Mini-Heap


The latest from the Heap of Links…

  1. A strange 1756 opera that satirized David Hume — “The Philosopher’s Opera” by John McLaurin
  2. “People tried to reject Aristotle on the same grounds that they now try to reject Confucius or the Bhagavad Gita” — on the racism that helped build the philosophy canon
  3. “How come nobody played cards with the pirate? Because he was standing on the deck! The other pirates had no universal moral perspective from which to criticize him” — postmodern pirate jokes, from Alex Baia
  4. “Why the university and the Chinese government invests so much in the growth of philosophy (and internationalization more broadly) is, of course, a complicated sociological question” — Peter Finocchiaro (Wuhan) on being a foreign philosopher in China
  5. If someone imprisoned for life comes to meet the legal definition of death, but is then revived, have they completed their sentence? — the court says: the prisoner “is either still alive, in which case he must remain in prison, or he is actually dead, in which case this appeal is moot”
  6. A video of Barry Stroud’s memorial, with remarks from several philosophers — including Niko Kolodny, Sam Scheffler, Antonia Peacocke, Jason Bridges, Janet Broughton, Tom Nagel, and Sarah Stroud (via Julie Stroud)
  7. Assorted 1-page infographics about various aspects of the humanities — from Humanities Indicators

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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