Nigel Warburton interviews Walter Sinnott-Armstrong about moral psychology for this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Is recent psychological research relevant to moral philosophy? If so, what exactly can it provide?
Pleasure is something we all seek. But should we? Is it the most important thing in life? Are all pleasures of equal value? Thomas Hurka investigates the concept of pleasure in this episode of Philosophy Bites.
If it is true that Amazon is removing books that they deem to have sexual content from their rankings, then I'm afraid we will shortly be removing all Amazon links from this site, as we strongly disapprove of this act of indirect censorship. Books removed from the rankings allegedly include Alan Hollinghurst's The Line of Beauty, Jeanette Winterson's Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, E.M.Forster's Maurice, and some serious works of psychology.
For more on this issue, read the piece on The Guardian's website here.
UPDATE: Amazon claim it was a 'glitch' and are re-ranking everything, see here.
Aristotle's Ethics, although only known as a series of lecture notes, has had an immense influence on philosophy. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast, Terence Irwin outlines the key features of this work.
Assisted dying, providing a patient with the means to kill themselves, is a highly controversial issue. For this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Raymond Tallis, who is both an eminent gerontologist and philosopher, discusses this topic with interviewer Nigel Warburton.
How relevant is revulsion to moral judgements? We all have strong emotional reactions of 'yuk!' to some activities. But should we attempt to set these aside or should they be guides to our action? Julian Savulescu, Director of the Oxford University Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics discusses the relevance of moral repugnance with Nigel Warburton for Philosophy Bites.
Jean-Paul Sartre's Being and Nothingness is sometimes described as the bible of existentialism. At its core is the notion of Bad Faith. For this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Sebastian Gardner, author of a recent book about Being and Nothingness, explains what Sartre meant by Bad Faith.
Is the ultimate nature of reality non-physical? Keith Ward, who believes that it is, discusses the idealist traditions in Eastern and Western philosophy in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
Do subatomic particles really exist? Or are they convenient fictions that explain observable phenomena? David Papineau discusses arguments for and against scientific realism in this episode of Philosophy Bites.