Mini-Heap


Here’s another edition of Mini-Heap!

In the sidebar on the left is the Heap of Links (also here)—an ever-growing collection of material found around the web that may be of interest to philosophers (and others interested in philosophy). Mini-Heap posts appear when about 10 new items accumulate in the Heap.

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. Academic books are not meant to be read cover to cover — they are meant to be “gutted” or “broken”
  2. A philosophy PhD student at Oxford takes on the pseudo-science of anti-Semitism — but would it have been better to leave it ignored? (via Benjamin McKean)
  3. “We have the aspiration to the domestic rule of law, an international arena where it is only ever partly at work, and the problem of what happens—literally and figuratively—at the border between the two” — Jacob Levy (McGill) on the Trump administration’s battle against the rule of law
  4. “I do remember the surprise I felt at her anger. I remember expecting her to understand.” — the ethics of privacy-violating art (via Michael Spicher)
  5. From Trolleyology to vaccination policy — can the former help us understand the latter? (via Danielle Wenner)
  6. Watercolor and ink chibi-style portraits of philosophers — by Yuzuko Nakamura (via Liam Kofi Bright)
  7. “There’s no reliable way to separate free will from luck.” — The Boston Globe takes up questions of luck, freedom, and criminal law (via Gregg Caruso)
  8. Is the key to further advances in artificial intelligence teaching machines about causation? Is a clue to their autonomy their engagement in counterfactual reasoning? — a pioneer in AI talks about possible next steps for the field
  9. “An unfortunate side effect of democracy is that it incentivizes citizens to be ignorant, irrational, tribalistic, and to not use their votes in very serious ways” — an interview with Jason Brennan (Georgetown) who discusses his “attempt to correct for that pathology while keeping what’s good about a democratic system”
  10. An invention to solve the trolley problem — from SMBC

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