Most parents want their own children to do well in life. What are the morally acceptable limits on the benefits we can confer on our own children? Adam Swift, who has recently published a book on this question co-written with Harry Brighouse, discusses this question with Nigel Warburton.
Subjective experience leads to the so-called 'hard problem' of consciousness: the difficulty of explaining qualia in terms of the brain. Keith Frankish discusses both the problem and a possible solution in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
What makes us what we are? Perhaps the new field of genomics holds the key. John Dupré a philosopher of biology explains what genomics is and how we may need to revise traditional views of how evolution works.
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.
We are sometimes asked about the equipment we use to record Philosophy Bites podcasts. Here's the lowdown. We use a Marantz PMD620 hard disc recorder (about the size of a cigarette packet) with the excellent Sennheiser MD 46 microphone which cuts down on handling noise etc., monitoring the recording on headphones. We always edit our podcasts and then release them via Libsyn on iTunes, on our weblog Philosophy Bites and on our iPhone/iPad app and also our Android app.