Mini-Heap


Welcome to another edition of Mini-heap.

  1. Sneaking libertarian ideology into elementary schools in the form of critical thinking software — even if you agree with the politics… why, Elon Musk, why? (via Daniel Brunson)
  2. Effective altruism and moral uncertainty — the Very Bad Wizards talk with Will MacAskill (Oxford)
  3. With increased use of AI, “companies will require more philosophy graduates in… roles to look into AI-related outputs through a human lens” — so says Pratik Dattani, Managing Director of Economic Policy Group (EPG), a London and Bangalore-based consulting group
  4. “I realized better what it means to be American. It is not simply about an economic dream. It is about a lived, philosophical project” — an immigrant’s letter to Western Philosophy
  5. How should we explore and learn about Mars? — philosopher Ian Stoner (St. Paul College) makes some very interesting points in a discussion on BBC Radio
  6. In philosophy, the professors and the formal institutions are like the classically trained musicians at a big concert hall. What about philosophy’s club scene? — an interview with Kilian Jörg, the founder of Philosophy Unbound
  7. “Philosophy of science can’t simply be based on what scientists say and do… …But, on the other hand, there are other aspects of what scientists say and do that need to be taken more seriously,” argues Angela Potochnik (Cincinnati)
  8. “Up to a certain level, leisure time should be understood as a basic need, analogous to education” — Blain Neufeld (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) on justice, fairness, and free time for adults and children
  9. “Are trans women really women?” “Do I really have to respond to that?” “Yes, yes you do” — a debate over trans women, the use of “TERF”, and how to eat ribs like a lady
  10. What are jokes? — It’s a very serious question, says Justin E. H. Smith (University of Paris Diderot)

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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