Nigel Warburton

in The United Kingdom
January 01, 1962


Nigel Warburton is Senior Lecturer at the Open University and author of a number of popular books about philosophy.

Warburton received a BA from the University of Bristol and a PhD from Darwin College, Cambridge and was a lecturer at the University of Nottingham before joining the Department of Philosophy at the Open University in 1994.

He runs a popular philosophy weblog Virtual Philosopher and with David Edmonds regularly podcasts interviews with top philosophers on a range of subjects at Philosophy Bites. He also podcasts chapters from his book Philosophy: The Classics.

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A Little History of Philosophy

4.12 avg rating — 6,085 ratings — published 2011 — 40 editions
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Philosophy: The Basics

3.85 avg rating — 1,646 ratings — published 1995 — 53 editions
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Philosophy: The Classics

3.89 avg rating — 522 ratings — published 2000 — 23 editions
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Free Speech: A Very Short I...

3.64 avg rating — 505 ratings — published 2009 — 10 editions
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The Art Question

3.78 avg rating — 186 ratings — published 2001 — 8 editions
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Thinking From A To Z

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Philosophy: Basic Readings

3.93 avg rating — 58 ratings — published 1999 — 5 editions
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Philosophy: The Essential S...

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Freedom: An Introduction wi...

4.07 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 1999 — 4 editions
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“إنّ القارئ المثالي: هو القارئُ الناقد، الذي يعتمد المناقشة المستمرة للبراهين المستعملة، والتفكير في براهين مناقضة لها”
Nigel Warburton, Philosophy: The Basics

“A human being can choose what to do, what to become. We are all free. No one but you can decide what you make of your life. If you let other people decide how you live, that is, again, a choice. It would be a choice to be the kind of person other people expect you to be.
Obviously if you make a choice to do something, you might not always succeed in doing it. And the reasons why you don't succeed may be completely outside your control. But you are responsible for wanting to do that thing, for trying to do it, and for how you respond to your failure to be able to do it.
Freedom is hard to handle and many of us run away from it. One of the ways to hide is to pretend that you aren't really free at all. If Sartre is right, we can't make excuses: we are completely responsibile for what we do every day and how we feel about what we do. Right down to the emotions we have. If you're sad right now, that's your choice, according to Sartre. You don't have to be sad. If you are sad, you are responsible for it. That is frightening and some people would rather not face up to it because it is so painful. He talks about us being 'condemned to be free'. We're stuck with this freedom whether we like it or not.”
Nigel Warburton, A Little History of Philosophy

“Philosophy is not a spectator sport.”
Nigel Warburton, Philosophy: The Essential Study Guide

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