The latest Mini-Heap…

  1. “Humor is philosophically interesting because amusement can be justified… without any expectation that the reasons we give speak to rational beings, as such” — Kieran Setiya (MIT) on Terry Eagleton’s new book on humor
  2. “The disagreement over scholarly debate about gender identity rages on” — Inside Higher Ed covers the discussion of trans issues taking place in philosophy and elsewhere in the academy, and in response, 12 philosophers “condemn the too frequently cruel and abusive rhetoric, including accusations of hatred or transphobia, directed at [trans-exclusive] philosophers in response to their arguments and advocacy”
  3. “Joe Biden is the old professor still teaching off of notes he typed up in 1975 who gets handsy at the holiday party after one too many scotch and sodas” — Democratic Party candidates for president as members of a history department
  4. The psychology and philosophy of perverse (not necessarily perverted) actions — Paul Bloom (Yale) in The New Yorker
  5. To help students avoid their knee-jerk political reactions, “look more globally, to contexts foreign to students so that they must try to use the philosophical tools and concepts in their interpretation” — 廖顯禕 / Shen-yi Liao (Puget Sound) guides us through a good example
  6. Lower-ranked PhD-programs in philosophy admit students from a wide range of U.S. undergraduate institutions — data and analysis from Eric Schwitzgebel (UC Riverside)
  7. An online Bernard Williams archive — it includes work by and about him, videos and interviews, and more

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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