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Nigel Warburton

Everyday Philosophy: Russian soldiers need to know the world is watching them

The so-called Nuremberg defence of “I was just following orders” won't protect them, nor should it

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Everyday Philosophy: Does wisdom always come with old age?

Cicero famously said that old age is the final act in the play of life. But that doesn't always mean wisdom plays a part in it

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Everyday Philosophy: Why this spring could prove the pessimists wrong

Despite the devastation in Ukraine, there is still room for hope this spring

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Everyday Philosophy: How photography captures the unforgiving reality of war

Photos quickly become burned into memory and can trigger a stronger human response than words or cool statistical analysis

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Everyday Philosophy: What Hobbes teaches us about our desire for peace

If Hobbes is right, perhaps the only way to maintain peace is to have a powerful world organisation that can enforce international laws and punish states that break them

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Everyday Philosophy: What Aristotle teaches us about the bravery of the Ukrainians

Putin will never subjugate those who, despite their fears, stand up and defend their families, homes and democracy itself

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Everyday Philosophy: Why we need to keep talking to each other

Polish ophthalmologist LL Zamenhof's dream of a universal language that would foster international harmony never really caught on. Nonetheless, we have to keep communicating with each other

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Everyday Philosophy: Why we’re pessimistic about power

As the power games play out in Europe, we continue to hope that key players will use reason and self-control

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Everyday Philosophy: Why it's right to feel uncomfortable about Jimmy Carr's comedy

Intentions aren't everything, says philosopher NIGEL WARBURTON. Casually racist jokes can normalise contempt and hatred for minority groups

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Everyday Philosophy: Why we should be wary of political metaphors

'Cutting the red tape' was always an easy message to sell. But, philosopher NIGEL WARBURTON warns us not to get beguiled by the imagery of political rhetoric

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Everyday Philosophy: How the British became bad at waiting

Philosopher NIGEL WARBURTON on why it's alright to be impatient while we wait for the full Sue Gray report, and why we hope for some gratification from it.

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Everyday Philosophy: How the arguments for republicanism haunt today's Royal family

Using Thomas Paine's anti-monarchy arguments today suddenly makes close scrutiny of the royal family not look quite so promising, writes NIGEL WARBURTON.

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Everyday Philosophy: Why compassion must not be forgotten in the wake of Partygate

While Britain has focussed on Boris Johnson's partying and Prince Andrew, desperate people have risked their lives in cold and dangerous waters, writes NIGEL WARBURTON.

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Everyday Philosophy: How to decode politicians' use of flags

Keir Starmer opted for the backdrop of a Union flag while he delivered a keynote speech. It may look like a prop, but we can't ignore it, writes NIGEL WARBURTON.

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Everyday Philosophy: How to define a party

Most parties include alcohol, some even include cheese... Philosopher NIGEL WARBUTON on what makes a party.

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Everyday Philosophy: Hypocrisy is everywhere you look

Public figures, including Prince Charles, continue to demonstrate that it's one rule for us, and another for them.

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Everyday Philosophy: Don't underestimate the importance of playtime

Philosopher NIGEL WARBUTON why we must not forget the fun and games of life when it seems bleak.

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Everyday Philosophy: How Doomsday changes the way we live

Philosopher NIGEL WARBUTON on how Covid isn't the only disaster we should be wary of.

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Everyday Philosophy: What John Stuart Mill would think about freeing Britney and Brexit

Britney may finally be free – even to marry Sam Asghari – sadly, the same can't be said of the UK.

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Why shaming Boris Johnson for his self-serving antics is unlikely to work

Why Boris Johnson's true hero is more like the cynic philosopher Diogenes of Sinope.

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Everyday Philosophy: The worrying link over cruelty to animals

Philosopher NIGEL WARBUTON on the link between those who are cruel to animals and violence against humans.

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Everyday Philosophy: How disgust led latest Tory backlash

From U-bend to U-turn, NIGEL WARBURTON on the role of disgust in UK politics

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Everyday Philosophy: Where have all the Nigels gone?

The name is at risk of going extinct. On this decline, Philosopher NIGEL WARBURTON ponders why this is.

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Everyday Philosophy: Why do so many choose suffering over comfort?

The Tories appear to be exploiting a weakness in humans, where they will tolerate pain and suffering over comfort.

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Everyday Philosophy: How it all comes down to taste

How much attention should we pay to food reviews and rankings? Philosopher NIGEL WARBURTON gives his take.

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Everyday Philosophy: Resisting the urge to gloat over Brexit schadenfreude

Schadenfreude might seem harmless, but there's a difference between a temporary feeling and living your whole life gloating about it.

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Everyday Philosophy: Anger - is it always a bad emotion?

There are different kinds of anger - some good and some bad. The right kind of anger can be valuable.

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Everyday Philosophy: What is art?

NIGEL WARBURTON, one of the world’s most-read philosophers, considers the latest art installation at Paris’s Arc de Triomphe.

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Everyday Philosophy: How much intolerance should a tolerant society tolerate?

Can the rise in intolerance in Europe be attributed to dog-whistle politics, or is there more to it?

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Everyday Philosophy: The sense of nothingness surrounding Brexit

How will shoppers adapt to empty shelves in supermarkets? NIGEL WARBURTON, one of the world’s most-read philosophers, offers his thoughts.

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Everyday Philosophy: There's more to seeing than what meets the eye

NIGEL WARBURTON, one of the world’s most-read philosophers, reflects on our mental state after various coronavirus lockdowns.

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Everyday Philosophy: Our need for compassion... and a degree of calculation

NIGEL WARBURTON, one of the world’s most-read philosophers, on the 'Trolley Problem' and why life is more complex than the theory suggests.

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