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David Edmonds (Uehiro Centre, Oxford University) and Nigel Warburton (freelance philosopher/writer) interview top philosophers on a wide range of topics. Two books based on the series have been published by Oxford University Press. We are currently self-funding - donations very welcome via our website http://www.philosophybites.com

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David Edmonds (Uehiro Centre, Oxford University) and Nigel Warburton (freelance philosopher/writer) interview top philosophers on a wide range of topics. Two books based on the series have been published by Oxford University Press. We are currently self-funding - donations very welcome via our website http://www.philosophybites.com

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Maybe don’t invite a transphobe to speak on the issue. Maybe, maybe if you’re going to have a discussion about the trans community bring in a member of the trans community. This episode trots out much of the tired, fear-filled and hateful rhetoric without challenging any of it. Simple. Dumb. Boring.

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What is a woman

By Georgops - Feb 14 2020
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Maybe don’t invite a transphobe to speak on the issue. Maybe, maybe if you’re going to have a discussion about the trans community bring in a member of the trans community. This episode trots out much of the tired, fear-filled and hateful rhetoric without challenging any of it. Simple. Dumb. Boring.

Like water

By Pipersivad - Nov 09 2019
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In an age of intellectual confusion, these gems are a real treasure.
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David Edmonds (Uehiro Centre, Oxford University) and Nigel Warburton (freelance philosopher/writer) interview top philosophers on a wide range of topics. Two books based on the series have been published by Oxford University Press. We are currently self-funding - donations very welcome via our website http://www.philosophybites.com

Rank #1: Keith Frankish on the Hard Problem and the Illusion of Qualia

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Keith Frankish discusses consciousness, subjective experience and the brain in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Oct 11 2014

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Rank #2: Alain de Botton on Atheism 2.0

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Some atheists despise religion and ridicule it as absurd. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Alain de Botton, author of Religion for Atheists, takes a more pragmatic line, arguing that atheists can learn a great deal from religion. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

Jan 16 2012

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Rank #3: Christopher Janaway on Nietzsche on Morality

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Friedrich Nietzsche's The Genealogy of Morality provides a radical view of the origins of our values. Nigel Warburton interviews Christopher Janaway about this important book in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Sep 28 2008

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Rank #4: Paul Boghossian on Moral Relativism

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Are moral judgements simply relative to culture? Are moral relativists in the grip of a fundamental confusion, or is that just the view of a philosophical subculture? Paul Boghossian suggests that moral relativism is an untenable position in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy

Oct 23 2011

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Rank #5: Nick Bostrom on the Simulation Argument

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Could you be part of a computer simulation of reality? Sounds unlikely, doesn't it. But Nick Bostrom might make you think again about this. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he discusses the Simulation Argument. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

Aug 14 2011

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Rank #6: Colin McGinn on Descartes on Innate Knowledge

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Descartes believed that we can have knowledge that was independent of experience. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Colin McGinn makes a case for there being some such knowledge. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

Feb 02 2013

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Rank #7: Simon May on Love

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Can love be defined? In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Simon May, author of a recent book on the topic, argues that there's more in common between different kinds of love than many people realise. 

Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy

May 07 2011

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Rank #8: Graham Priest on Buddhism and Philosophy

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What is the nature of the self? What is reality? How should we live? These are fundamental philosophical questions. Graham Priest discusses how such questions have been discussed in the Buddhist tradition for this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Oct 13 2015

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Rank #9: Robert Wright on Why Buddhism is True

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Robert Wright believes that there are a number of key tenets of Buddhism which are both compatible with present day evolutionary theory, and accurate about our relationship with the world and with our own minds. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he discusses Buddhism, reality, and the mind, with interviewer Nigel Warburton. 

We are very grateful for support for this episode from the Marc Sanders Foundation

We are also grateful for the continuing support we receive from donations on Patreon and Paypal.

May 07 2018

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Rank #10: John Campbell on Schizophrenia

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What can philosophers learn from schizophrenia? In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast John Campbell discusses this intriguing question with David Edmonds. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

Jan 08 2013

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Rank #11: Kit Fine on What is Metaphysics?http

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Metaphysics is the philosophical study of reality. But what does that mean in pratice, and what are the limits of what it can reveal? Kit Fine addresses the question 'What is Metaphysics?' in discussion with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

Jan 01 2012

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Rank #12: Jonathan Glover on Systems of Belief

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Beliefs are important. Wars are fought over conflicting belief systems. Philosophers ask 'What is it reasonable to believe?' Can philosophers, then, give us any insights into what is going on when belief systems clash? Jonathan Glover discusses this issue with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy

