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David Edmonds has recently joined twitter as @DavidEdmonds100. His new book about the Trolley Problem, Would You Kill the Fat Man? is to be published this Autumn by Princeton University Press, you can be pre-order it from Amazon here. David and Nigel will be speaking at a dinner event at the Isle of Wight 'Lost at Sea' festival on 2nd September .
In the Autumn Nigel will be leading the course 'Playing with Meaning' at Tate Modern. From late January he will be running a six-session introductory course Philosophy: The Basics in Central London (Tuesday evenings from 28th January 2014). Booking is now open and tickets are selling fast (maximum class size is 35).
Can a computer think? John Searle famously used the Chinese Room thought experiment to suggest that it can't. Daniel Dennett is not convinced. He thinks that Searle's thought experiment is what he calls a 'boom crutch' - a faulty intuition pump. Here, in conversation with Nigel Warburton, he explains why.
Nigel Warburton has recently resigned his post at the Open University, for an explanation of this and a discussion of the current state of philosophy, read Nigel Warburton, Virtual Philosopher, an interview with James Garvey for The Philosophers Magazine.
How should we live? This is a basic philosophical question, but at at time when human beings' actions are devastating the environment, we need to cultivate specific virtues, green virtues. Dale Jamieson outlines some of these virtues in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
Philosophers typically see themselves as either Analytic or Continental. How did these two cultures within philosophy emerge? In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Simon Glendinning diagnoses the division, what he calls 'the culture of two cultures' .
Hitting someone without their consent, spitting at someone, or throwing a ball hard at their head: these are all examples of what in Tort Law is called battery. John Mikhail thinks that our judgments that people who commit battery are blameworthy reveals someting important about morality and its sources.
Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan, published in 1651, is one of the great works of political philosophy. Noel Malcolm has recently published a 3 volume scholarly edition of the book (reviewed here in The Economist) based on decades of research. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he discusses Leviathan's historical context with Nigel Warburton.