that we can glean important insights from studying Homer's work, insights about what it is to be human that might otherwise be overlooked....Show More

Paul Boghossian on Moral Relativism

17:11 | Oct 23rd, 2011

Are moral judgements simply relative to culture? Are moral relativists in the grip of a fundamental confusion, or is that just the view of a philosophical subculture? Paul Boghossian suggests that moral relativism is an untenable position in this epi...Show More

Jonathan Glover on Systems of Belief

20:03 | Oct 9th, 2011

Beliefs are important. Wars are fought over conflicting belief systems. Philosophers ask 'What is it reasonable to believe?' Can philosophers, then, give us any insights into what is going on when belief systems clash? Jonathan Glover discusses this ...Show More

Dan Sperber on the Enigma of Reasonhthttp://www.dan.sperber.fr/

12:59 | Sep 25th, 2011

Our reasoning capacity sets us apart from other animals. But reason is frequently prone to error. Why then did we evolve with a capacity for reason at all?  This is a question that has vexed Dan Sperber - with Hugo Mercier he has been researching the...Show More

Philip Pettit on Consequentialism

20:18 | Sep 11th, 2011

Philip Pettit discusses some common criticisms of consequentialism and how they might be met in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

Frank Jackson on What Mary Knew

15:12 | Aug 26th, 2011

Frank Jackson is responsible for one of the most famous thought experiments in the philosophy of mind, one designed to show that physicalism is false. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he talks to Nigel Warburton about this thought expe...Show More

Nick Bostrom on the Simulation Argument

14:30 | Aug 14th, 2011

Could you be part of a computer simulation of reality? Sounds unlikely, doesn't it. But Nick Bostrom might make you think again about this. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he discusses the Simulation Argument. Philosophy Bites is made...Show More

Luc Bovens on Catholicism and HIV

15:01 | Jul 31st, 2011

Luc Bovens, a philosopher at the London School of Economics argues that Catholic sexual morality should, on grounds of consistency within its doctrine, permit condom use for HIV discordant couples (in which one member has HIV and the other doesn't). ...Show More

Peter Singer on Henry Sidgwick's Ethics

12:47 | Jul 17th, 2011

Henry Sidgwick, who died in 1900, is something of a philosophers' philosopher. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Peter Singer explains why he thinks this late Victorian Englishman is so important for the utilitarian tradition and why is...Show More

Victor Tadros on Punishment

19:34 | Jul 3rd, 2011

How can state punishment of criminals be justified? Is it right that wrongdoers suffer? Victor Tadros investigates these questions in conversation with Nigel Warburton for this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in asso...Show More

Alison Gopnik on the Imagination

15:07 | Jun 17th, 2011

What role does imagination play in our lives? Why do we have an imagination at all? Alison Gopnik investigates these questions in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in associati...Show More

John Mikhail on Universal Moral Grammar

19:53 | Jun 4th, 2011

Do we have an innate predisposition to form certain sorts of moral judgements? John Mikhail thinks we do. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast, in an interview with David Edmonds, he explains why.

David Eagleman on Morality and the Brain

12:52 | May 22nd, 2011

Neuroscientist David Eagleman explores questions about responsibility and culpability in the light of recent brain research in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

Simon May on Love

15:05 | May 7th, 2011

Can love be defined? In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Simon May, author of a recent book on the topic, argues that there's more in common between different kinds of love than many people realise.  Philosophy Bites is made in associatio...Show More

Paul Russell on David Hume's Treatise

13:18 | Apr 25th, 2011

The standard reading of David Hume's Treatise is that it reveals him as a sceptic and also as an advocate of a science of man. These two aspects seem to be in tension. The sceptical Hume seems opposed to the more positive contribution he makes about ...Show More

Pascal Bruckner on the Pursuit of Happiness

18:30 | Apr 22nd, 2011

Is the attempt to find happiness self-defeating? Have people always been so obsessed with the pursuit of happiness? Pascal Bruckner dis cusses these questions with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is m...Show More

Noel Carroll on Humour

15:12 | Apr 9th, 2011

What is humour? Why do we have a sense of humour? Philosophers have been asking this sort of question for a while. Noel Carroll gives some answers, and tells some jokes, in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in ass...Show More

Catharine MacKinnon on Gender Crime

17:30 | Mar 26th, 2011

In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Catharine MacKinnon talks to Nigel Warburton about the concept of Gender Crime. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

Sarah Bakewell on Montaigne

0:00 | Mar 12th, 2011

Michel de Montaigne is an unusual and likeable figure. His essays are quirky, honest, and strangely modern. Sarah Bakewell, author of a recent prize-winning book about Montaigne, How to Live, discusses Montaigne's life and work for this episode of th...Show More

