Here’s the latest Mini-Heap!

  1. Challenges confronting the online philosophy community — remarks from Adriel Trott (Wabash)
  2. We should think of philosophy talks as taking place in “intellectual safe spaces” — “where one’s ideas are bracketed from certain social contexts in order to examine them simply as ideas,” says Bharath Vallabha
  3. The creation of a database of materials on Zhu Xi is underway — estimated to be completed in 5 years, it will contain books, videos, audio, academic articles, and other items related to Zhu Xi and those influenced by him
  4. “How does one decide the potential of an as yet un-had dialogue?” — Liam Kofi Bright (LSE) on disputes over the absurdity and/or plausibility of ideas (and the recent academic hoax)
  5. Is Bojack Horseman a story about Stoicism? — an interesting look at the acclaimed television show (but too many spoilers if you haven’t watched through season 4) (via Chike Jeffers)
  6. The American Society for Aesthetics issues an apology for its handling of a sexual harassment allegation — and has appointed an ombudsperson
  7. Figuring out the costs and benefits of cognitive biases in light of the multiplicity of epistemic goals and different types of epistemic agents — it’s complicated, as Lisa Bortolotti, Andrea Polonioli, and Sophie Stammers explain
  8. “What is particularly troubling about some societal disagreements is that they concern factual matters that tend to be almost impossible to resolve” — Klemens Kappel (Copenhagen) on the problem of “deep disagreement”
  9. How to recognize fascism before it’s too late — a brief video primer from Jason Stanley (Yale)
  10. In support of the college lecture — new study finds that undergrads taught via lecture are less likely to drop out

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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Alfred MacDonald
Alfred MacDonald
5 years ago

“How to recognize fascism before it’s too late” and of course it’s a five minute video of superficial and tabloidesque donald trump analogies

come on dude