Displaying episodes 330 through 310
Eric Schwitzgebel on Scepticism
January 11, 2018 | 2:49 pm
How do I know I'm not dreaming? This sort of question has puzzled philosophers for thousands of years. Eric Schwitzgebel discusses scepticism and its history with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. This episode of...
Philip Pettit on Robustly Demanding Goods
December 10, 2017 | 11:18 am
What is a robustly demanding good, and what has that got to do with friendship and love? Find out in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast in which Nigel Warburton interviews Princeton Professor Philip Pettit about this topic.
Katalin Farkas on Knowing a Person
November 06, 2017 | 5:58 am
Philosophers talk about 'knowing how' and 'knowing what'. But what is involved in knowing a person? Katalin Farkas discusses this question with David Edmonds in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. This episode was sponsored by the Examining...
Roger Scruton on Human Nature
August 29, 2017 | 1:06 pm
Are human beings fundamentally different from the rest of the animal world? Can what we essentially are be captured in a biological or evolutionary description? Roger Scruton discusses the nature of human nature with Nigel Warburton in this...
Michael Puett on Ritual in Chinese Philosophy
June 26, 2017 | 5:12 am
Why does apparently trivial ritual play such an important part in some ancient Chinese philosophy? Michael Puett, co-author of The Path, explains in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. This episode of Philosophy Bites was sponsored by the...
Aaron Meskin on the Definition of Art
May 30, 2017 | 5:53 am
What is Art? That's not an easy question to answer. Some philosophers even think it can't be answered. Aaron Meskin discusses this question on this episode of Aesthetics Bites. Aesthetics Bites is a podcast series of interviews with top thinkers...
Shelly Kagan on Death and Deprivation
April 18, 2017 | 9:45 am
The process of dying can be horrible for many, but is there anything bad about death itself? The obvious answer is that deprives us of something that we might otherwise have experienced. But that leads to further philosophical issues...Shelly...
Elisabeth Schellekens Dammann on Disagreement About Taste
April 18, 2017 | 9:00 am
We certainly disagree about aesthetic judgments in a range of cases. But is anyone right? Is there no disputing about taste? Are all tastes equal? Elisabeth Schellekens Damman discusses disagreement about taste in this episode of Aesthetics...
Andy Clark on The Extended Mind
March 18, 2017 | 6:16 am
Andy Clark, who with David Chalmers proposed the theory of the extended mind, explains what he means by this idea in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
Stephen Davies on Art and Evolution
March 01, 2017 | 8:33 am
Why do we have art at all? There must be some evolutionary explanation. In this episode of the Aesthetics Bites podcast series, Stephen Davies discusses some of the evolutionary theories about where art came from in conversation with Nigel...
Eileen John on Art and Morality
March 01, 2017 | 8:14 am
In this episode of Aesthetics Bites, Eileen John discusses some of the ways that art explores moral questions. Nigel Warburton is the interviewer. Aesthetics Bites is a series of interviews with top thinkers in the philosophy of art. It is...
Chris Frith on The Point of Consciousness
February 03, 2017 | 3:21 am
Why do we have consciousness at all? Neuroscientist Chris Frith discusses this question with Nigel Warburton in this episode of Mind Bites which is part of a series made in association with Philosophy Bites for Nick Shea's AHRC-funded Meaning for the...
Keith Frankish on Conscious Thought
January 14, 2017 | 10:34 am
One distinctive feature of human beings is that we can represent aspects of the world to ourselves, and also counterfactual situations. We do this through our conscious thoughts. Keith Frankish discusses this phenomenon in this episode of Mind Bites,...
Amia Srinivasan on What is a Woman?
January 01, 2017 | 10:18 am
'What is a woman?' may seem a straightforward question, but it isn't. Feminist philosophers from Simone de Beauvoir onwards have had a great deal to say on this topic. Amia Srinivasan gives a lucid introduction to some of the key positions in...
Kate Jeffery on Concepts and Representation
December 05, 2016 | 10:51 am
Neuroscientist Kate Jeffery discusses how the brain represents the world. This episode is is part of a short series Mind Bites made in association with Nicholas Shea's AHRC-funded Meaning for the Brain and Meaning for the Person project. That website...
Anthony Gottlieb on Pierre Bayle
December 02, 2016 | 7:35 am
Pierre Bayle was one of the best-known philosophers in the Eighteenth Century, but his work is now rarely studied. Anthony Gottlieb, author of The Dream of Enlightenment, argues that he should be better known, particularly his work on toleration and...
Kathleen Stock on Fiction and the Emotions
November 12, 2016 | 6:20 am
How should we understand the emotions that readers feel about fictional characters? Kathleen Stock discusses this question with Nigel Warburton in this, the second episode of Aesthetics Bites, a collaboration between the London Aesthetics Forum and...
David Miller on Immigration
November 12, 2016 | 5:55 am
Immigration is one of the major, and most contentious, political issues of our day. Can philosophy help here? David Miller thinks so. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast he speaks to David Edmonds about border controls and their...
Sophie Scott on the Meaning of Laughter
October 11, 2016 | 12:08 pm
What is laughter? What roles does it serve? Sophie Scott, a neuroscientist, discusses this serious question with Nigel Warburton for this episode of Mind Bites, a series made in association with Philosophy Bites as part of Nicholas Shea's...