Hugh Mellor on Frank Ramsey on Truth

14:19 | Feb 26th, 2011

Frank Ramsey was a remarkable philosopher and mathematician who made substantial original contributions to philosophy, economics and mathematics despite dying before he was 30 years old. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Hugh Mellor dis...Show More

Jonathan Glover on Personality Disorder and Morality

13:24 | Feb 14th, 2011

The moral philosopher Jonathan Glover discusses questions about personality disorder, conscience, and responsibility in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy

Cécile Fabre on Cosmopolitanism and War

14:36 | Jan 31st, 2011

There is a long tradition of just war theory, but how does it square with moral cosmopolitanism, the idea that individuals, not nations, should be our prime concern? Cécile Fabre discusses this question with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Phi...Show More

Michael Sandel on Justice

21:25 | Jan 14th, 2011

Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel discusses 3 different theories of Justice in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast: Bentham's, Kant's and Aristotle's. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

Paul Russell on Fate

17:31 | Dec 30th, 2010

Must it be? Do I really have a choice about what I do? I seem to be able to reason about what I will do, but do I have a choice about how I weight the different choices available? And where does luck come in? Paul Russell discusses the thorny questio...Show More

Martha Nussbaum on the Value of the Humanities

13:47 | Dec 24th, 2010

Why bother studying the Humanities? Surely when resources are limited we should be concentrating on subjects that have clear economic benefits, shouldn't we? Not necessarily. Martha Nussbaum, author of Not For Profit, argues for the continuing import...Show More

Philip Pettit on Group Agency

20:37 | Dec 18th, 2010

When a group of people acts together we can hold that group morally and legally responsible. But how does the group decide to act? Is a decision of the group simply the majoritarian sum of individual group members' views? Princeton philosopher Philip...Show More

Helen Beebee on Laws of Nature

16:58 | Dec 5th, 2010

What is a law of nature? Is it merely a generalisation about how things behave? Or does it have a different status? Helen Beebee investigates these questions in conversation with Nigel Warburton for this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philo...Show More

Nick Phillipson on Adam Smith on What Human Beings Are Like

16:52 | Nov 20th, 2010

Adam Smith, the great thinker of the Scottish Enlightenment, is best known as an economist. But much of his work was philosophical, and even his economic thinking is probably best understood as part of a larger project of attempting a science of huma...Show More

What is Philosophy?

26:03 | Nov 14th, 2010

What is Philosophy? We asked some of our contributors this question for this bonus episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

Gideon Rosen on Moral Responsibility

18:19 | Nov 7th, 2010

What is moral responsibility? Are there ever grounds for saying that we have diminished responsibility? Gideon Rosen addresses these questions in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute...Show More

Alex Voorhoeve on Inequality

17:02 | Oct 25th, 2010

Does inequality really matter? Or should we be more concerned with raising the standards of the least well off than any disparity between those who have and those who have not? Alex Voorhoeve of the London School of Economics discusses these question...Show More

Michael Dummett on Frege

13:34 | Oct 7th, 2010

Gottlob Frege was one of the founders of the movement known as analytic philosophy. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Michael Dummett explains why his ideas about how language relates to the world have been so important. Philosophy Bite...Show More

Daniel Everett on the Nature of Languag

13:32 | Sep 25th, 2010

Since John Locke declared the child's mind a blank slate, philosophers have long debated the degree to which language-learning is innate. Are there are universal grammatical features that all languages share? Daniel Everett, who has spent many years ...Show More

Cynthia Freeland on Portraits

13:49 | Sep 11th, 2010

What is a portrait? What can it reveal? Cynthia Freeland explores the nature of portraits in this interview with Nigel Warburton for the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy. A book, Philo...Show More

Joshua Knobe on Experimental Philosophy

16:20 | Aug 28th, 2010

Many people think that the idea of experiments in philosophy is a contradiction. Joshua Knobe disagrees. He is at the forefront of a new movement known as Experimental Philosophy. David Edmonds interviews him in this episode of the Philosophy Bites p...Show More

Peter Singer on the Life You Can Save

15:01 | Aug 15th, 2010

If you saw a child drowning in a shallow pond would you save that child? If you would, why don't you give the small amount of money necessary to save a child from starvation or disease in parts of Africa? Peter Singer argues that the differences betw...Show More

Hillel Steiner on Exploitation

16:43 | Aug 9th, 2010

What is exploitation? Hillel Steiner discusses this question with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with The Institute of Philosophy www.philosophy.sas.ac.uk

Stephen Neale on Meaning and Interpretation

16:00 | Jul 18th, 2010

We interpret each others' words all the time. How do we do this? What part do intentions play? Does this have any implications for interpreting laws? Stephen Neale discusses these issues in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Phi...Show More

Susan Wolf on Meaning in Life

14:08 | Jul 4th, 2010

What gives meaning to a life? Susan Wolf discusses this question with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

Pat Churchland on Eliminative Materialism

19:23 | Jun 19th, 2010

Pat Churchland argues that we may need to modify our concepts in the light of recent brain research in this episode of the podcast Philosophy Bites. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy (www.sas.philosophy.ac.uk).

