Anthony Kenny's four-volume history of philosophy, just published by OUP looks set to replace Bertrand Russell's History of Western Philosophy. In this interview for Philosophy Bites he explains his approach and gives some interesting insights into the figures that have shaped the subject ranging from Plato to Derrida.
Jonathan Rée has written on a wide range of philosophical topics including the work of Kierkegaard and Heidegger. In this interview for Philosophy Bites he explores the idea that Philosophy is best thought of as an art.
What is existentialism? Are we free to choose what we become or are we bound by human nature, by our history, by conventions? Nigel Warburton interviews Mary Warnock on the topic of Jean-Paul Sartre's existentialism in this latest episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
In this week's episode of Philosophy Bites Nigel Warburton interviews Peter Adamson about Avicenna (born in 973) whom he describes as the greatest philosopher in the history of Islamic thought. The discussion focusses on Avicenna's argument for God's existence.
Does the end justify the means? Should we judge an actions worth solely by its actual or likely consequences? Brad Hooker, a consequentialist himself, outlines and defends his position in this interview with Nigel Warburton for Philosophy Bites.
What is moral relativism? Should we just tolerate other ways of living? Can philosophers be experts in morality? Simon Blackburn addresses these and related questions in this audio-interview for Philosophy Bites.
What is disadvantage? How should we treat those in society who are most disadvantaged? These are important political questions. Philosopher Jonathan Wolff, co-author (with Avner de-Shalit) of a new book on the topic, outlines some of his answers to them in this interview for Philosophy Bites.
How many grains of sand make a heap? This is the classic Sorites Paradox. In this episode of Philosophy Bites Timothy Williamson, author of an important book on the topic, explains what vagueness is and why it matters.