Friday (!) Mini-Heap:

  1. The problem is “the comprehensive infiltration of politics into our social lives” — and bipartisanship, which “still puts politics at the center of our collective lives” is not the solution, argues Robert Talisse (Vanderbilt)
  2. Academic networks exist owing to “academic friendships,” and so need “functional institutional structures to… counterbalance the threat of nepotism” — Martin Lenz (Groningen) reflects on networks, friendship, and merit in the wake of receiving a weird conference announcement
  3. “The ultimate life coaching team: Marie Kondo and Socrates” — Freya Mobus (Cornell) explains
  4. A philosopher is running for a seat in the European Parliament — Alicja Gescinska has a PhD in philosophy from Ghent, hosted the Belgian philosophy interview show Wanderlust, and is running for the Flemish Liberal Democrats (via Helen De Cruz)
  5. Is “locker room culture” a good subject for a contemporary moral problems course? — some thoughts about how to approach the subject as a teacher, from Jeff Frank (St. Lawrence)
  6. Via a television screen embedded in a robot wheeled into the room, the doctor told the patient he did not have long to live — Evan Selinger (RIT) and Art Caplan (NYU) on hospital policies, body language, empathy gaps, and the need for face-to-face dialogue
  7. The effects of newer technologies on the workplace, employee relations, and power — Lisa Herzog (Technical Univ. of Munich) on “whether the digital transformation of work redounds to the benefit of workers, or to the benefit of capital”

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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