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The best philosophy podcast

By gopalbh - Dec 09 2018
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This is the best podcast on philosophy I’ve listened to. It presents complex topics in discussions with experts but in a tone and method that is accessible to the non-philosopher.

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By Bill Wickes - Nov 21 2018
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It is so much fun to browse through this podcast and find 15 minute discussions on the topics of my interest. Really delightful.

iTunes Ratings

1055 Ratings
Average Ratings
648
347
27
16
17

The best philosophy podcast

By gopalbh - Dec 09 2018
Read more
This is the best podcast on philosophy I’ve listened to. It presents complex topics in discussions with experts but in a tone and method that is accessible to the non-philosopher.

Excellent

By Bill Wickes - Nov 21 2018
Read more
It is so much fun to browse through this podcast and find 15 minute discussions on the topics of my interest. Really delightful.
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Philosophy Bites

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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
15 mins
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Rank #2: Galen Strawson on Panpsychism

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Could everything that exists have experiences? Is there something that it is like to be an electron? This sounds unlikey on first hearing, but in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Galen Strawson argues in conversation with Nigel Warburton, that panpsychism is the best explanation of how things are. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

May 05 2012
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Rank #3: 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
15 mins
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Rank #4: Tim Scanlon on Free Speech

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In this bonus episode produced in association with the Open University, Tim Scanlon discusses the limits of free speech with Nigel Warburton. A transcript of this episode is available from www.open2.net/ethicsbites/
May 30 2008
17 mins
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Rank #5: 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
14 mins
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Rank #6: Ronald Dworkin on the Unity of Value

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Is liberty compatible with equality? Many philosophers think it can't be, and that pluralism is the correct response. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Ronald Dworkin argues that there is a fundamental unity of value. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

Mar 09 2012
18 mins
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Rank #7: Adina Roskies on Neuroscience and Free Will

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Some recent research in neuroscience seems to point to the conclusion that free will is an illusion. That's certainly the conclusion that some have drawn. But Adina Roskies is sceptical. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast she explains to David Edmonds why she thinks that that conclusion isn't supported by the facts. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

May 20 2012
17 mins
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Rank #8: Jeff McMahan on Moral Status (originally on Bioethics Bites)

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Disagreement about moral status is at the heart of many issues in practical ethics. In this bonus episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast (originally released on Bioethics Bites) Jeff McMahan, in conversation with Nigel Warburton, explores some of the questions surrounding the status of a human foetus, non-human animals, and those in persistent vegative states. Biothethics Bites is made in association with the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and made possible by a grant from the Wellcome Trust.

Apr 15 2012
18 mins
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Rank #9: Robert Rowland Smith on Derrida on Forgiveness

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Jacques Derrida, father of deconstructionism, divided philosophers. For some he was a genius; for others a charlatan. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites Robert Rowland Smith defends Derrida's views about the concept of forgiveness.
Jun 22 2008
12 mins
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Rank #10: 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
15 mins
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Rank #11: Aaron Ridley on Nietzsche on Art and Truth

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Friedrich Nietzsche's ideas about art and truth run through much of his philosophical writing, but are most apparent in his first book, The Birth of Tragedy. In this episode of Philosophy Bites Nigel Warburton interviews Aaron Ridley about this topic.
Aug 16 2008
15 mins
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Rank #12: Anthony Kenny on Aquinas' Ethics

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Thomas Aquinas, the thirteenth century Dominican is the subject of this episode of Philosophy Bites. Anthony Kenny explains the key features of Aquinas'  ethics in conversation with Nigel Warburton.
May 18 2008
14 mins
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Rank #13: 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
17 mins
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Rank #14: Neil Levy on Moral Responsibility and Consciousness

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Do recent discoveries in neuroscience threaten the notion of moral responsibility? Could we have moral responsibility without full consciousness of the significance of our actions? Neil Levy discusses these questions in conversation with Nigel Warburton for this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

Mar 23 2012
18 mins
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Rank #15: John Dunn on Locke on Toleration

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John Locke, writing in the Seventeenth Century, argued for religious toleration, though stopped short of toleration of atheists. In this episode of the podcast Philosophy Bites, Nigel Warburton interviews Locke expert John Dunn on this topic.
Jun 15 2008
13 mins
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Rank #16: Peter Singer on Human Use of Animals

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In this bonus episode produced in association with the Open University as part of the Ethics Bites series, Peter Singer, perhaps the world's best known living philosopher, discusses how we treat animals. A transcript of this episode is available from www.open2.net/ethicsbites/
May 08 2008
16 mins
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Rank #17: Paul Russell on David Hume's Treatise

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The standard reading of David Hume's Treatise is that it reveals him as a sceptic and also as an advocate of a science of man. These two aspects seem to be in tension. The sceptical Hume seems opposed to the more positive contribution he makes about human nature. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Paul Russell suggests a way of solving this riddle. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

Apr 25 2011
13 mins
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Rank #18: 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
12 mins
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Rank #19: Thomas Pink on Free Will

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We often blame people for what they do or fail to do. But that implies that they were free to choose whether or not to act in the way they did. At the same time science seems to reveal prior causes of all our actions. There seems little or no room for free will.  In this episode of Philosophy Bites Thomas Pink, author of Free Will: A Very Short Introduction, discusses the Free Will Problem and outlines his own approach to it.
Mar 09 2008
18 mins
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Rank #20: 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
19 mins
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