Mini-Heap


Links of possible interest to those interested in philosophy…

 

  1. “The mathematics we have today is the result of countless decisions, big and small, and, in that sense, I think it is best to think of mathematical concepts as being designed” — an informative and interesting interview with Jeremy Avigad (CMU)
  2. “If your go-to image of the theory involves internet anger, then you’re probably being over-influenced by personal memories of arguing with people who may or may not understand the theory themselves.” — Regina Rini (York) tries to figure out why some philosophical ideas become magnets for the belligerent and ignorant on social media
  3. A new fashion collection inspired by the ideas of ancient Greece — including “fringe dresses embroidered with blurring quotes by Socrates and Aristotle”
  4. “As is always the way, truth has been a casualty of war.” In this case, it’s a theory of truth and a culture war. — Liam Kofi Bright (LSE) kindly takes one of the culture warriors du jour seriously enough to share a useful philosophical distinction with him
  5. “I take the recent rise of public philosophy as an attempt by the neoliberal academy to claim for itself everything we do” — Justin E.H. Smith (Paris) is “against public philosophy”, and is also “not some jovial country vicar who, for the good of the parish, joins in for a bean-bag toss or a three-legged race at carnival time”
  6. “Features of everyday life are overwhelmingly transformed into expressions of political identity, and… this transformation undermines democracy itself” — Robert Talisse (Vanderbilt) discusses his new book on democracy with Carrie Figdor (Iowa)
  7. A special issue of Forma de Vida on the occasion of the centenary of Anscombe’s birth includes a postcard from her to a Portuguese philosopher — (via Pedro Ferrão)

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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