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Seize the Moment Podcast

Jul 2, 2023

On episode 177, we welcome David Edmonds to discuss the life and philosophy of Derek Parfit, his quest for the ultimate proof of objective morality, the evolutionary basis of moral arguments and how it can even lead us astray, whether morality ought to be based on or divorced from personal desire, the repugnant conclusion and how Derek struggled to resolve it, Derek’s neurodivergent traits, identity and Derek’s belief that psychological continuity defines us, beginning the Philosophy Bites podcast, and why public philosophy matters.

David Edmonds is a writer and philosopher whose many critically acclaimed books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. He is the author of The Murder of Professor Schlick and Would You Kill the Fat Man? (both Princeton) and the coauthor, with John Eidinow, of the international bestseller Wittgenstein’s Poker. He and Nigel Warburton cohost the popular Philosophy Bites podcast. His new book, available now, is called  Parfit: A Philosopher and His Mission to Save Morality.

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