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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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In an age of intellectual confusion, these gems are a real treasure.

One of the best podcasts out there

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Nigel and David’s podcast may very well be the best podcast I’ve ever listened. They always bring interesting guests to talk about the whole spectrum of philosophical subjects. I have learned A LOT with them. Kudos!

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1128 Ratings
Average Ratings
709
353
29
18
19

Like water

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

One of the best podcasts out there

By B825me - Sep 25 2019
Read more
Nigel and David’s podcast may very well be the best podcast I’ve ever listened. They always bring interesting guests to talk about the whole spectrum of philosophical subjects. I have learned A LOT with them. Kudos!
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Philosophy Bites

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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: 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 #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

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Rank #4: 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 #5: 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

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Rank #6: 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 #7: Jonathan Wolff on John Rawls' A Theory of Justice

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John Rawls' A Theory of Justice is probably the most important work of political philosophy of the 20th Century. In this Philosophy Bites podcast Jonathan Wolff outlines the key features of that book and explores some of its limitations. 

Feb 28 2010

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Rank #8: 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 #9: 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 #10: 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

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Rank #11: Adrian Moore on Kant's Metaphysics

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Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason is a notoriously difficult work. In this interview for Philosophy Bites A.W. Moore of Oxford University gives a succinct account of this complex and influential attempt to clarify the limits of human understanding.

Sep 14 2008

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Rank #12: Tzvetan Todorov on the Englightenment Today

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Tzvetan Todorov defends Englightenment values as important for us today in this episode of the philosophy podcast Philosophy Bites.

Jan 10 2010

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Rank #13: Jesse Prinz on Is Everything Socially Constructed?

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To what degree is reality something created by us? Jesse Prinz explores this fascinating question in conversation with Nigel Warburton

Sep 27 2015

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Rank #14: Robert Stern on Hegel on Dialectic

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Hegel's philosophy is notoriously difficult to grasp. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Robert Stern gives a lucid account of Hegel's notion of dialectic, the fundamental methodology in his philosophy. Philosophy Bites is made in association with the Institute of Philosophy.

Apr 25 2010

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Rank #15: Terence Irwin on Aristotle's Ethics

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This episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast focuses on Aristotle's Ethics. In conversation with Nigel Warburton, Terence Irwin of Oxford University explains the key features of this influential work.

Apr 04 2009

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Rank #16: Roger Scruton on Human Nature

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Are human beings fundamentally different from the rest of the animal world? Can what we essentially are be captured in a biological or evolutionary description? Roger Scruton discusses the nature of human nature with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Aug 29 2017

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Rank #17: 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 #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: 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 #20: Sebastian Gardner on Sartre on Bad Faith

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Jean-Paul Sartre's notion of Bad Faith lies at the core of his existentialist classic Being and Nothingness. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Sebastian Gardner explains what Sartre meant by Bad Faith.

Feb 20 2009

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