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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

 

#356

Clare Chambers on the Unmodified Body

We all make some modifications to our bodies. But often this is in response to social pressures. So is there something to say for the largely unmodified body? <a href= "http://www.clarechambers.com">Clare Chambers</a> thinks so. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast she spells out why. The interviewer is David Edmonds.  ... Read more

20 Jun 2022

22 MINS

22:47

20 Jun 2022


#355

Peter Singer on Consequentialism

Peter Singer is probably the most famous living philosopher. He recently won the million-dollar Berggruen Prize and promptly gave all that money to charity.  His positions on this, on animals, poverty, altruism, and much else besides are underpinned by his consequentialism. Here, in conversation with Nigel Warburton he explains his consequentialism and its implications. ... Read more

19 May 2022

22 MINS

22:16

19 May 2022


#354

Cecile Fabre on the Ethics of Spying

Spying raises many ethical issues, but these are rarely discussed - at least by philosophers. Cécile Fabre, author of a recent book on the topic, Spying Through a Glass Darkly, discusses some of these issues with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.  This episode is sponsored by The New European newspaper. ... Read more

20 Apr 2022

24 MINS

24:51

20 Apr 2022


#353

Ro Khanna on Digital Dignity

In this digital age, how can we organise society and the public sphere in ways that will preserve the sense of individual dignity? Ro Khanna, Congressman for Silicon Valley, and author of Dignity in a Digital Age, discusses this important topic with Nigel Warburton.  ... Read more

18 Mar 2022

18 MINS

18:59

18 Mar 2022


#352

Benjamin Lipscomb on 4 Women Philosophers

In Oxford during the Second World War four women philosophers came to prominence. Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Iris Murdoch, and Mary Midgley were friends and met to discuss their ideas, particulary about ethics. Benjamin Lipscomb, author of a recent book about them, The Women Are Up To Something, speaks to David Edmonds in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.  ... Read more

22 Jan 2022

20 MINS

20:55

22 Jan 2022


#351

Paul Bloom on Psychological Hedonism,

Do we seek pleasure and avoid pain? The moral psychologist Paul Bloom believes psychological hedonism gives an inaccurate picture of what motivates us. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he discusses pain and pleasure with Nigel Warburton. ... Read more

19 Dec 2021

20 MINS

20:23

19 Dec 2021


#350

Myisha Cherry on Rage

Stoic philosophers described anger as a temporary madness and argued that we should eliminate it wherever possible. More recently Martha Nussbaum has argued for keeping anger out of political debates. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast, in contrast, Myisha Cherry makes the case for rage in some specific circumstances. She discusses rage with Nigel Warburton. ... Read more

03 Nov 2021

21 MINS

21:21

03 Nov 2021


#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