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. “Although part of our aim was to enhance the intellectual life of these kids, we had a simultaneous aim—a long game—to change how philosophy is viewed…” — a detailed interview with Claire Katz (Texas A&M) on the pre-college philosophy summer camp she runs
  2. Dennett responds to Strawson on consciousness, and Strawson replies — in the NYRB
  3. There’s much of interest in this interview of Donald Davidson by Ernie LePore (from the mid-1980’s) — philosophy, life (including in the Navy, at war), and other tidbits, e.g.: Davidson and Leonard Bernstein were classmates who would play four-hand piano together
  4. The “radical” way the department chair treated adjunct faculty — “her goal was to get her adjunct faculty hired into tenure track positions” (via Justin Klocksiem)
  5. “Ours is a species that dares to hope in the face of hopelessness; it is on this day that those hopes can be made to look even more forlorn.” — April Fools is the worst. Samir Chopra (CUNY) explains why.
  6. A new series on Africana philosophy — at the History Of Philosophy Without Any Gaps
  7. “Given how biased these metrics are, institutions of higher learning simply cannot continue to allow them to influence tenure and promotion decisions” — Carol Hay (U Mass Lowell) on student evaluations of teaching, in The Boston Globe
  8. “What is the operation by which a self relates itself to its own self, transparently? Selfie.” — The Kim Kierkegaardashian twitter feed is now a book
  9. “Seneca was torn. To the Stoics, contributing to public affairs was a critical duty of the philosopher. Could Seneca decline to serve because he disagreed with the emperor? Could he leave a deranged Nero unsupervised?” — Stoicism and public service under a problematic leader
  10. Argument mapping in an epistemology class — Adam Elga (Princeton) shows us how it worked in his course

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