Mini-Heap


Hump-day-Mini-Heap.

  1. Google Translate and philosophy of language — “Wittgenstein’s theories gave them a breakthrough in making their translation services more effective,” reports Olivia Goldhill at Quartz
  2. The life of the mind is being destroyed by technological distraction and administrative overload — Cal Newport (Georgetown) discusses what can be done about the “crisis of concentration that has hit higher education particularly hard”
  3. “Having applicants provide letters of recommendation only after the initial screening stage can reduce stress and unnecessary paperwork for candidates, letter-writers and hiring committees” — the American Historical Association changes its hiring process guidelines
  4. “The philosophical community needs to do some soul searching about how we managed to unnecessarily isolate ourselves and what can be done to reverse that trend.” — Kevin Zollman (CMU) has some ideas
  5. “Is there in your opinion, professor Carnap, also in philosophy any progress that corresponds to the idea of progress in science?” “Yes” — a video interview with Rudolf Carnap (link to downloadable English captions in the credits)
  6. “‘Socrates’ is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought.” — it opens in NYC in April
  7. “Rawls maintains [that] the stability of otherwise just institutions depends on their embodying an idea of reciprocity.” And “reciprocal” is “one of Mr. Trump’s favorite terms.” — Samuel Scheffler on liberalism in theory and politics in practice (NYU)

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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