Mini-Heap


Here’s the latest edition of Mini-Heap!

  1. The first traffic jam on Broadway was caused by a philosophy lecture — before clicking, can you guess who it was? Hint: this was in 1913
  2. How not to be an atheist — an interview with Tim Crane (CEU)
  3. A philosophy graduate student lost his eyesight while working on his PhD — what he learned has changed the way he teaches
  4. “Sartre helps us to appreciate how individuals come together to create hope where there was none by acting collectively.” — Ronald Aronson on Sartre’s existentialist Marxism
  5. A fictionalized biography of Hannah Arendt in the form of a graphic novel — by well-known cartoonist Ken Krimstein
  6. “The deeper reason that technology so often disappoints and betrays us is that it promises to make easy things that, by their intrinsic nature, have to be hard.” — on Plato’s prescience regarding social media
  7. Is this an argument for corporal punishment? — Or a reductio of retributivism?
  8. “You hear about the moon restaurant? Good food, no atmosphere! If you eat there, you forfeit your life, which would make no difference to the universe as a whole.” — nihilist dad jokes by Alex Baia
  9. “I think we’ve demonstrated between us that it is possible to debate this issue frankly and even bluntly, and without agreeing on everything—and still get somewhere.” — Sophie-Grace Chappell (Open University) and Holly Lawford-Smith (Melbourne) discuss transgender identity
  10. Over 55% of the Members of Parliament who majored in philosophy support Brexit — the second-highest proportion, after classics (via Mihail Evans)

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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