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Dr Nigel Warburton


Nigel is a philosopher, podcaster, and writer described by Julian Baggini as 'one of the most-read popular philosophers of our time'.

He is the interviewer for the podcast series Philosophy Bites. He has led many courses on philosophy and art at Tate Modern and is a Consultant Senior Editor for the online magazine Aeon.

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“LIS is a really exciting project and I think that it’s going to transform education.”

"I was frustrated at school that I had to go down narrow channels - that I had to do arts subjects or science subjects."

Top fields of disciplines


Critical thinking

Art history (especially the history of photography)

Nigel holds a BA from the University of Bristol and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He was lecturer in philosophy at the University of Nottingham and then senior lecturer at the Open University until 2013.

Nigel is best known as a populariser of philosophy, with books including A Little History of Philosophy, Philosophy: the Basics, Philosophy: the Classics, Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction, Thinking from A to Z,  and The Art Question. These have been translated into many languages.

He is also well-known as the interviewer on the popular podcast Philosophy Bites which he makes with David Edmonds. Philosophy Bites features short interviews with the world’s top philosophers and episodes have been downloaded more than 39 million times to date.

Nigel has written a number of academic works. His main research area is the aesthetics of photography, which was the subject of his PhD thesis and of subsequent articles. He has also published in the area of applied ethics and written extensively about the history of photography, particularly about Bill Brandt. He is also the author of a biography of the modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger.

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 has taught many courses on Philosophy of Art), Tate Britain, the Barbican Art Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum, the Architectural Association, The Photographers’ Gallery and the Goldfinger House. He regularly visits various university Philosophy departments and speaks to conferences of A Level Philosophy and Religious Studies students

As well as working as a consultant commissioning editor for Aeon, he is consultant editor for The New Philosopher Magazine, and for the website Five Books. He also sits on the European Advisory Board for Princeton University Press, and was formerly a non-executive director for both the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) and the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA).