Why do so many people object to inequality? Is there something intrinsically wrong with it? Is it wrong because it has bad consequences? Or is there nothing wrong with it? Harvard philosopher Tim Scanlon discusses these questions with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
What part does context play in determining the meaning of a sentence? Is there any room for literal meaning? Emma Borg discusses these questions with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
David is producing a series of radio programmes about chess for BBC Radio 4 with contributions from Lennox Lewis and Natan Sharansky. The first episode was broadcast in the UK on 30th December.
Nigel Warburton has been a freelance philosopher since June 2013 (he explains why here). Amongst other things he has been writing for Aeon, the Times Literary Supplement, the Art Newspaper, and Humanitie. On Twitter he is @philosophybites, the fourth most followed philosopher after Alain de Botton (@alaindebotton), Daniel Dennett (@danieldennett) and Peter Singer (@petersinger).
Nigel will be leading a range of courses and discussions in London in the first quarter of 2014:
Philosophy: the Basics (6-sessions from 28th Jan., Conway Hall) - fully booked with a waiting list
He will also be speaking at the Oxford Literary Festival at 6pm on Monday 24th March with David Edmonds, and at the World Humanist Congress 2014.
As well as Philosophy Bites (which has now been downloaded nearly 20 million times) Nigel and David continue to make the series Social Science Bites in association with SAGE. The list of interviewees now includes two Nobel laureates (Daniel Kahneman and Robert J. Shiller), as well as Steven Pinker, Jonathan Haidt, Ann Oakley, Danny Dorling, Valerie Curtis, Kate Pickett, and Richard Sennett.
In late March 2014 Nigel will be philosopher in residence at Bedales School.
Nigel and David are also working on a third anthology based on Philosophy Bites interviews: Philosophy Bites Again (Oxford University Press). This follows the success of Philosophy Bites, and Philosophy Bites Back (also published by Oxford University Press). Suggestions for a title for the fourth volume welcome!
A list of 280 Bites interviews arranged by theme is available here (thanks to Seth Adelman).
Are we more biased than we imagine? In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Jennifer Saul investigates a range of ways in which we are prone to implict bias and the philosophical implications of these biases.
In the early part of the Twentieth Century Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, and Ludwig Wittgenstein transformed philosophy: they emphasized the logical form of language. Ludwig Wittgenstein later repudiated his earlier philosophy, concentrating on how people actually use language, the things they do do with words. Together with J.L. Austin, Gilbert Ryle and others, he initiated what has come to be known as the Linguistic Turn in philosophy. For this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast, Rom Harré, whose PhD supervisor was Austin, discusses the Linguistic Turn with Nigel Warburton.
We have a right not to be tortured, a human right. But what does that mean? Is this simply a legal right? What is the relationship between human rights and morality? John Tasioulas (@jtasioulas on Twitter) explores the nature of human rights in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast