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Friendship Reconsidered: What it Means and How it Matters to Politics
30 Mar 2017 | 5:17 am CEST
2017.03.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews P. E. Digeser, Friendship Reconsidered: What it Means and How it Matters to Polit…
Pick a topic, say traveling while being frugal and worshipful. There's a podcast about that; it's called "Hobo for Christ." Podcasts tend to be specialized. That's the problem
30 Mar 2017 | 3:44 am CEST
Pick a topic, say traveling while being frugal and worshipful. There's a podcast about that; it's called "Hobo for Christ." Podcasts tend to be specia…
Louis Kahn wanted buildings to speak an ancestral spatial language. A brick arch wasn’t just a brick arch — it was a way to connect across cultures and history
30 Mar 2017 | 3:12 am CEST
Louis Kahn wanted buildings to speak an ancestral spatial language. A brick arch wasn’t just a brick arch — it was a way to connect across…
Need someone to frame a house, glaze a window, build a fence, plow a field, butcher a hen, call a square dance, explain your soul? Daniel Dennett is your man
30 Mar 2017 | 2:41 am CEST
Need someone to frame a house, glaze a window, build a fence, plow a field, butcher a hen, call a square dance, explain your soul? Daniel Dennett is y…
Functional neo-Aristotelianism as a way to preserve moral agency: A response to Dr William Casebeer’s lecture: The Neuroscience of Moral Agency
29 Mar 2017 | 2:22 pm CEST
Written by Dr Anibal Monasterio Astobiza Audio File of Dr Casebeer’s talk is available here: http://media.philosophy.ox.ac.uk/uehiro/HT17_Caseb…
Making Government Like Business: Skills & Methods
29 Mar 2017 | 2:19 pm CEST
Embed from Getty Images President Trump assigned his son-in-law Jared Kushner to head up the effort to make the federal government more like a busi…
Cross Post: Our political beliefs predict how we feel about climate change
29 Mar 2017 | 2:12 pm CEST
Written by Prof Neil Levy Originally published on The Conversation The man who called global warming a fabrication invented by the Chinese to make US…
Norms in the Wild: How to Diagnose, Measure, and Change Social Norms
29 Mar 2017 | 5:33 am CEST
2017.03.25 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Cristina Bicchieri, Norms in the Wild: How to Diagnose, Measure, and Change Socia…
Long before he encountered Marx, Lenin was radicalized by literature. He read Shakespeare, Goethe, and Pushkin aloud. He was hostile to the avant-garde
29 Mar 2017 | 5:00 am CEST
Long before he encountered Marx, Lenin was radicalized by literature. He read Shakespeare, Goethe, and Pushkin aloud. He was hostile to the avant-gard…
Dwight Garner on Camille Paglia: "Reading this book is like being stranded in a bar where the jukebox has only two songs, both by Pat Benatar" 
29 Mar 2017 | 4:28 am CEST
Dwight Garner on Camille Paglia: "Reading this book is like being stranded in a bar where the jukebox has only two songs, both by Pat Benatar" Co…
We live in an age of offense. Never has outrage enjoyed more legitimacy or been more a marker of moral status 
29 Mar 2017 | 3:56 am CEST
We live in an age of offense. Never has outrage enjoyed more legitimacy or been more a marker of moral status Continue reading . . . News source:…
Levinas' Ethical Politics
29 Mar 2017 | 1:51 am CEST
2017.03.24 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Michael L. Morgan, Levinas' Ethical Politics, Indiana University Press, 2016, 410…
Andy Clark on the Extended Mind
18 Mar 2017 | 1:23 pm CET
Does your mind extend beyond your skull? Andy Clark, who developed the theory of the extended mind with David Chalmers thinks it does. He explains the…
Eileen John on Art and Morality
1 Mar 2017 | 4:39 pm CET
The relation between art and morality is complex. Eileen John explores some of the ways that art, and literature in particular, can explore questions…
Stephen Davies on Art and Evolution
1 Mar 2017 | 4:39 pm CET
What is the best evolutionary explanation of why art of some kind is found in every human culture? Stephen Davies discusses a variety of evolutionary…
Chris Frith on The Point of Consciousness
3 Feb 2017 | 11:24 am CET
We know we have it, but what is it for? Neuroscientist Chris Frith discusses the point of consciousness with Nigel Warburton in this episode of Mind B…
Keith Frankish on Conscious Thought
14 Jan 2017 | 6:36 pm CET
Conscious thought allows us to think about the world, but also about counterfactual situations. It is part of what makes us human. Keith Frankish disc…
Charter Schools IV: Profit
14 Jan 2017 | 1:13 am CET
While being a charter school is distinct from being a for-profit school, one argument in favor of charter schools is because they, unlike public schoo…
Charter Schools III: Ideology & Choice
11 Jan 2017 | 1:00 pm CET
Embed from Getty Images In my prior essay on charter schools, I considered the quality argument. The idea is that charter schools provide a higher qua…
Charter Schools II: Choice & Quality
9 Jan 2017 | 1:00 pm CET
Embed from Getty Images In the previous essay on charter schools I considered the monopoly argument in their favor. On this view, charter schools brea…
Charter Schools I: Preliminaries & Monopolies
6 Jan 2017 | 1:00 pm CET
Embed from Getty Images In November of 2016, president elect Trump selected Betsy DeVos as his Secretary of Education. While this appointment seems to…
The Return of Sophism
4 Jan 2017 | 1:00 pm CET
Embed from Getty Images Scottie Nell Hughes, a Trump surrogate, presented her view of truth on The Diane Rehm Show. As she sees it: Well, I think it…
Post Truth
2 Jan 2017 | 1:00 pm CET
Embed from Getty Images It has been declared, rather dramatically, that this is a post-truth era. In making a case for this, people point to Trump lif…
Amia Srinivasan on What is a Woman?
