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Participant Spotlight: Nigel Warburton

Nigel WarburtonNigel Warburton is a freelance writer, philosopher, and podcaster. His books include A Little History of Philosophy, Philosophy: the Basics, Philosophy: the Classics, Thinking from A to Z, and, with David Edmonds, Philosophy Bites and Philosophy Bites Back. He is the interviewer for the podcast series Philosophy Bites ( and Social Science Bites ( He was appeared in both the Independent and Sunday Times  lists of top 100 twitterati (@philosophybites).

2 Minute Interview:

How does your talk at NOW Festival relate to being in the moment?

Each of us has to decide how to live, where we stand in relation to the world. Philosphy deals with what we are, where we are going, the nature of reality now. It isn’t a dusty museum of ideas but a living subject that continually renews its past and investigates the key questions that affect all of us now.

What are you most looking forward to doing within your NOW Festival slot?

Philosophy shouldn’t be a monologue. It’s at its best as a conversation. I’m looking forward to answering questions from the audience.

Do you have any tips on how the audience can best benefit from your talk at NOW Festival?

Come ready to think. Philosophy isn’t passive.

At NOW Festival (Wilderness):

What is reality? How should we live? What sort of society should there be? These philosophical questions never go away. From Socrates to the present day philosophers have debated and written about them, and many of their ideas have shaped the way we think and live now. Nigel Warburton, interviewer of the popular Philosophy Bites podcast will be discussing Philosophy and why it matters and playing short excerpts from the podcast series. / Facebook / @philosophybites