Mini-Heap


More interesting stuff: the latest installment of Mini-Heap—10 recent items from the Daily Nous Heap of Links, our regularly updated list of material from around the web that philosophers may want to check out.

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. “Scan newspapers for incidents of censorship at universities, then weave them together into a narrative, without paying attention to which kinds of universities you’re talking about and how many universities there are” — how to write your standard declinist commentary about free speech on campus
  2. Could artificial intelligences ever create real art? — and if so, what needs to happen so that it can?
  3. “Philosophical expertise seems compatible with being completely off the rails when it comes to the substantive content of one’s philosophical views” — Richard Yetter Chappell (York) on whether there’s a reason to defer to more expert philosophers
  4. Philosophy, language, and epidemiology — work on harm and language by Lynne Tirrell (Connecticut) featured in Epidemiology Monitor
  5. The trailer for the new movie, “The Young Karl Marx” — called “both intellectually serious and engagingly free-spirited” by the NYT
  6. A new biography of Alain Locke — reviewed in the NYT
  7. “Because of my anxieties, I have come to understand why I’m the philosopher I am, why I hold the views I do” — Samir Chopra (Brooklyn/CUNY) on the philosophical dimensions of anxiety
  8. “Serenade (after Plato’s Symposium)” for solo violin, harp percussion, and string orchestra — by Leonard Bernstein
  9. Philosophers are “probably just as susceptible to post-hoc rationalization, maybe even more, than the rest of the population” — Jonathan Ellis (UC Santa Cruz) and Eric Schwitzgebel (UC Riverside) explain
  10. “Mill’s distinctive form of liberalism, with its emphasis on individual freedom from the confining effect of social norms, had a great deal to do with his relationship with Taylor” — Sunstein on Hayek on Mill (from 2015)

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