John Stuart Mill and Free Speech today, with Nigel Warburton
“John Stuart Mill would be the kind of person who would argue for following people with whom you strongly disagree because they’re the ones that are gonna make you think.”Turi talks with the philosopher Nigel Warburton about free speech and its foundational text - John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty (1859).Today, all sides of the political spectrum decry attacks on their free expression.Led by Donal Trump, the Right attacks the social networks for expelling them, and mainstream media for spreading lies about them. The Left attacks the systemic inequality of speech - how the white, rich and male dominate column inches. Even the Centrist signatories of the Harpers Letter feel their ability to debate has been shut down by no-platforming and cancel culture.Nigel Warburton takes us back to the earliest defence of free speech, John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty, to discuss what makes it so foundational to our polities and democracies, and why it’s such a tricky notion to define.Listen to Nigel and Turi discuss:the Marketplace of Ideas (and its problems)‘dead dogma’: why ideas need contesting to stay alivewhy ‘civility’ in debate is over-rated‘Epistemic Injustice’ and why some people’s views aren’t taken seriouslywhy Mill thought you need a diverse society to build the breeding ground for Genius.the Tyranny of the Majority: and why the wrong kind of free speech is so dangerous“Free speech isn’t an absolute - it’s something which we need to rethink almost all the time in relation to every sort of case that emerges”More on this episodeLearn all about the Parlia Podcast here.Meet Turi Munthe: https://www.parlia.com/u/TuriLearn more about the Parlia project here: https://www.parlia.com/aboutAnd visit us at: https://www.parlia.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
For this first of two special lockdown episodes of Philosophy Bites we interviewed each other. Here David Edmonds interviews Nigel Warburton about his bestseller A Little History of Philosophy. In the companion episode Nigel interviews David about his bestseller Wittgenstein's Poker.
Johann Hari and Nigel Warburton: 'Lost Connections'
On Saturday the 2nd of February, we were joined in the bookshop by Johann Hari and Nigel Warburton as part of the Philosophy in the Bookshop series. Johann Hari - Lost Connectionshttps://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/Lost-Connections-by-Johann-Hari-author/9781408878729Nigel Warburton - Little History of Philosophyhttps://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/A-Little-History-of-Philosophy-by-Nigel-Warburton/9780300187793Music: Borrtex - Children's Joy.
The Public Value of Philosophy with Nigel Warburton
Why We Argue
Nigel Warburton holds a PhD in Philosophy from Cambridge and has held academic positions at University of Nottingham and the Open University. But he is today a freelance public philosopher. He has offered philosophy courses at the Tate Modern gallery, he conducts monthly philosophical discussions at Blackwell’s Bookshop in Oxford, and co-hosts with David Edmonds the wildly popular podcast series Philosophy Bites. Nigel is the author of several books of philosophy, including The Art Question (Routledge 2002), Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 2009), and A Little History of Philosophy (Yale 2012).
Mill: Nigel Warburton and Janette Radcliffe-Richards
Reading Political Philosophy: From Machiavelli to Mill - Audio
This discussion focuses on a feminist reading of Mill, concentrating particularly on his treatise On the Subjection of Women and its relevance to 19th Century society and culture. Mill’s precarious position as an early feminist is discussed in depth.