Nigel Warburton is probably best-known as the author of the popular introductory book Philosophy: The Basics which is now in its fourth edition and has been translated into over a dozen languages. His other books include Philosophy: The Classics and Freedom.
He has also written a biography of the modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger and edited a book about the photographer Bill Brandt.
Nigel is a senior lecturer in philosophy at the Open University (currently working part time) where he chairs both Philosophy and the Human Situation and the Start Writing suite of courses. He recently wrote teaching material on ethics, plagiarism and copyright for the new short online course Ethics in Real Life.
As well as writing books and articles, Nigel makes regular appearances on Radio 4, and teaches courses on the philosophy of art at Tate Modern. He is also a non-executive director of the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA).
With David (the producer of Ethics Bites) he started the podcast Philosophy Bites which has over 17,000 subscribers from all over the world and has been in the iTunes podcast top 20. His other podcast Philosophy: The Classics has also attracted thousands of listeners.
David Edmonds rediscovered philosophy through the Open University, where he took his PhD. He has co-written three books with John Eidinow, including Rousseau’s Dog and Wittgenstein’s Poker, which was translated into Croatian and championed by Bill Clinton, Mario Vargas Llosa and The New Yorker.
He works for the BBC World Service, producing documentaries – several of which have won awards. In his spare time he runs the Philosophy Bites podcast with Nigel.
In addition to his Open University PhD, David has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in philosophy from Oxford University, and has held fellowships at the Universities of Michigan and Chicago.
First broadcast: Wednesday 13 Feb 2008 on open2.net