Twitter: @RoomPhilosophy • @toby_tremlett
2020 to 2022
Average episode: 52 minutes
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Podcaster's summary: A podcast by Toby Tremlett featuring long-form interviews with philosophers. | Listen if you want to hear in-depth but accessible conversations with philosophers which reveal why they entered into philosophy, and the ideas that keep them there.
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|2022-Mar-18 • 63 minutes|
12| The Philosophy of Evil — with David Bather Woods
This episode is an interview/discussion with David Bather Woods. David is an assistant professor in the University of Warwick's philosophy department, and a previous guest of this podcast. | In this episode, we discuss various questions about evil and evil-doers, including: | - Do you have to be free to be evil? | - If we aim to understand evil-doers, do we risk forgiving them? | - If our situations were different, could we all do evil things? | - What makes an evil act evil, rather than just very ba...
|2022-Mar-01 • 59 minutes|
11| Can fiction help us see the world as it really is? — Iris Murdoch, her Literature and Philosophy, with Miles Leeson
This episode is an interview with Miles Leeson. Miles is the director of research at the Iris Murdoch research centre at Chichester university, and the host of the Iris Murdoch society podcast. | In this episode we discuss the novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch, the links between her explicitly philosophical work and her literature, and her answer to the question “can fiction help us see the world as it really is?”. | It seems that fiction has a troubled place within our culture. If we think ...
|2021-Jun-19 • 62 minutes|
10| How to listen better: to poetry and philosophy- with Karen Simecek
For the first episode of the second season of Common Room Philosophy, I interview Professor Karen Simecek. Karen is currently writing a book on the use of the lyrical voice in poetry; for this podcast we discuss ideas from that work such as the role of voice in poetry and the ethical relationship between the performance poet and the audience member. We then apply these insights to the subject of philosophy, discussing how to make our conversations more kind and our practices more collaborative. Listen to th...
|2020-Nov-28 • 50 minutes|
9| Moral Deference and Practical Deliberation - with Adina Covaci
This episode is an interview with Warwick Philosopher Adina Covaci. We discuss her route into philosophy, why ethics professors might not act ethically and her recent argument for the wrongness of regularly deferring to others on your moral opinions. | Listen to this podcast for an exploration of questions such as: | What book would Adina send back to her 16 year old self? | Why is it wrong to repeatedly engage in moral deference? | What is practical deliberation, and why is it important to our ...
|2020-Oct-02 • 54 minutes|
8| The Rule of the Knowers, Justified Protests and the Duties of Democratic Citizens- with Sameer Bajaj
This episode is the second part of an interview with political philosopher Sameer Bajaj. (It can be listened to out of order) | Listen to this podcast for an exploration of questions such as: | What is the best theoretical challenge to democracy? | Should we replace elected officials with citizens selected at random? | Why should we vote when individually we are causally inconsequential? | What justifies protest? | This interview was conducted and edited by Toby Tremlett | Follow us on Twitter @RoomPh...
|2020-Sep-25 • 31 minutes|
7| What Makes a Democracy Democratic?- with Sameer Bajaj
This episode is part 1 of an interview with political philosopher Sameer Bajaj. Sameer's research focuses on democracy and the duties of democratic citizens. In this part of the conversation, we discuss Sameer's path into philosophy, the books that every democratic citizen should read, and whether the US and the UK are actually democratic. | Come back next week for part 2 of our conversation, where we will discuss the best theoretical objections to democracy, the question of which protests are justifi...
|2020-Sep-06 • 82 minutes|
6| How to be a Good Ancestor: Thinking and Acting for the Future- with Roman Krznaric
This episode is an interview with public philosopher Roman Krznaric. Roman is a founding member of the school of life, and has previously published books on empathy (Empathy: why it matters and how to get it) and redefining existentialism for the modern world (carpe diem regained). We discuss issues of empathy in this episode, but the discussion is focused around the ideas and problems raised by Roman's new book: The Good Ancestor- how to think long-term in a short term world. | Listen to this episode for a...
|2020-Aug-19 • 49 minutes|
5| Knowledge, Great Philosophers and Philosophy of Mind -with Barney Walker
This episode is an interview with Warwick Philosophy's Barney Walker. We discuss how his interest in philosophy began, what it is to be a good or even great philosopher, how the difference between knowledge and true belief matters and the subject matter of philosophy of mind. | Listen to this episode for an exploration of questions like: | What is a great philosopher and who actually was one? | How should we approach the questions about the nature of inquiry that arise from Plato's Meno? | What ...
|2020-Jul-05 • 51 minutes|
4| Testimony, Self-knowledge and the aims of Philosophy- with Guy Longworth
This episode is an interview with Warwick Philosophy's Guy Longworth. We discuss how his interest in philosophy began and was maintained, his ideas around testimony and self knowledge, and how ambitious philosophers should be in the claims that they make. | Listen to this episode for an exploration of questions such as: | What is philosophy for? | What is at stake in research about testimony? | Is there a tension between an interest in Austin, a philosopher who in many respects had quite a modest view...
|2020-Jun-21 • 50 minutes|
3| Schopenhauer on Boredom, Loneliness and Compassion- with David Bather Woods
This episode is part two of an interview with Warwick Philosophy's senior teaching fellow David Bather Woods. David has written on Schopenhauer's views on boredom, solitude and loneliness as well as on the intersection of his political and moral philosophy. In this episode we discuss these topics as well as relevant facts and anecdotes from Schopenhauer's life which help to inform our interpretation of these lessons. | Below are some resources written by David for further reading on the topics contain...
|2020-Jun-18 • 28 minutes|
2| The History of Philosophy: its value and limitations- with David Bather Woods
This episode is part one of an interview with Warwick Philosophy's senior teaching fellow David Bather Woods. David has taught extensively on the history of philosophy as well as researching the work of Arthur Schopenhauer. In this first part of the interview we discuss David’s path into philosophy before moving on to discuss the value of studying the history of philosophy, and how we can address the problem of its lack of diversity. | Interview conducted and edited by Toby Tremlett.
|2020-Jun-11 • 47 minutes|
1| Chinese Philosophy, Daoism and a Philosophy of Comparisons- with Max Lacertosa
This episode is an interview with Warwick Philosophy's newly appointed teaching fellow Massimiliano Lacertosa. Max is interested in Chinese Philosophy (specifically Daoism) and in this interview we discuss questions such as: How can a course on "Chinese Philosophy" be taught without being too reductive? What is the benefit of approaching Philosophy comparatively? What does "Chinese Philosophy" even mean? If you are a student at Warwick and you were interested to read more about the contents of this episode,...