Mini-Heap


Here’s the latest edition 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. “Our resident microbes orchestrate the adaptive immune system, influence the brain, and contribute more gene functions than our own genome” — what does this mean for our understanding of the individual human self?
  2. When is it permissible to have sex with conjoined twins? — the runner-up essay for the Oxford Uehiro Prize in Practical Ethics, grad level, by James Kirkpatrick (Oxford)
  3. Immigration and the natural lottery — thoughts from Campbell Brown (LSE)
  4. Trying to understand “academic mobbing” — at Quillette
  5. An empirically-informed account of the phenomenological and epistemological role of perception — Susanna Schellenberg (Rutgers) is currently guest-blogging at Brains
  6. An open-access symposium on John Martin Fischer’s “Our Fate: Essays on God and Free Will” — in Science, Religion, & Culture
  7. Can teaching philosophy to prisoners improve prison culture? — Kirstine Szifris (Manchester Metropolitan) thinks so
  8. Philosophical views of the relationship between one’s self and one’s desires are relevant to drug policy — Brendan de Kenessey (Harvard) explains, at Vox (via Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin)
  9. The Princess of Monaco, Charlotte Casiraghi, has co-authored a philosophy book — “Archipel Des Passions” is about the emotions
  10. “The question is whether the fact of his victimization has the significance of a moral excuse. We believe that it does not.” — Matthew Talbert and Jessica Wolfendale (West Virginia) on the moral responsibility of child soldiers

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