Jeff McMahan on Vegetarianism

16:01 | Jun 4th, 2010

Why shouldn't you eat meat? Jeff McMahan argues that there are no good reasons not to be a vegetarianism (and many good reasons for being one) in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

David Chalmers on the Singularity

16:55 | May 22nd, 2010

In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast David Chalmers discusses the philosophical implications of the artificial intelligence of the future - an imaginable time when machines are more intelligent and more powerful than humans.

Raymond Geuss on Realism in Political Philosophy

16:12 | May 8th, 2010

Is it possible to be both utopian and realistic in political philosophy? In his second interview for the Philosophy Bites podcast Raymond Geuss argues that utopianism and realism need not be incompatible.

Robert Stern on Hegel on Dialectic

0:00 | Apr 25th, 2010

Hegel's philosophy is notoriously difficult to grasp. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Robert Stern gives a lucid account of Hegel's notion of dialectic, the fundamental methodology in his philosophy. Philosophy Bites is made in associ...Show More

Ned Block on Consciousness

14:54 | Apr 10th, 2010

Ned Block talks to Nigel Warburton about some phenomena of consciousness in the latest episode of the podcast Philosophy Bites. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy (www.philosophy.sas.ac.uk).

Susan Neiman on Morality in the 21st Century

18:24 | Mar 27th, 2010

How should we live now? This is the basic question that Susan Neiman addresses in conversation with Nigel Warburton for this episode of the podcast Philosophy Bites. Her answer draws on Enlightenment thinking. If you enjoy Philosophy Bites, you might...Show More

Galen Strawson on the Sense of Self

0:00 | Mar 13th, 2010

Does everyone have a sense of self? What is it? Galen Strawson grapples with these questions in conversation with Nigel Warburton in the latest episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Jonathan Wolff on John Rawls' A Theory of Justice

0:00 | Feb 28th, 2010

John Rawls' A Theory of Justice is probably the most important work of political philosophy of the 20th Century. In this Philosophy Bites podcast Jonathan Wolff outlines the key features of that book and explores some of its limitations.

Jerrold Levinson on Music and Eros

0:00 | Feb 15th, 2010

Jerrold Levinson examines analogies between music an eros in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Robert B. Talisse on Pragmatism

0:00 | Feb 7th, 2010

In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Robert B. Talisse in discussion with Nigel Warburton explains what the philosphical movement of Pragmatism was, and some of the differences between the ideas of its founders Pierce, Dewey and James.

Thomas Pogge on Global Justice and Health

0:00 | Jan 23rd, 2010

In this interview for the Philosophy Bites podcast Thomas Pogge, Professor of Philosophy at Yale University, explores the difficult issue of how we can achieve greater justice in the distribution of pharmaceutical products to countries which can't af...Show More

Tzvetan Todorov on the Englightenment Today

0:00 | Jan 10th, 2010

Tzvetan Todorov defends Englightenment values as important for us today in this episode of the philosophy podcast Philosophy Bites.

Don Cupitt on Jesus as Philosopher

0:00 | Dec 24th, 2009

Don Cupitt, controversial theologian and philosopher, argues that Jesus is best seen as a moralist and a radical secular humanist in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. The podcast is introduced by David Edmonds. Nigel Warburton is the inte...Show More

A.C. Grayling on Bertrand Russell on Descriptions

0:00 | Dec 20th, 2009

How our words relate to objects is a thorny philosophical conundrum. In this episode of the philosophy podcast Philosophy Bites A.C. Grayling explains Bertrand Russell's Theory of Descriptions, an attempt to elucidate that relationship.

Catalin Avramescu on the Idea of Cannibalism

12:07 | Dec 6th, 2009

Catalin Avramescu discusses the fascinating topic of the part played by the idea of cannibalism in the history of philosophy in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Jeff McMahan on Killing in War

18:46 | Nov 21st, 2009

Jeff McMahan of Rutgers University discusses the morality of killing in war with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Richard Bradley on Understanding Decisions

13:29 | Nov 8th, 2009

What is involved in understanding a decision? Richard Bradley of the LSE addresses this question in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. As a decision theorist, he views decisions as gambles involving weightings of beliefs and desires.

Tony Coady on Dirty Hands in Politics

16:24 | Oct 25th, 2009

This episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast focuses on the question of whether politicians need ever act immorally. Tony Coady (aka C.A.J. Coady), author of Messy Morality is in conversation with Nigel Warburton.

