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Nigel Warburton

Everyday Philosophy: Is bystanding just a form of denial?

It’s hard to ignore suffering when it’s near you, or even right in front of you. Yet still, we turn away

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Everyday Philosophy: How to spot a bullshitter

Serial liars, such as Boris Johnson, don’t want you to know what they’re up to. The late Harry G Frankfurt’s writing can help us call them out

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Everyday Philosophy: The death of Socrates

Socrates was poisoned with Hemlock. But did Plato fictionalise the account of his death?

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Everyday Philosophy: Walter Benjamin and art’s aura

Does the replication of artwork add to or detract from the original piece’s value?

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Everyday Philosophy: The world according to AJ Ayer

It took bravery to stand up to the philosophical establishment in the 1930s. But Ayer took it all in his stride

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Everyday Philosophy: We've entered Cormac McCarthy’s Hobbesian wasteland

Europe is edging closer to nuclear war. How would we behave in the world that remained?

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Everyday Philosophy: The moral dilemma of Cornel West’s candidacy

West won’t succeed. But his failure could push the US towards fascism

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Everyday Philosophy: How to spot a bigot

The term used to describe those typically offensive to religious or racial groups is thrown around too often in contemporary societies

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Everyday Philosophy: Who should wield power?

Plato wanted societies to be governed by an incorruptible, intellectual elite. Today this is a terrifying thought

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Everyday Philosophy: Finding privacy in a public world

Today, if you’re in public, you’re fair game

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Everyday Philosophy: How best to educate our children

Teaching philosophy in the classroom can help better prepare younger generations for later life

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Everyday Philosophy: The bravery of dissent

There is a long British tradition of meeting dissent with disproportionate measures. Sadly, last weekend was no exception

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Everyday Philosophy: Suella Braverman’s lack of compassion has taken us through the looking glass

The government’s egregious Rwanda policy won’t stop the boats. It will only cause more suffering for anyone who attempts the journey

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Everyday Philosophy: Derek Parfit, Star Trek and the self

The philosopher turned to Star Trek to tackle some of life's biggest questions

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Everyday philosophy: Immanuel Kant and racial liberalism

The irony at the heart of his moral philosophy is as relevant today as it was in the 18th century

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Everyday Philosophy: Slavery, guilt and restorative justice

The Guardian and the Church of England have confronted their historical links to the slave trade – but what about the monarchy?

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Everyday Philosophy: What is pornography?

A teacher in Florida was forced to resign after parents complained that Michelangelo’s David statue is “pornographic”

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Everyday Philosophy: The ethics of octopus farming

Critics argue that it is impossible, or at least impractical, to rear octopuses for food without causing them intense suffering

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Everyday Philosophy: Free expression

Remembering the brave resistance of Germany’s White Rose movement and their fight for free expression

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Everyday Philosophy: ChatGPT and the rise of the machines

The latest AI system has been hailed as a gamechanger in journalism, but will the bots have their day?

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Everyday Philosophy: The importance of symbolic gestures

Why tranquil indifference is not the answer to the world's problems

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Everyday Philosophy: Celebrating Arthur Schopenhauer

The European philosopher who wrote to be understood

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Everyday Philosophy: Voltaire, God and evil

In today's world, God and evil are tough to explain. Can the works of Voltaire help?

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Everyday philosophy: Understanding the ethics of Westminster

There's a deep inconsistency at the heart of the government's ethical code

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Everyday Philosophy: The short-term fix that is bad for bees

An imminent bee-light future should be a cause for concern

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Everyday Philosophy: Understanding consent

It's simple to understand consent and where it stops in cases like this

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Everyday Philosophy: How to honour the dead

After his death, Charles Byrne’s friends let him down badly by ignoring his wishes. We should never emulate these actions

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Everyday Philosophy: How to spot a fascist

Fascism is flourishing in many places beyond Brazil. If we don't learn to spot it, we might all find our heads under its boot

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Everyday Philosophy: Pundits' predictions aren't guarantees

It's political forecasting season for pundits. But, this doesn't mean they will be accurate

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Everyday Philosophy: How to think about Jesus

Even for atheists, some of what he preaches is worth considering as secular moral philosophy

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Everyday Philosophy: We need to open our eyes

As Sherlock Holmes put it: we see, but we do not observe. This needs to change or we risk repeatedly confirming our prejudices

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Everyday Philosophy: The philosopher's take on capital punishment

Britain is a more civilised society without the death penalty. I hope this Orwellian humanitarianism prevails, but these are dark days

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