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
September 9th 2014
Keynote address to the British Postgraduate Philosophy Society in Leeds: The Uses and Abuses of Philosophy.
BBC Radio 4's Archive on 4 programme on heroes and heroism.
BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.
BBC Radio 4's The Ideas That Make Us, Series 3.
BBC Radio 4's Think (a new show with Melvyn Bragg).
Recent public engagement events
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.
January 2nd 2014
Discussed Plato's Symposium on BBC Radio 4's In Our Time.
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.
October 4th 2013
Gave the Archdeacon Johnson Lecture at Oakham School (Uppingham and Oundle Schools also attended).
September 16th-21st 2013
Appeared in three programmes of a new BBC Radio 4 series The Ideas That Made Us with Bettany Hughes:
Tuesday 17th (13.45): Fame
Wednesday 18th (13.45): Love
Friday 20th (13.45): Justice
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.
Article ('Revealing the World Afresh') for the first edition of the New Philosopher magazine in Australia and New Zealand.
Magazine launched August 3rd at the Byron Bay Writers' Festival.
Magazine available to buy on August 5th in bookstores and online.
July 21st 2013
Gave lecture on Nature, convention and society in Plato's Republic for the Academy of the Institute of Ideas Summer School.
July 19th 2013
Video interview on Public Understanding of Philosophy role for the new multi-media magazine Ideas Roadshow.
CLICK HERE to download for free (only available for the first two weeks after publication).
CLICK HERE to download a transcript of the conversation.
July 13th 2013
Solo talk on The Erotic Magus: Socrates, Eros, and Magic for The Wapping Project.
June 15th 2013
Solo talk on The Erotic Magus: Socrates, Eros, and Magic at the University of Warwick Book Festival.
May 29th 2013
Discussed the ethics of tax avoidance on BBC Radio 3 Night Waves.
May 26th 2013
Panel debate on The Death of the Hero with Ian Blair and Polly Morland at HowTheLightGetsIn Philosophy Festival in Hay on Wye.
May 25th 2013
Solo talk on Erotic Transformations: The Power of Eros in Plato at HowTheLightGetsIn Philosophy Festival in Hay on Wye.
May/June 2013Short piece on Plato's ethics of flourishing in The Economist Intelligent Life ("The Big Question") .
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 dramatization 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 www.socratesnow.me)
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.
December 21st 2012
BBC Two Westminster Abbey programme at 9pm. Filmed while taking part in the November 14th debate (see below).
December 8th 2012
BBC Radio 4 Today programme discussion of the ethics of photojournalism (starts 1.54).
December 4th 2012
Talk to the London Philosophy Club on the Future of Philosophy and the Ethics of Flourishing.
November 28th 2012
Discussion of the Seven Deadly Sins on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour.
November 26th 2012
Talk on 'Plato and Atlantis' for the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society.
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).
November 10th 2012
BBC Radio Scotland interview about the recent child abuse scandals and media and political reaction. Click here to listen (interview starts 20 minutes and 30 seconds in).
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 17th 2012
Spoke on Aristotle's Politics at Off the Shelf Festival, Sheffield.
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 28th 2012
Discussed my research and public engagement work at the Festival of the Mind in Sheffield:
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).