John Campbell on Berkeley's Puzzle

14:42 | Oct 11th, 2009

John Campbell explores Bishop Berkeley's puzzle about what our experience is of in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Brian Leiter on Nietzsche Myths

16:24 | Sep 25th, 2009

Friedrich Nietzsche has been seen as the philosopher of the Overman, an anti-semite, and a precursor of postmodernist views about truth. But was he any of these? Brian Leiter explores these questions in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this episo...Show More

John Armstrong on What You Can Do With Philosophy

12:03 | Sep 13th, 2009

What can you do with Philosophy? Not very much, according to some people. John Armstrong disagrees. Find out why in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong on Morality Without God

13:42 | Aug 28th, 2009

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong argues that God isn't necessary for morality in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Sabine Doring on Emotion

0:00 | Aug 14th, 2009

What is an emotion? How do emotions differ from moods? What part should the emotions play in our lives and in our understanding of what it is to be human? Sabine Döring addresses these questions in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Ben Rogers on Pascal's Pensées

16:22 | Jul 29th, 2009

Blaise Pascal's Pensées is the subject of this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Few philosophers know the Pensées well,  apart from the passage in which Pascal set forth his famous 'wager' - the idea that agnostics should gamble on God existi...Show More

Marilyn McCord Adams on Evil

14:31 | Jul 12th, 2009

The Problem of Evil is usually presented as a problem for believers. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Marilyn McCord Adams suggests that it is a problem for optimistic non-believers.

Luciano Floridi on the Fourth Revolution

13:59 | Jun 28th, 2009

New technology is changing our relationship to reality and in the process what we are, argues Luciano Floridi, in this episode of the philosophy podcast Philosophy Bites. This is the fourth revolution.

Paul Snowdon on Persons and Animals

20:06 | Jun 14th, 2009

What is a person and what makes me the same person over time despite change? John Locke emphasized that continuity of memory makes us the same person over time. In contrast Paul Snowdon argues that we should see persons as animals.

Michael Sandel on What Shouldn't Be Sold

18:42 | May 28th, 2009

Michael Sandel. 2009 Reith Lecturer, discusses the moral limits of markets. You can follow Nigel Warburton discussing Sandel's first Reith lecture on Twitter on www.twitter.com/philosophybites from 10.15 p.m UK time on the 13th June as this lecture i...Show More

Allen Buchanan on Enhancement

19:38 | May 16th, 2009

Philosophy Bites looks at ethical questions raised by enhancement. Technological developments have opened up many new opportunities for intervening in biological processes to improve ourselves. Allen Buchanan of Duke University discusses some of thes...Show More

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong on Moral Psychology

14:23 | May 2nd, 2009

Moral psychology is the empirical study of how people make moral judgements. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Walter Sinnott-Armstrong discusses the relevance of psychological research to moral philosophy.

Thomas Hurka on Pleasure

17:18 | Apr 18th, 2009

Pleasure is something we all want. But is it, and should it be the only thing that we want? Is pleasure all the same kind of thing? Philosopher Thomas Hurka explores the concept of pleasure in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of t...Show More

Terence Irwin on Aristotle's Ethics

17:29 | Apr 4th, 2009

This episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast focuses on Aristotle's Ethics. In conversation with Nigel Warburton, Terence Irwin of Oxford University explains the key features of this influential work.

Raymond Tallis on Assisted Dying

0:00 | Mar 21st, 2009

Assisted dying, providing a patient with the means to kill themselves, is a highly controversial issue. For this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Raymond Tallis, who is both an eminent gerontologist and philosopher, discusses this topic and so...Show More

Julian Savulescu on the 'Yuk' Factor

13:11 | Mar 8th, 2009

Should we base our morality on our emotional reactions of disgust? We all have a sense of 'yuk' at some activities or situations. Julian Savulescu of Oxford University discusses the relevance of revulsion to our moral judgements in this episode of th...Show More

Sebastian Gardner on Sartre on Bad Faith

15:05 | Feb 20th, 2009

Jean-Paul Sartre's notion of Bad Faith lies at the core of his existentialist classic Being and Nothingness. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Sebastian Gardner explains what Sartre meant by Bad Faith.

Keith Ward on Idealism in Eastern and Western Philosophy

16:33 | Feb 6th, 2009

Questions about the nature of reality are at the heart of all philosophy in both Western and Eastern traditions. Keith Ward gives an overview of the idealist tradition in some Indian philosophy and draws parallels between this tradition and some West...Show More

David Papineau on Scientific Realism

18:48 | Jan 22nd, 2009

Scientists talk about sub-atomic particles which are invisible to the eye. Do such particles really exist? Or are they simply convenient fictions that, for the moment at least, explain the observable phenomena? David Papineau discusses and defends sc...Show More

Kate Soper on Alternative Hedonism

15:10 | Jan 11th, 2009

Kate Soper believes that we need to rethink how we live in the light of impending environmental catastrophe. She maintains that alternative ways of living can be more enjoyable than consumerism.

