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Philosophy Bites podcast

Philosophy Bites

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 self-funding - donations very welcome via our website http://www.philosophybites.com

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 self-funding - donations very welcome via our website http://www.philosophybites.com

 

#349

Agnes Callard on Complaint

We all do it. But is there anything philosophically interesting about complaining? <a href= "https://philosophy.uchicago.edu/faculty/a-callard">Agnes Callard</a> thinks there is. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast she discusses complaint with Nigel Warburton. ... Read more

09 Oct 2021

26 MINS

26:12

09 Oct 2021


#348

Arash Abizadeh on Thomas Hobbes' Ethics

Thomas Hobbes is best known as author of Leviathan which is usually read today for its theory of political authority. Here [Arash Abizadeh] (https://abizadeh.wixsite.com/arash) discusses Hobbes' ethics, the theory of what we are and what are obligations are to each.  ... Read more

23 Aug 2021

20 MINS

20:50

23 Aug 2021


#347

Steven Nadler on Spinoza on Free Speech

Spinoza was famously heretical in his views. No surprise then that he defended free expression. Here <a href= "https://smnadler.wixsite.com/mysite">Steven Nadler</a> discusses Spinoza's views on this topic with Nigel Warburton. ... Read more

18 May 2021

18 MINS

18:23

18 May 2021


#346

Suki Finn on the Metaphysics of Nothing

What is the status of something that is an absence, like a hole? [Suki Finn] (https://www.sukifinn.com) explores the metaphysics of nothing in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Suki is also the editor of a new book based on Philosophy Bites interviews with women philosophers selected from our archive [Women of Ideas,] (Women%20of%20Ideas,)  to be published by Oxford University Press in April.   ... Read more

08 Mar 2021

19 MINS

19:18

08 Mar 2021


#345

Peter Salmon on Derrida on Deconstruction

Jacques Derrida was a controversial philosopher whose writing could be fiendishly difficult to read. Nevertheless he had many followers. Here [Pete Salmon] (https://www.petersalmon.co.uk) , author of a recent biography of Derrida, manages to give a clear account of what Derrida meant by deconstruction.  This episode was sponsored by St John's College. For more information about the college go to <a href= "https://www.sjc.edu/podcast">www.sjc.edu/podcast</a>   ... Read more

18 Feb 2021

22 MINS

22:34

18 Feb 2021


#344

David Bather Woods on Schopenhauer on Compassion

Arthur Schopenhauer is best known for the deep pessimism of his book The World as Will and Representation. Here we focus on a slightly less pessimistic aspect of his philosophy: his views on compassion. Very unusually for an early nineteenth century thinker, he was influenced here by his reading of Indian philosophy. <a href= "https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/philosophy/people/woods/">David Bather Woods</a> is the interviewee. We are very grateful for sponsorship for this episode from [St John's College] (https://www.sjc.edu/podcast) . ... Read more

10 Jan 2021

24 MINS

24:06

10 Jan 2021


#343

Samantha Rose Hill on Hannah Arendt on Pluralism

Hannah Arendt's experience of the Eichmann trial in 1961 led her to reflect on the nature of politics, truth, and plurality. <a href= "https://www.samantharosehill.com">Samantha Rose Hill</a>, author of a biography of Arendt, discusses the context for this, and the key features of Arendt's views.  We are grateful for support for this episode from St John's College - for more information about the college, including online options, go to <a href= "https://sjc.edu/podcast">sjc.edu/podcast</a> ... Read more

06 Dec 2020

20 MINS

20:41

06 Dec 2020


#342

David Edmonds on Undercover Robot

David Edmonds has co-authored a children's book, Undercover Robot. Here in this bonus episode (originally released on the Thinking Books podcast) he discusses it with Nigel Warburton.  ... Read more

28 Nov 2020

12 MINS

12:50

28 Nov 2020


#341

Steven Nadler on Spinoza on Death

Baruch Spinoza was perhaps most famous for his equation of God with Nature - a view that his contemporaries, probably correctly, took to be atheist. But what did he think about death? Steven Nadler, author of A Book Forged in Hell and Think Least of Death, discusses this aspect of his thought with Nigel Warburton.   ... Read more

12 Nov 2020

19 MINS

19:59

12 Nov 2020


#340

Kate Manne on Misogyny and Male Entitlement

In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Cornell philosopher [Kate Manne] (http://www.katemanne.net/) discusses the notions of misogyny, male entitlement, and the term that she coined 'himpathy' with Nigel Warburton. ... Read more

