The latest edition of Mini-Heap is here.

  1. “Academic freedom is a principle worth defending, but it is foolish to ignore its costs, and who (disproportionately, quietly) bears them” — Sophie Smith, a colleague of John Finnis, on the (complicated?) issues publicized by the recent petition to have him removed (via John Bogart)
  2. “I found a manuscript a friend had asked me to read so long ago the book had since been published and gone out of print.” — a professor cleans his office
  3. Should the journal hoaxters have submitted their project to an IRB? — yes, say the experts (via Justin Tiehen)
  4. Socrates the human being, who danced for exercise and conversed as friend and flirt — one of several pictures of the ancient world we get from Xenophon, according to Eve Browning (Texas San Antonio)
  5. The inaugural issue of Open Philosophy, a new open access journal, is now available — the journal “does not favour any particular philosophical school, perspective or methodology”
  6. Should philosophers think more about the fact that we’re born? — Alison Stone (Lancaster) thinks so
  7. “A space for publicly minded thinkers to draw on their education and experience in order to address contemporary social, cultural, and political issues from a philosophical point of view” — The New Statesman is starting a philosophy column, curated by Aaron James Wendland (Higher School of Economics)
Mini-Heap posts appear when about 7 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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