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    - Edmonds and Warburton
    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.


    - Edmonds and Warburton
    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


    - Edmonds and Warburton
    David Bather Woods on Schopenhauer on Compassion

    Arthur Schopenhauer is best known for the deep pessimism of his book The World as Will and Representation. Here we focus on a slightly less pessimistic aspect of his philosophy: his views on compassion. Very unusually for an early nineteenth century thinker, he was influenced here by his reading of Indian philosophy. David Bather Woods is the interviewee.

    We are very grateful for sponsorship for this episode from St John's College.

    - Edmonds and Warburton
    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

    - Edmonds and Warburton
    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. 

    - Edmonds and Warburton
    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.


    - Edmonds and Warburton
    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.

    - Edmonds and Warburton
    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. 

    - Edmonds and Warburton
    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. 


    - Edmonds and Warburton
    Nigel Warburton on A Little History of Philosophy

    For this first of two special lockdown episodes of Philosophy Bites we interviewed each other. Here David Edmonds interviews Nigel Warburton about his bestseller A Little History of Philosophy. In the companion episode Nigel interviews David about his bestseller Wittgenstein's Poker.

    - Brian Leiter
    Mostly, I think America is doomed, but occasionally there is a glimmer of hope: Only 47 percent of American adults said they were members of a church, mosque or synagogue, according to recently released polling that was conducted by Gallup...
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    Back in 2012.
    - Brian Leiter
    Philosopher Shane Wilkins, a member of the APA's Committee on Non-Academic Careers, asked me to share information about two new resources: The first resource is the new Beyond Academia webpage to replace the old print edition. The goal of the...
    - Brian Leiter
    The author of this piece is a gender critical feminist, but I found more interesting its description of "the New Ptolemaism" than its particular application to debates about trans identity: This is a push for scholarship to be insistently insular...
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    What a despicable monster.
    - Brian Leiter
    They are: Erik Rietveld and Floris Roelofsen, both at the University of Amsterdam.
    - Brian Leiter 3:16 AM.
    - Brian Leiter
    ...about his career and work. (Darwall was one of Rosati's teachers at Michigan in the 1980s.)
    - Brian Leiter
    Professor Gettier was responsible for what was no doubt the most famous paper in epistemology--and the most famous short paper in Anglophone philosophy--of the past sixty years, "Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?" David Lewis, as I recall, once said that...
    - Brian Leiter
    Quoted here: "We all die and we are all wrong. A good career is when the former happens before the latter."
    by Rick Lewis
    Milgram II: The Horror Returns • Laroui Only Lives Thrice • Do Martian Microbes Have Rights? — News reports by Anja Steinbauer
    by Matt Qvortrup
    Jessica Logue conducts an investigation into their relationship.
    Greg Stone offers a contractual definition of art, among other artful ideas.
    Atika Qasim questions her own, and others’, motives for taking photos.
    by Sarah Rochelle
    Peter Benson watches this ‘art movement’ with raised eyebrows.
    Gary Cox opens up G.E. Moore’s ethics, and his open question argument.
    Robin Wynyard reflects on his philosophical journey, and how this has influenced his thoughts about ageing.
    - Philosophy Now
    The Mental Universe Debate
    Grant Bartley from Philosophy Now (and author of The Metarevolution) is joined by members of London philosophy groups Philosophy For All and the Philosophical Society of England to debate an argument advanced by PFA member Kieran Quill that according to quantum mechanics the universe is mental in nature. Join us to hear the fallout. First broadcast on 29 June 2014 on Resonance FM.
    - Philosophy Now
    The Linguistic Wizardry of Ludwig Wittgenstein
    Ludwig Wittgenstein worked out how language has meaning, twice. He also thought that some of the most important things we can know we can’t express at all. Grant Bartley from Philosophy Now finds out the meaning and limits of language from guest Daniel Hutto from the University of Wollongong, NSW. First broadcast on 22 June 2014 on Resonance FM.
    - Philosophy Now
    Philosophy, Lies and Politics
    Might Nietzsche be right, claiming that lying is “a condition of life?” – Or Kant, arguing that lying means annihilating human dignity? Is it ever acceptable for governments to lie to the public or for individuals to lie to the government? Anja Steinbauer is joined by politician and philosopher Shahrar Ali and moral philosopher Piers Benn to discuss whether lying can be a good thing. First broadcast on 15 June 2014 on Resonance FM.
    - Philosophy Now
    Beyond Right and Wrong
    What is meta-ethics? How does meta-ethics differ from ethics, and what does it tell us about ethics? Why is it important for how we should live our lives? Join Grant Bartley from Philosophy Now and his guests Edward Harcourt from Keble College, Oxford, and Richard Rowland from the University of Warwick, to find the answers to these questions and more. First broadcast on 8 June 2014 on Resonance FM.
    - Philosophy Now
    The Hidden World of Immanuel Kant
    Join Grant Bartley from Philosophy Now and guests John Callanan from King’s College, London, and Andrew Ward from the University of York to talk about the most important idea you’ve never heard of, and some other persuasive arguments from revolutionary but unfortunately unknown-to-the-world philosopher Immanuel Kant. First broadcast on 1 June 2014 on Resonance FM.
