Stephen Neale discusses questions of meaning and interpretation in everyday life and in the law in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. How relevant are intentions? Do words carry their meanings independently of the contexts in which they are used?
What makes a life meaningful? Is the choice of where we find meaning completely arbitrary? These questions are different from the question 'What is the meaning of life?' Susan Wolf discusses meaning in life in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
Some philosophers believe that conceptual analysis will reveal the essence of mental states. Pat Churchland disagrees. In conversation with Nigel Warburton she explains how philosophers can learn from neuroscience and why some 'folk' psychological terms may need revision.
Human beings don't need to eat meat. But should we? Jeff McMahan thinks that it is obvious that we shouldn't. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he discusses his views with Nigel Warburton.
The upward spiral of artificial intelligence looks set to produce machines which are cleverer and more powerful than any humans. What happens when machines can themselves create super-intelligent machines? 'The Singularity' is the name science fiction writers gave to this situation. Philosopher David Chalmers discusses the philosophical implications of this imaginable situation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
Raymond Geuss discusses the place of utopian thinking in political philosophy and its relation to realism in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. The conversation touches on wishful thinking, ideology and Foucault's notion of genealogy.