Philosophy Bites
Philosophy Bites
Edmonds and Warburton
David Edmonds (Uehiro Centre, Oxford University) and Nigel Warburton (freelance philosopher/writer) interview top philosophers on a wide range of topics. Two books based on the series have been published by Oxford University Press. We are currently self-funding - donations very welcome via our website http://www.philosophybites.com
Steven Nadler on Spinoza on Free Speech
Spinoza was famously heretical in his views. No surprise then that he defended free expression. Here Steven Nadler discusses Spinoza's views on this topic with Nigel Warburton.
May 18
18 min
Suki Finn on the Metaphysics of Nothing
What is the status of something that is an absence, like a hole? Suki Finn explores the metaphysics of nothing in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Suki is also the editor of a new book based on Philosophy Bites interviews with women philosophers selected from our archive Women of Ideas, to be published by Oxford University Press in April.  
Mar 8
19 min
Peter Salmon on Derrida on Deconstruction
Jacques Derrida was a controversial philosopher whose writing could be fiendishly difficult to read. Nevertheless he had many followers. Here Pete Salmon, author of a recent biography of Derrida, manages to give a clear account of what Derrida meant by deconstruction.  This episode was sponsored by St John's College. For more information about the college go to www.sjc.edu/podcast  
Feb 18
22 min
David Bather Woods on Schopenhauer on Compassion
Nigel Warburton discusses Schopenhauer's views on compassion with David Bather Woods
Jan 10
24 min
Samantha Rose Hill on Hannah Arendt on Pluralism
Hannah Arendt's experience of the Eichmann trial in 1961 led her to reflect on the nature of politics, truth, and plurality. Samantha Rose Hill, author of a biography of Arendt, discusses the context for this, and the key features of Arendt's views.  We are grateful for support for this episode from St John's College - for more information about the college, including online options, go to sjc.edu/podcast
Dec 6, 2020
20 min
David Edmonds on Undercover Robot
David Edmonds has co-authored a children's book, Undercover Robot. Here in this bonus episode (originally released on the Thinking Books podcast) he discusses it with Nigel Warburton. 
Nov 28, 2020
12 min
Steven Nadler on Spinoza on Death
Baruch Spinoza was perhaps most famous for his equation of God with Nature - a view that his contemporaries, probably correctly, took to be atheist. But what did he think about death? Steven Nadler, author of A Book Forged in Hell and Think Least of Death, discusses this aspect of his thought with Nigel Warburton.  
Nov 12, 2020
19 min
Kate Manne on Misogyny and Male Entitlement
In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Cornell philosopher Kate Manne discusses the notions of misogyny, male entitlement, and the term that she coined 'himpathy' with Nigel Warburton.
Oct 4, 2020
21 min
Liam Bright on Verificationism
Verificationists believe that every meaningful statement is either true by definition or else empirically verifiable (or falsifiable). Anything which fails to pass this two-pronged test for meaningfulness is neither true nor false, but literally meaningless. Liam Bright discusses Verificationism and its links with the Vienna Circle with David Edmonds in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. 
Sep 16, 2020
27 min
David Edmonds on Wittgenstein's Poker
For this special episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast (produced under lockdown) Nigel Warburton interviews David Edmonds about his bestselling book, written with David Edinow, Wittgenstein's Poker. It focuses on a heated argument between the two great Viennese philosophers Karl Popper and Ludwig Wittgenstein, and the differing accounts that were give of it by those who were there.   
Jul 7, 2020
17 min
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