Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield.
Was created the UK's first Senior Fellow in the Public Understanding of Philosophy in 2009.
Honorary Patron of The Philosophy Foundation.
Forthcoming public engagement events
November 29th 2014
Taking part in a conference on Stoicism Today at Queen Mary, University of London.
Interviewee and script consultant for BBC4 programme on Socrates.
BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.
BBC Radio 4's The Ideas That Make Us, Series 3.
Recent public engagement events
November 20th 2014
Spoke on identity and change on the Philosophy Bus in a Philosophy Foundation event to mark World Philosophy Day.
November 13th 2014
Spoke on Women and Heroism at the Women and War Symposium at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge.
November 2014 - A History of Ideas
BBC Radio 4
September 9th 2014
Keynote address to the British Postgraduate Philosophy Society in Leeds: The Uses and Abuses of Philosophy.
September 6th 2014
BBC Radio 4 Archive on 4: 'No More Heroes?' (writer and presenter). Selected for Radio 4's Pick of the Week on Sunday 7th September. It was also chosen as 'Pick of the Week' in the Saturday Telegraph, and 'Pick of the Day' in the Saturday Times, Sunday Times, Saturday Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Observer, Saturday Independent and Radio Times.
June 7th 2014
Appeared on Radio 4 Today discussing heroism in warfare (starts at 1m 53s).
Took part in the following events at HowTheLightGetsIn festival at Hay-on-Wye:
May 24th 2014 - 12pm: Philosophy Bites Back (panel discussion of whether science has made philosophy redundant). Watch below:
May 25th 2014 - 4pm: The Greatest Adventure (panel discussion of romantic love).
May 26th 2014 - 1:.15pm: Fantasies and Lies (panel discussion of myth and fantasy).
May 14th 2014
Was interviewed for an article on Plato and the Atlantis legend for Lithuanian journal Prie Kavos:
May 10th 2014
Gave a couple of talks on Plato on Fame and Status at the Royal Court Theatre in London in conjunction with the new production of Birdland:
April 9th 2014
Spoke on Who Lied? Classical Heroism and World War 1 at the Classics and Classicists in World War 1 Conference in Leeds (8th-10th April):
March 8th 2014
Gave a talk on how ancient Greek philosophy can help bridge any faith/secularism divide at Malvern Science and Faith weekend.
February 19th 2014
Appeared on the Moral Maze, discussing the relationship between science and moral decision-making (interview starts at 25.30).
January 30th 2014
Discussed wisdom with Bettany Hughes on BBC Radio 4's The Ideas That Make Us.
02/01/2014 - PLATO'S SYMPOSIUM
In Our Time (BBC Radio 4)
A discussion of Plato's Symposium with Richard Hunter (Regius Professor of Greek at the University of Cambridge) and Frisbee Sheffield (Director of Studies in Philosophy at Christ's College, University of Cambridge).
December 28th 2013
Guest on Radio 4 Saturday Live.
November 25th 2013
Took part in a Radio 4 Today programme discussion of the 'Live Like a Stoic Week' project being led by Professor Chris Gill.
November 20th 2013
To mark the UNESCO-led World Philosophy Day, introduced the Philosophy Foundation teaching session in the House of Commons:
Read a summary of the event on the Air Force Amazons blog.
Part of the discussion of Fame was selected for BBC Radio 4's Pick of the Week on September 22nd.
September 16th 2013
Spoke on The Ethics of Money for the Winchester Kitchen Dancers WI.
August 19th 2013
Appeared on BBC Radio 4's Monogamy and the Rules of Love. Also broadcast on December 4th 2013.
'Revealing the World Afresh'
New Philosopher #1 - Freedom
Article for the first edition of the New Philosopher magazine in Australia and New Zealand.
Magazine launched August 3rd at the Byron Bay Writers' Festival.
July 21st 2013
Gave lecture on Nature, convention and society in Plato's Republic for the Academy of the Institute of Ideas Summer School.
MAY/JUNE 2013 - THE BIG QUESTION
The Economist Intelligent Life
Short piece on Plato's ethics of flourishing in The Economist Intelligent Life.
April 19th 2013
Talk to the Philosophy Society at Marlborough College.
March 21st 2013
Introduced a dramatisation of Socrates' trial at the HUB Westminster, plus a post-performance debate.
March 20th 2013
Interview for Sheffield University’s Alumni magazine, about my public understanding of philosophy role:
March 14th 2013
Introductory talk on Socrates before a dramatisation of Socrates’ Trial (based on Plato’s Apology) staged by the Elliniko Theatro Company from Athens at the Mossbourne Academy, Hackney (part of the Socrates Now project).
February 7th 2013
BBC Radio 4 In Our Time discussion on Epicureanism.
February 4th 2013
'Food waste: how much of it is consumer responsibility?' in the Guardian.
January 11th 2013
BBC Radio 4 Today programme discussion of food waste.
A selection of media and public engagement highlights
December 8th 2012
BBC Radio 4 Today programme discussion of the ethics of photojournalism (starts 1.54).
November 28th 2012
Discussion of the Seven Deadly Sins on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour.
November 15th 2012
Philosophers in the Marketplace, a public debate to mark World Philosophy Day and the launch of The Philosophy Shop.
November 14th 2012
Faith and Secularism: the Moral Resourcing of the Nation, a public debate in Westminster Abbey on virtue ethics and celebrity culture (with the Abbey’s Canon Theologian Vernon White, and Professor John Milbank).
Filmed for BBC Two Westminster Abbey programme on December 21st 2012 at 9pm.
October 25th 2012
Introduced Peter Worley's The If Odyssey at the British Museum.
October 21st 2012
Keynote speaker at the Centenary Meeting of the Philosophy Society of England, discussing the current state of philosophy, both within and without the academy (took place in Malmesbury in conjunction with the Hobbes Philosophy Festival, the main festival of Malmesbury's PhilosophyTown project):
October 11th-12th 2012
Gave the annual Joseph A. Reich, Sr., Distinguished Lecture on War, Morality and the Military Profession, at the US Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs; I spoke on ‘Courage and Risk’.
September 19th 2012
At the invitation of the Mayor of Newham, took part in the closing debate of the Cultural Olympiad at Stratford Picturehouse: Is Religion Redundant in Modern Society? (with the Rev. Lucy Winkett and Claire Fox).
September 8th 2012
BBC Radio 4 Today programme discussion of French education minister's proposal for secular morality lessons in schools (starts 8.46).