1 Jan 2017 | 6:20 pm CET
'What is a woman?' may seem like a straightforward question, but as Amia Srinivasan explains, it is not quite as easy to answer as you might think. He…
A Philosopher’s Blog 2016 free on Amazon (12/31/2016-1/4/2017)
30 Dec 2016 | 1:41 pm CET
This book contains essays from the 2016 postings of A Philosopher’s Blog. Subjects range from the metaphysics of guardian angels to the complicated…
Consent of the Governed
30 Dec 2016 | 1:00 pm CET
Plato, through the character of Socrates, advances a now classic argument against democracy. When it comes to a matter that requires knowledge and ski…
Out of Body
28 Dec 2016 | 1:00 pm CET
When I was young, I had my first out of body experience (OBE for short). While I did not know about them at the time, I later learned that my experien…
The War on Christmas
26 Dec 2016 | 1:00 pm CET
Embed from Getty Images One long standing Christmas tradition at Fox news is perpetuating the mythological war on Christmas. While it is not a self-ev…
Kate Jeffery on Concepts and Representation
5 Dec 2016 | 7:03 pm CET
Do we have maps in the brain? That sounds an odd question to ask, but how else can we understand how we find our way around? Neuroscientist Kate Jeffe…
Anthony Gottlieb on Pierre Bayle
2 Dec 2016 | 3:50 pm CET
Pierre Bayle was one of the most famous and respected philosophers of his day, but few today know much about him. Anthony Gottlieb, author of a recent…
News
2 Dec 2016 | 3:40 pm CET
Nigel Warburton's series of Philosophy in the Bookshop events continues at Blackwell's Bookshop, Oxford on Saturday 6th May 2017 Philosophy Bites inte…
Kathleen Stock on Fiction and the Emotions
12 Nov 2016 | 2:33 pm CET
How should we treat the emotions we feel towards fictional characters? Kathleen Stock discusses this question with Nigel Warburton in this second epis…
Good Enough Lives – Procreative Satisficence
21 Oct 2016 | 1:56 pm CEST
By Dominic Wilkinson @Neonatalethics   Should parents undertake prenatal testing? Is there a moral reason to prevent disability in your future ch…
Four myths about IVF in older women
20 Oct 2016 | 2:42 pm CEST
Dominic Wilkinson, @Neonatalethics Reports that a 62-year-old Spanish woman has given birth after IVF treatment have led many to question whether ther…
The bright side of Brexit
18 Oct 2016 | 1:49 pm CEST
Let’s suppose, entirely hypothetically and for the sake of argument, that Brexit is a disaster for the UK. Let’s suppose that sterling crashes; th…
Announcement: 3rd Annual Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics
12 Oct 2016 | 2:07 pm CEST
Graduate and undergraduate students currently enrolled at the University of Oxford in any subject are invited to enter the Oxford Uehiro Prize in Prac…
The Clickbait Candidate
10 Oct 2016 | 1:44 am CEST
By James Williams (@WilliamsJames_) Note: This is a cross-post with Quillette magazine. While ‘interrobang’ sounds like a technique Donald Trump…
Guest Post: Mind the accountability gap: On the ethics of shared autonomy between humans and intelligent medical devices
8 Oct 2016 | 8:58 pm CEST
Guest Post by Philipp Kellmeyer Imagine you had epilepsy and, despite taking a daily cocktail of several anti-epileptic drugs, still suffered several…
Consciousness, memory and value
8 Oct 2016 | 2:05 pm CEST
HBO’s new show Westworld has been getting a lot of attention. As the AV Club pointed out, it was HBO’s highest-rated premiere since ‘the good…
The goodness of being multi-planetary
7 Oct 2016 | 11:57 pm CEST
The Economist has a leader “For life, not for an afterlife“, in which it argues that Elon Musk’s stated motivation to settle Mars &…