Monday Mini-Heap…

  1. “The ritual of a Killing Day is known to all adults. It is taught to children first in outline only, and then gradually in more detail as they get older.” — Kieran Healy (Duke) on how the U.S. has “institutionalized the mass shooting”
  2. In defense of the marriage-free state — Clare Chambers (Cambridge) on the problems with government being involved in marriage
  3. Philosophers, “hold on to the thing that should have brought you in in the first place, which is your own desire to understand things” — Kwame Anthony Appiah (Princeton) in a wide-ranging and interesting conversation with Tyler Cowen (GMU)
  4. Carelessness, dogmatism, gullibility, wishful thinking, and other epistemic vices — Quassim Cassam (Cambridge) talks with Robert Talisse (Vanderbilt) about his new book
  5. “I felt phenomenology could provide a way of explicating our existence in its singularity while doing so in light of its universal structures and truths. There is conceptual rigor without existential superficiality.” — philosopher Steven DeLay (Woolf), in an in-depth interview on phenomenology with Richard Marshall at 3:16AM
  6. “The academic freedom worries are overblown” — Shannon Dea (Waterloo) on the discussion of transgender issues, academic freedom, and why “it is important not to allow social media flame wars to distract us”
  7. “They thought that my rather different approach… was not only wrong, but it was stupid, and it was undermining philosophy.” — a brief interview with Patricia Churchland (UCSD)

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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