Chandran Kukathas on Genocide

15:32 | Dec 29th, 2008

Genocide is, at first glance, a straightforward term. We understand what it is and why it is such an evil. But, as  Chandran Kukathas of the London School of Economics argues in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast, perhaps the received defin...Show More

M.M. McCabe on the Paradox of Inquiry

16:41 | Dec 14th, 2008

How do we learn anything? This isn't a puzzle until you start thinking hard about it. In his dialogue The Meno, Plato presented an apparent paradox about inquiry. M.M. McCabe discusses this paradox and its continuing relevance.

Raymond Tallis on Parmenides

15:16 | Dec 7th, 2008

Parmenides was one of the most important pre-Socratic philosophers. Raymond Tallis discusses his ideas and influence in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Don Cupitt on Non-Realism about God

15:28 | Nov 30th, 2008

Don Cupitt, a controversial theologian and philosopher, whose BBC television series and book The Sea of Faith was extremely influential, giving birth to a theological movement, believes that most religion is too anthropomorphic. In this interview for...Show More

Wendy Brown on Tolerance

14:20 | Nov 23rd, 2008

Tolerance is usually thought of as the great virtue of democratic societies. Wendy Brown of UC Berkeley asks some sceptical questions about the concept of tolerance and how it can be used to express power relationships in this interview for Philosoph...Show More

Anne Phillips on Political Representation

18:08 | Nov 16th, 2008

Political representation in a democracy doesn't necessarily reflect the variety of people within a society. Most noticeably, there is a much lower percentage of women acting as representatives than there is in the wider population. Does this matter? ...Show More

Anthony Grayling on Bombing Civilians in Wartime

12:49 | Nov 9th, 2008

Anthony Grayling argues that bombing civilians in Dresden and other German cities in the Second World War was morally wrong.

Christopher Shields on Personal Identity

21:38 | Nov 3rd, 2008

What makes anyone the same person over time? In this interview for Philosophy Bites Christopher Shields addresses this question of personal identity, one which, as he points out, has perplexed philosophers since antiquity.

Alexander Nehamas on Friendship

12:49 | Oct 26th, 2008

Alexander Nehamas explores the value of friendship in this interview with Nigel Warburton for the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Raymond Geuss on Real Politics

19:27 | Oct 19th, 2008

Raymond Geuss wants political philosophers to focus on real politics rather than abstract notions. In this interview with Nigel Warburton for Philosophy Bites he explains why he believes philosophers such as Robert Nozick and John Rawls were fundamen...Show More

Roger Crisp on Virtue

14:05 | Oct 12th, 2008

Roger Crisp discusses the nature of virtue in this interview with Nigel Warburton for  the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Anthony Appiah on Experiments in Ethics

15:06 | Oct 5th, 2008

Anthony Appiah makes the case for the relevance of psychological experiments to our ethical reasoning in this interview for the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Christopher Janaway on Nietzsche on Morality

14:12 | Sep 28th, 2008

Friedrich Nietzsche's The Genealogy of Morality provides a radical view of the origins of our values. Nigel Warburton interviews Christopher Janaway about this important book in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Peter Cave on Paradoxes

15:58 | Sep 21st, 2008

Philosophers have been fascinated by paradoxes since ancient times. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Nigel Warburton interviews Peter Cave about paradoxes and their relevance to philosophy.

Adrian Moore on Kant's Metaphysics

20:00 | Sep 14th, 2008

Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason is a notoriously difficult work. In this interview for Philosophy Bites A.W. Moore of Oxford University gives a succinct account of this complex and influential attempt to clarify the limits of human understand...Show More

Barry C. Smith on Neuroscience

13:24 | Sep 7th, 2008

Philosophers of mind have traditionally introspected sitting alone in their rooms. Now new developments in neuroscience are producing surprising results, some of which are relevant to philosophy. Phenomena such as blind sight and mirror neurones sugg...Show More

Ray Monk on Philosophy and Biography

13:36 | Aug 31st, 2008

Ray Monk discusses the relationship between philosophy and biography in this interview with Nigel Warburton for the Philosophy Bites podcast. Can an understanding the life of a philosopher help us understand that philosopher's work? Is there anything...Show More

M.M. McCabe on Socratic Method

13:04 | Aug 24th, 2008

Philosophy began in earnest with Socrates. He asked impertinent questions. In this interview with M.M. McCabe, Philosophy Bites explores the nature of Socratic Method and Socrates' claim that the unexamined life is not worth living.

