Here’s the latest Mini-Heap: 10 recent items of interest to philosophers (and others interested in philosophy) from the Daily Nous Heap of Links

(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. Swedish university libraries will stop their subscriptions to Elsevier journals as of June 30th — the publisher refuses to meet the open-access demands of the library consortium (via Sebastian Lutz)
  2. The Aristotle Menu — developed by gastronomy professor Giorgos Palisidis, it has been served at 17 places in the Chalkidiki area of Greece
  3. What is public philosophy, anyway? — “It should be philosophy, in that it uses philosophical techniques, methods, and concepts. It should also be in the public interest, in that it addresses issues of civic import and in ways that are accessible to the general public.”
  4. “A deeper knowledge of philosophy would have lessened the need to go through some of the experiences I did to learn what I learnt. It would have made me better at my job.” — a soldier on how philosophy can help in battle and its aftermath
  5. The Stanford Prison Experiment was a sham — undisclosed acting and coaching in one of the most famous psychology experiments
  6. Hans Sluga (UC Berkeley) has been blogging — here’s one entry on political philosophy as a “diagnostic practice”
  7. Google needs help with the metaphysics and ethics of causation — Ryan Jenkins (CalPoly) in The Washington Post
  8. The luxury philosophy weekend getaway — for people interested in talking philosophy during “sangria brunches, sundowners under the pear tree, and nightcaps by the fireplace”
  9. The Time Project — a collection of essays on time by painters, sculptors, musicians, filmmakers, curators, and a neuroscientist, to be published in Nautilus over the next month
  10. More evidence that philosophy is “in”: you’ll be able to verbally spar with Socrates in the new Assassin’s Creed “Odyssey” game — “We wanted to make him feel different than every other quest-giver in the world because he did treat people differently and he thought very differently”
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Colin McGinn
Colin McGinn
6 years ago

The revelations about the Stanford Prison Experiment demonstrate what I have long maintained, namely that “Psychologists have shown that p” is logically equivalent to “Not p”. I used to be a psychologist but switched to the science of philosophy.