Here’s the latest Mini-Heap.

  1. The Kavanaugh hearings and “himpathy” — Kate Manne (Cornell) in the New York Times. And Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin (Sam Houston State) on a similar theme in Psychology Today.
  2. Increasing the diversity of philosophy you’re teaching — a discussion with John Ramsey (Northern Colorado)
  3. Is this philosopher “a hidden giant, a profound thinker who… has been unable to commit his ideas to paper”? — the NYT writes about Irad Kimhi, who got his PhD from Pitt in ’93
  4. “Formal Africana philosophy conspicuously refutes the old Eurocentric lie that only European thought has developed ideas which are appropriately universal” — thoughts from Liam Kofi Bright (LSE)
  5. Waxing philosophical about fantasy football — “You can take a reflective attitude to just about anything,” says Theodore Bach (BGSU-Firelands) in USA Today
  6. What are you going to do with a degree in that? — it turns out that physics majors get that question, too. What are physics departments doing about it?
  7. “We can identify some patterns that keep women who have been assaulted conveniently quiet—especially when the assailant is a privileged boy or powerful man” — Kate Manne (Cornell) writing at CNN on the Kavanaugh nomination
  8. “The way this debate is conducted is unedifying… [and] even the philosophers party to the debate seem to be unable to recognize explicitly each other’s vulnerabilities” — Eric Schliesser (Amsterdam) on discussions of transgender issues in philosophy
  9. Academics “work inhumane hours; are grossly underpaid; face unstable future prospects; and rarely have access to basic professional resources” — maybe *staying* in academia, not leaving it, is “the real failure”
  10. “A surprise second-place showing in a local beauty contest provides temporary relief, but an academic conference at Marvin Gardens wipes out your savings” — board games for adjunct professors
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