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.)

  1. What it is like for women in philosophy — quotes from women in philosophy and academic publishing
  2. Lazy ants, Melville’s Bartleby, and tenured professors — Helena de Bres (Wellesley) sees if they have anything in common, with illustrations by her sister, Julia de Bres (Luxembourg)
  3. Issues with the PGR’s rankings in Chinese Philosophy — “the ranking yields a list that looks decidedly weird”
  4. “Our society lacks an information ethics adequate to its deepening dependence on data” — Colin Koopman (Oregon) on the need for “an ethics of data to be engineered right into the information skyscrapers being built today”
  5. The central character in James Wood’s new novel, Upstate, is a philosophy professor — a mixed review at The Guardian
  6. A philosopher takes a close look at Steven Pinker’s new book — Gary Gutting (Notre Dame) notes the “impressive positive case for the Enlightenment” which nonetheless “falls short” when it comes to philosophy
  7. New learning outcome assessment for philosophy courses — the “Meaning of Life” quiz
  8. Derek Parfit, wearing a leather cape, standing on a frozen river, holding a camera, facing down an approaching ice breaker — when Parfit led a field trip to the USSR in 1981
  9. The nature of hope — Adrienne Martin (Claremont McKenna) talks with Myisha Cherry (Illinois, Chicago)
  10. Do babies imagine? How? And how could we know? — Claudia Passos-Ferreira (NYU) asks about the development of mental imagery in infants

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