Aaron Ridley on Nietzsche on Art and Truth

15:35 | Aug 16th, 2008

Friedrich Nietzsche's ideas about art and truth run through much of his philosophical writing, but are most apparent in his first book, The Birth of Tragedy. In this episode of Philosophy Bites Nigel Warburton interviews Aaron Ridley about this topic...Show More

Clare Carlisle on Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling

13:09 | Aug 10th, 2008

Soren Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling retells and interprets the story of Abraham and Isaac. In Kierkegaard's hands the story becomes a model for the human predicament. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Clare Carlisle provides an inter...Show More

Alex Neill - the Paradox of Tragedy

16:34 | Aug 3rd, 2008

How can we enjoy watching tragedy when it is a genre that deals with suffering and pain? In this episode of  the Philosophy Bites podcast Alex Neill explains what the paradox of tragedy is, and shows how he thinks it can be dissolved. He also relates...Show More

Quentin Skinner on Machiavelli's The Prince

25:52 | Jul 27th, 2008

Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince is one of the most notorious works of political philosophy ever written. Quentin Skinner sets it in its historical context and explains its key themes in this episode of Philosophy Bites.

Peter Adamson on Plotinus on Evil

14:54 | Jul 20th, 2008

Plotinus, who lived in the 3rd Century A.D., was the founder of neo-platonism. In this episode of Philosophy Bites Peter Adamson explains what Plotinus had to say about evil.

Matthew Kramer on Legal Rights

15:04 | Jul 13th, 2008

What precisely is a legal right? Matthew Kramer discusses this question with Nigel Warburton in this episode of Philosophy Bites.

Melissa Lane on Rousseau on Modern Society

16:39 | Jul 6th, 2008

Modern society is for most people synonymous with progress. Not for the eighteenth century thinker Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Rousseau believed that civilization corrupts us in certain ways. Melissa Lane explains Rousseau's views on progress in this epis...Show More

John Broome on Weighing Lives

14:27 | Jun 29th, 2008

How do we weigh lives one against another? Governments frequently have to make life and death decisions that take in to account such issues as the quality of life compared to the length of a life. In this episode of Philosophy Bites John Broome prese...Show More

Robert Rowland Smith on Derrida on Forgiveness

12:56 | Jun 22nd, 2008

Jacques Derrida, father of deconstructionism, divided philosophers. For some he was a genius; for others a charlatan. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites Robert Rowland Smith defends Derrida's views about the concept of forgiveness.

John Dunn on Locke on Toleration

13:46 | Jun 15th, 2008

John Locke, writing in the Seventeenth Century, argued for religious toleration, though stopped short of toleration of atheists. In this episode of the podcast Philosophy Bites, Nigel Warburton interviews Locke expert John Dunn on this topic.

Will Kymlicka on Minority Rights

16:04 | Jun 8th, 2008

Should minority groups such as recent immigrants or those who have suffered historic injustice be given rights that other citizens don't have? Will Kymlicka believes they should. Listen to his arguments in defence of this position in this episode of ...Show More

Jennifer Hornsby on Human Agency

10:39 | Jun 1st, 2008

What goes on when someone does something deliberately? Jennifer Hornsby discusses this difficult philosophical question with Nigel Warburton in this episode of Philosophy Bites.

Tim Scanlon on Free Speech

17:26 | May 30th, 2008

In this bonus episode produced in association with the Open University, Tim Scanlon discusses the limits of free speech with Nigel Warburton. A transcript of this episode is available from www.open2.net/ethicsbites/

Donna Dickenson on Body Shopping

14:08 | May 25th, 2008

Do you own your body? If not, who does? These are important questions in an age in which there is extensive trade in body parts. Donna Dickenson, author of Body Shopping, discusses this issue with Nigel Warburton in this episode of Philosophy Bites.

Mary Warnock on the Right to Have a Baby

0:00 | May 22nd, 2008

In this bonus episode produced in association with The Open University, Mary Warnock, a philosopher who also sits in the House of Lords, addresses the question 'Do we have a right to have babies?' A transcript of this episode is available at http://w...Show More

Anthony Kenny on Aquinas' Ethics

14:00 | May 18th, 2008

Thomas Aquinas, the thirteenth century Dominican is the subject of this episode of Philosophy Bites. Anthony Kenny explains the key features of Aquinas'  ethics in conversation with Nigel Warburton.

