Mini-Heap


Wednesday evening Mini-Heap…

  1. Is the philosopher’s love of disagreement tied to the idea that we form our personal identities in part by setting ourselves apart from others? — Martin Lenz (Groningen) on a way in which philosophical disagreement may be personal
  2. Extremism may be best understood as a complex of psychological factors rather than as a type of political doctrine or affiliation — Quassim Cassam (Warwick) in The New Statesman
  3. “Trial By Trolley” is a “party game of moral dilemmas and trolley murder!” — a video overview of the game (via Pete Mandik) (yes you can actually purchase this game)
  4. Theorizing racial justice — video of the 2020 Tanner Lecture on Human Values at the University of Michigan by Charles Mills (CUNY)
  5. “Stranger Apologies” is a new blog on politics, polarization, and (ir)rationality from Kevin Dorst (Oxford) — in this post he argues that the central problem of today’s political discourse is not polarization, but demonization that begins with seeing our opponents as irrational
  6. “Where moral improvement of the world is concerned, concepts that don’t answer to the mixed nature of human experience won’t be effective at steering that experience” — Amy Olberding (Oklahoma) thinks that when discussing anger, it’s a mistake to “conceptually isolate it from other emotions”
  7. “After Dinner Conversation” is a website that publishes original short stories aimed at prompting conversations about ethics — each story is accompanied by discussion questions

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. Discussion welcome.

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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