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.
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.
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.
Philosophy: the Basics course - Tuesday evenings 29th April - 3rd June
A six-session introduction to Philosophy led by Nigel Warburton, author of A Little History of Philosophy, Philosophy: the Basics, Thinking from A to Z, Philosophy: the Classics, Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction, The Art Question etc., and interviewer for the Philosophy Bites podcast series.
Accountability is central to our relations with others. It forms part of a moral conversation which we engage in. Yale professor Stephen Darwall explains how our reciprocal obligations hinge on this notion in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
David Papineau discusses specific incidents in sport that are of philosophical interest in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. He discusses all these cases in detail on his weblog More Important Than That.