Philosophy Bites

Philosophy Bites

by David Edmonds
     
 

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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,

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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.

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Publishers Weekly
This thoughtful and highly readable collection of conversations with philosophers on a broad range of topics, from the perennial problems of skepticism to the epistemological questions raised by wine tasting, put together by editors Edmonds (coauthor of Wittgenstein's Poker and documentary maker for the BBC World Service) and Warburton, senior lecturer at the Open University, displays an admirable grasp of a variety of issues. The editors' conversations with Alain de Botton on architecture and Peter Singer on animal rights manage to be accessible for the nonspecialist while still maintaining critical bite. Inevitably, the quality of thought on offer varies from one interviewee to the next, but standouts include Don Culpit's nonrealist view of God and Wendy Brown on how modern notions of tolerance can disguise severe limitations on freedom and equality. More disappointing is the volume's Anglo-American bias and its lack of interviews with non–English-language philosophers. If, as the editors say, "the spirit of philosophy is at its most apparent in conversation," then they would be well served by widening their scope. Nonetheless, as introductions to philosophy go, these bite-size dialogues add up to a surprisingly substantial whole. (Nov.)
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"This thoughtful and highly readable collection of conversations with philosophers on a broad range of topics, from the perennial problems of skepticism to the epistemological questions raised by wine tasting, displays an admirable grasp of a variety of issues."—Publishers Weekly

Library Journal
In this highly accessible book, Edmonds (coauthor, with John Eidinow, Wittgenstein's Poker) and Warburton (philosophy, Open Univ.; Philosophy: The Basics) present 25 interviews with leading philosophers who engaged with the authors on their popular website, philosophybites.com. The interviews, which were originally podcasts, have been revised by the interviewees so that they are easier to follow when read. They cover a broad range of philosophical topics—from performance-enhancing drugs in sports to the problem of evil—with such figures as A.C. Grayling, Kwame Anthony Appiah, and Miranda Fricker. The authors explain that, although the interviews may be short, they do not gloss over the topics. Instead, the dialogs show the complexity and rational thought needed in examining each topic, while also demonstrating how philosophy can be applicable to our lives. VERDICT The authors have done a wonderful job of conveying the entertaining and engaging format of their podcasts. Readers can enjoy each thematically arranged piece individually or read the book in its entirety to gain a better understanding of current philosophical issues. This book will be very rewarding for anyone with an interest in philosophy.—Scott Duimstra, Capital Area Dist. Lib., Lansing, MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191604263
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
08/12/2010
Series:
Oxford Studies in Recorded Jazz
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

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.

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