Mini-Heap


The first Mini-Heap of 2019…

  1. “Philosophy’s getting a lot less boring” — Rebecca Kukla (Georgetown) in conversation with Tyler Cowen (George Mason)
  2. A world without humans would not be a regrettable state of affairs — but even so, we shouldn’t attempt extinction, argues David Benatar (Cape Town)
  3. “Plato’s whole defense of philosophy as a way of life rests on the idea that there’s more to human motivation than our desire for pleasure alone” — a conversation with Tushar Irani (Wesleyan) in the LA Review of Books
  4. A new blog on “biopolitical asymmetries and other mechanisms and effects of power in philosophy and beyond” — from Shelley L. Tremain and Melinda C. Hall (Stetson)
  5. “We don’t have to give up on market society if we can recognize and correct for its limitations—it may even be our best hope, because it’s friendlier to pluralism than most alternatives are” — a lengthy profile of Elizabeth Anderson (Michigan) in The New Yorker
  6. Holding a coherent set of philosophical views may be more difficult than you thought — Liam Kofi Bright (LSE) provides some examples of the trouble
  7. “Defying an explicit directive from his government, Sousa Mendes issued visas to tens of thousands of refugees” fleeing Nazis — including the family philosopher Sylvain Bromberger, who died this past year (NYT)

Mini-Heap posts appear when about 7 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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