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.
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Nigel Warburton will be leading two 6-session evening courses on Thursday evenings from 4th September, 2014 in the Bertrand Russell Room at Conway Hall near Holborn, London. Details of the courses and booking can be found here:
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.
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.