Mini-Heap


The latest additions to the Heap of Links:

  1. “Student evaluations of teaching (SETs) can be weaponized to justify undermining academic freedom and subjecting untenured and contingent faculty to surveillance and bullying” — a professor reports on his experience at a liberal arts college (via Ben Hale)
  2. Conspiracy theories assert that events have a “deeper meaning” but it is the “theories themselves that have a deeper meaning and that meaning is political” — Quassim Cassam (Warwick) in The New Statesman
  3. Scientists have used shortwave-infrared hyperspectral imaging to read previously inaccessible parts of Philodemus’ history of Plato’s Academy — “it provides a unique view of an ancient philosopher’s writing process,” says Kilian Fleischer (Würzburg)
  4. “Nietzsche remains a heroic figure in intellectual history because his lonely, desperate quest seems to join up with so many other expeditions of the mind and soul” — Alex Ross, The New Yorker’s longtime music critic, on understanding Nietzsche and his significance
  5. “Democracy is government by discussion, and, if you make discussion fearful, you are not going to get a democracy, no matter how you count the votes” — an interview with Amartya Sen (Harvard) on democracy in India (The New Yorker)
  6. “What we need isn’t so much more philosophy that tries to speak to a non-philosophical audience, as more philosophy that comes from a place of engagement with the non-philosophical world.” — an interview with Amia Srinivasan (Oxford)
  7. One of Trump’s judicial nominees has a Master’s degree in philosophy from Georgetown — Sarah Pitlyk has some controversial views, including opposition to in vitro fertilization

Mini-Heap posts appear when 7 or so 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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