Michael Ignatieff is in the unusal position of having seen both philosophy and politics from the inside. He had a career as an academic and as a writer and presenter before entering politics and going on to become leader of Canada's opposition. He lost his seat in the 2011 general election when he had hoped to become Prime Minister. In this Philosophy Bites podcast interview with Nigel Warburton he discusses the relationshiop between theory and practice in politics, the moral ambiguities, and the necessity of having dirty hands to be effective.
Philosophy: the Basics course - Tuesday evenings 29th April - 3rd June
A six-session introduction to Philosophy led by Nigel Warburton, author of A Little History of Philosophy, Philosophy: the Basics, Thinking from A to Z, Philosophy: the Classics, Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction, The Art Question etc., and interviewer for the Philosophy Bites podcast series.
Accountability is central to our relations with others. It forms part of a moral conversation which we engage in. Yale professor Stephen Darwall explains how our reciprocal obligations hinge on this notion in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
David Papineau discusses specific incidents in sport that are of philosophical interest in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. He discusses all these cases in detail on his weblog More Important Than That.
'Philosophy Bites is a podcast series' is a descriptive statement. 'You ought to tell the truth' is a normative one. But what is normativity? In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast John Skorupski discusses this question with David Edmonds.