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

Direct download: Samantha_Rose_Hill_on_Hannah_Arendt_on_Plurality.mp3
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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. 

Direct download: David_Edmonds_on_Undercover_Robot.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:09am EDT

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.

 

Direct download: Steven_Nadler_on_Spinoza_on_Death.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:23am EDT

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.

Direct download: Kate_Manne_on_Misogyny.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30pm EDT

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. 

Direct download: Liam_Bright_on_Verificationism.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:56am EDT

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. 

 

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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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:57pm EDT

Cheryl Misak has recently published a biography of F.P. Ramsey, the great Cambridge thinker who died at the age of only 26, but who nevertheless made a significant impact in several different fields including philosophy, mathematics, and economics. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast she discusses Ramsey's interactions with Wittgenstein. The two thinkers had very different personal styles and their philosophies reflect this.

Direct download: Cheryl_Misak_on_Frank_Ramsey_and_Ludwig_Wittgenstein.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:01pm EDT

Philip Goff discusses some of Galileo's insights into the nature of matter. He then goes on to discuss his own view about consciousness, panpsychism. Goff believes that matter is conscious at some level. 

Direct download: Philip_Goff_on_Galileo_and_Consciousness.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:19pm EDT

In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast, recorded before the Covid-19 lockdowns, the political philosopher Elizabeth Anderson explains why we need to be prepared to talk more, even with people with whom we strongly disagree. 

 

Direct download: Elizabeth_Anderson_on_Lets_Talk.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:28pm EDT

What is free will? Do we have it? These are difficult questions. Neuroscience seems to point in the direction of determinism. But Christian List suggests that there might still be room for genuine free will. 

 

Direct download: Christian_List_on_Free_Will.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:07am EDT



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