Here’s the latest edition of Mini-Heap.

  1. “It is our pervasive irrationality that in some circumstances contributes to our success” — Lisa Bortolotti (Birmingham) on reaping the “benefits of positive illusions” while avoiding the “dangers of optimism”
  2. When is cultural appropriation permissible? — several philosophers contribute to a post at Aesthetics for Birds
  3. There’s no “common core” in Medieval philosophy — but it would be good if there were, argues Bob Pasnau (Colorado)
  4. How does our biology constrain our imagination, and, in turn, our knowledge? — Max Jones (Leeds) and Tom Schoonen (Amsterdam) consider the question
  5. What 30 terms should every student know at the end of an introduction to philosophy course? — “argument,” “ethics,” “epistemology,”…
  6. What does it mean to be human? — the question “is not just narcissistic, it involves a culpable obtuseness,” writes Martha Nussbaum (Chicago)
  7. “The reasons one gives to ban speech—where there are good reasons to do so—are complicated, must be drawn with as much clarity as possible, and will inevitably be subject to misuse.” — Gerald Dworkin at 3QD
  8. “You should never, ever, edit a volume” and other blanket early career advice — to what extent is it warranted?
  9. “The humanities are subversive” — what a prof at a science-oriented school tells his students about why they should care about the humanities
  10. An online magazine the contents of which is viewable only on devices not connected to the internet — an interesting response to the distractions of online reading (via Nautilus)

Mini-Heap posts appear when about 10 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.

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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