Mini-Heap


Here’s another installment of Mini-Heap—10 recent items from the Heap of Links, the frequently updated list of stuff around the web of possible interest to philosophers.

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.

Discussion welcome.

  1. Why was Quine dissatisfied with “Two Dogmas of Empiricism”? — Sander Verhaegh (Tilburg) explains
  2. So many interesting questions — this year, Edge.org asks its respondents for questions, not answers
  3. “Critical studies” is supposed to be normative — so why, asks Joseph Heath (Toronto), is there so little explicit normative argumentation and so much “vituperativeness and rhetorical overkill”?
  4. Philosophy-related political cartoons — sketched at the Night of Philosophy
  5. Human dignity is an important but relatively recent moral concept; where did it originate? — no, not from Kant, says Remy Debes (Memphis)
  6. A pre-publication draft of Descartes’ “Meditations” — found by Jeremy Hyman (Arkansas, Fayetteville)
  7. “Underestimating the imagination is itself a failure of imagination” — Saam Trivedi (Brooklyn College, CUNY) suggests philosophers take some field trips
  8. Changes at the Blog of the APA — Skye Cleary will be the new lead editor
  9. A philosophy PhD student at the University of Colorado is seeking a seat in the state legislature — Jay Geyer is running as an independent
  10. “There’s something intrinsically self-defeating about getting things done” — The New Yorker’s Joshua Rothman looks at Kieran Setiya’s (MIT) book on midlife crises

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