04 Oct 2020

21 MINS

21:13

04 Oct 2020


#339

Liam Bright on Verificationism

Verificationists believe that every meaningful statement is either true by definition or else empirically verifiable (or falsifiable). Anything which fails to pass this two-pronged test for meaningfulness is neither true nor false, but literally meaningless. <a href= "https://philpeople.org/profiles/liam-kofi-bright">Liam Bright</a> discusses Verificationism and its links with the Vienna Circle with David Edmonds in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.  ... Read more

16 Sep 2020

27 MINS

27:28

16 Sep 2020


#338

David Edmonds on Wittgenstein's Poker

For this special episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast (produced under lockdown) Nigel Warburton interviews David Edmonds about his bestselling book, written with David Edinow, Wittgenstein's Poker. It focuses on a heated argument between the two great Viennese philosophers Karl Popper and Ludwig Wittgenstein, and the differing accounts that were give of it by those who were there.    ... Read more

07 Jul 2020

17 MINS

17:56

07 Jul 2020


#337

Nigel Warburton on A Little History of Philosophy

For this first of two special lockdown episodes of Philosophy Bites we interviewed each other. Here David Edmonds interviews Nigel Warburton about his bestseller A Little History of Philosophy. In the companion episode Nigel interviews David about his bestseller Wittgenstein's Poker. ... Read more

24 Jun 2020

15 MINS

15:40

24 Jun 2020


#336

Cheryl Misak on Frank Ramsey and Ludwig Wittgenstein

[Cheryl Misak] (https://www.cherylmisak.com) has recently published a biography of <a href= "https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/ramsey/">F.P. Ramsey</a>, the great Cambridge thinker who died at the age of only 26, but who nevertheless made a significant impact in several different fields including philosophy, mathematics, and economics. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast she discusses Ramsey's interactions with Wittgenstein. The two thinkers had very different personal styles and their philosophies reflect this. ... Read more

30 May 2020

19 MINS

19:44

30 May 2020


#335

Philip Goff on Galileo and Consciousness

Philip Goff discusses some of Galileo's insights into the nature of matter. He then goes on to discuss his own view about consciousness, panpsychism. Goff believes that matter is conscious at some level.  ... Read more

09 May 2020

18 MINS

18:47

09 May 2020


#334

Elizabeth Anderson on 'Let's Talk'

In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast, recorded before the Covid-19 lockdowns, the political philosopher <a href= "http://www-personal.umich.edu/~eandersn/">Elizabeth Anderson</a> explains why we need to be prepared to talk more, even with people with whom we strongly disagree.    ... Read more

19 Apr 2020

20 MINS

20:42

19 Apr 2020


#333

Christian List on Free Will

What is free will? Do we have it? These are difficult questions. Neuroscience seems to point in the direction of determinism. But [Christian List] (http://personal.lse.ac.uk/list/) suggests that there might still be room for genuine free will.    ... Read more

05 Feb 2020

23 MINS

23:53

05 Feb 2020


#332

Emily Thomas on Wildly Implausible Metaphysics

Some philosophers have drawn very strange conclusions about the nature of reality. Despite this <a href= "https://www.dur.ac.uk/research/directory/staff/?id=15319">Emily Thomas</a> believes that their work may still be worth studying. They usually have had good reasons for what they concluded. In this episode of the [Philosophy Bites] (http://www.philosophybites.com) podcast she discusses several wildly implausible metaphysical theories with <a href= "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigel_Warburton">Nigel Warburton</a>.  We are grateful for support from the <a href= "https://marcsandersfoundation.org">Marc Sanders Foundatio</a>n and from our Patreon donors.  ... Read more

21 Oct 2019

19 MINS

19:37

21 Oct 2019


#331

James Wilson on Real World Ethics

Are thought experiments the best way of doing practical ethics? Not according to <a href= "https://www.ucl.ac.uk/philosophy/people/permanent-academic-staff/james-wilson"> James Wilson</a>. He thinks we need the rich detail of real cases or complex imaginary cases not a simplified version of reality to make sense of the moral problems we face.  We are grateful for support for this episode from the <a href= "https://marcsandersfoundation.org/">Marc Sanders Foundation</a> and from our supporters on Patreon.  ... Read more

21 Sep 2019

20 MINS

20:12

21 Sep 2019


#330

Kate Kirkpatrick on the life and work of Simone de Beauvoir

In this episode of the <a href= "http://www.philosophybites.com">Philosophy Bites podcast</a>, [Kate Kirkpatrick] (https://www.kcl.ac.uk/people/kate-kirkpatrick) , author of a new biography of Beauvoir, Becoming Beauvoir, discusses the relationship between the life and work of Simone de Beauvoir. Beauvoir is often portrayed as applying Jean-Paul Sartre's existentialism to the condition of women. Is this a fair assessment? We are grateful for support from the <a href= "https://marcsandersfoundation.org/">Marc Sanders Foundation</a>.  ... Read more

08 Jul 2019

17 MINS

17:08

08 Jul 2019


#329

Kathleen Stock on What is a Woman?

