Here, a little late, is the latest edition of Mini-Heap—10 recent items from the frequently updated Heap of Links. Feel free to discuss.

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.

  1. What does philosophy mean to you? — answers from several philosophers
  2. “It conveys very nicely the kind of things we try to teach all the time… But the virtues we teach are not the virtues of public philosophy.” — so says Eric Schliesser in “Leading Philosophers Clueless about ‘Public’ Philosophy, Yet Wish to Control It”
  3. A graphic novel defending open borders is in the works — by economist Bryan Caplan (GMU) and cartoonist Zach Weinersmith (SMBC) (via Jason Brennan)
  4. The geography of political philosophy — an interactive map from OUP
  5. The current limits and potential future of computing power — a short, accessible video from NIST
  6. “Am I optimistic? Yes. What feminist, studying world history, would not be?” — Martha Nussbaum on sexual harassment, sexual assault, and gender justice (via LR)
  7. The Woody Allen / Louis CK Problem — we can distinguish “the content of the work from the content of the author’s values,” says Kathleen Stock (Sussex)
  8. Judith Butler (Berkeley) burned in effigy at conference in Brazil — “How can you know if your research is having an impact? When a mob holding Bibles and crucifixes burns an effigy of you outside your seminar.”
  9. The difference between pedophilia and child sexual abuse, and why it’s important — commentary from Brian Earp (Yale)
  10. “Disabled philosophers make up approximately 1 percent of full-time philosophy faculty in Canada”— Canadian universities will be collecting demographic data to increase diversity at their campuses
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