Michael Sandel on Genetic Enhancement in Sport

16:56 | May 14th, 2008

In this bonus episode of Philosophy Bites made in association with the Open University, Michael Sandel addresses the question of whether we should allow genetic enhancement of athletes. Drawing on themes from his recent book, The Case Against Perfect...Show More

Jonathan Wolff on Marx on Alienation

15:02 | May 11th, 2008

Karl Marx's theory of alienated labour is the topic of this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Jonathan Wolff, author of Why Read Marx Today? explains what Marx meant by alienation. He also sheds light on Marx's controversial description of wha...Show More

Peter Singer on Human Use of Animals

16:46 | May 8th, 2008

In this bonus episode produced in association with the Open University as part of the Ethics Bites series, Peter Singer, perhaps the world's best known living philosopher, discusses how we treat animals. A transcript of this episode is available fro...Show More

Chandran Kukathas on Hayek's Liberalism

12:54 | May 4th, 2008

Friedrich Hayek was a major figure in Twentieth Century economics and political philosophy, but his ideas are sometimes caricatured, not least because Margaret Thatcher approved of his work. Chandran Kukathas explains the key features of his liberali...Show More

Richard Reeves on Mill's On Liberty

13:49 | Apr 27th, 2008

In this episode of Philosophy Bites Richard Reeves, author of a recent biography of John Stuart Mill sheds light on Mill's classic defence of individual freedom, On Liberty.

David Miller on National Responsibility

13:42 | Apr 20th, 2008

Can a nation be collectively responsible for actions? And how should apologies and reparations be handled when the perpetrators of injustice may be dead? David Miller, author of a recent book on this topic, explores the kinds of responsibility that n...Show More

Peter Millican on Hume's Significance

14:52 | Apr 13th, 2008

David Hume is probably the greatest English-speaking philosopher to date. In this interview for Philosophy Bites. Peter Millican, a Hume specialist, explains why his philosophy was so important.

Janet Radcliffe Richards on Men and Women's Natures

19:41 | Apr 6th, 2008

Are men and women different by nature? And if so, what follows? Janet Radcliffe Richards, author of The Sceptical Feminist and Human Nature After Darwin, examines questions about human nature, focusing on John Stuart Mill's important book The Subject...Show More

Raimond Gaita on Torture

13:49 | Mar 30th, 2008

Is it immoral even to consider the use of torture in some circumstances? If the State is threatened, should we be prepared to shelve human rights for an end we consider worthwhile? Raimond Gaita discusses a range of arguments about torture in this ep...Show More

Derek Matravers on the Definition of Art

12:52 | Mar 22nd, 2008

What is art? Can anything be a work of art? Derek Matravers, author of Art and Emotion, explores these questions in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of Philosophy Bites (www.philosophybites.com).

Melissa Lane on Plato and Totalitarianism

18:40 | Mar 16th, 2008

Was Plato's ideal state a totalitarian one? Karl Popper, thought so, and made his case in The Open Society and Its Enemies. Melissa Lane, author of Plato's Progeny, reassesses Popper's critique of Plato in this episode of Philosophy Bites.

Thomas Pink on Free Will

18:13 | Mar 9th, 2008

We often blame people for what they do or fail to do. But that implies that they were free to choose whether or not to act in the way they did. At the same time science seems to reveal prior causes of all our actions. There seems little or no room fo...Show More

Anthony Appiah on Cosmopolitanism

15:18 | Mar 2nd, 2008

Is it possible to be a citizen of the world while maintaining your own distinctive identity? Anthony Appiah defends the ethical position he dubs cosmopolitanism (which for him is universalism combined with a recognition and celebration of diversity) ...Show More

A.C. Grayling on Descartes' Cogito

12:52 | Feb 23rd, 2008

A.C. Grayling, author of a recent biography of René Descartes, explores Descartes' Cogito argument, the pivotal argument of the Meditations, in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of Philosophy Bites.

Hugh Mellor on Time

11:46 | Feb 15th, 2008

Events happen in time. And time is essentially tensed: there is past, present, future. D.H. Mellor, author of Real Time (and Real Time 2) suggests otherwise. In this podcast for Philosophy Bites he explains why time isn't tensed.

Richard Tuck on Free Riding

18:41 | Feb 10th, 2008

If what I do has only a negligible impact on events, why should I bother doing it at all? Why not 'free ride' on other people's contributions? Richard Tuck explores these questions in this episode of Philosophy Bites.

Stephen Mulhall on Film as Philosophy

18:19 | Feb 3rd, 2008

Most philosophers who consider the movies focus on the nature of the cinematic medium. Stephen Mulhall argues for a different approach. He thinks that a film such as Bladerunner can actually be philosophy.

Richard Norman on Humanism

10:36 | Jan 27th, 2008

How can non-believers make sense of the world? How can there be morality without God? In this episode of Philosophy Bites philosopher Richard Norman explains how it is possible to lead a good life without religion.

