E. H. Gombrich’s A Little History of the World is one of our very favorite books (VSL called the paperback reissue “magical” and “transporting”). Now Yale University Press is issuing a follow-up: Nigel Warburton’s A Little History of Philosophy. This little history is good, if derivative. But Warburton’s podcast (assembled with Wittgenstein’s Poker author David Edmunds), “Philosophy Bites,” is genuinely great.
“Philosophy Bites” has featured Martha Nussbaum (on the value of the humanities), Ray Monk (on philosophy and biography), Simon Blackburn (on Plato’s cave), and dozens of other eminent philosophers and writers on philosophical subjects. The archives link you to 148 podcasts, which you can download as MP3s; there’s a show for every occasion, and the ones we’ve listened to have been excellent and enlightening.
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