Mini-Heap


Mini-Heap: recent items from the Heap of Links, collected in groups of 10, here for your perusal and discussion.

If you have suggestions for the Heap of Links, send ’em in.

  1. There are more pragmatists than you might have thought — all about pragmatism, with Cheryl Misak (Toronto)
  2. An “inclusive bibliography on race, gender, and related topics” — a Google doc created in response to the Hypatia controversy
  3. “I sometimes pretend that the amygdala of my brain is in my pinky toe” — on the “backfire effect”: your brain’s defense against threatening ideas
  4. “Can we accept, morally speaking, say a five percent drop in the wages of some American workers in exchange for a 400 percent gain in the incomes of immigrant workers?” “That’s a question for philosophy. That’s a question for ethics.”
  5. Which ideas should have a place on university campuses? — “one of the most important factors concerns the likely merits of the proposed contribution,” says Patricia Marino (Waterloo)
  6. “I would rather do anything else than grade your Final Papers” (only a year old, but already timeless)
  7. “A bully whose behavior is positively reinforced by frightened colleagues quickly becomes out of control” — what’s needed are “moral leaders,” says M.G. Piety (Drexel)
  8. Martha Nussbaum’s Jefferson Lecture will be livestreamed tonight (May 1st) — 7:35 Eastern Time
  9. Which philosopher is still important to you today? — interviews with folks on the street in Germany (in German w/ subtitles)
  10. “Someone who runs to catch a bus is not necessarily a runner; someone who commits a crime is not necessarily a criminal” — a distinction erased by the Trump administration, argues Jason Stanley (Yale)

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