Mini-Heap


Here’s the latest Mini-Heap: 10  11 recent items from the frequently updated Heap of Links, collected and numbered for your convenience. 

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

  1. Derek Parfit submitted a draft of a paper to Philosophy & Public Affairs the day before he died — It has just been published.
  2. “Embodiment” in philosophy of religion — one of several topics covered in an interview with Ola Sigurdson (Gothenburg)
  3. “The pleasures of rock climbing and the pleasures of philosophy turn out to be strangely similar” — says C. Thi Nguyen (Utah State) in Philosophers Magazine (via AfB)
  4. Which paper did the editors think was best? Who was the top commentator? — the PEA Soup blog announces the winners of these and other prizes
  5. “The story of the seventeenth-century woman who undertook a grand deception” to write philosophy — how Rachel Kadish describes the protagonist in her new novel, “The Weight of Ink”
  6. “Everybody is somebody’s fault…” — ask the ever-interesting philosopher Rivka Weinberg anything, even “unfair questions”
  7. “We should, above all, realize that we are being trained” — Samir Chopra (Brooklyn/CUNY) on social media & how it’s changing our relationship to the world
  8. “They were involved in politics as criticism of groupthink and ‘the same old same old.'” — Josiah Ober (Stanford) on the political relevance of Plato, Aristotle, and other classical thinkers
  9. “The world’s capacity to produce outrages far outstrips the human capacity to respond emotionally to them” — Spencer Case (Colorado) on how outraged we should be about “selective outrage”
  10. Kant’s categorical imperative makes the big time — or at least Melvyn Bragg’s “In Our Time” on BBC radio, with Alison Hills, David Oderberg, and John Callanan
  11. “The exploration has completely changed my life.” How the electron made a philosopher. — Shan Gao (Shanxi University) discusses his work in philosophy of physics

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