Mini-Heap


So many links, so little time. Here’s another 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. Against oversimplistic deployments of “trolley problems” — “they are just tools for thought, not recipes for ready-made action,” says Ian Bogost in The Atlantic (via Daniel Brunson)
  2. “A philosopher can nudge and question, take leaders on uncomfortable journeys, even be a disruptive force” — The Guardian writes about philosophers who’ve consulted for businesses
  3. A philosophical look at Westworld — Scott McLemee previews “Westworld and Philosophy” at IHE
  4. “Seeing equality requires that you first believe it” — Amia Srinivasan (Oxford) reviews “One Another’s Equals” by Jeremy Waldron (NYU)
  5. What does Spinoza have to do with transitioning towards environmentally sustainable habits?— Andrea Sangiacomo (Groningen) explains
  6. Moral philosophy shows how controversial issues like abortion are very complicated, and that can help public discussion of them — Travis Rieder (JHU) is a guest on the Public Health United podcast
  7. A few works by philosophers are on this list of “25 of the most expensive books you can buy on the internet” — note that the one by Karl Marx is more expensive than the one by Adam Smith
  8. Opaque power — Åsa Burman (Stockholm) is interviewed about social ontology
  9. Role playing games in philosophy class — the students get into it, and end up doing more work for class, says professor Nicole Wyatt (Calgary)
  10. You’ve heard of virtual reality, but what about virtual embodiment? — how philosophers, computer scientists, and psychologists are using new technology to explore how we understand ourselves and the world, in The New Yorker

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