    - Philosophy Now
    How Come Consciousness?
    Join Grant Bartley from Philosophy Now and guests Philip Goff from the University of Liverpool and Tom McClelland from the University of Manchester as they try to work out how all that electricity between your nerve cells relates to and produces all your experiences and thoughts. First broadcast on 25 May 2014 on Resonance FM.
    - Philosophy Now
    Buddhist Philosophy
    What has Buddhism to offer the 21st Century? Join Anja Steinbauer and her guests, Martin Muchall and Rick Lewis, for a critical discussion of ideas in and about Buddhism. First broadcast on 18 May 2014 on Resonance FM.
    - Philosophy Now
    Impressions of David Hume
    Isaiah Berlin said of David Hume, “No man has influenced the history of philosophy to a deeper or more disturbing degree.” Join Grant Bartley from Philosophy Now plus guests Jane O’Grady, Peter Kail and James Arnold to find out why. First broadcast on 11 May 2014 on Resonance FM.
    - Philosophy Now
    In Defence of Wonder
    Look inside the mind of a famous thinker: Grant Bartley from Philosophy Now and writer Daryn Green talk to author and Philosophy Now columnist Raymond Tallis about his latest book, In Defence of Wonder, and about the influences and motivations which have made him a philosopher. Recorded on 31 May 2012.
    - Philosophy Now
    Philosophy and Literature
    Both philosophy and literature represent the world and reflect on it. They are clearly different, yet converge, overlap and relate to one another in various ways. Can anything be gained philosophically by examining literature? Conversely, does it add to our understanding of literature to look at it from a philosophical point of view? Anja Steinbauer, President of Philosophy For All, and her guests Gregory Currie from the University of Nottingham, Stacie Friend from Heythrop College, University of London, and Edward Harcourt from Keble College, University of Oxford, discuss truth and ethics in philosophy and literature. First broadcast on 27 March 2012 on Resonance FM.
    - Ben Davies
    Written by Jake Wojtowicz and Ben Davies  On April 11th, Daunte Wright was pulled over by police in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Shortly afterwards, he was shot and killed by police officer Kim Potter. Police Chief Tim Gannon described this as an ‘accidental discharge’. But framing events like this as accidents can be misleading and is […]
    - Gabriel De Marco
    Written by Gabriel De Marco and Tom Douglas This essay is based on a co-authored paper recently published in Criminal Law and Philosophy Neurointerventions—interventions that modify brain states—are sometimes imposed on criminal offenders for the purposes of diminishing the risk that they will re-offend or, more generally, of facilitating their rehabilitation. A commonly discussed example […]
    - Roger Crisp
    The Neuroscience of a Life Well-lived: New St Cross Ethics Seminar
    Professor Morten Kringelbach (Aarhus and Oxford) recently gave a fascinating New St Cross Ethics Seminar on ‘The Neuroscience of a Life Well-Lived’ (YouTube; mp3). Morten began with a very cute slide of two babies enjoying being with one another and with others, to bring out the importance of sociality in our understanding of pleasure and the […]
    - Lisa Forsberg
    Written by Lisa Forsberg and Anthony Skelton In many countries vaccine rollouts are now well underway. Vaccine programmes in Israel, the United Kingdom, Chile, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and the United States have been particularly successful. Mass vaccination is vital to ending the pandemic. However, at present, vaccines are typically not approved for children under […]
    - Stephen Rainey
    It’s Only a Game
    Written by Stephen Rainey Footballers are increasingly prominent in speaking against social and political ills. They can draw attention to serious issues, given their public profile. If more of us followed their example, beyond supporting their causes, we could make a world less accommodating for moral complacency. In recent World Cup qualifying matches, Norway’s national […]
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    This essay was the joint runner up in the graduate category of the 7th Annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics. Written by University of Oxford student Oshy Ray  The summer of 2020 saw people across the world participating in racial justice protests, demanding the end of state violence against Black people, and calling for […]
    - Dominic Wilkinson
    “The legal decision this morning, in the Family division of the High Court, provides important clarification. It is likely to be a relief to young people with gender dysphoria and their families. In December, the High Court found that young people under 16 with gender dysphoria were highly unlikely to be able to understand the […]
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    Cross Post: There’s no Need to Pause Vaccine Rollouts When There’s a Safety Scare. Give the Public the Facts and Let Them Decide
    Written By: Julian Savulescu, University of Oxford; Dominic Wilkinson, University of Oxford; Jonathan Pugh, University of Oxford, and Margie Danchin, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.   When someone gets sick after receiving a vaccine, this might be a complication or coincidence. […]
    - Julian Savulescu
    Most people in the UK would like the option of being heavily sedated, having a general anaesthestic or to having euthanasia, if they were dying, according to Oxford research published today in the medical journal PLOS One. Professor Dominic Wilkinson, Professor Julian Savulescu and colleagues from the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, surveyed more […]
    - Katrien Devolder
    In this new Thinking Out Loud interview, Katrien Devolder talks to philosopher Dr Josh Milburn (Sheffield) about whether we should (and can) feed our  cat or dog a vegan diet. There are plenty of good reasons to avoid products from factory farms (e.g. to prevent future pandemics, to reduce animal suffering, to reduce antimicrobial resistance, […]