Mini-Heap


Here’s the latest edition of Mini-Heap.

  1. What is rationality and why is it valuable? — a discussion of “The Value of Rationality” by Ralph Wedgewood (USC)
  2. To reduce the risk of moral catastrophes, should society hire lots more philosophers? — Eric Schwitzgebel (UC Riverside) is somewhat skeptical
  3. “Odysseus texts Penelope to let her know that he’s running late.” — Classical tragedies that could have been prevented with smartphones
  4. Chico the Philosurfer has a series of videos aimed at bringing philosophy to high school students and others — he’s a former teacher at a prep school in California
  5. “Let me admit up front that, until this interview, I hadn’t thought much at all about disability’s relations to philosophy” — Stephen Yablo (MIT) is interviewed at Discrimination and Disadvantage
  6. “We can never really be post-truth” — Simon Blackburn (Cambridge) interviewed at Vox
  7. “Professors with voices critical of dominant ideologies have long been targets” — Jason Stanley (Yale) interviewed about fascism and anti-intellectualism
  8. To really expand the canon, philosophy needs not just more historical texts but “a way into them” — Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser) on the importance of secondary literature on non-canonical figures
  9. “The reason to cultivate hope in uncertain times is Kant’s reason: we have a duty to work for the improvement of our societies, but energetic action to serve the public good is not possible without hope” — an interview with Martha Nussbaum (Chicago)
  10. 18th Century fan art by Jacob Böhme enthusiasts — who is going to make a pop-up book of your philosophy?

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Mini-Heap posts appear when about 10 new items accumulate in the Heap of Links, the ever-growing collection of items from around the web that may be of interest to philosophers.

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. Thanks!

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