Nigel Warburton (//; 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.
Warburton was a pupil at the fee paying Sevenoaks school, one of the UK's most expensive schools. He 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. In May 2013, he resigned from the position of Senior Lecturer at the Open University.
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. He regularly teaches courses on philosophy and art at Tate Modern and writes a monthly column "Everyday Philosophy" for Prospect magazine.
He runs a philosophy weblog Virtual Philosopher and with David Edmonds regularly podcasts interviews with top philosophers on a range of subjects at Philosophy Bites. He also podcasts chapters from his book Philosophy: The Classics. He has written for the Guardian newspaper.
- 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
- 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
- Baggini, Julian & Jeremy Stangroom (eds.) New British Philosophy, p. 272. Routledge, 2002. ISBN 0-415-24346-7.
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- Warburton, Nigel (2015-05-06). "Is it wrong to vote tactically in the general election? | Nigel Warburton". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-01-28.