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David Edmonds (Uehiro Centre, Oxford University) and Nigel Warburton (The Open University) interview top philosophers on a wide range of topics. A book based on the series has recently been published by Oxford University Press. The Philosophy Bites podcast is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

David Edmonds (Uehiro Centre, Oxford University) and Nigel Warburton (The Open University) interview top philosophers on a wide range of topics. A book based on the series has recently been published by Oxford University Press. The Philosophy Bites podcast is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.
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David Edmonds (Uehiro Centre, Oxford University) and Nigel Warburton (The Open University) interview top philosophers on a wide range of topics. A book based on the series has recently been published by Oxford University Press. The Philosophy Bites podcast is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

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Episodes

Kate Kirkpatrick on the life and work of Simone de Beauvoir

7/8/2019
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In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast, 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 Marc Sanders Foundation.

Duration:00:17:06

Kathleen Stock on What is a Woman?

5/21/2019
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'What is a woman?' has become a contentious question with practical implications. The philosopher Kathleen Stock 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 previous Philosophy Bites interview on this topic.

Duration:00:30:08

Christian Miller on the Character Gap

2/25/2019
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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 better people. We are grateful for support from the Marc Sanders Foundation.

Duration:00:20:37

Philip Pettit on the Birth of Ethics

2/25/2019
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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 Sanders Foundation and from Patreon donors for this episode.

Duration:00:20:43

Helen Beebee on Possible Worlds

1/14/2019
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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 by the Marc Sanders Foundation and by Patreon donations.

Duration:00:16:37

Paul Sagar on Scepticism about Philosophy

11/27/2018
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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, and for donations from Patreon patrons.

Duration:00:20:49

Katherine Hawley on Trustworthiness

10/7/2018
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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 Bites podcast. We are grateful for support from the Marc Sanders Foundation and from our Patreon subscribers for this episode.

Duration:00:16:07

Teresa Bejan on Civility

8/20/2018
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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 grateful for sponsorship for this episode from the Marc Sanders Foundation and from our Patreon patrons.

Duration:00:21:47

Robert B. Talisse on Overdoing Democracy

7/23/2018
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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 for this episode.

Duration:00:18:33

Robert Wright on Why Buddhism is True

5/7/2018
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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 Marc Sanders Foundation We are also grateful for the continuing support we receive from...

Duration:00:19:55

Larry Temkin on Obligations to the Needy

4/2/2018
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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 podcast he discusses some qualms about Peter Singer's arguments.

Duration:00:21:02

Sarah Fine on the Right to Exclude

2/14/2018
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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 sponsored by the Examining Ethics podcast from the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University. You can subscribe to Examining Ethics on iTunes or listen to episodes at ExaminingEthics.Org

Duration:00:21:09

Philip Pettit on Robustly Demanding Goods

12/10/2017
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What is a robustly demanding good, and what has that got to do with friendship and love? Find out in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast in which Nigel Warburton interviews Princeton Professor Philip Pettit about this topic.

Duration:00:18:27

Katalin Farkas on Knowing a Person

11/6/2017
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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 Ethics podcast from the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University.

Duration:00:13:57

Roger Scruton on Human Nature

8/29/2017
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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 of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Duration:00:18:02

Anil Seth on the Real Problem of Consciousness

7/19/2017
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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 consciousness,which he labels the 'Real Problem. Anil is a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow.

Duration:00:23:07

Michael Puett on Ritual in Chinese Philosophy

6/26/2017
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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 Examining Ethics podcast from the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University. You can subscribe to Examining Ethics on iTunes or listen to episodes at ExaminingEthics.Org

Duration:00:20:04

Aaron Meskin on the Definition of Art

5/30/2017
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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 the philosophy of art. It is a collaboration between the London Aesthetics Forum and Philosophy Bites and is made possible by a grant from the British Society of Aesthetics.

Duration:00:17:04

Shelly Kagan on Death and Deprivation

4/18/2017
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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 discusses some of these with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Duration:00:23:56

Elisabeth Schellekens Dammann on Disagreement About Taste

4/18/2017
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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. Aesthetics Bites is a podcast series of interviews with top thinkers in the philosophy of art. It is a collaboration betwen the London Aesthetics Forum and Philosophy Bites and is made possible by a grant from the British Society of Aesthetics.

Duration:00:20:37