Thursday, 13 November 2008

Philosophy Podcasts

A.C. Grayling, author of Among The Dead Cities, explains why he believes that the Allies' deliberate targeting of civilians in Dresden and elsewhere during the Second World War was morally wrong.

Listen to Anthony Grayling on Bombing Civilians in Wartime


Personal identity - the question of what, if anything, makes an individual the same person despite change over time - is an idea that has interested philosophers since antiquity. Christopher Shields discusses this topic in this Philosophy Bites interview.

Listen to Christopher Shields on Personal Identity


Alexander Nehamas discusses the nature and value of friendship in this Philosophy Bites interview with Nigel Warburton. Nehamas maintains that understanding a friend can be like understanding a work of art.

Listen to Alexander Nehamas on Friendship


Raymond Geuss wants political philosophers to focus on real politics. In this interview for Philosophy Bites he explains why he believes philosophers such as Robert Nozick and John Rawls were fundamentally misguided in the way they approached political philosophy. Geuss is in conversation with Nigel Warburton. The introduction is by David Edmonds.

Listen to Raymond Geuss on Real Politics

What is a virtue? Is ethics a matter of cultivating appropriate virtues, patterns of behaviour prized by particular people at a particular time? Roger Crisp discusses the nature of virtue in this interview with Nigel Warburton for the Philosophy Bites podcast.

Listen to Roger Crisp on Virtue


In this interview for Philosophy Bites Anthony Appiah explains how experiments in psychology can be relevant to our ethical reasoning.

Listen to Anthony Appiah on Experiments in Ethics


Friedrich Nietzsche's The Genealogy of Morality presents a highly original account of the sources of our values. Christopher Janaway, author of Beyond Selflessness: Reading Nietzsche's Genealogy, discusses Nietzsche's influential book in this episode of Philosophy Bites.

Listen to Christopher Janaway on Nietzsche on Morality

Philosophers have always fascinated by paradoxes. In this episode of Philosophy Bites Nigel Warburton interviews Peter Cave about paradoxes and their relevance to philosophy.

Listen to Peter Cave on Paradoxes

Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason is a great but difficult work. In this interview for Philosophy Bites A.W. Moore gives an accessible account of the main themes of the book and explains what might have been motivating Kant's approach to metaphysics (no mean feat in under 20 minutes!).

Listen to Adrian Moore on Kant's Metaphysics

In this interview for Philosophy Bites Barry C. Smith, the new director of the Institute of Philosophy in London, discusses the impact of recent discoveries in neuroscience (including blind sight and mirror neurones) on our understanding of the mind and our senses.

Listen to Barry Smith on Neuroscience

What is Socratic Method and does it have any present day applications? In this interview for Philosophy Bites MM McCabe explains the significance of Socrates' impertinent questioning and contrasts his approach with present day university teaching.

Listen to M.M. McCabe on Socratic Method

In this interview Aaron Ridley explores Nietzsche's changing views about the relationship between art and truth including his views about the dionysian and appollonian aspects of existence.

Listen to Aaron Ridley on Nietzsche on Art and Truth

What is faith? Are human beings capable of it? What part does reason play in life? These and more questions are raised by Søren Kierkegaard's book Fear and Trembling. Clare Carlisle illuminates many of the themes of the book in this interview for Philosophy Bites.

Listen to Clare Carlisle on Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling

In this Philosophy Bites interview Alex Neill addresses the question of whether there really is a paradox of tragedy. How is it that we can enjoy tragedies when they show pain and suffering? He also considers the related question of how we can take pleasure in horror movies.

Listen to Alex Neill on The Paradox of Tragedy

Plotinus, who lived in the 3rd Century A.D. was the founder of neo-platonism. In this episode of Philosophy Bites Peter Adamson of Kings' College London explains what Plotinus had to say about evil. As will become clear, for Plotinus the Problem of Evil was quite different from the contemporary discussion of the topic.

Listen to Peter Adamson on Plotinus on Evil

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