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Nigel Warburton

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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‘I am not an example. I am just a human with emotion’

Some have labelled Cantona an existentialist. Partly because he is French and partly as he defies conventions. But, is that warranted?

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Everyday Philosophy: Why we need libraries

Libraries are vibrant places of hope, discovery and opportunity. They are in desperate need of funding and we cannot afford to let them perish

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Everyday Philosophy: We can’t just “focus on the football”

The human cost of the World Cup has been far too high and it would be disrespectful to pretend otherwise

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Everyday Philosophy: The point of self-reflection

It's hard to find meaning in today's world. Nonetheless, we should embrace it, in all its absurdity

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Everyday Philosophy: Elon Musk, the ‘free speech absolutist’

It seems, however, that Musk is set to take a laissez-faire approach to free speech with minimal moderation on the platform

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Everyday Philosophy: When bridges are burnt

The Kerch Strait bridge will never be the same again. The patched-up bridge may end up looking like the original, but it will now have very different connotations

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Everyday Philosophy: The links between Nietzsche and Rothko

If you think Rothko's pieces are merely calm meditative paintings, look again. Carefully.

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Everyday Philosophy: Why we pay attention to autumn leaves

Our ancestors reacted quickly to seasonal change. It's time for us to prepare for the cold months ahead

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Everyday Philosophy: The end of fairness

In today's society, justice as fairness is under threat

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Everyday Philosophy: We’re living a dog’s life

We may be living a dog's life. But, when left uncared for street dogs are far from docile. The government needs to watch out

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Everyday Philosophy: Should we talk to tyrants?

We want peace and ought to seek it. However, negotiating with a suspected war criminal is far from desirable

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Everyday Philosophy: What is grief’s purpose?

Grief is the long-lasting flame that keeps memories alive. As Queen Elizabeth herself said, “grief is the price we pay for love”

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Everyday Philosophy: Should we be more like water?

A willingness to adapt rather than stick with the ways of the past would be beneficial for the contemporary political environment

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Everyday Philosophy: Should we criticise our politicians for having a good time?

Videos of dancing politicians often bring in both criticism and amusement. But, holidaying during a national crisis is unforgivable

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Everyday Philosophy: Do we need to be protected from risk-taking?

We don't want our freedoms curtailed too much, but sometimes paternalism can save us from ourselves

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Everyday Philosophy: Heat or eat is not a choice fit for a civilised society

So, naturally, there are signs of social unrest and civil disobedience across the country

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Have I got too much news for you?

From Ukraine to wildfires, from Partygate to Taiwan, the blur of events seems faster than ever. Is it a sign of the times or a trick of our minds?

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Everyday Philosophy: The complexities around returning the Benin Bronzes

When the bronzes were created, Nigeria didn’t exist as a country the way it does today. So, is returned the right word?

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Everyday Philosophy: We need to prepare for the robot revolution

When it comes, it will be led by complex AI machines that are able to adapt to any environment. Make no mistake - the robots are coming

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Everyday Philosophy: The aesthetic case for butterfly preservation

We don’t need a pragmatic or evolutionary reason to value butterflies. There's a simple joy in seeing them

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Everyday Philosophy: Can, and should, we learn from Henry David Thoreau?

The answer is both yes and no. While we can take many things from his thinking, we must be wary of his celebration of self-reliance

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Everyday Philosophy: The ongoing battle against old age

You can’t win the fight against ageing. But, it’s part of the human condition to try

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Everyday Philosophy: How Stoicism can help ease the summer of discontent

We must remember that we can control what we think and feel about the cards we are dealt, but not what happens to us

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Everyday Philosophy: The government is neglecting animal welfare

Britain is a nation of animal lovers. So, the government should be wary that post-Brexit imports could include food products from countries with far lowers standards than ours

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Everyday Philosophy: Can political predictions ever be precise?

Many pundits feel Boris Johnson's demise is inevitable. But attempts to determine exactly when he'll go are highly speculative

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Everyday Philosophy: Can you ever morally own a masterpiece?

The best way to protect, and honour, culturally important objects is to put them on public ownership in museums

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