Philosophy Bites Back

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OUP Oxford, Nov 22, 2012 - Philosophy - 274 pages
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Philosophy Bites Back is the second book to come out of the hugely successful podcast Philosophy Bites. It presents a selection of lively interviews with leading philosophers of our time, who discuss the ideas and works of some of the most important thinkers in history. From the ancient classics of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, to the groundbreaking modern thought of Wittgenstein, Rawls, and Derrida, this volume spans over two and a half millennia of western philosophy and illuminates its most fascinating ideas. Philosophy Bites was set up in 2007 by David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton. It has had over 12 million downloads, and is listened to all over the world.
 

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Contents

1 Mary Margaret McCabe on Socrates and the Socratic Method
1
2 Angie Hobbs on Plato on Erotic Love
10
3 Terence Irwin on Aristotles Ethics
20
4 Anthony Kenny on Thomas Aquinas Ethics
29
5 Quentin Skinner on Niccolò Machiavellis The Prince
37
6 Sarah Bakewell on Michel de Montaigne
51
7 A C Grayling on René Descartes Cogito
61
8 Susan James on Baruch de Spinoza on the Passions
70
17 Richard Reeves on John Stuart Mills On Liberty
156
18 Clare Carlisle on Søren Kierkegaards Fear and Trembling
164
19 Aaron Ridley on Friedrich Nietzsche on Art and Truth
172
20 Peter Singer on Henry Sidgwicks Ethics
182
21 Robert B Talisse on The Pragmatists and Truth
190
22 Barry C Smith on Ludwig Wittgenstein
201
23 Hugh Mellor on Frank Ramsey on Truth
214
24 Mary Warnock on JeanPaul Sartres Existentialism
223

9 John Dunn on John Locke on Toleration
81
10 John Campbell on George Berkeleys Puzzle
89
11 Peter Millican on David Humes Significance
97
12 Nick Phillipson on Adam Smith on What Human Beings Are Like
106
13 Melissa Lane on JeanJacques Rousseau on Modern Society
115
14 Richard Bourke on Edmund Burke on Politics
124
15 AW Moore on Immanuel Kants Metaphysics
132
16 Robert Stern on G W F Hegel on Dialectic
143
25 Chandran Kukathas on Friedrich Hayek and Liberalism
230
26 Jonathan Wolff on John Rawls on Justice
238
27 Robert Rowland Smith on Jacques Derrida on Forgiveness
250
Notes on Contributors
259
Further Reading
265
Winners of the Twitter Competition
273
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David Edmonds is an award-winning documentary maker for the BBC World Service. He is the author or co-author (with John Eidinow) of several books, including Wittgenstein's Poker (short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award), Bobby Fischer Goes To War (long-listed for the Samuel Johnson prize), and Rousseau's Dog (about the relationship between Jean-Jacques Rousseau and David Hume). 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 Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the Open University and author of several introductory philosophy books, including the bestselling Philosophy: The Basics and Philosophy: The Classics. His latest book is A Little History of Philosophy. He also regularly teaches courses on aesthetics at Tate Modern, and runs several weblogs including virtualphilosopher.com and artandallusion.com.

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