'Philosophy Bites is a podcast series' is a descriptive statement. 'You ought to tell the truth' is a normative one. But what is normativity? In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast John Skorupski discusses this question with David Edmonds.
"A lucid account of a famous thought experiment in moral philosophy."--Editors' Choice, New York Times Book Review
"Jaunty, lucid and concise. . . . In Would You Kill the Fat Man? David Edmonds . . . a seasoned philosopher, tells the story . . . with wit and panache."--Sarah Bakewell, New York Times Book Review
"David Edmonds's [...] Would You Kill the Fat Man? has the cartoons--and just about everything else you could want in a thoughtful popular treatment of [the trolley problem]. A marvel of economy and learning worn lightly, Mr. Edmonds's book ranges pleasurably back to Aquinas and forward into the future of robots, who will of course need an ethics just as much as people do. Perhaps best of all, Mr. Edmonds recognizes that the origins of 'trolleyology' are at least as interesting as the many philosophical writings, academic exercises and parlor games that have sprung from the original trolley paper, published in 1967 by an English philosopher named Philippa Foot."--Daniel Akst, Wall Street Journal
"An accessible, humorous examination of how people approach complex ethical dilemmas. . . . Written for general readers, the book captures the complexities underpinning difficult decisions."--Publishers Weekly
Tuesday 18th February, 8.45pm- 9.45pm. Tickets will be available on the door, but buy in advance from button below to be sure of a place (35 max). NB If you are attending any of Nigel Warburton's Philosophy: the Basics courses, there is a reduced entry fee of £5. Others, entry £7.50.
Why do so many people object to inequality? Is there something intrinsically wrong with it? Is it wrong because it has bad consequences? Or is there nothing wrong with it? Harvard philosopher Tim Scanlon discusses these questions with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
What part does context play in determining the meaning of a sentence? Is there any room for literal meaning? Emma Borg discusses these questions with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
David is producing a series of radio programmes about chess for BBC Radio 4 with contributions from Lennox Lewis and Natan Sharansky. The first episode was broadcast in the UK on 30th December.
Nigel Warburton has been a freelance philosopher since June 2013 (he explains why here). Amongst other things he has been writing for Aeon, the Times Literary Supplement, the Art Newspaper, and Humanitie. On Twitter he is @philosophybites, the fourth most followed philosopher after Alain de Botton (@alaindebotton), Daniel Dennett (@danieldennett) and Peter Singer (@petersinger).
Nigel will be leading a range of courses and discussions in London in the first quarter of 2014:
Philosophy: the Basics (6-sessions from 28th Jan., Conway Hall) - fully booked with a waiting list
He will also be speaking at the Oxford Literary Festival at 6pm on Monday 24th March with David Edmonds, and at the World Humanist Congress 2014.
As well as Philosophy Bites (which has now been downloaded nearly 20 million times) Nigel and David continue to make the series Social Science Bites in association with SAGE. The list of interviewees now includes two Nobel laureates (Daniel Kahneman and Robert J. Shiller), as well as Steven Pinker, Jonathan Haidt, Ann Oakley, Danny Dorling, Valerie Curtis, Kate Pickett, and Richard Sennett.
In late March 2014 Nigel will be philosopher in residence at Bedales School.
Nigel and David are also working on a third anthology based on Philosophy Bites interviews: Philosophy Bites Again (Oxford University Press). This follows the success of Philosophy Bites, and Philosophy Bites Back (also published by Oxford University Press). Suggestions for a title for the fourth volume welcome!
A list of 280 Bites interviews arranged by theme is available here (thanks to Seth Adelman).
Are we more biased than we imagine? In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Jennifer Saul investigates a range of ways in which we are prone to implict bias and the philosophical implications of these biases.
In the early part of the Twentieth Century Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, and Ludwig Wittgenstein transformed philosophy: they emphasized the logical form of language. Ludwig Wittgenstein later repudiated his earlier philosophy, concentrating on how people actually use language, the things they do do with words. Together with J.L. Austin, Gilbert Ryle and others, he initiated what has come to be known as the Linguistic Turn in philosophy. For this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast, Rom Harré, whose PhD supervisor was Austin, discusses the Linguistic Turn with Nigel Warburton.