Nigel Warburton
Consultant Editor and Interviewer, Aeon

Nigel Warburton is a writer, philosopher and podcaster. His most recent book is A Little History of Philosophy (2011).

Essays
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Ideas
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Conversations
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Followers
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Following
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Essay/Art

Moments of depth

Stuart Franklin has photographed conflict, nature and people. He discusses what makes a memorable image

Stuart Franklin & Nigel Warburton

Idea/Wellbeing

Is philosophy therapy, or is it simply a search for truth?

Nigel Warburton & Jules Evans

Essay/History of Ideas

Talk with me

Philosophy should be conversation, not dogma – face-to-face talk about our place in the cosmos and how we should live

Nigel Warburton

Essay/Cosmopolitanism

Cosmopolitans

It’s not just me, you and everyone we know. Citizens of the world have moral obligations to a wider circle of humanity

Nigel Warburton

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Idea/Fairness & Equality

Hierarchy is either strictly constrained or it is indefensible

Philip Pettit

Essay/Political Philosophy

The last hollow laugh

Since Francis Fukuyama proclaimed ‘The End of History’ 25 years ago, he has been much maligned. His work now seems prophetic

Paul Sagar

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Essay/Stories & Literature

The real Casanova

His name is synonymous with serial seduction but Casanova's memoirs reveal a man greater than the sum of his ‘conquests’

Laurence Bergreen

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Idea/Political Philosophy

Simone de Beauvoir’s political philosophy resonates today

Skye C Cleary

Essay/History of Ideas

Infinity and beyond

Georg Cantor showed that some infinities are bigger than others. Did he assault mathematical wisdom or corroborate it?

A W Moore

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Idea/Philosophy of Mind

Panpsychism is crazy, but it’s also most probably true

Philip Goff

Idea/Ethics

Why I am not going to buy a cellphone

Philip Reed

Idea/History of Ideas

If Aquinas is a philosopher then so are the Islamic theologians

Peter Adamson

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Essay/Philosophy of Mind

Telling memories

Jewish émigrés from the former Soviet Union tell inconsistent stories. What does this say about the nature of memory?

Helen Haft

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Idea/Ethics

How a hackneyed romantic ideal is used to stigmatise polyamory

Carrie Jenkins

Essay/Neuroscience

Maps in the head

How animals navigate their way around provides clues to how the brain forms, stores and retrieves memories

Kate Jeffery

Idea/History of Ideas

How playing Wittgensteinian language-games can set us free

Sandy Grant

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Idea/Values & Beliefs

Life-and-death thought experiments are correctly unsolvable

Julian Baggini

Essay/Philosophy of Language

Chomsky, Wolfe and me

I took on Noam Chomsky’s ideas about language and unleashed a decade of debate and ridicule. But is my argument wrong?

Daniel Everett

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Idea/Political Philosophy

Free speech debates are more than ‘radicals’ vs ‘liberals’

Eric Heinze

Essay/Ethics

The Phineas Gage effect

When someone changes for the worse, we see a totally different person. But what happens if the change is for the better?

Kevin Tobia

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Idea/Law & Justice

What would a rational criminal justice system look like?

Raoul Martinez

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Essay/Ethics

Honestly, it’s fine!

Tight-lipped, frosty and fake, the passive-aggressive person never quite takes the blame. Is this always a bad thing?

Rebecca Roache

Essay/History of Ideas

How not to be a chucklehead

Saturday mornings with J L Austin in postwar Oxford were a golden time for wordplay, silly jokes and serious philosophy

Nakul Krishna

Idea/Sleep & Dreams

How the 24-hour society is stealing time from the night

Leon Kreitzman

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Idea/Logic

On vagueness, or, when is a heap of sand not a heap of sand?

Timothy Williamson

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Idea/History of Ideas

Arabic translators did far more than just preserve Greek philosophy

Peter Adamson

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Essay/Neuroscience

The real problem

It looks like scientists and philosophers might have made consciousness far more mysterious than it needs to be

Anil K Seth

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Essay/Ethics

The second sage

Confucian philosopher Mengzi provides an intriguing (and oddly modern) alternative to Aristotelian accounts of human virtue

Bryan W Van Norden

Idea/Ethics

Showing off is easy to condemn, but is it always bad?

Sandy Grant

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Idea/Ethics

Why every child in need deserves an urgent response

S Matthew Liao

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Essay/Knowledge

The examined life

Students are working harder than ever to pass tests but schools allow no time for true learning in the Socratic tradition

John Taylor

Essay/Values & Beliefs

Courage and free speech

Throughout human history there have been individuals who have been ready to risk everything for their beliefs

Timothy Garton Ash

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Essay/Beauty & Aesthetics

It is and it isn’t

Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ is not just a radical kind of art. It’s a philosophical dialetheia: a contradiction that is true

Damon Young & Graham Priest

Idea/Philosophy of Mind

Why panpsychism fails to solve the mystery of consciousness

Keith Frankish

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