Don Cupitt, controversial theologian and philosopher, argues that Jesus is best seen as a moralist and a radical secular humanist in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. The podcast is introduced by David Edmonds. Nigel Warburton is the interviewer.
Direct download: CupittJesus.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:10am EDT

How our words relate to objects is a thorny philosophical conundrum. In this episode of the philosophy podcast Philosophy Bites A.C. Grayling explains Bertrand Russell's Theory of Descriptions, an attempt to elucidate that relationship.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:12am EDT

Catalin Avramescu discusses the fascinating topic of the part played by the idea of cannibalism in the history of philosophy in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
Direct download: Catalin_Avramescu_on_Cannibalism.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:36am EDT

Jeff McMahan of Rutgers University discusses the morality of killing in war with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:18pm EDT

What is involved in understanding a decision? Richard Bradley of the LSE addresses this question in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. As a decision theorist, he views decisions as gambles involving weightings of beliefs and desires.
Direct download: Richard_Bradley_on_Understanding_Decisions.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:31am EDT

This episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast focuses on the question of whether politicians need ever act immorally. Tony Coady (aka C.A.J. Coady), author of Messy Morality is in conversation with Nigel Warburton.
Direct download: Tony_Coady_on_Dirty_Hands_in_Politics.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:24pm EDT

John Campbell explores Bishop Berkeley's puzzle about what our experience is of in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:17pm EDT

Friedrich Nietzsche has been seen as the philosopher of the Overman, an anti-semite, and a precursor of postmodernist views about truth. But was he any of these? Brian Leiter explores these questions in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
Direct download: Brian_Leiter_on_Nietzsche_Myths.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:35am EDT

What can you do with Philosophy? Not very much, according to some people. John Armstrong disagrees. Find out why in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast
Direct download: John_Armstrong_on_What_You_Can_Do_With_Philosophy_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:19pm EDT

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong argues that God isn't necessary for morality in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
Direct download: Walter_Sinnott-Armstrong_on_Morality_Without_God.mp3
Category:Walter Sinnott-Armstrong -- posted at: 5:55am EDT

What is an emotion? How do emotions differ from moods? What part should the emotions play in our lives and in our understanding of what it is to be human? Sabine Döring addresses these questions in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
Direct download: Sabine_Dring_on_Emotion.mp3
Category:Sabine Döring -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Blaise Pascal's Pensées is the subject of this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Few philosophers know the Pensées well,  apart from the passage in which Pascal set forth his famous 'wager' - the idea that agnostics should gamble on God existing. Here Ben Rogers explains who Pascal was, and why his book is worth reading.
Direct download: Ben_Rogers_on__Pascal.mp3
Category:Ben Rogers -- posted at: 7:37pm EDT

The Problem of Evil is usually presented as a problem for believers. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Marilyn McCord Adams suggests that it is a problem for optimistic non-believers.
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Category:Marilyn Adams -- posted at: 6:53am EDT

New technology is changing our relationship to reality and in the process what we are, argues Luciano Floridi, in this episode of the philosophy podcast Philosophy Bites. This is the fourth revolution.
Direct download: Luciano_Floridi_on_the_4th_Revolution.mp3
Category:Luciano Floridi -- posted at: 6:51pm EDT

What is a person and what makes me the same person over time despite change? John Locke emphasized that continuity of memory makes us the same person over time. In contrast Paul Snowdon argues that we should see persons as animals.
Direct download: Paul_Snowdon_on_Persons_and_Animals.MP3
Category:Paul Snowdon -- posted at: 2:13pm EDT

 Michael Sandel. 2009 Reith Lecturer, discusses the moral limits of markets. You can follow Nigel Warburton discussing Sandel's first Reith lecture on Twitter on www.twitter.com/philosophybites from 10.15 p.m UK time on the 13th June as this lecture is broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Add '#goodradio' or '#Reith2009' to any comments you make on Twitter.
Direct download: Michael_Sandel_on_What_Shouldnt_Be_Sold.mp3
Category:Michael Sandel -- posted at: 6:58pm EDT

Philosophy Bites looks at ethical questions raised by enhancement. Technological developments have opened up many new opportunities for intervening in biological processes to improve ourselves. Allen Buchanan of Duke University discusses some of these and their implications in conversation with Nigel Warburton.
Direct download: Allen_Buchanan_on_Enhancement.mp3
Category:Allen Buchanan -- posted at: 3:58am EDT

Moral psychology is the empirical study of how people make moral judgements. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Walter Sinnott-Armstrong discusses the relevance of psychological research to moral philosophy.
Direct download: Walter_Sinnott-Armstrong_on_Moral_Psychology.mp3
Category:Walter Sinnott-Armstrong -- posted at: 9:29am EDT

Pleasure is something we all want. But is it, and should it be the only thing that we want? Is pleasure all the same kind of thing? Philosopher Thomas Hurka explores the concept of pleasure in conversation with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the podcast Philosophy Bites.
Direct download: Thomas_Hurka_on_Pleasure.MP3
Category:Thomas Hurka -- posted at: 6:55am EDT

This episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast focuses on Aristotle's Ethics. In conversation with Nigel Warburton, Terence Irwin of Oxford University explains the key features of this influential work.
Direct download: Terence_Irwin.mp3
Category:Terence Irwin -- posted at: 4:11pm EDT

Assisted dying, providing a patient with the means to kill themselves, is a highly controversial issue. For this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Raymond Tallis, who is both an eminent gerontologist and philosopher, discusses this topic and some of the moral issues surrounding it with interviewer Nigel Warburton.
Direct download: Raymond_Tallis_on_Assisted_Dying.mp3
Category:Raymond Tallis -- posted at: 4:08pm EDT

Should we base our morality on our emotional reactions of disgust? We all have a sense of 'yuk' at some activities or situations. Julian Savulescu of Oxford University discusses the relevance of revulsion to our moral judgements in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
Direct download: Julian_Savulescu_on_the_Yuk_Factor.MP3
Category:Julian Savulescu -- posted at: 4:56am EDT

Jean-Paul Sartre's notion of Bad Faith lies at the core of his existentialist classic Being and Nothingness. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Sebastian Gardner explains what Sartre meant by Bad Faith.
Direct download: Sebastian_Gardner_on_Sartre_on_Bad_Faith.mp3
Category:Sebastian Gardner -- posted at: 3:34am EDT

Questions about the nature of reality are at the heart of all philosophy in both Western and Eastern traditions. Keith Ward gives an overview of the idealist tradition in some Indian philosophy and draws parallels between this tradition and some Western thinkers.
Direct download: Keith_Ward_on_Idealism.mp3
Category:Keith Ward -- posted at: 11:46am EDT

Scientists talk about sub-atomic particles which are invisible to the eye. Do such particles really exist? Or are they simply convenient fictions that, for the moment at least, explain the observable phenomena? David Papineau discusses and defends scientific realism in this episode of Philosophy Bites.
Direct download: David_Papineau_on_Scientific_Realism.mp3
Category:David Papineau -- posted at: 10:40am EDT

Kate Soper believes that we need to rethink how we live in the light of impending environmental catastrophe. She maintains that alternative ways of living can be more enjoyable than consumerism.
Direct download: Kate_Soper_on_Alternative_Hedonism.mp3
Category:Kate Soper -- posted at: 6:29pm EDT



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