Maurice Merleau-Ponty was one of the most interesting of the French phenomenologists, but his reputation has been eclipsed by Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir's. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Katherine Morris discusses some of his ideas about the body with Nigel Warburton.
What does the name 'Kurt Gödel' refer to? Most people think it refers to the person who came up with the incompleteness theorem. But does it matter what most people think? Are our intuitions consistent, or even relevant here? Michael Devitt in conversation with Nigel Warburton explores this question of the role of intuitions in assessing reference.
This episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast was made at the University of York.
Are mental disorders like other illnesses? Can they be adequately categorised in relation to a set of symptoms? Steven E. Hyman discusses some philosophical questions that arise from the widely-used DSM-5 with David Edmonds.
Does it matter where our oil and other resources come from? Leif Wenar, author of the recent book Blood Oil, argues that Western democracies are compromising themselves by buying oil either directly or indirectly from tyrants with atrocious records on human rights. There is a strong case against these trade relationships, and, practically, they could be ended very swiftly.
Nigel Warburton has launched a new podcast series Philosophy Sites, consisting of interviews about places linked with philosophers. This is also available here on iTunes. The first episode is an interview with Ray Monk, author of Ludwig Wittgenstein: the duty of genius, on Wittgenstein's grave in Cambridge. The second episode is an interview with Jonathan Wolff, author of Why Read Marx Today?, on Marx's flat at 28 Dean Street, Soho in London. Next up is an interview with Philip Schofield on Jeremy Bentham's Auto-Icon.
David Edmonds has also launched a new podcast series, Philosophy 24/7www.philosophy247.org and on iTunes, consisting of interviews with philosophers and specifically focusing on moral and political issues. The first two interviews are with Rebecca Roache, and Anders Sandberg. He also has a new website at www.davidedmonds.info
Philosophy Bites Again (OUP), the third of our Philosophy Bites books, is about to appear in paperback in the UK...
The Philosophy Bites podcast is now available on Spotify - mobile site only (as well as on iTunes, and from this site. There is also a Philosophy Bites app available from the iTunes app store, and also an Android version).
Nigel's article 'Choosing to be European' will be published in issue 14 of the New European newspaper.
Philosophy in the Bookshop (Blackwell's bookshop, Oxford)
Nigel Warburton is interviewing a number of philosophers at Blackwell's bookshop in Oxford for the series Philosophy in the Bookshop. All events are free and no booking is required. Forthcoming interviews:
Saturday 5th November 11am Blackwell's Bookshop, Oxford (free): Nigel interviews Philosophy Bites interviewee Adrian Moore on Infinity. Adrian has a 10-part BBC Radio 4 series A History of the Infinite.
Tuesday 1st Nov. 7.30pm Nigel will be interviewing wife and husband team Jela Krečič and Slavoj Žižek at Conway Hall, London. Details here.
Wednesday 2nd Nov. 6.30p.m. , Nigel Will be interviewing Slavoj Žižek at Blackwell's bookshop, Oxford - details here.
David Edmonds has edited a selection of short blogposts from the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics website. This has just been published as the book Philosophers Take on the World (OUP).
Big Ideas in Social Science (SAGE publishing) edited by David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton - this is based on the podcast series Social Science Bites and consists of modified transcripts of 18 interviews with social scientists, including Kate Pickett, Jonathan Haidt, Stephen Pinker, Ann Oakley, Robert J. Shiller, Bruce Hood, Robin Dunbar, David Goldblatt and others.
Some eminent physicists, including Stephen Hawking, have been sceptical about the value of philosophy to physics. Carlo Rovelli, a theoretical physicist who is author of the bestselling book Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, disagrees.
How trustworthy are the experiments on which evidence-based medicine rests? John Worrall of the London School of Economics discusses cause and effect with David Edmonds in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
We take for granted the fact that we can combine concepts together to give new thoughts that we easily understand. How do we do this? Joshua Greene, who is both a psychologist and a philosopher, explores this question in conversation with David Edmonds.