Philosophy Bites



top philosophers interviewed on bite-sized topics


  • David Edmonds on the Life and Philosophy of Derek Parfit

    10/04/2024 Duración: 20min

    David Edmonds discusses the life and work of Derek Parfit who died in 2017 in this episode of the Bio Bites strand of Philosophy. David is the author of a recent biography of Parfit.

  • Yascha Mounk on the Identity Trap

    10/04/2024 Duración: 30min

    Yascha Mounk discusses some of the ways in which focussing on gender, racial, and sexual identities can distort political argument and be counterproductive for oppressed minorities.  

  • Mark Rowe on J.L.Austin

    14/03/2024 Duración: 22min

    J.L.Austin was the best known exponent of what came to be known as Ordinary Language Philosophy. He was also a war hero. In this episode of the Bio Bites strand of the Philosophy Bites podcast David Edmonds discusses Austin's life and work with his biographer Mark Rowe.

  • James Klagge on Wittgenstein

    19/02/2024 Duración: 20min

    In this episode James Klagge discusses the life and times of Ludwig Wittgenstein with David Edmonds. This is part of our mini series on the biographies of philosophers, Bio Bites.

  • Agnes Callard on Sex

    27/11/2023 Duración: 17min

    What happens when people have sexual desires for one another? Agnes Callard from the University of Chicago discusses sex, eroticism, and much more in conversation with Nigel Warburton.  Not surprisingly, this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast involves mention of sex.

  • Michael Lamb on Augustine on Hope

    16/10/2023 Duración: 19min

    Augustine is usually described as a pessimist with a bleak view of human evil and corruption. Michael Lamb thinks that is a simplistic reading. Augustine has interesting things to say about hope as a virtue.   

  • Seth Lazar on Political Philosophy in the Age of AI

    27/09/2023 Duración: 22min

    AI has changed our lives already and looks set to have a huge impact. How should we adapt our thinking about political philosophy in the light of this? The philosopher Seth Lazar explores this question in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. 

  • Hannah Dawson on Mary Wollstonecraft

    27/09/2023 Duración: 20min

    In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Nigel Warburton interviews Hannah Dawson (editor of The Penguin Book of Feminist Writing) on Mary Wollstonecraft and her book A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792).

  • Scott Hershovitz on Law and Morality

    16/08/2023 Duración: 26min

    What is the relationship between law and morality? How do they differ? Scott Hershovitz discusses these questions with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. 

  • Carissa Veliz on Digital Ethics

    20/06/2023 Duración: 23min

    Digital ethics is a new field. But what is it, what is its scope? In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Carissa Véliz, author of Privacy is Power and editor of The Oxford Handbook of Digital Ethics, discusses these topics with Nigel Warburton. Philosophy Bites is brought to you by the team of David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton. We've been running since 2007.  

  • Theron Pummer on the Rules of Rescue

    08/05/2023 Duración: 23min

    You might not have an obligation to risk your life saving other people, but if you do, you should go for saving the greatest number. That's more or less what Theon Pummer believes. Listen to him discussing the morality of rescue with David Edmonds in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast  

  • William MacAskill on Longtermism

    09/03/2023 Duración: 22min

    In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast David Edmonds interviews Will MacAskill on the controversial idea that we ought to give the interests of future people substantial weight when deciding what we ought to do now.   

  • Kieran Setiya on Loneliness

    09/03/2023 Duración: 18min

    What is loneliness and why is it harmful? How does it differ from just being on your own? In the latest episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast, Kieran Setiya discusses this important topic with Nigel Warburton.    

  • Edith Hall on Aristotle's Way

    27/11/2022 Duración: 17min

    How should we live? This is the basic question for all of us. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Edith Hall, author of the book Aristotle's Way, gives a sympathetic answer to Aristotle's take on this question. 

  • L.A. Paul on Transformative Experience

    08/10/2022 Duración: 18min

    We have all had transformative experiences. But do they have philosophical relevance? Laurie Paul believes they do. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast she discusses this fascinating topic with Nigel Warburton. 

  • Josiah Ober on the Civic Bargain

    08/09/2022 Duración: 20min

    How do you solve the question of collective self-government by citizens? Josiah Ober discusses a fundamental problem of democratic societies: how we come to agree on courses of action when we commit to living within a democracy. His argument is that we need to become civic friends, a concept he explains in the conversation.

  • Skye Cleary on Authenticity

    01/08/2022 Duración: 16min

    Skye Cleary approaches questions of human authenticity throught he lens of French Existentialism, and particularly through Simone de Beauvoir's thought. She is in conversation with Nigel Warburton.

  • Peter Railton on AI and Ethics

    01/07/2022 Duración: 25min

    Developments in AI are coming very quickly. But it's not easy to work out how to deal with the ethical questions that AI generates. Peter Railton discusses AI and Ethics with Nigel Warburton for this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast

  • Clare Chambers on the Unmodified Body

    20/06/2022 Duración: 22min

    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? Clare Chambers thinks so. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast she spells out why. The interviewer is David Edmonds. 

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