Here’s a new edition of Mini-Heap.

  1. The tendency to “focus our discussions of sexual negotiation on consent and refusal has resulted in a narrowed and distorted view of the pragmatics of sexual communication.” — Rebecca Kukla (Georgetown) on the overlooked variety of norms related to good sex
  2. How could algorithmic decision-making driven by “bias-free math” and “clean data” be racist? — Danny Li (UCL) explains
  3. New moral concepts come into use and become authoritative for us. How does that happen? — Henry Richardson (Georgetown) explains
  4. Philosophy for Music for Airports — John Lysaker (Emory) uses Eno as an entry point to the philosophy of listening
  5. “If the hoax shows anything, it’s that uncritical reverence for ideas clad in scientific clothing… is at least as much a problem as progressive political bias” — scientism and the recent hoaxing of academic journals
  6. Interested in philosophy at the intersection of ethics and aesthetics? — perhaps you should join the new Aesthetics & Ethics Research Group
  7. Students, GIF your comments — how one professor got her students to read the comments she makes on their papers

Mini-Heap posts appear when 7 or so 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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