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Episode 2: Jonathan Webber – Freedom and Morality

Generous Questions

This is part two of the interview with Jonathan Webber about his book 'Rethinking Existentialism', and in this one we talk about existentialist ideas around freedom and ethical action, which is why I'm calling it I'm calling it 'Freedom and Morality'. I asked him some questions about how he knew that he had a big enough idea to start thinking about the topic as a 'book' project rather than a series of philosophy papers. We also got chatting about the current vogue of contemporary writing about Fanon, Beauvoir, existentialism, and (in contrast) a resurgence of essentialist positions in popular science writing. You can find part one of this interview, which is about what existentialism is, and how to think about 'projects' and 'choices', by clicking here. Here are some things that you might find useful – they're the same things that I linked to in episode 1, but here they are again: Jonathan Webber's website. He's on twitter @jonathanwebber. His home philosophy department at the University of Cardiff. The publisher page for his book, Rethinking Existentialism. The project page for the book, which includes a YouTube playlist of videos about it. The book / project also has a twitter account, so if you want to keep up to speed with things afoot in the study of existentialism, you can follow it @rethinkexistent. A blog article Jon wrote for OUP about the book. The website of the UK Sartre Society. I'd really like you to get in touch if you've any feedback about this episode, particularly if it's supportive and encouraging. Just head over to the contact page. The theme music is from li_serios05 by TVO on Broken20 records under Creative Commons license BY-NC-SA. A transcript of this conversation is available, you just need to click on the button that says 'transcript'. The transcripts for each episode have been beautifully prepared by Becci.

39mins

2 Aug 2019

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Episode 1: Jonathan Webber – projects and choices

Generous Questions

It's the first episode! And that means all the work that's been building for over year gets unleashed RIGHT HERE and it's pretty exciting and terrifying at the same time. So where better to start than with a conversation with a lovely friendly philosopher, discussing his fascination with soul-searching French philosophy? Jonathan Webber is a professor of philosophy at the University of Cardiff. He came to Queen's University Belfast in April 2018 to do a viva voce examination of one of our PhD students. He was just about to publish his new book about existentialism and it seemed like the perfect time to grab him for a chat. In fact, the conversation went so well that I'm putting it out in two parts. This is part one, where we talk about how he thinks we should think about what existentialism is. I'm calling it 'Projects and Choices'. Part two covers morality and freedom, and will be released as Generous Questions episode 2. Here are some things that you might find useful: Jonathan Webber's website. He's on twitter @jonathanwebber. His home department at the University of Cardiff. The publisher page for his book, Rethinking Existentialism. The project page for the book, which includes a YouTube playlist of videos about it. The book / project also has a twitter account, so if you want to keep up to speed with things afoot in the study of existentialism, you can follow it @rethinkexistent. A blog article Jon wrote for OUP about the book. The website of the UK Sartre Society. I'd really like you to get in touch if you've any feedback about this episode, particularly if it's supportive and encouraging. Just head over to the contact page. A transcript of this conversation is available, you just need to click on the button that says 'transcript'.

38mins

12 Jul 2019

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Jonathan Webber on Deceiving With Words

Philosophy Bites

There are many ways to deceive with words, some of which don't involve lying. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Jonathan Webber considers whether it matters or not if you lie. 

13mins

1 Mar 2015

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Jonathan Webber (Part 2) on Jewish memory in Poland

Traces of Memory - Lecture Series on the Jewish Past in Poland - 2011

44mins

17 May 2011

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Jonathan Webber (Part 1) on Jewish memory in Poland

Traces of Memory - Lecture Series on the Jewish Past in Poland - 2011

45mins

16 May 2011