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David Edmonds

David Edmonds is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at Oxford University and the author or editor of 14 books which have been translated into over two dozen languages.

His most recent book (April 2023) is Parfit: A Philosopher and His Mission to Save Morality.  Other titles include The Murder of Professor Schlick, Would You Kill The Fat Man? and Undercover Robot (a children’s novel, co-written with Hugh Fraser).  With John Eidinow he has written Bobby Fischer Goes To War, Rousseau’s Dog, and the international bestseller Wittgenstein’s Poker. His journalism has appeared in, among other places, The Guardian, The Times, The New Statesman, Prospect, Aeon, the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. With Nigel Warburton he co-hosts Philosophy Bites (, which has had over 45 million downloads.  He also hosts Philosophy247 (, and Social Science Bites Social Science Bites – Social Science Space. For over three decades he presented and produced documentaries for the BBC, including The Big Idea BBC World Service – The Big Idea.  He remains a regular presenter of Analysis on BBC Radio 4.

David studied for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at Oxford and has a PhD in philosophy from the Open University.  He has held fellowships from the University of Chicago (Harkness Fellowship) and the University of Michigan (Knight Wallace Fellowship).


Author photo (c) Nina Sologubenko


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