The latest Mini-Heap is here.

  1. “Vengeful approaches [to politics] deny others the capacities for moral learning… foreclose unanticipated forms of reconciliation and community, and judge, a priori, the life horizons of others based on their worst transgressions”— Yet at the same time we must engage in “unyielding confrontation in pursuit of the greater goods of a more just world”. Brandon Terry (Harvard) on what to learn from Martin Luther King, Jr.
  2. W.E.B. Du Bois, race, power, and how art can transform society— Liam Kofi Bright (LSE) on the BBC radio’s “Start the Week” (at around the 11:30 mark)
  3. “The right question to ask is: what can I do without an arbitrary deadline that I could not do with one?”— Lawrence Solum (Georgetown) with some advice for post-tenure life (via Elizabeth Cohen)
  4. To beard or not to beard? — Henry Pratt (Marist) takes up philosophical questions about facial hair
  5. “The top people in our discipline are such a bunch of delusional narcissists”— Dan Kaufman (Missouri State) and Oliver Traldi (Notre Dame) discuss the philosophy profession
  6. The circular reasoning at the heart of the fable of the ant and the grasshopper— elucidated by Stephen White (Northwestern)
  7. “We should see one important social function of practical ethicists as widening the Overton window”— Rebecca Brown (Oxford) explains

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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