'What is a woman?' has become a contentious question with practical implications. The philosopher [Kathleen Stock] (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/127266) gives an account of the category 'woman' and how we should think about it. She gives a different answer to this question which Amia Srinivassan addressed in a <a href= "https://philosophybites.com/2017/01/amia-srinivasan-on-what-is-a-woman.html"> previous Philosophy Bites interview on this topic</a>. ... Read more

21 May 2019

30 MINS

30:09

21 May 2019


#328

Christian Miller on the Character Gap

[Christian Miller] (http://philosophy.wfu.edu/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] (http://www.philosophybites.com) podcast he explores the psychology of moral behaviour, and how we can become better people.  We are grateful for support from the <a href= "https://marcsandersfoundation.org/">Marc Sanders Foundation</a>.  ... Read more

25 Feb 2019

20 MINS

20:38

25 Feb 2019


#327

Philip Pettit on the Birth of Ethics

Where did ethics come from? <a href= "https://www.princeton.edu/~ppettit/">Philip Pettit</a> 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] (http://www.philosophybites.com) podcast. We are grateful for support from the <a href= "https://marcsandersfoundation.org/">Marc Sanders Foundation</a> and from Patreon donors for this episode.  ... Read more

25 Feb 2019

20 MINS

20:44

25 Feb 2019


#326

Helen Beebee on Possible Worlds

Philosophers often talk about possible worlds. Is this just a way of describing counterfactual situations? As <a href= "https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/Helen.Beebee.html">Helen Beebee</a> explains, some of them believe that possible worlds actually exist. This episode of the <a href= "http://www.philosophybites.com">Philosophy Bites</a> podcast is supported by the <a href= "http://www.marcsandersfoundation.org/">Marc Sanders Foundation</a> and by Patreon donations.  ... Read more

14 Jan 2019

16 MINS

16:38

14 Jan 2019


#325

Paul Sagar on Scepticism about Philosophy

Throughout its history there have been challenges to the status of philosophy. <a href= "https://prsagar.wordpress.com/">Paul Sagar</a> discusses some of these in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. We are grateful for support from the [Marc Sanders Foundation] (http://www.marcsandersfoundation.org/) in making this podcast, and for donations from Patreon patrons.  ... Read more

27 Nov 2018

20 MINS

20:50

27 Nov 2018


#324

Katherine Hawley on Trustworthiness

Is it always good to be trustworthy? Can trustworthiness come into conflict with other values, such as generosity? <a href= "https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/philosophy/dept/staffprofiles/?staffid=104"> Katherine Hawley</a> discusses these and other questions about trustworthiness with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the [Philosophy Bites] (http://www.philosophybites.com) podcast.  We are grateful for support from the <a href= "http://www.marcsandersfoundation.org/">Marc Sanders Foundation</a> and from our <a href= "https://www.patreon.com/user?u=282403">Patreon</a> subscribers for this episode.  ... Read more

07 Oct 2018

16 MINS

16:09

07 Oct 2018


#323

Teresa Bejan on Civility

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] (http://www.philosophybites.com) podcast <a href= "https://www.politics.ox.ac.uk/academic-staff/teresa-bejan.html">Teresa Bejan</a> discusses this manner of speaking and writing and its history.  We are grateful for sponsorship for this episode from the [Marc Sanders Foundation] (http://www.marcsandersfoundation.org/) and from our <a href= "https://www.patreon.com/user?u=282403">Patreon patrons</a>.  ... Read more

20 Aug 2018

21 MINS

21:48

20 Aug 2018


#322

Robert B. Talisse on Overdoing Democracy

You can overdo most things, but can you overdo democracy? Political philosopher <a href= "https://as.vanderbilt.edu/philosophy/bio/robertb-talisse">Robert B. Talisse</a> thinks you can. He explains why in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. We are very grateful for sponsorship from the <a href= "http://www.marcsandersfoundation.org/">Marc Sanders Foundation</a> for this episode.  ... Read more

23 Jul 2018

18 MINS

18:34

23 Jul 2018


#321

Robert Wright on Why Buddhism is True

[Robert Wright] (https://utsnyc.edu/faculty/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 Bites podcast he discusses Buddhism, reality, and the mind, with interviewer Nigel Warburton.  We are very grateful for support for this episode from the <a href= "http://www.marcsandersfoundation.org">Marc Sanders Foundation</a> We are also grateful for the continuing support we receive from donations on <a href= "https://www.patreon.com/user?u=282403">Patreon</a> and Paypal. ... Read more

07 May 2018

19 MINS

19:56

07 May 2018