Oct 09 2011

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Rank #13: Michael Sandel on Justice

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Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel discusses 3 different theories of Justice in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast: Bentham's, Kant's and Aristotle's. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

Jan 14 2011

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Rank #14: Frank Jackson on What Mary Knew

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Frank Jackson is responsible for one of the most famous thought experiments in the philosophy of mind, one designed to show that physicalism is false. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he talks to Nigel Warburton about this thought experiment and how he has come to doubt the conclusions he originally drew from it. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

Aug 26 2011

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Rank #15: Daniel Dennett on Free Will Worth Wanting

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What is free will and why should we care about it? Daniel C. Dennett addresses these questions in a wide-ranging Philosophy Bites interview with Nigel Warburton. Philosophy Bites is made in association with The Institute of Philosophy.

Aug 18 2012

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Rank #16: What is Philosophy?

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What is Philosophy? We asked some of our contributors this question for this bonus episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

Nov 14 2010

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Rank #17: David Eagleman on Morality and the Brain

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Neuroscientist David Eagleman explores questions about responsibility and culpability in the light of recent brain research in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

May 22 2011

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Rank #18: Peter Singer on the Life You Can Save

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If you saw a child drowning in a shallow pond would you save that child? If you would, why don't you give the small amount of money necessary to save a child from starvation or disease in parts of Africa? Peter Singer argues that the differences between the two cases are not as great as they first appear in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy - http://www.philosophy.sas.ac.uk

Aug 15 2010

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Rank #19: Anil Seth on the Real Problem of Consciousness

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The Hard Problem of consciousness is the difficulty of reconciling experience with materialism. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast, in conversation with Nigel Warburton, Anil Seth, a neuroscientist, explains his alternative approach to consciousness,which he labels the 'Real Problem. Anil is a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow

Jul 19 2017

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Rank #20: Peter Singer on Henry Sidgwick's Ethics

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Henry Sidgwick, who died in 1900, is something of a philosophers' philosopher. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Peter Singer explains why he thinks this late Victorian Englishman is so important for the utilitarian tradition and why is ideas continue to have relevance. Philosophy Bites is made in assocation with the Institute of Philosophy

Jul 17 2011

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Cheryl Misak on Frank Ramsey and Ludwig Wittgenstein

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Cheryl Misak has recently published a biography of F.P. Ramsey, the great Cambridge thinker who died at the age of only 26, but who nevertheless made a significant impact in several different fields including philosophy, mathematics, and economics. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast she discusses Ramsey's interactions with Wittgenstein. The two thinkers had very different personal styles and their philosophies reflect this.

May 30 2020

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Philip Goff on Galileo and Consciousness

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Philip Goff discusses some of Galileo's insights into the nature of matter. He then goes on to discuss his own view about consciousness, panpsychism. Goff believes that matter is conscious at some level. 

May 09 2020

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Elizabeth Anderson on 'Let's Talk'

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In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast, recorded before the Covid-19 lockdowns, the political philosopher Elizabeth Anderson explains why we need to be prepared to talk more, even with people with whom we strongly disagree. 

Apr 19 2020

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Christian List on Free Will

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What is free will? Do we have it? These are difficult questions. Neuroscience seems to point in the direction of determinism. But Christian List suggests that there might still be room for genuine free will. 

Feb 05 2020

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Emily Thomas on Wildly Implausible Metaphysics

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Some philosophers have drawn very strange conclusions about the nature of reality. Despite this Emily Thomas believes that their work may still be worth studying. They usually have had good reasons for what they concluded. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast she discusses several wildly implausible metaphysical theories with Nigel Warburton

We are grateful for support from the Marc Sanders Foundation and from our Patreon donors. 

Oct 21 2019

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James Wilson on Real World Ethics

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Are thought experiments the best way of doing practical ethics? Not according to James Wilson. He thinks we need the rich detail of real cases or complex imaginary cases not a simplified version of reality to make sense of the moral problems we face. 

We are grateful for support for this episode from the Marc Sanders Foundation and from our supporters on Patreon. 

Sep 21 2019

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Kate Kirkpatrick on the life and work of Simone de Beauvoir

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In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast, Kate Kirkpatrick, author of a new biography of Beauvoir, Becoming Beauvoir, discusses the relationship between the life and work of Simone de Beauvoir. Beauvoir is often portrayed as applying Jean-Paul Sartre's existentialism to the condition of women. Is this a fair assessment?

We are grateful for support from the Marc Sanders Foundation

Jul 08 2019

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Kathleen Stock on What is a Woman?

