Mini-Heap


The latest additions to the Heap of Links…

  1. “The demand for the sort of work I do seems to be increasing, and newly minted philosophy PhDs would be a good fit for many comparable positions” — Jason Schukraft talks about his work at a think tank
  2. Zoomiathan — clever image or trenchant commentary on our willingness to accept Zoom’s privacy-intrusive practices and misleading claims? (see, for example, this summary of issues)
  3. Scientists think something called “ideal glass,” which may never have existed “in all of cosmic history,” is the key to understanding actual glass, which apparently is a scientific mystery — anyone else reminded of questions regarding “ideal theory” in philosophical discussions of justice?
  4. “I believe in opportunistic utopianism. Crises can provide opportunities for major breakthroughs.” — Philippe Van Parijs (UC Louvain) answers a few questions about economics, social welfare policies, and the coronavirus in The Brussels Times
  5. A “new way of representing and thus acknowledging our extreme uncertainty can lead to serviceable practical advice” — Liam Kofi Bright and Richard Bradley (LSE) on policy, uncertainty, and the pandemic
  6. Talk of who is “naturally” vulnerable to Covid-19 obscures the role various institutions play in making people vulnerable to it — commentary from Shelley Tremain
  7. “The ability to work collaboratively, setting aside your personal academic progress, is occurring right now because it’s a matter of survival” — at least in the sciences (NYT)

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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