Marianne Talbot

Director of Studies in Philosophy, Department for Continuing Education


Marianne Talbot was thrown out of school at 15. She came back to education at 26 when she took an Open University Foundation course during which she discovered philosophy. Transferring to London University Marianne took First Class Honours then went to Oxford University to do graduate work. She taught for Pembroke College, Oxford from 1987-1990, for Brasenose College, Oxford from 1990-2000, and has, since 2001, been director of studies in philosophy at Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education. Two of her podcasts (A Romp Through the History of Philosophy and The Nature of Arguments) have been global number one on iTunes U. Her podcasts have received over 3 million downloads.


  • Ethics, especially bioethics
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Values in education

Media experience

Marianne Talbot has considerable experience of working with the media.