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'What is a woman?' has become a contentious question with practical implications. The philosopher Kathleen Stock gives an account of the category 'woman' and how we should think about it. She gives a different answer to this question which Amia Srinivassan addressed in a previous Philosophy Bites interview on this topic.

May 21 2019

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Christian Miller on the Character Gap

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Christian Miller believes that there is a character gap, a gap between what we think we are like morally and how we actually behave. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he explores the psychology of moral behaviour, and how we can become better people. 

We are grateful for support from the Marc Sanders Foundation

Feb 25 2019

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Philip Pettit on the Birth of Ethics

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Where did ethics come from? Philip Pettit tells an 'as if' story about the birth of ethics that is designed to illuminate what ethics is and why it evolved on this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

We are grateful for support from the Marc Sanders Foundation and from Patreon donors for this episode. 

Feb 25 2019

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Helen Beebee on Possible Worlds

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Philosophers often talk about possible worlds. Is this just a way of describing counterfactual situations? As Helen Beebee explains, some of them believe that possible worlds actually exist. This episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast is supported by the Marc Sanders Foundation and by Patreon donations. 

Jan 14 2019

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Paul Sagar on Scepticism about Philosophy

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Throughout its history there have been challenges to the status of philosophy. Paul Sagar discusses some of these in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

We are grateful for support from the Marc Sanders Foundation in making this podcast, and for donations from Patreon patrons. 

Nov 27 2018

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Katherine Hawley on Trustworthiness

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Is it always good to be trustworthy? Can trustworthiness come into conflict with other values, such as generosity? Katherine Hawley discusses these and other questions about trustworthiness with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. 

We are grateful for support from the Marc Sanders Foundation and from our Patreon subscribers for this episode. 

Oct 07 2018

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Teresa Bejan on Civility

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Civility is a conversational virtue that governs how people talk to each other. How important is it in political life? In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Teresa Bejan discusses this manner of speaking and writing and its history. 

We are grateful for sponsorship for this episode from the Marc Sanders Foundation and from our Patreon patrons

Aug 20 2018

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Robert B. Talisse on Overdoing Democracy

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You can overdo most things, but can you overdo democracy? Political philosopher Robert B. Talisse thinks you can. He explains why in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

We are very grateful for sponsorship from the Marc Sanders Foundation for this episode. 

Jul 23 2018

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Robert Wright on Why Buddhism is True

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Robert Wright believes that there are a number of key tenets of Buddhism which are both compatible with present day evolutionary theory, and accurate about our relationship with the world and with our own minds. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he discusses Buddhism, reality, and the mind, with interviewer Nigel Warburton. 

We are very grateful for support for this episode from the Marc Sanders Foundation

We are also grateful for the continuing support we receive from donations on Patreon and Paypal.

May 07 2018

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Larry Temkin on Obligations to the Needy

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How can we best help other people? Peter Singer has argued that we should give aid. Despite a lifetime spent believing this, Larry Temkin has started to question whether the effects of aid are beneficial. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he discusses some qualms about Peter Singer's arguments. 

Apr 02 2018

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Sarah Fine on the Right to Exclude

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Do states have a moral right to exclude people from their territory? It might seem obvious that states do have such a right, but Sarah Fine questions this in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. 

This episode of Philosophy Bites was sponsored by the Examining Ethics podcast from the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University. You can subscribe to Examining Ethics on iTunes or listen to episodes at ExaminingEthics.Org

Feb 14 2018

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Eric Schwitzgebel on Scepticism

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How do I know I'm not dreaming? This sort of question has puzzled philosophers for thousands of years. Eric Schwitzgebel discusses scepticism and its history with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

This episode of Philosophy Bites was sponsored by the Examining Ethics podcast from the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University. You can subscribe to Examining Ethics on iTunes or listen to episodes at ExaminingEthics.Org

Jan 11 2018

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Philip Pettit on Robustly Demanding Goods

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What is a robustly demanding good, and what has that got to do with friendship and love? Find out in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast in which Nigel Warburton interviews Princeton Professor Philip Pettit about this topic. 

Dec 10 2017

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What is a woman

By Georgops - Feb 14 2020
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Maybe don’t invite a transphobe to speak on the issue. Maybe, maybe if you’re going to have a discussion about the trans community bring in a member of the trans community. This episode trots out much of the tired, fear-filled and hateful rhetoric without challenging any of it. Simple. Dumb. Boring.

Like water

By Pipersivad - Nov 09 2019
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In an age of intellectual confusion, these gems are a real treasure.