Great literature such as Dostoevsky's novels, Shakespeare's plays, and Kafka's stories are often claimed to convey important truths about the human condition. Peter Lamarque is sceptical about this way of discussing literature. He explains why in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
When we interact with each other we appreciate that other people know many things, and believe many things. But what's the difference and why does it matter? Jennifer Nagel discusses our intuitions about knowledge with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
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Friedrich Nietzsche famously diagnosed Christian morality as a descendant of form of slave morality. But did he simply commit the Genetic Fallacy? Amia Srinivasan discusses this style of reasoning, known as genealogy, with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
In war there are legitimate and illegitimate targets. Combatants can be killed; civilians shoudn't be deliberately targeted. This is a matter of international law, but is also believed to be a moral principle. Some philosophers have argued that a combatant/civilian distinction is unsustainable. Seth Lazar , of the Australian National University, disagrees. In this interview with Nigel Warburton he explains why.
Previous Philosophy Bites interviews on ethics and war:
Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a prolific writer in a number of genres. His insights into moral psychology, and particularly what he had to say about human needs for approval from others, have continuing resonance. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Chris Bertram discusses this aspect of his work with Nigel Warburton.
'Why Rousseau Still Matters' (an essay by Chris Bertram in The Philosopher's Magazine)
Regina Rini suggests that discoveries in experimental psychology can contribute to our moral self development. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast she explores how we might be able to revise our understanding of what we are, to build our selves using insights that can change our value systems.
Walk along any city street and you'll be confronted by philosophical topics, whether you realise it or not. This one-day course in central London is a chance to learn about and discuss a range of philosophical topics that arise quite naturally from everyday life.
The workshop is led by Nigel Warburton
No prior knowledge of philosophy assumed.
Saturday 21st June 10-30am - 4.15 pm (doors open from 10 am).
Venue: 115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 6UW (a short walk from Great Portland Street and Oxford Circus tube stations).
Good health opens opportunities to us; poor health closes them down. This suggests that access to adequate healthcare should be part of a theory of justice. Suprisingly this is not a topic that John Rawls addressed in any detail in his A Theory of Justice. Harvard philosopher Norman Daniels discusses justice, inequality, and healthcare in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. The interviewer is David Edmonds.
George Berkeley is famous for the counterintuitive position that objects are just ideas. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Tom Stoneham clarifies what Berkeley actually believed and his grounds for believing it.
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Michael Ignatieff is in the unusal position of having seen both philosophy and politics from the inside. He had a career as an academic and as a writer and presenter before entering politics and going on to become leader of Canada's opposition. He lost his seat in the 2011 general election when he had hoped to become Prime Minister. In this Philosophy Bites podcast interview with Nigel Warburton he discusses the relationshiop between theory and practice in politics, the moral ambiguities, and the necessity of having dirty hands to be effective.