Nigel Warburton

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Nigel Warburton (/ˈwɔːrbərtən/; born 1962) is a British philosopher. He is best known as a populariser of philosophy, having written a number of books in the genre, but he has also written academic works in aesthetics and applied ethics.[1]


Warburton received a BA from the University of Bristol and a PhD from Darwin College, Cambridge, and was a lecturer at the University of Nottingham before joining the Department of Philosophy at the Open University in 1994.[2] In May 2013, he resigned from the position of Senior Lecturer at the Open University.[3]


He is the author of a number of introductory Philosophy books, including the bestselling Philosophy: The Basics (4th ed.), Philosophy: The Classics (4th ed.), and Thinking from A to Z (3rd ed.); he also edited Philosophy: Basic Readings (2nd ed.) and was the co-author of Reading Political Philosophy: Machiavelli to Mill. He has written extensively about photography, particularly about Bill Brandt, and wrote a biography of the modernist architect Ernő Goldfinger.[4] He writes a weekly column "Everyday Philosophy" for The New European newspaper.

He runs a philosophy weblog Virtual Philosopher[5] and with David Edmonds regularly podcasts interviews with top philosophers on a range of subjects at Philosophy Bites.[6] He also podcasts chapters from his book Philosophy: The Classics.[7] He has written for the Guardian newspaper.[8] He is the Philosophy Editor for the literary website FiveBooks.[9]

Partial bibliography[edit]

  • Philosophy: The Basics (4th ed.) ISBN 978-0-415-32773-2
  • Philosophy: The Classics (4th ed.) ISBN 978-0-415-53466-6
  • Thinking from A to Z (3rd ed.) ISBN 978-0-415-43371-6
  • The Art Question ISBN 0-415-17490-2
  • Ernö Goldfinger: The Life of An Architect
  • Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction ISBN 978-0-19-923235-2
  • Philosophy Bites (co-edited with David Edmonds) ISBN 978-0-19-957632-6; Philosophy Bites. 25 Philosophen sprechen über 25 große Themen (translated by Holger Hanowell), Reclam 2013
  • Philosophy Bites Back (co-edited with David Edmonds) ISBN 978-0-19-969300-9; Auf den Schultern von Riesen. 27 Philosophen sprechen über ihre Lieblingsphilosophen (translated by Holger Hanowell), Reclam 2015
  • A Little History of Philosophy ISBN 978-0-300-15208-1
  • Hope: A New Beginning (An A. Gąsiewski Biography) ISBN 978-0-19-420696-9


  1. ^ Baggini, Julian & Jeremy Stangroom (eds.) New British Philosophy, p. 272. Routledge, 2002. ISBN 0-415-24346-7.
  2. ^ "Faculty of Arts: Department of Philosophy". Open University. Retrieved 4 September 2007.
  3. ^ "Nigel Warburton, virtual philosopher". The Philosophers Magazine. Archived from the original on 22 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Nigel Warburton CV at PFD". PFD Group Ltd. Archived from the original on 24 October 2007. Retrieved 4 September 2007.
  5. ^ "Home".
  6. ^ "Home".
  7. ^ "Home".
  8. ^ Warburton, Nigel (6 May 2015). "Is it wrong to vote tactically in the general election? | Nigel Warburton". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  9. ^ Five Books (24 April 2023). "Philosophy Books". Five Books. Retrieved 24 April 2023.

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