Mini-Heap


For your reading pleasure, the latest Mini-Heap: 10 recent items of interest to philosophers (and others interested in philosophy) from the Daily Nous Heap of Links.

(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. Where philosophy of perception meets applied ethics — a fascinating look at visual phenomenology and virtual reality from Michael Madary (Johannes Gutenberg U., Mainz)
  2. An infectiously enthusiastic, witty, and ebullient romp of a vendetta — Philip Kitcher on Errol Morris on Thomas Kuhn
  3. Defining “fake news” — Scott Aikin and Robert Talisse (Vanderbilt) give it a shot
  4. An excellent ethics exam question — from Lewis Powell (Buffalo)
  5. “Restrictive laws have a unique capacity to change the social meaning of a dangerous activity” — so should we ban minors from purchasing items high in added sugar? Theodore Bach (Bowling Green – Firelands College) thinks so.
  6. On calling immigrants “animals” — David Livingstone Smith (New England) on dehumanizing language, on WNYC
  7. The idea of a course on African, Latin American, and Native American philosophy raises lots of questions — “but I do think that engaging in a detailed way with this work… helps us to think more about what philosophy is and ought to be,” says Alex Guerrero (Rutgers) (p.4)
  8. The moral dilemma at the center of “Avengers: Infinity War” — Vox does some moral philosophy 101 at the movies
  9. How to protect your epistemic environment — Shane Ryan (Nazarbeyev U.) shares his ideas with Joe Humphreys in The Irish Times (via Daniel Brunson)
  10. Near-death experiences — a talk from John Martin Fischer (UCR), on the occasion of his appointment as a University Professor (he is the first philosopher in the UC system to hold that position)

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