Mini-Heap


Once again, here’s the 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.)

  1. “One can manifest all of these traits [of intellectual humility] without in fact lowering one’s confidence in one’s beliefs at all” — that Duncan Pritchard (Edinburgh) is sticking to his guns on this doesn’t mean he is intellectually arrogant
  2. “Oh, the shit you’ll do after you’re tenured” — McSweeney’s Seussifies tenure
  3. Fascinating series of articles on robots and ethics — from Evan Selinger (RIT)
  4. “Once you start measuring people’s job perfomance, they will switch to optimizing for what you’re measuring, rather than putting their best efforts into actually doing good work” — is there a lesson in this for academia (via Pekka Väyrynen)
  5. Traffic lights, but instead of illuminated circles, they have illuminated images of Karl Marx — part of Trier’s celebration of the 200th anniversary of Marx’s birth
  6. “It just blew my mind… that’s like the coolest thing I’ve seen” — the product manager for Atomic Skiing on his first philosophy course and how studying philosophy helped his career
  7. A philosophy and politics undergrad at Pittsburgh is running for a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives — philosophy helps with “trying to understand how you need to set up the problem,” says 20 year-old Jacob Pavlecic
  8. “There’s more to come” — William H. (Bill) Miller III, who donated $75m to JHU’s Philosophy Department, in an interview in The Chronicle
  9. “What a good society does is based on a different set of considerations and principles than what a good person does” — Laurie Shrage (Florida International) on how to think about abortion
  10. Philosophy of race discussion — with Kwame Anthony Appiah, Priyamvada Gopal, and Nasar Meer

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