Here’s the latest edition of Mini-Heap!
- “I have to find a new question now” — Urmila Mahadev, a graduate student who recently solved the fascinating quantum verification problem
- “How can we get better at talking civilly to people who are very different from ourselves?” — maybe we need billy goats, says Agnes Callard (Chicago)
- Does Harriet Taylor get too little credit for her role in Mill’s writings? — or too much?
- “Even if right-leaning authors appear on syllabi as frequently as left-leaning authors, students remain at risk of receiving an unbalanced presentation of the views.” — one reason Christopher Freiman (William & Mary) argues for “viewpoint diversity”
- “Democracy depends on the capacity of citizens to sustain their commitment to the political equality of even those who they regard as their most benighted, vicious, and depraved political opponents.” — It ain’t easy, observe Scott Aikin & Robert Talisse (Vanderbilt)
- “What is more practical than thinking hard about how to live one’s life?” — in a local Texas paper, a defense of philosophy’s “messing with minds,” by Robert Baird (Baylor)
- The optimal number of academic hoaxes is not zero — Justin E. H. Smith (University of Paris, Diderot) offers some examples to show why
- Is the United States on its way to having something “quite a bit like law, in several respects, but not actually a legal system”? — In a few ways that seems to be the case, says Les Green (Oxford)
- A good look at the show-nothing hoax — by Daniel Engber in Slate
- “Narratives seduce you into thinking you really understand what’s going on and why things happened, but most of it is guessing” — Alex Rosenberg (Duke) is interviewed about how narrative thinking leads historians astray
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.
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