Mini-Heap


The latest additions to the Heap of Links…

  1. “The head of the colonizer lying on the street speaks volumes” — Elizabeth Scarbrough (Florida International) on allowing, documenting, and appreciating the ruin of monuments
  2. “There is a runaway trolley speeding down the tracks toward millions of people. But has anybody thought about how, if you had dropped a nuclear bomb on the trolley for no reason, many more lives would have been lost?” — Presidential trolley problems, in The New Yorker
  3. “The core problem with policing and incarceration is the same problem that plagues our whole political system: elite capture” — Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò (Georgetown) makes the case for community control over police
  4. “Science is our best guide to the world. But reliable science takes time and contributions by many different kinds of people” — Neil Levy (Oxford), Eric Schliesser (Amsterdam), and Eric Winsberg (South Florida) on the broader dangers of rushed research and policy on COVID-19
  5. “His support for slavery has been glossed over down the years. Is it time to make amends?” — on George Berkeley, who owned slaves and “justified slavery as a path to Christian conversion”
  6. “A pair of brothers can’t see eye to eye. Both are suffering losses… In this uplifting story both eventually come to see that the holes in our lives are not just absences; they are shaped by the presences around us. Four Stars.” — Kristie Miller (Sydney) reviews philosophical works as if they were movies. Two thumbs up!
  7. Identity politics and class struggle are often framed as being at odds with one another — but, as we see in the Black Lives Matter movement and elsewhere, they can be mutually reinforcing, argues Vanessa Wills (GW)

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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