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Nigel Warburton

Nigel Warburton

Nigel Warburton is a writer, philosopher and podcaster.

Nigel Warburton joined the Open University in 1994 as a Senior Lecturer, department of philosophy. He is currently working part time. He was previously a lecturer at Nottingham University. He is best known for his introductory Philosophy books: Philosophy: The Basics, Thinking from A to Z, Philosophy: The Classics, Philosophy: Basic Readings, Freedom: An Introduction with Readings, and The Art Question, all of which are published by Routledge. His main research area is the aesthetics of photography, which was the subject of his PhD thesis (Cambridge, 1989) and of a number of articles. He has edited one book about Bill Brandt and contributed to several others on this photographer. He has also published in the area of applied ethics. He was included in the book New British Philosophy (ed. Baggini, Routledge, 2002) and he is a founder member of the Humanist Philosophers Group. His most recent books are a biography of the modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger, a book on study skills in philosophy, Philosophy: The Essential Study Guide, another on The Basics of Essay Writing, and Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press).

Nigel has given talks on his research in aesthetics, photography and architecture, to audiences in a wide range of institutions including Tate Modern (where he regularly teaches courses on aesthetics), Tate Britain, the Barbican Art Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum (Bill Brandt Centenary Conference), the Architectural Association (Ernö Goldfinger Centenary Conference), Birmingham Library, The Photographers' Gallery and the Goldfinger House, as well as to various university Philosophy departments. He also regularly speaks to conferences of A level Philosophy and Religious students.

Nigel writes a monthly column for Prospect Magazine, Everyday Philosophy.

Nigel produces Philosophy Bites, podcasts of top philosophers interviewed on bite-sized topics... : Philosophy Bites