Mini-Heap


Here’s the latest Mini-Heap!

  1. A look at what’s happening to our reading brains at this historic juncture between the old ways and the new” — what does it mean for the future of reading, learning, and teaching that the average person now reads 100,000 words a day on electronic devices?
  2. A philosopher is the first transgender athlete to win a world championship cycling event — Rachel McKinnon (Charleston) won the gold in the sprint at the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships. See her Twitter for an informative discussion.
  3. Kindness in academic philosophy — Em Walsh (McGill) on why and how
  4. “To fight fake news, we need to take the same norms that keep us (relatively) honest over cocktails, and apply them to social media” — Regina Rini (York) on a way to do that
  5. “Critical theories of the post–Frankfurt School period… can be viewed as plausible rearticulations of a project of critique initiated by Kant” — Seyla Benhabib (Yale) on the “illuminating pluralization of critical theories”
  6. An esoteric reading of “The Good Place” — Robin James (UNC Charlotte) thinks the show is more progressive than it appears
  7. Human experience in the aggregate — “more of human experience has happened recently than time would suggest”; what should we take from that? (via MR)
  8. Political success is not moral victory nor legal vindication — Jacob Levy (McGill) on Kavanaugh, with the help of Bernard Williams
  9. Philosophy and race in South Africa? — David Benatar (Cape Town) responds to a recent article in Quartz
  10. “What does philosophy have to teach us about running a business?” “Oh, I think everything…” — a discussion with a philosopher-turned-plumber (who still teaches some philosophy courses part time)

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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