Shelly Kagan on Speciesism08/01/15
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. HereShelly Kaganoutlines Singer's position and takes issue...
Susan James on Foucault and Knowledge
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...
Larry Temkin on Transitivity
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 Temkinchallenges this idea, known as the axiom of transitivity.
William B. Irvine on Living Stoically
How should we live? is a basic philosophical question. The Stoics had some answers. But are they relevant today? William B. Irvinethinks so. Listen to his conversation with Nigel Warburtonon this episode of the Philosophy Bitespodcast.
Steven Lukes on Power
What is power? Steven Lukesargues for a three-dimensional account of this concept in this episode of the Philosophy Bitespodcast.
Theodore Zeldin on Philosophy and History
The historian and writer Theodore Zeldingives his personal take on the relation betwen philosophy and history in this episode of the Philosophy Bitespodcast.
Jesse Prinz on Art and Emotion
What part do emotions play in our appreciation of art? Jesse Prinzexplores the sense of wonder at artworks in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
Cassim Quassam on Conspiracy Theories
What is a conspiracy? Why do conspiracies - real or imagined - matter to philsophy? Cassim Quaassamexplores these questions in conversation withNigel Warburton
Tim Williamson on the Appeal of Relativism
Are all truths relative? That's an attractive idea for many people. Tim Williamson, Wykeham Professor of Logic at Oxford Universitydiscusses why and attempts to immunise us against sloppy thinking in this area.
Shaun Nichols on Death and the Self
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 Bitespodcast.
Rebecca Roache on Swearing
Warning: this episode on the philosophy of swearing includes swearing. Rebecca Roache discusses swearing and whether there are good arguments for refraining fromit.
Lisa Bortolotti on Irrationality
We're all irrational some of the time, probably more of the time than we are ready to acknowledge. Lisa Bortolottidiscusses the nature of irrationality with Nigel Warburtonin this episode of the Philosophy Bitespodcast.
Jonathan Webber on Deceiving With Words
There are many ways to deceive with words, some of which don't involve lying. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Jonathan Webberconsiders whether it matters or not if you lie.
Simon Critchley on Suicide
Albert Camus described suicide as the 'one really serious philosophical problem'. In this episode of the Philosophy Bitespodcast Simon Critchleydiscusses suicide with Nigel Warburton.
Christine Korsgaard on the Status of Animals
Many philosophers argue in favour of the welfare of animals because of their capacity for feeling pain. Harvard philosopherChristine Korsgaardis unusual in using Kantian arguments to defend the status of animals as ends in themselves. She discusses...
Meira Levinson on the Aims of Education
What are the aims of education? Meira Levinsondiscusses this important question with Nigel Warburtonin this episode of the Philosoph Bites podcast.
Lucy Allais on Forgiveness
What is forgiveness? Whom does it benefit? Is it ever obligatory? Lucy Allaisdiscusses these questions in conversation with Nigel Warburtonin this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
Who is the most impressive philosopher you've met? A...
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?
Julia Annasexplains 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
What is probability? Not an easy question to answer. We thought our best chance of clarity on this questionwas fromEmeritus Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge University and author of a book on the subject, Hugh Mellor...
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