Richard Bourke on Edmund Burke on Politics

14:08 | Jan 20th, 2008

The eighteenth century thinker and politician Edmund Burke was one of the founders of modern conservativism. In his Reflections on the Revolution in France he attacked the revolution. For this episode of Philosophy Bites Richard Bourke of Queen Mary,...Show More

Angie Hobbs on Plato on War

10:27 | Jan 13th, 2008

What causes human agression? For Plato's Socrates it comes from innate tendencies nurtured in the wrong way. And that's where war comes from. Angie Hobbs gives a fascinating introduction to this aspect of Plato's Republic in this episode of Philosoph...Show More

Barry Smith on Wittgenstein's Conception of Philosophy

22:50 | Jan 6th, 2008

Ludwig Wittgenstein was one of the great figures of Twentieth Century Philosophy. Part of his originality lay in his view of what Philosophy was and how it ought to be done. For this episode of Philosophy Bites Barry Smith of Birkbeck College London ...Show More

Mark Vernon on Friendship

11:53 | Dec 30th, 2007

What is friendship? Is it a suitable subject for Philosophy? Mark Vernon, author of The Philosophy of Friendship, explores these questions in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of Philosophy Bites.

G.A. Cohen on Inequality of Wealth

10:44 | Dec 23rd, 2007

Can differences in income be morally justified? Should we expect rich people to give their money to the poor? G.A. Cohen, author of a book with the provocative title If You're An Egalitarian, How Come You're So Rich? addresses these questions in this...Show More

Barry Stroud on Scepticism

12:51 | Dec 16th, 2007

Can I trust my senses? Can I tell that I'm not now dreaming? Some philosophical sceptics have maintained that we can't know anything for certain. Barry Stroud discusses the challenge posed by such sceptics in this episode of Philosophy Bites.

Julian Baggini on Thought Experiments

12:13 | Dec 9th, 2007

Philosophers often use elaborate thought experiments in their writing. Are these anything more than rhetorical flourishes? Or do they reveal important aspects of the questions under discussion. Julian Baggini, editor of The Philosophers' Magazine and...Show More

Susan James on Spinoza on the Passions

17:14 | Dec 2nd, 2007

What are the passions and what role do they play in human life? These fundamental questions fascinated Baruch de Spinoza who in his book Ethics gave a highly original account of what it is to be human. In this episode of Philosophy Bites, Susan James...Show More

Henry Hardy on Isaiah Berlin's Pluralism

12:54 | Nov 25th, 2007

Is there a common currency in which we can compare the various ways in which people choose to live? Isaiah Berlin thought not. He argued that fundamental values may be incommensurable. In this episode of Philosophy Bites Henry Hardy in conversation w...Show More

Myles Burnyeat on Aristotle on Happiness

12:15 | Nov 18th, 2007

What is happiness? Is it a matter of blissful mental states subjectively experienced, or is it, as Aristotle believed, more about a successful life? In this episode of Philosophy Bites Myles Burnyeat in conversation with Nigel Warburton gives a lucid...Show More

Alain de Botton on Philosophy Within and Outside the Academy

13:52 | Nov 11th, 2007

What is philosophy? Does academic philosophy squeeze the life out of some of the most important questions we can ask? Alain de Botton, author of the bestseller The Consolations of Philosophy, discusses his conception of philosophy and the importance ...Show More

Angie Hobbs on Plato on Erotic Love

15:31 | Nov 4th, 2007

Plato's Symposium is the most famous philosophical discussion of love, its joys, risks and pleasures. In this episode of Philosophy Bites Angie Hobbs gives a lively account of what Plato thought about erotic love.

Stewart Sutherland on Hume on Design

11:18 | Oct 28th, 2007

Is there evidence of intelligent design in the Universe? In the Eighteenth Century David Hume presented a series of powerful arguments against the Argument from Design. In this interview for Philosophy Bites Stewart Sutherland outlines these argument...Show More

Onora O'Neill on Medical Consent

13:53 | Oct 21st, 2007

What do we mean by 'consent' in a medical context? Is it reasonable to ask for informed consent before performing medical procedures? Is consent even the most important issue. Onora O'Neill challenges some widely-held assumptions in this area in this...Show More

Quentin Skinner on Hobbes on the State

17:40 | Oct 15th, 2007

What is the state? How do individuals combine to lend legitimate authority to those who act on the state's behalf? These are fundamental questions in political philosophy that Thomas Hobbes addressed in the seventeenth century. In this interview Quen...Show More

Anthony Kenny on his New History of Philosophy

12:51 | Oct 8th, 2007

Anthony Kenny has recently published a major new four-volume history of philosophy. Nigel Warburton interviews him about this project for this episode of Philosophy Bites.

Tim Crane on Mind and Body

10:45 | Sep 30th, 2007

What is the mind and how does it relate to our bodies? How can something physical think? These are fundamental questions in the philosophy of mind. Tim Crane addresses these difficult issues in this interview for Philosophy Bites.