Mini-Heap


Here is the latest edition of the Mini-Heap: 10 recent items from the frequently updated Heap of Links, collected and numbered for your convenience. 

As usual, if you have suggestions for the Heap of Links, please send ’em in.

  1. “I love women” — empirical psychological research on implicit bias doesn’t—and couldn’t—live up to its billing, argue two philosophers
  2. When you’re a professor, “not only can you get away with being stupid, you wind up with social license to become even more stupid” — Joseph Heath (Toronto) on absent-mindedness as social deviance
  3. “The reduction of suffering due to disease… is doubtless good. So, one might think that every step we take in that direction consistent with justice, short of extinguishing our humanity, is surely good.” — a philosopher’s experience as a patient prompts reflections on the post-human
  4. “When divine reason dropped out of the picture, a deep rupture occurred, which obliterated philosophy’s purpose as it had been conceived by Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics and many philosophers after them.” — Carlos Fraenkel (McGill) on the purpose of philosophy
  5. “Research into the ethical dimensions of art receives little support from the world’s museums…despite the fact that ethical questions about art arise on a seemingly weekly basis and command substantial public attention,” writes Erich Hatala Matthes (Wellesley)
  6. A list of philosophical questions — with each linked to a podcast discussing it
  7. 12 things to love about philosophical logic — Greg Restall (Melbourne) introduces a series of posts at his blog
  8. We cannot have perfectly reliable beliefs about what we don’t believe — Roy T. Cook (Minnesota) on paradoxes of belief
  9. Philosopher gives up emeritus title after his university honors Putin — Mihály Vajda no longer wishes to be associated with the University of Debrecen
  10. “Philosophers treat the imagination with both despair and delight” — Amy Kind (Claremont McKenna) on the uses of imagination

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