What is a virtue? Is ethics a matter of cultivating appropriate virtues, patterns of behaviour prized by particular people at a particular time? Roger Crisp discusses the nature of virtue in this interview with Nigel Warburton for the Philosophy Bites podcast.
What is Socratic Method and does it have any present day applications? In this interview for Philosophy BitesMM McCabe explains the significance of Socrates' impertinent questioning and contrasts his approach with present day university teaching.
In this Philosophy Bites interview Alex Neill addresses the question of whether there really is a paradox of tragedy. How is it that we can enjoy tragedies when they show pain and suffering? He also considers the related question of how we can take pleasure in horror movies.
Plotinus, who lived in the 3rd Century A.D. was the founder of neo-platonism. In this episode of Philosophy BitesPeter Adamson of Kings' College London explains what Plotinus had to say about evil. As will become clear, for Plotinus the Problem of Evil was quite different from the contemporary discussion of the topic.
Is war inevitable, given the human condition? What causes human agression? For Plato's Socrates it comes from innate tendencies nurtured in the wrong way. And that's where war comes from. Angie Hobbs gives a fascinating introduction to this aspect of Plato's Republic in this episode of Philosophy Bites.
Myles Burnyeat explains what Aristotle meant by happiness in this latest episode of Philosophy Bites. Surprisingly, Aristotle thought that children couldn't be happy in a meaningful sense and that things that happen without you being aware of them can affect your happiness... Listen to Myles Burnyeat on Aristotle on Happiness
The book Maieusis, edited by Dominic Scott (see below) is a collection of articles by eminent classics scholars in honour of Myles Burnyeat.
The latest episode of Philosophy Bites focuses on Plato's Symposium. Angie Hobbs gives
a lively account of the various positions taken on erotic love and
sexual desire within that dialogue. (This podcast episode includes mild
Simon Blackburn, Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge University, has recently published Plato's Republic: A Biography . We launch Philosophy Bites with an interview with him on the topic of Plato's image of the cave - one of the most famous images in philosophy.