Mini-Heap


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

The Heap of Links consists partly of suggestions from readers; if you find something online that you think would be of interest to the philosophical community, please send it in for consideration for the Heap.

  1. “We have no idea how many other humans are involved in bringing about the results of our daily actions, and we have no idea how many other humans are taking advantage of the efforts we go through to perform these actions.” — Kenny Easwaran (Texas A & M) on how we use each other
  2. “The highest aspiration of philosophy is to be both rigorous and humanistic, to place analytical thought in the service of human values… Baseball shows us that it can be done,” says Kieran Setiya (MIT)
  3. “The album is a good shower listen. It would also make for good background music or a good listen for any kind of Halloween party”. — a review of the latest album from John Malkovich’s group, featuring the words of Plato & Aristotle
  4. “While I’m increasingly nervous that Mill might be wrong, I’m no less nervous that he might be correct and yet go unheeded when it matters most” — Dale Miller (ODU) on the marketplace of ideas (via What’s Wrong?)
  5. “Desiring death or a natural life sentence for those who inflict traumatic violence is a rational response” — Amber Rose Carlson (Vanderbilt) asks: “Is there a ‘rational’ punishment for my rapist?”
  6. “It rapidly found its way to superhuman abilities.” — “Starting with zero knowledge of Go strategy and no training by humans, the new iteration of the program… needed just three days to invent advanced strategies undiscovered by human players in the multi-millennia history of the game.”
  7. The “thinker theory” of free speech — Seana Shiffrin (UCLA) discusses her theory of free speech on the latest “Why We Argue”
  8. “If I could make any plea for a change based upon my experiences, I would ask that my fellow professors be sensitive to the mental health needs of their students.” — an interview with Brian Montgomery (UT El Paso)
  9. Punk rock philosophy — a new series of posts by Roy T. Cook (Minnesota) at Aesthetics for Birds
  10. Not “the most fashionable philosophers” — an interview with Mark Textor (KCL) about his work on Frege, Bolzano and Brentano

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