Time for a new Mini-Heap! 

  1. “Since we broke up, I’ve come to realise that we’re just very different in terms of what we value.” — a philosopher who has found success in the public realm writes to his old love, academia
  2. It looks like sociology is about to have its own Ronell case — Philosophy students: if something like this is happening to you, I can put you in touch with people who can help.
  3. The play “follows the philosopher’s growing prominence in democratic Athens through the military and social upheavals that led to one of the most infamous executions in Western history” — “Socrates” will be premiering in NYC in May
  4. On academia and activism — Mark Lance (Georgetown) reflects on 35 years of “a second career in activism”
  5. Philosophy and magic — interesting interview with Jason Leddington (Bucknell) about his research and teaching on the subjects and how he got into them
  6. In pursuing the good life, can too much reflection be dangerous? — Valerie Tiberius (Minnesota) is the guest in the latest episode of the On Wisdom podcast
  7. “Why do so many find it impossible to believe that any so-called genius could fail to see that their prejudices were irrational and immoral? One reason is that our culture has its own deep-seated and mistaken assumption…” — Julian Baggini on admiring the racist and sexist philosophers of the past
  8. The power of imagination, or care, or sugar, or what? — a fascinating possibility researchers are exploring: some placebos are not placebos
  9. The ethical issues in play in the police-informant relationship — Luke Hunt (Radford), an FBI agent-turned-philosophy professor, investigates
  10. Poster advertising an Africana philosophy course defaced with racial slur at Midwestern State University (Texas) — the course will be taught by Nathan Jun, who praised the university administration’s quick condemnation of the vandalism

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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