Michael Ignatieff is in the unusal position of having seen both philosophy and politics from the inside. He had a career as an academic and as a writer and presenter before entering politics and going on to become leader of Canada's opposition. He lost his seat in the 2011 general election when he had hoped to become Prime Minister. In this Philosophy Bites podcast interview with Nigel Warburton he discusses the relationshiop between theory and practice in politics, the moral ambiguities, and the necessity of having dirty hands to be effective.
You think you know what's best but do something else instead. What's going on? Plato and Aristotle had different approaches to this phenomenon of weakness of will ('akrasia' in Greek). Jessica Moss who has recently moved to New York University discusses their different approaches in this episode of the Philosphy Bites podcast.
What can the ancients teach us about sustainability? According to Melissa Lane of Princeton University, author of Eco-Republic, quite a lot. She discusses the relevance of Plato to modern environmental problems in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.
In Plato's dialogue The Meno, Socrates presents an apparent paradox that makes our ability to learn anything new puzzling. M.M. McCabe discusses this apparent paradox and its relevance in this episode of Philosophy Bites.
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.
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.
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