Here are 10 recent items from the Daily Nous Heap of Links, a collection of materials from around the web of interest to philosophers (and others interested in philosophy).

(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. “The people I know who have [been] the most successful in the profession have indeed been, by and large, those who developed good relationships” — from an entry in the “Mid-Career Reflections” series at The Philosophers’ Cocoon
  2. “Socially-centered virtue ethics” — Sebastian Purcell (SUNY Cortland) on what the Aztecs contribute to moral philosophy
  3. “I would require all students to take two philosophy courses—one in their first year and another just before graduation” — psychologist Howard Gardner (Harvard) on why philosophy is an important part of college education
  4. “Until viewers do become better interpreters of photographic portraits, Pyke’s portraits will not always serve the public image of philosophers, and philosophy, well.” — Michael Newall (Kent) takes a critical look at Steve Pyke’s portraits of philosophers
  5. Are you opposed to meritocracy and the institutionalized celebration of genius?— here’s a list of readings that may convince you to be, curated by Liam Kofi Bright (LSE)
  6. “An NHS doctor is teaching philosophy to eight and nine-year-olds in the hope of safeguarding their mental health” — using Legos, costumes, conversations, and movies to give kids the skills to think clearly
  7. The acclaimed anime of Miyazaki and the later thought of Heidegger — Edward McDougall (Durham) on what we can learn about technology, nature, and transformation, by looking at them together
  8. Are people who think we lack free will more likely to behave immorally? — Surpisingly, no, according to a new study
  9. “Facial recognition technology poses serious and imminent threats to civil liberties and human rights.” — philosophers & other academics make the case in The Guardian
  10. Electoral reform, John Rawls, and… Dr. Who? — Stephen Tweedale (Simon Fraser) is thinking philosophically about British Columbia’s upcoming referendum
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Colin McGinn
Colin McGinn
5 years ago

I fully endorse Howard Gardner’s proposal, having endured an education in psychology. But I don’t think the focus should be on Meaning of Life questions. I’d prefer epistemology and metaphysics with some philosophy of science.

Colin McGinn
Colin McGinn
5 years ago

I also agree that it might be best to keep the word “philosophy” out of it for fear of putting people off. As I’ve urged before, the label “philosophy” is best laid quietly to rest.