Here’s 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.
- “Sophia” is a new online philosophy magazine — it’s the creation of a group of former University of Glasgow philosophy students
- Eurocentrism, racism, and philistinism in philosophy — Daniel Kaufman (Missouri State) talks with Bryan Van Norden (Vassar College)
- Epistemic vices — an interview with Quassim Cassam (Warwick)
- Alan White (Wisconsin-Manitowoc) is retiring — he “perfected the topic-focused method of teaching Philosophy 101”. (He also wrote a lot of philosophy songs.)
- Reddit AMA (12/11/17) with Jonardon Ganeri (NYU Abu Dhabi) — starts at 11am
- What could possibly deter a tenured full philosophy professor from naming her harasser? — read this to find out
- A defense of lying to your kids about Santa Claus — from Stephen Tweedale (SFU)
- A philosophy PhD left academia to become a “pick-up artist” — is that relevant to whether he ought to to be invited to philosophy conferences or contribute to edited volumes?
- Experimenting with a real world version of the “bystander” part of the trolley problem — with real trains, real tracks, real workers, & a real person at the switch (via Eddy Nahmias)
- Today only: 1/2 off haircuts — ok we may need more than today (via Mark Alfano)
Prof Manners claims that the quotations from Tien reveal him to be a certain kind of misogynist: “a man who, by his own testimony, not only sees women as little more than fuckable objects to accumulate…”
Someone who seeks primarily sexual relationships when dating does not thereby disrespect women. In addition, if he’s primarily looking for sex, he may be primarily interested in how attracted he is to his date rather than the quality of the conversation. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with this approach to sexual interactions, as long as there’s no deception involved.
In light of this, his complaints about “brainless conversation” should probably not be read as a complaint about all women. In sum, I don’t see the misogynist attitude Prof Manners attributes to Tien in the quote above revealed by his testimony in the blog post or the mere fact that he is a pickup artist. Where does her attribution come from?
However, his quotes may reveal other kinds of misogyny or unethical behavior. “Bitch shield” is inappropriate, for example.Report
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you might want to review the archived versions of the sites linked to in the original post and decide for yourself exactly how you feel about this man’s general attitude towads women, beyond prof. manners’ original quotes (which the author has cleaned up or deleted completely since the post went up. what does that tell you?).
Thanks! I missed those links on my first read.Report