Take 25 of the liveliest philosophers of our time. Talk to each about one of the most intriguing topics you can think of-from ethics to aesthetics to metaphysics. The result is a Philosophy Bite-a lively, informal conversation that brings the subject into focus. First made public on the enormously popular Philosophy Bites podcast, these entertaining, personal, and illuminating conversations are presented in print. The result is a book that is a taster for the whole enterprise of philosophy, and gives unexpected insights into hot topics spanning ethics, politics, metaphysics, aesthetics, and the meaning of life.
- Paperback | 244 pages
- 130 x 196 x 20mm | 292g
- 04 May 2012
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
an excellent sampler of key philosophical issues: succinct and enlightening. The Guardian
About David Edmonds
David Edmonds is a documentary maker for the BBC World Service. He is the author or co-author of several books, including the international bestseller Wittgenstein's Poker, written with John Eidinow (short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award, translated into twenty five languages), BobbyFischer Goes to War, and Rousseau's Dog. 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.
Table of contents
Introduction ; What is Philosophy? ; 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