is a philosopher, currently Senior Lecturer at the Open University
The Open University is a distance learning and research university founded by Royal Charter in the United Kingdom...
. He is best known as a populariser of philosophy, being author of a number of books of this genre, but he has also written academic works in esthetics and applied ethics
Applied ethics is, in the words of Brenda Almond, co-founder of the Society for Applied Philosophy, "the philosophical examination, from a moral standpoint, of particular issues in private and public life that are matters of moral judgment"...
Warburton received a BA
A Bachelor of Arts , from the Latin artium baccalaureus, is a bachelor's degree awarded for an undergraduate course or program in either the liberal arts, the sciences, or both...
from the University of Bristol
The University of Bristol is a public research university located in Bristol, United Kingdom. One of the so-called "red brick" universities, it received its Royal Charter in 1909, although its predecessor institution, University College, Bristol, had been in existence since 1876.The University is...
and a PhD
Doctor of Philosophy, abbreviated as Ph.D., PhD, D.Phil., or DPhil , in English-speaking countries, is a postgraduate academic degree awarded by universities...
from Darwin College, Cambridge
Darwin College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge.Founded in 1964, Darwin was Cambridge University's first graduate-only college, and also the first to admit both men and women. The college is named after the family of one of the university's most famous graduates, Charles Darwin...
and was a lecturer at the University of Nottingham
The University of Nottingham is a public research university based in Nottingham, United Kingdom, with further campuses in Ningbo, China and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia...
before joining the Department of Philosophy at the Open University in 1994.
He is author of a number of introductory Philosophy books including the bestselling Philosophy: The Basics
(4th ed.), Philosophy: The Classics
(3rd ed.) and Thinking from A to Z
(3rd ed.), Philosophy: The Essential Study Guide
, and The Art Question
; he also edited Philosophy: Basic Readings
, second edition and is co-author of Reading Political Philosophy: Machiavelli to Mill
. He has written extensively about photography, particularly about Bill Brandt
Bill Brandt was an influential British photographer and photojournalist known for his high-contrast images of British society and his distorted nudes and landscapes.-Career and life:...
, and wrote a biography of the modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger
Ernő Goldfinger was a Hungarian-born Jewish architect and designer of furniture, and a key member of the architectural Modern Movement after he had moved to the United Kingdom.-Biography:Goldfinger was born in Budapest...
. He regularly teaches courses on philosophy and art at Tate Modern
Tate Modern is a modern art gallery located in London, England. It is Britain's national gallery of international modern art and forms part of the Tate group . It is the most-visited modern art gallery in the world, with around 4.7 million visitors per year...
and writes a monthly column 'Everyday Philosophy' for "Prospect" magazine.
He runs a popular philosophy weblog Virtual Philosopher
and with David Edmonds
David Edmonds is an award-winning radio feature maker at the BBC World Service. He studied at Oxford University, has a PhD in Philosophy from the Open University and has held fellowships at the universities of Chicago and Michigan...
regularly podcasts interviews with top philosophers on a range of subjects at Philosophy Bites
. He also podcasts chapters from his book Philosophy: The Classics
- Philosophy: The Basics (4th ed.) ISBN 978-0415327732
- Philosophy: The Classics (3rd ed.) ISBN 978-0415356299
- Thinking from A to Z (3rd ed.) ISBN 978-0415433716
- The Art Question
- Ernö Goldfinger: The Life of An Architect
- Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction ISBN 978-0199232352
- "Philosophy Bites" (co-edited with David Edmonds) ISBN 978-0-19-957632-6