Good morning! Here’s 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. You’d think that Scientific American would be a publication that respects expertise — so why do its editors choose to publish error-riddled columns on philosophy by Michael Shermer?
  2. “Our moral relations to people are different from our moral relations to the other animals… — But we have reason for treating what is good for an animal as good absolutely,” says Christine Korsgaard (Harvard) in Prospect Magazine
  3. Love, humor, and the good life — Mark Alfano (Delft) on why we look for a sense of humor in potential mates
  4. “If we measure the danger to our institutions by the number of disagreements they must manage, then diversity is dangerous. However, disagreement can also protect us from danger.” — Ryan Muldoon (Buffalo) offers a clear-eyed and empirically-informed account of the value of diversity
  5. “Human anomalies receive little or no attention in philosophy, because they destabilize those deeply embedded conventions of thought in the field that undergird most of the research that goes on in it.” — an interview with philosopher and artist Adrian Piper, a self-described “anomaly”, about her ideas and art, on the occasion of her MOMA retrospective.
  6. The political philosophy of time — Robert Talisse (Vanderbilt) talks with Elizabeth Cohen (Syracuse) about her innovative “The Political Value of Time: Citizenship, Duration, and Democratic Justice”
  7. “Everyone knows about grade inflation, but this is GPA distortion, and few people looking at a student’s GPA know it happens” — research by philosophy professor David Meeler (Winthrop) on grade forgiveness, discussed at The Atlantic
  8. “I thought I would die. I assumed I would die… because if the symptoms didn’t kill me outright, I’d kill myself.” Travis Rieder (JHU), who has a bioethics research program on the ethical and policy issues surrounding America’s opioid epidemic, discusses his personal experience with opioid withdrawal and its lessons
  9. “You need to be able to disagree, even strongly, with people and still respect and even trust them. This means thinking them people of good will who are trying, as you are, to solve problems, [but] there are limits” — Martha Nussbaum (Chicago) interviewed about fear, trust, and hope in today’s political climate
  10. The philosophy of Mexicanness — an excerpt from a 1951 essay by Emilio Uranga, introduced by Carlos Alberto Sánchez (San José State) & Robert Eli Sanchez, Jr. (Mt. St. Mary’s, LA)

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