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Philosophy Bites

David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton

January 2012

ISBN: 9780199694662

272 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Price: £7.99

Philosophy Bites is a selection of the best interviews from the hugely successful podcast of the same name. Leading philosophers discuss a wide range of philosophical issues, from ethics to aesthetics to metaphysics, in a lively, informal, personal way. Time, infinity, evil, friendship, animals, wine, sport, tragedy—all human life is here.

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Philosophy Bites is a selection of the best interviews from the hugely successful podcast of the same name. Leading philosophers discuss a wide range of philosophical issues, from ethics to aesthetics to metaphysics, in a lively, informal, personal way. Time, infinity, evil, friendship, animals, wine, sport, tragedy—all human life is here.

  • Features an excellent line-up of philosophers from Britain and North America
  • The dialogues offer lively, personal views of philosophy
  • Will communicate philosophy to a broad readership

About the Author(s)

David Edmonds, Oxford University, BBC, and Nigel Warburton, Open University

David Edmonds is a documentary maker for the BBC World Service, and the author or co-author of several books, including Wittgenstein's Poker, written with John Eidinow (short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award, translated into twenty five languages, and an international best seller) Bobby Fischer Goes To War, (translated into a dozen languages and was long-listed for the Samuel Johnson prize) and Rousseau's Dog about the relationship between Jean-Jacques Rousseau and David Hume. David received a First Class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and then took the B.Phil. in philosophy. He has a PhD in philosophy from the Open University. He has held fellowships from the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan. He is currently a Research Associate at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at Oxford University and a Contributing Editor for Prospect Magazine.

Nigel Warburton is a freelance philosopher, podcaster, and writer. His books include A Little History of Philosophy, Philosophy: the Basics, Thinking from A to Z, Philosophy: the Classics, The Art Question, and Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction. He runs several weblogs including virtualphilosopher.com and artandallusion.com.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    What is Philosophy?, David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton
    ETHICS
    1:Julian Savulescu on 'Yuk!'
    2:Simon Blackburn on Moral Relativism
    3:Peter Singer on Animals
    4:Michael Sandel on Genetic Enhancement in Sport
    5:Alexander Nehamas on Friendship
    POLITICS
    6:Anthony Appiah on Cosmopolitanism
    7:Miranda Fricker on Credibility and Discrimination
    8:Anne Phillips on Multiculturalism
    9:Will Kymlicka on Minority Rights
    10:Wendy Brown on Tolerance
    METAPHYSICS AND MIND
    11:Adrian Moore on Infinity
    12:David Papineau on Scientific Realism
    13:Barry Stroud on Scepticism
    14:Hugh Mellor on Time
    15:Tim Crane on Mind and Body
    16:Tim Williamson on Vagueness
    AESTHETICS
    17:Derek Matravers on the Definition of Art
    18:Alain de Botton on the Aesthetics of Architecture
    19:Barry C. Smith on Wine
    20:Alex Neill on the Paradox of Tragedy
    GOD, ATHEISM AND THE MEANING OF LIFE
    21:Don Cupitt on Non-Realism About God
    22:John Cottingham on The Meaning of Life
    23:Stephen Law on The Problem of Evil.
    24:Keith Ward on Eastern and Western Idealism
    25:Anthony Grayling on Atheism
    Further Reading
    Notes on Contributors
    Index

Reviews

"an excellent sampler of key philosophical issues: succinct and enlightening." - The Guardian